News

Renovation of affordable housing development on horizon

OCEAN PARK — There are better meals ahead for the tenants of a Santa Monica affordable housing development. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an approximately $499,000 contract with AZ Home to renovate the kitchens in all 22 units of a 62-year-old building at 175 Ocean Park Blvd. The county Housing... Read more →

Homelessness

Other ACLU suits ended camping enforcement

CITY HALL — If history means anything, then Santa Monica city officials might be forced to suspend enforcement of its anti camping ordinance. That’s what officials in Los Angeles and Laguna Beach did as part of their settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union after it sued the cities for allegedly arresting homeless... Read more →

News

Rock the night away

SM PIER — After several weeks of internationally flavored sounds, the 25th Annual Twilight Dance Series is bringing the music back home tonight with two artists dedicated to delivering Americana rock. The headliner for the show is local roots musician Dave Alvin and his band, the Guilty Women. Born and raised in Downey, Calif., Alvin... Read more →

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Expo yard proposal could negatively impact SMC

EXPOSITION BLVD. — While much of the debate over the Expo light rail maintenance yard has been focused on the impact to neighbors, the latest proposal is also expected to result in some inconveniences for Santa Monica College. Considered an alternative to a controversial proposal to locate a facility on the current Verizon site, the... Read more →

Crime

Police looking for sexual assault suspect

LINCOLN BLVD — The Santa Monica Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a man who allegedly grabbed an underage girl’s rear on her way to school last week. The suspect is described as a black male, about 30 years old, who wore a gray sweatshirt, gray hat and had a beige backpack with red stripes at the... Read more →

Briefs

DMV closed Friday

The Department of Motor Vehicles reminds customers that all public offices will be closed this Friday, Aug. 7, as part of the governor’s plan to close the budget gap. And that includes the office in Santa Monica on Cloverfield Boulevard and Colorado Avenue. The DMV offers a number of online services through its Web site... Read more →

Crime

Mistrial declared in Juarez murders

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Tuesday morning in the case of two imprisoned gang members charged with the murders of two brothers in Santa Monica 11 years ago. Judge George Lomeli ordered jurors to continue deliberating last week after they were unable to reach a unanimous decision in the murder... Read more →

Education

School district changes date

The school board meeting scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20, has been changed to Aug. 19 because of an inability to reach a quorum. At least half of the board members need to be present for a meeting to take place. The public portion of the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the district office, 1651 16th St. in Santa... Read more →

News

Number of suicides rises to 12 in ‘09

DOWNTOWN — A 40-year-old woman found near the bike path with a gunshot wound to the head took her own life, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Tuesday. This brings the number of suicides in Santa Monica to 12, with at least 20 failed attempts, raising alarm amongst public safety officials and mental health providers. In 2008, there... Read more →

News

Residents react to plane crash at SMO

SM AIRPORT — Lloyd Saunders was hard at work in the garden when he heard it. Lynn Barker was enjoying an afternoon outside with her husband when the sound caught their attention. All looked up and saw and heard the same thing — a small plane struggling overhead, sputtering, going out of sight and then silence. They knew the... Read more →