Crime

Gold company investigated by City Attorney

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s office last week confirmed that a local gold company is under investigation after receiving complaints that the business was possibly scamming customers. The company, Superior Gold Group (SGG), is apparently based in Nevada although it also operates out of an office on Wilshire... Read more →

City Council

City Council is considering Arizona boycott

CITY HALL — Santa Monica could become the latest city to boycott Arizona over that state’s tough new immigration law that critics say will lead to racial profiling. The City Council on Tuesday will consider joining San Diego, Oakland and San Francisco by passing a measure in protest of the law, which makes state law enforcement... Read more →

Crime

Police ask for help locating witnesses to officer shooting

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police are asking for the public’s assistance to locate two people they believe may have witnessed the shooting of a Santa Monica Police officer early Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred May 18 at about 1:40 a.m. in the 1900 block of Lincoln Blvd. when officers stopped a suspected drunk driver. A... Read more →

Crime

SMPD admits tickets given by mistake

OCEAN PARK — A number of people received parking tickets for violating street sweeping restrictions in error last week while Ocean Park Boulevard was being repaved, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler. Because the city sent a notice saying street sweeping restrictions would not be enforced while Ocean Park Boulevard was being... Read more →

News

Venice Art Walk kicks off with party

Charlotte Bjorlin D’Elia and her husband, Robert D’Elia have been building lofts for close to 10 years. Their most recent development “Dogtown Station” — named to pay homage to the famous Venice skateboard community of years past — is comprised of 35 live/work lofts located on Main Street and is also the... Read more →

Education

Minority students suspended at higher rates

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The suspension rate fell in 2009 compared with the year before, but minority students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District continued to account for a disproportionate percentage of suspensions, according to a district report released this month. The suspension rate declined at each district secondary school... Read more →

News

City acquires more Downtown real estate for development

DOWNTOWN — Today it’s the site of a couple of drab bank buildings, but City Hall officials say the southeast corner of Fourth Street and Arizona Avenue could be much more. The City Council last week agreed to pay $42.5 million for the 52,500-square-foot property, a purchase that officials said will complement 67,500 square feet of... Read more →

Briefs

More additions to Santa Monica Place

On the heels of announcing the addition of a new and improved Disney Store, Santa Monica Place is adding nine more stores to the mix of nearly 60 retailers and restaurants already scheduled to open. The new additions cover every floor of the shopping center, slated to open Aug. 6. Ever, Kenneth Cole, and Ugo Cafe will call the mall’s... Read more →

Crime

Stick ’em up

Stick ’em up 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. Saturday, May 15, at 9:05 p.m., Officers responded to the corner of Second Street and Pier Avenue regarding a report of an armed... Read more →

News

Pot bust raising questions

SM AIRPORT — Federal law enforcement officials earlier this month found more than 300 pounds of marijuana on a plane that departed from Santa Monica Airport, raising questions about security at small, general aviation facilities. Authorities said two men and a woman were arrested after landing at the Pontiac Municipal Airport in... Read more →

City Council

Smoking ban may expand

CITY HALL — Santa Monica’s already strict anti-smoking laws could get even tougher. Responding to residents’ complaints that the existing ban on smoking in the common areas of apartments and condos doesn’t go far enough, City Council members Gleam Davis and Kevin McKeown are asking their colleagues to support a... Read more →

City Council

Residents and chamber spar over LUCE

CITY HALL — In a preview of an expected showdown before the City Council next month, accusations between neighborhood groups and the Chamber of Commerce are flying over City Hall’s long-studied general plan update known as the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE). The document, which sets out a vision for growth in Santa Monica... Read more →

Crime

Name of suspect in shooting released

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have released the name of the man suspected of opening fire on officers, wounding one, during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning on Lincoln Boulevard. Dante Glenn Leverette, 32, of Los Angeles is expected to be booked on suspicion of trying to kill a police officer, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay... Read more →

Briefs

Like a fish

The inaugural Pier-to-Pier Challenge, a 12.6-mile swimming race from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Santa Monica Pier, will be held Oct. 16, organizers announced Monday. Races will also be held at 1.2, 2.4 and 4.8 miles, along with relays. “We hope this event will inspire people to challenge themselves,” said Alan Morelli, chief... Read more →

City Council

Tenants facing 2 percent rent increase

CITY HALL — City Hall is recommending that owners of rent-controlled apartment buildings be allowed to raise rents by 2 percent this year, up from the 1 percent increase the Rent Control Board approved in 2009. The Rent Control Agency’s five-member board is set to discuss the annual rent increase, or “general... Read more →