Crime

Gang graffiti stuns quiet neighborhood

SUNSET PARK — Residents of a quiet block here were shocked Monday morning to discover 11 vehicles and several fences and signs covered with graffiti that police said was likely the work of a Venice gang. The vandals apparently targeted the 1700 block of Pier Avenue, leaving police and residents of the normally peaceful neighborhood... Read more →

Crime

Police join Crime Stoppers

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Witnesses to a crime who are too scared to come forward can now do so without fear by making an anonymous tip. The Santa Monica Police Department has joined with 24 other local law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles County to participate in Crime Stoppers, a program in which witnesses can provide information... Read more →

News

Local foundation receives $80K grant

NEW YORK — The Convergence Partnership — a collaboration of six of the nation’s leading funders, plus the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — awarded Santa Monica-based The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation $80,000 for their work building healthier, more equitable communities. The awards honor new... Read more →

News

Leaf blower fines could shift to residents

CITYWIDE — For years, marijuana dispensaries in the city of Los Angeles spread like wildfire; without a workable city ordinance in place regulation became impossible and enforcement was nonexistent. Meanwhile, in Santa Monica the consequences of a different, decidedly less flashy law enforcement vacuum have been playing out. Since... Read more →

Environment

Chlorine at the tap

Dear EarthTalk I am very concerned about the amount of chlorine in my tap water. I called my water company and they said it is safe just let the tap run for awhile to rid the smell of the chlorine. But that just gets rid of the smell, perhaps, not the chlorine? Anita Frigo Milford, CT Thousands of American municipalities add chlorine to... Read more →

News

T.J. Maxx coming to Fourth Street

FOURTH STREET — Frugal shoppers looking for designer threads without breaking the bank will have another store to hit and Fourth Street will get a serious retail anchor to replace bankrupt Circuit City. T.J. Maxx, the largest North American off-price retailer, is trying to give competitor Ross a run for its money on the Westside,... Read more →

Briefs

Recycle your old trees

Given our present economic and environmental concerns, recycling is the theme this holdiay season — from wrapping paper to regifting, and now, to Christmas trees. The city of Santa Monica is asking residents to recycle their trees the week following Christmas throughout the entire month of January. Collection will take place at four... Read more →

News

Court dismisses Baykeeper suits against Malibu

MALIBU — City officials here can move forward with the construction of a new park that will also serve as a water treatment facility following a court ruling Tuesday which dismissed a pair of lawsuits filed by Santa Monica Baykeeper. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas I. McKnew, a designated expert judge in environmental... Read more →

Briefs

Late night ICE

Santa Monica’s outdoor ice skating rink is now open until midnight every day until Jan. 2. The Bayside District Corp., a public-private management company that promotes and maintains Downtown, has extended the rink’s hours to give visitors more time to make holiday memories. ICE at Santa Monica boasts 8,000-square-feet of real... Read more →

Crime

Cops bust gunmen following robbery

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. Monday, Dec. 21, at 9:22 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2300 block of Fourth Street — Budget Center Market — regarding an... Read more →