Police: Victim ID’d estranged husband as her attacker

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police say a four-year-old child is staying with relatives after her father, James Ramirez, allegedly shot the girl’s mother on a Santa Monica street corner Friday night, critically injuring her, and then was killed a few blocks away by police after he allegedly brandished his gun at officers. The... Read more →


Private schools struggle through tough times

DOWNTOWN — Despite not having to deal with statewide and local budget cuts, some private schools in Santa Monica are still feeling the financial crunch. “Less people have been able to pay tuition or full tuition, which means we've taken a hit,” said Peter Czer, assisting pastor at Lighthouse Christian Academy.... Read more →


Road advisories

Alley Renewal Program The alley south of Pico Boulevard between 22nd and 23rd streets will be resurfaced starting on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Work will include grinding and asphalt overlay. Please be advised that resurfacing operations will generate noise despite best efforts to keep the disturbance to a minimum. The estimated completion... Read more →

City Council

Walk raises funds, awareness for suicide prevention

CITY HALL — Sarah Sly will never forget the day she walked into her backyard four years ago. On Dec. 11, 2006, she found her stepfather’s body lying in a pool of his own blood. He had shot himself the night before. “That whole day was kind of utter chaos. We didn’t really know what to do. We couldn’t make sense... Read more →


Hydro’s popularity in bloom

Dear EarthTalk What are the environmental benefits of the hydroponic growing of lettuce and other crops? Bruce Keeler Oakland, Calif. While organic agriculture is all the rage, growing by leaps and bounds to meet increased consumer demand for healthier food, another option that’s less well known but just as healthy is hydroponics,... Read more →


Measure Y delays cuts, won’t prevent them

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Even if voters approve a half percent sales tax increase on Nov. 2 and officials direct half of the new revenue to public schools, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will have exhausted its reserves and will again face cuts by the 2012-13 school year, according to district officials’ latest... Read more →


Measure Y supporters shell out for campaign

CAMPAIGN ROUNDUP DOWNTOWN — Supporters of Measure Y, the proposed half percent sales tax increase, have donated $229, 541 to the campaign to pass the tax hike, compared with just $5,708 raised by opponents of the measure. With 10 days to go before election day, the pro-Measure Y campaign has nearly $91,000 on hand, according to a... Read more →


SMC, Chevron join forces on solar project

BY DAILY PRESS STAFF SMC — Chevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron Corp., and Santa Monica College will hold a dedication ceremony on Oct. 29 for a newly completed solar and energy efficiency project, which is expected to save the college more than $14 million over the life of the project. The project includes a 408-kilowatt... Read more →


State of the schools address set

MAIN LIBRARY A community report on student achievement, initiatives, and the financial health of the local School District will be held in Santa Monica Monday. The Fifth Annual State of Our Schools will be presented by the school district in partnership with the Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs and Community for Excellent Public Schools... Read more →


Local students embrace Bike It Day

DOWNTOWN Over 3,000 school-age children — over 30 percent of the total enrollment in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school District — chose to ride a bike, a scooter or walk to school earlier this month as part of Bike It!, Walk It! Day, sponsors of the effort said Friday. The annual event, which started in 2005 at Santa... Read more →


Santa Monica police kill shooting suspect

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police shot and killed a man Friday night after he allegedly opened fire on his wife at a busy intersection in Downtown Santa Monica and then shot at officers as they attempted to apprehend him a few blocks away. The man, who has been identified as James Stephen Ramirez, 33, allegedly shot his wife multiple... Read more →


Campaign mailer draws rebuke from public safety unions

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica police officers and firefighters on Thursday said a mysterious independent expenditure group that calls itself Santa Monicans for Quality Government had misappropriated the public safety associations’ logos and was misrepresenting the groups’ positions in its political literature. The public safety... Read more →


Shoplifters, weed smokers and alcoholics

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.  Sunday, Oct. 17, at 9:08 p.m., Officers responded to the 1400 block of Yale Street regarding a suspicious person who had stolen a motor scooter.... Read more →


Teen’s alleged attacker arrested, along with three others

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police on Thursday night arrested four people they believe are responsible for two street robberies that occurred earlier in the day, one on Sixth Street near Santa Monica High School and one at Euclid Street and Michigan Avenue. In the first robbery, a 16-year-old Samohi student was stabbed in the cheek about... Read more →


County issues rain advisory

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a rain advisory for all county beaches in effect until at least Saturday, at 8 a.m. due to the amount of rainfall over the past few days. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall. Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, director of public health for the county, is cautioning... Read more →