Police searching for missing senior

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police are searching for a 77-year-old Santa Monica man who has been missing since June 28. Deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office said they found Donald Carter’s car parked on Friday night about 11 miles east of Interstate 5 in the Warm Springs area near Lake Hughes Road.... Read more →


Dangerous driving

Four people have been killed in Los Angeles County, and 299 suspected drunken drivers were arrested on L.A. County freeways this holiday weekend, the California Highway Patrol reported. The report covers the time period from 6:01 p.m. Friday through 6 a.m. Monday. During this 60-hour reporting period, there were four people killed in L.A.... Read more →

City Council

City Hall still fighting Embassy court decision

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials are challenging an appellate court decision issued last month that could mean the loss of 19 rent-controlled apartment units at the Embassy Hotel Apartments, a residential building in the Wilmont neighborhood near Downtown. A state appellate court on June 14 said the property owner, Embassy LLC,... Read more →


Greening the economy

Dear EarthTalk: What does it mean when one uses the phrase, “building a green economy?” I’ve heard it repeated a few times lately and would like to have a better understanding of the concept. Rosie Chang, Islip, NY The phrase “building a green economy” means different things to different people, but in... Read more →


Campaign for schools enlists Hollywood stars

As “Save Our Schools,” the emergency fundraising initiative to support Santa Monica and Malibu schools in light of state budget cuts, enters its third week, more than one third of the target amount of money has been raised to restore third grade class sizes, while the initiative forms new partnerships to promote the fundraising... Read more →


Pier bathroom in the running for nation’s best

SM PIER — It may not have fresh-cut flowers, fireplaces or a crystal chandelier, but what the restroom facility at the Santa Monica Pier does have is some “whimsical” architecture and environmentally-friendly features, placing it on a list of the top 10 lavatories in the country. The recently re-built restroom, which... Read more →


Plane crash adds to SMO flight path concerns

SMO — Residents opposed to noise from planes that fly over Sunset Park and Ocean Park after takeoff from Santa Monica Airport were raising safety concerns on Friday, a day after a small plane that took off from SMO crashed at Penmar Golf Course in Venice. The pilot of the small plane, Robert R. Davenport, 60, was killed in the crash,... Read more →

City Council

Council to vote on sales tax increase

CITY HALL — Santa Monica voters in November could decide whether to increase the local sales tax by a half percent, a move that would bring in an estimated $13 million per year in additional revenue for City Hall. The City Council on Tuesday is set to consider placing the measure on the Nov. 2 ballot. A majority on the seven-member... Read more →


Boxer defends stimulus bill, praises Big Blue

COLORADO AVENUE — In the midst of a tight re-election race, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) stopped by the Big Blue Bus maintenance facility on Friday to defend the federal stimulus bill, highlighting Santa Monica’s use of federal funds to create jobs by purchasing new, hybrid buses. “We are here today because the Big Blue... Read more →


Repeat offender busted for burglary

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, June 21, at 9:27 a.m. Santa Monica officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Park Boulevard (Bob’s Market) regarding a combative... Read more →


Celebrate safely this Fourth of July

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — As the July 4 holiday approaches, the Santa Monica fire and police departments remind everyone that all types of fireworks are illegal in the city. This includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which may not be used, even if they are legal in the city in which they are purchased. Permanent... Read more →


Plane out of SMO crashes in Venice

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a pilot has died in the crash of a small plane on a Los Angeles golf course. The plane had departed from Santa Monica Airport. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says the man was the only person on board the plane, which slammed into some trees near the 8th hole of the Penmar Golf Course in... Read more →

City Council

Assistant city manager abruptly resigns

CITY HALL — Jennifer Phillips, the assistant city manager who oversaw Santa Monica’s planning, library, community and cultural services, economic development and public works departments, resigned on Wednesday after an 18-month tenure at City Hall. The announcement from City Manager Rod Gould came at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in an... Read more →


Local man to stand trial for murder

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A Santa Monica man was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges that he murdered two women, including a young fashion designer who had dated actor Ashton Kutcher. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson found sufficient evidence to require 34-year-old Michael Thomas Gargiulo to proceed to trial for the... Read more →

City Council

Measures to boost sales tax considered

CITY HALL — With a projected budget gap as high as $53 million by 2015, City Hall officials are considering whether to ask residents to approve a half cent sales tax increase or a property transfer tax hike this November to boost revenue and avoid cuts to services. Santa Monica’s City Council would have to decide whether to place... Read more →