Education

SMC student to ‘get on the bus’

SMC — Over the course of six months in 1961, more than 400 people, both black and white, risked life and limb while traveling on buses and trains through the Jim Crow South to challenge segregation laws. Those men and women became known as the Freedom Riders, and the repeal of the repressive segregation laws through their efforts was... Read more →

Crime

Police say nude woman attempted suicide

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A Santa Monica woman who was seen dancing naked on top of a roughly five-story building on Main Street threw herself off in an apparent suicide attempt, police said. Raisa Shamailovna Danilova, 27, was in critical but stable condition Thursday, a day after several people watched as she climbed to the ledge of... Read more →

News

19 arrested in Venice anti-gang sting

LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities say 19 people have been arrested for alleged firearms and drug crimes in an anti-gang sting that involved a Venice tattoo parlor run by undercover agents. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday that “Operation Villainz Ink” targeted alleged members of the... Read more →

Briefs

Team takes third place in national science bowl

A team of four Santa Monica High School students took third at the National Ocean Science Bowl competition in Galveston, Tex. over the weekend. Mari LeGagnoux, Madeleine Youngs, Zach Gold and Dana Ritchie beat out 21 other teams in the buzzer battle which put them up against other teens that specialize in a very specific subset of science... Read more →

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School district may announce new superintendent next week

The Board of Education will likely announce the identity of the new superintendent of schools at a special meeting scheduled for next Monday. The timing of the announcement depends on how quickly the district can wrap up contract negotiations with the individual, who was selected after a series of interviews, background checks and site... Read more →

Crime

Nude woman falls from Main Street building

MAIN STREET — A naked woman seen dancing on the roof of a building on Main Street Wednesday fell several stories and suffered significant injuries to her body and head, Santa Monica police said. The victim, an Asian in her mid to late 20s with a shaved head, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition with compound... Read more →

News

Turning a cannery into a casino

In 1929, an odd flotilla of motorless ships began to appear off the coast of Santa Monica. These strange vessels were not built for speed, power or maneuverability. They were constructed for only one reason: gambling. Although gambling had been outlawed in California, the state's jurisdiction only extended 3 miles offshore. And since there... Read more →

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Brownley attempts to reform K-12 financing

CITYWIDE — Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) introduced legislation Wednesday that would wipe out the current system of financing public education and replace it with one that devolves more decision-making power to locally elected school boards. At present, education is funded through a multitude of dedicated pots of money,... Read more →

Briefs

Sustainability on center stage

Protecting Mother Earth will be the theme this weekend in Santa Monica as City Hall presents two events that celebrate sustainability and educate those considering a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. The festivities begin Friday morning at the Civic Center Auditorium with the eighth annual Alternative Build Expo, a gathering of over... Read more →

News

Bill would make it easier for renters to fight eviction

CITYWIDE — A bill that extends renters’ rights passed a crucial hurdle at the State Judiciary Committee last week, and will now move onto the Assembly floor. The bill, called AB 265 and authored by San Francisco Democrat Tom Ammiano, would allow tenants who have been served a three-day notice to “pay or quit” to... Read more →

Crime

Life sentence in Juarez murders

DOWNTOWN L.A. — An imprisoned gang member will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of Michael and Anthony Juarez, two brothers who were gunned down in broad daylight while visiting their cousin’s clothing store on Lincoln Boulevard. David Robles was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of... Read more →

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Santa Monica Farmers’ Market gets new barricades

DOWNTOWN — Heavy duty nets will be in place next month to protect pedestrians at the Santa Monica Farmers Market where 10 people were killed when an elderly motorist sped through the open-air marketplace in 2003. The city says highway-style barricades and nets capable of stopping errant vehicles will be installed on Wednesdays and... Read more →

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Synagogue blast suspect indicted by grand jury

LOS ANGELES — A homeless man has been indicted on charges of planting an explosive that detonated outside a synagogue in Santa Monica last month. A federal grand jury on Tuesday brought four counts against 60-year-old Ron Hirsch, including use of an explosive to damage property. He could face up to 70 years in prison if found... Read more →

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Canary Island palm trees cause a stir in NOMA

NOMA — What if Santa Monica planted a tree, but nobody wanted it? The seemingly unlikely scenario reared its head in this tree-hugging city when officials told residents of Georgina and Marguerita avenues that dying Canary Island date palms would be replaced with California native sycamore trees. “We were mildly... Read more →