Briefs

Pedroza takes job with other district

As the school year came to a close, Santa Monica High School Principal Dr. Hugo Pedroza served his final days as a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District employee. Pedroza recently accepted a position as assistant superintendent with the Lompoc Unified School District. The reasons for his departure are currently unknown. “I found... Read more →

City Council

Food truck question labors on for council

CITY HALL — Tuesday night in front of the California Heritage Museum, a group of food trucks slung tacos and other eclectic fare to a crowd of hungry individuals and families that meandered up and down Main Street. At that moment, less than a mile away, the Santa Monica City Council was engaged in discussion to determine the fate of... Read more →

News

Couple sues City Hall over parking ticket

DOWNTOWN — What began as a typical dispute over a parking ticket has snowballed into a legal battle that could eventually involve dozens of drivers who challenged citations issued by the Santa Monica Police Department over the last two years. Residents Harriet and Stanley Epstein have filed a lawsuit against City Hall claiming they... Read more →

Crime

Fugitive mobster Whitey Bulger busted in Santa Monica

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — James "Whitey" Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders, was captured Wednesday in Santa Monica after living on the run for 16 years, authorities said. Bulger, 81, was arrested at approximately 7 p.m. at a residence in the 1000... Read more →

News

ACLU faults VA plan for homeless vets

LOS ANGELES — Civil rights lawyers criticized a plan adopted Wednesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs for a sprawling Los Angeles campus at the center of a lawsuit claiming the agency was failing to house homeless vets on the property as intended. The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center master plan does not include any commitment... Read more →

News

Memorial set for UCLA student killed in traffic accident

WESTWOOD — When Melissa Del Aguila found out that she had been accepted to the school of her dreams, UCLA, she didn’t just pick up the phone and call her parents. That wouldn’t be enough for the adventurous and passionate young woman who wanted to attend the Westwood campus ever since she was a kid growing up in Rowland... Read more →

News

Watchdog takes a bite out of insurance industry

OCEAN PARK BLVD — Santa Monica-based advocacy group Consumer Watchdog declared victory Tuesday in a class action lawsuit alleging insurer Anthem Blue Cross used rate hikes as a means of pushing patients into lower-benefit and higher deductible health plans. A California Superior Court Judge in Ventura County gave preliminary approval... Read more →

News

Murder suspect wants child to testify

SANTA MONICA — A reality television producer charged with killing his wife in Mexico will ask a U.S. federal judge to allow the couple’s 6-year-old daughter to testify at an upcoming extradition proceeding, his attorneys said Tuesday. They want the young girl to be allowed to testify that she did not see her parents arguing... Read more →

City Council

‘Frankenfish’ debate comes to Santa Monica

CITY HALL — The Food and Drug Administration is inching closer to approving the first genetically-modified animal for human consumption, and commercial fisherman, dietitians nor Santa Monica city officials are happy about it. The product, which one member of Congress derided as a “Frankenfish,” is a bioengineered Atlantic... Read more →

News

UCLA grad hit, killed on Wilshire

WILSHIRE BLVD — A recent UCLA graduate who was out celebrating with friends was struck and killed by a taxi driver as she tried to hail a cab on Wilshire Boulevard early Saturday morning, Santa Monica police said. The victim, 24-year-old Melissa Del-Aguila of West Los Angeles, was transported to a nearby hospital but was declared dead... Read more →

News

Mobile clinic to help with access to affordable health care

OCEAN PARK — Come August, health care will be rolling on the Westside. At least, that’s what the Westside Family Health Center hopes will happen with its brand new mobile health clinic that will be coming off the assembly line in coming months. The mobile unit, paid for using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment... Read more →

News

Resident charged with tax fraud

LOS ANGELES — A Santa Monica man is currently facing federal fraud charges for allegedly filing tax returns that included fake donations to charity. “The indictment was in response to an audit he submitted with a false charitable donation letter,” said Alka Sagar, assistant United States attorney. 51-year-old Howard Hal... Read more →

Education

Parents call for flavored milk ban

SMMUSD HDQTRS — First it was eggs (too high in cholesterol), and then carbohydrates in everything from a slice of bread to that found in your “apple a day” — every category of food gets maligned for the ever-increasing problem of childhood and adult obesity in the United States. Locals have their sights set on yet... Read more →

Environment

Time to rethink nuclear energy

Dear EarthTalk: Radioactive rain recently fell in Massachusetts, likely due to Japan’s nuclear mess. Given the threats of radiation, wouldn’t it be madness now to continue with nuclear power? How can President Obama include nukes as part of a “clean energy” agenda? — Bill Mason, Hartford, Conn. In... Read more →

News

Local company develops innovative prosthetic joint

SANTA MONICA BLVD — Dealing with the loss of a limb is difficult enough without hassling with an outmoded prosthetic socket that will more than likely have to be replaced within the first year of its use. That difficulty may soon be a thing of the past thanks to the development of a new type of socket, or interface, that grabs the... Read more →