Activists protest Santa Monica Airport

SMO — Residents of three communities reiterated their concerns about Santa Monica Airport Sunday with a midday protest focused on noise, pollution and, above all, safety. Protesters from Santa Monica, West Los Angeles and Venice lined the sidewalks at the intersection of National Boulevard and Bundy Drive, hoisting signs that read... Read more →


Arrests made in brutal beating on SM Blvd

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Two Arizona men are under arrest and face attempted murder charges for the brutal beating of a Santa Monica resident while he was working out on Santa Monica Boulevard last month, authorities said Saturday. Bryan Hale, 24, of Tempe, Ariz. and Brett Davis, 25, of Fountain Hills, Ariz. are being held on a... Read more →


‘Big Voice’ documentary hits fundraising goal

SAMOHI — Volunteers raising money for a documentary following the Santa Monica High School choir successfully hit their fundraising goal just hours before all of the donations slipped from their grasp. Filmmaker Varda Hardy put the concept into motion, with the intent of showing the value of arts programming in public schools. She... Read more →


Breaking up is hard to do

MALIBU — At the last Board of Education meeting held in Malibu, residents and council members employed language from the American Revolution to request an advisory seat at the dais. Now, it’s looking more like secession. Malibu officials have begun exploring the possibility of leaving the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School... Read more →


SM Baykeeper prepares to fight water board

SM BAY — The California State Water Resources Control Board might have a fight on its hands. On Tuesday, the State Water Board will decide on a policy that will damage the California coastline; at least, that’s what some environmental agencies, like the Santa Monica Baykeeper, are saying. The State Water Board will decide whether... Read more →


Celebrate National Plug In Day Sunday

CITYWIDE — More than 200 electric-vehicle drivers will roll down Main Street in Santa Monica on Oct. 16, as part of National Plug In Day. Twenty-four cities across the nation, from San Francisco to New York, will host a coordinated celebration — with Santa Monica’s parade being the flagship event. Hosted by the Sierra Club,... Read more →


Occupy Wall Street comes to Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — Holding signs that read “Tax the rich,” and “Jobs, not cuts,” roughly 200 people gathered outside the Bank of America on Fourth Street Thursday to call attention to the ever widening gap between the wealthy and the poor and to call on Congress to approve President Obama’s latest jobs bill.... Read more →


Sluggish economy hurting Santa Monica seniors on fixed incomes

CITYWIDE — As the unemployed and disillusioned occupy Wall Street to express their discontent with the state of the economy and their financial security, another quieter group is struggling to make ends meet. Senior citizens, aged 62 and above, living on fixed income or the yield of their investments, were hit hard by the recession... Read more →


Digital signs on BBB approved

CITYWIDE — As of this week, Santa Monica is free to put digital signs on the sides of Big Blue Buses, which officials estimate will bring in $4 million in ad revenue. The signs are part of a pilot project crafted by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) in Assembly Bill 607, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown... Read more →

City Council

Vacancy on the Planning Commission

CITY HALL — Architect Hank Koning tendered his resignation to the Planning Commission Wednesday, citing a need to focus on his business. Koning’s firm, Koning Eizenberg Architecture, specializes in large, urban projects, and his position on the Planning Commission warded off potential clients, he said. “It’s difficult... Read more →


Having a change of heart

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica Police Sgt. Dean Oshiro, an 18-year veteran of the department, exercised regularly; he would go for a run, polish off a cardiovascular workout and lift weights three or four times a week. So when he felt like he was having a heart attack one morning last August, it was surreal, he said. He asked his daughter to... Read more →


Santa Monica’s tides go red … with algae

SM PIER — Every week, senior aquarist Jose Bacallaos and his team go diving in the Santa Monica Bay looking for algae, kelp and sometimes small animals for the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. On Tuesday, Bacallaos was motoring out near Redondo Beach and King Harbor when he noticed something unusual. “It was pretty foggy, and where we... Read more →


Fire fighters go pink for October

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The Santa Monica Fire Department and Firefighters Local 1109 are putting their traditional navy blue uniforms aside and wearing pink in October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The fire fighters have joined with Susan G. Komen For the Cure in an effort to raise money for breast cancer research,... Read more →


Rocking out leads to arrest

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 2:15 p.m., Officers responded to the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade — Apple Store — regarding a report of a... Read more →

City Council

Village housing project squeaks by

CITY HALL — The long-delayed Civic Center Village housing project narrowly skirted another stumbling block Tuesday when three City Council members dug in their heels over a provision requested by the developer to extend the term of the land lease 50 years past its original expiration date. William Witte, president of development... Read more →