Briefs

Check those receipts

As shoppers get ready to rush retail outlets during the post-Thanksgiving shopping spree, county officials want to remind them to take a close look at receipts to avoid overcharges. Shoppers are legally entitled to pay only a store’s lowest advertised or posted price for any item, according to officials with the county Department of... Read more →

Airport

FAA changing departure procedures at SM Airport

SUNSET PARK — There could be fewer delays and less pollution emitting from Santa Monica Airport and Los Angeles International Airport as the FAA prepares to roll out new departure rules aimed at cutting down idling on runways. Starting Dec. 1, piston-powered planes departing west from SMO will turn once they reach an altitude of 400... Read more →

News

Suspects in football game stabbing plead guilty

DOWNTOWN — Two men believed responsible for stabbing a 17-year-old Inglewood resident following a Santa Monica High School football game earlier this season plead guilty to misdemeanor battery and promoting a criminal street gang. Christopher Diaz and Kenneth Jones accepted a plea bargain Nov. 2 and were sentenced to 180 days in jail... Read more →

Crime

Not ready for last call

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, Nov. 8, at 10 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a report of vandalism. When... Read more →

News

Boutique benefits school and merchants

ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY — In the spirit of the season, businesses are getting a head start on sales and helping Roosevelt out at the same time with an all-day holiday boutique. Saturday’s boutique features over 50 vendors who will give 20 percent of the day’s sales to the Roosevelt booster club. The range of products and prices... Read more →

News

Lifeguard stumbles on anchor

SM BAY — Lifeguard Andrew Greger was making a routine training dive near Will Rogers State Beach three weeks ago when he spotted something out of the ordinary — a giant anchor. While finding an anchor at the bottom of the ocean is nothing new for the rescue boat captain, this anchor is believed to be at least 100 years old, a... Read more →

News

State of the Schools event addresses financial woes

OCEAN PARK BLVD. — First the bad news about the local public schools. A financial predicament is about to become even more problematic for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, which is projecting an operating deficit of $10 million this year and is sure to feel a big hit from an estimated $21 billion state budget... Read more →

Environment

New transfer and recycling facility proposed

CITY HALL — The future of the City Yards could hold less noise and odor for its neighbors. Those are the plans for a new Resource Recovery Center that will be located at the southern end of the City Yards off Michigan Avenue, housing a new self-haul facility, buy-back center, expanded transfer station and hazardous household waste... Read more →

News

Farmers’ Markets under quarantine

DOWNTOWN — At least 17 Farmers’ Markets, including four in Santa Monica, are under quarantine after state officials found Mediterranean fruit flies in a backyard on Warwick Avenue near Interstate 10. Farmers selling fruit and some vegetables within the quarantine zone — which includes Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice,... Read more →

News

Study: Elevated pollution levels near SM Airport

SM AIRPORT — People who live and work near the Santa Monica Airport are being exposed to unusually high levels of air pollution, a significant health concern that has been largely associated with major commercial airports such as LAX, according to a new study by UCLA researchers. The study, published Wednesday in the journal... Read more →

City Council

City Council pursues Broad museum

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to launch formal negotiations with art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad to secure the museum he intends to build on the Westside for his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. City Manager Lamont Ewell was given permission to initiate negotiations with the... Read more →

Education

KCRW’s Seymour steps down as general manager

SMC — Ruth Seymour, the longtime general manager of public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9), announced Wednesday she is retiring at the end of February after more than three decades on the job. Seymour, who joined the station as a consultant in 1977, said she is “leaving a station that is strong in its identity, a station like no... Read more →

Crime

SMFD welcomes dispatch operators

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Just a few weeks before its dispatch center goes live for the first time in nearly three years, the Santa Monica Fire Department on Wednesday welcomed the people who will be responsible for fielding the emergency calls for the city. The first class for the reactivated center includes a communications supervisor... Read more →

Briefs

Fundraiser brings in big bucks

Over 300 supporters raised $250,000 earlier this month during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless individuals gain self-sufficiency through employment. The participants in the event gathered at the Fairmont Miramar not only to raise money for the organization through a live and... Read more →

News

Late officer gives students school assist

OLYMPIC BLVD — A late Santa Monica Police Officer who died fighting overseas is giving economically-disadvantaged teens the tools to go to college. The Santa Monica Police Activities League recently launched a new program that puts freshmen and sophomores on a path to higher education, guiding them through a college preparatory... Read more →