Committee to look at bond, parcel tax

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The school board voted unanimously Thursday night to reconvene a citizen-led committee to look at the possibility of a future parcel tax and bond measure. The committee, which is authorized to have up to 35 members and $50,000 for polling, last got together for the successful Y and YY campaign, which is supposed to... Read more →


Shop ‘til you drop dead

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. Saturday, May 14, at 8:40 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1300 block of Wilshire Boulevard — Rite Aid — regarding a... Read more →


Republican advances to runoff for Harman’s seat

LOS ANGELES — Republican businessman Craig Huey on Thursday beat California Secretary of State Debra Bowen in a congressional race and will square off against Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn in a July runoff congressional race. The win for Huey, a political newcomer with tea party backing, confounded expectations the runoff... Read more →


Future of school nurses up in the air

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Nearly half of the nurses that received layoff notices from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will get to keep their jobs under a new proposal put forward by the superintendent, but critics say the plan ignores recommendations made by a committee which held cuts to zero for the coming school year. Of the... Read more →


Renters may lose right to smoke at home

CITYWIDE — Santa Monica landlords are cheering on a bill being considered by the California State Assembly that would allow them to restrict smoking in rentals, a measure which puts renters’ rights groups in the uncomfortable position of defending a deadly habit. While there is no prohibition on landlords prohibiting smoking, the... Read more →


Who killed the Ice Cream Blonde?

Before there was Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Taylor or Katharine Hepburn, there was Thelma Todd, a mercurial talent and dynamic force who blasted onto the Hollywood scene in 1925 and captivated the public until her mysterious death in 1935. And when Todd was found slumped over in the passenger seat of her car below the bluffs just north of... Read more →


Rents expected to rise citywide

CITYWIDE — Renters in Santa Monica will have to pay their landlords as much as $57 more a month under a plan being considered by the Rent Control Board. The annual general rent adjustment, which the board is charged with setting using a complex formula that takes into account rising costs for property owners such as heftier insurance... Read more →


Reports: Schwarzenegger used Santa Monica office for trysts

LOS ANGELES — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple’s home before they announced their separation last week. Several media outlets are reporting that Schwarzenegger... Read more →


Ford, Heal the Bay team up for beach cleanups

Good karma won’t be the only thing volunteers with Heal the Bay have a shot at taking home following summer beach cleanups. Thanks to a partnership with Ford, picking up cigarette butts and other urban debris could earn you a new, eco-friendly car. The “Nothin’ but Sand” cleanup events, kicking off this Saturday at... Read more →


No bus-only lane for Wilshire Boulevard after all

WILSHIRE BLVD — Proposed bus-only lanes along Wilshire Boulevard will move forward, but not in Santa Monica, if a Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee approves a staff recommendation next week. Under the plan, parking spaces would be converted to bus-only lanes during rush hours along 9.9 miles of Wilshire Boulevard in an... Read more →


Buckle up or pay the price

CITYWIDE — Santa Monica police will be searching high and low for drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belts as part of an enforcement campaign — “Click it or Ticket,” authorities said Monday. The mobilization will take place from May 23 to June 5. The fines and fees for adults who fail to wear their seat... Read more →