Large vehicles to face restrictions

CITYWIDE — The Santa Monica City Council could make it more difficult to park tall vehicles in parts of the city at its meeting next week. The council will hear a second reading of an ordinance requested by three city departments to post signs prohibiting the parking of vehicles over 5 feet high in locations where they could impact... Read more →

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Bus fall victim gets $55,000

CITY HALL — Santa Monica attorneys closed the books on a 2010 civil suit for $55,000 after an elderly woman fell and injured herself on a Big Blue Bus. According to a lawsuit filed in February 2010, Aura Celis, of Arleta, Calif., allegedly fell on Big Blue Bus route 7 when the driver braked before she had found a seat. The accident... Read more →


Concord Prep rising from the ashes

MID-CITY — Things are looking up for Concord Prep. It’s Sunday and a handful of teenagers from the small private high school are dressed in medieval garb, practicing lines in a student’s back yard in preparation for a school production of “The Tempest.” The scene is fitting for the general state of the... Read more →


Air quality still has a ways to go

Dear EarthTalk Is air quality in the United States improving or getting worse? Is it cleaner in some parts of the country than in others? K. Gould Sherman Oaks, Calif. Air quality across the United States has improved dramatically since 1970 when Congress passed the Clean Air Act in response to growing pollution problems and fouled air from... Read more →


New group wants to give new rep to airport

SMO — The Santa Monica Airport has its share of enemies, or at least vehement detractors, but now it can claim to have a group of friends. A new community organization called Friends of the Santa Monica Airport, or FOSMO, formed in November 2010 with the aim of promoting aviation and educating neighbors and others about what... Read more →


Rental negotiations leave tenants in the dark

THIRD STREET — Tenants are living in fear of eviction as the City Attorney’s Office and Rent Control Board fight to preserve rental units at the Embassy Hotel and Apartments on Third Street. The owner wants to take the units off the rental market, kicking the current residents out. Those tenants, who currently have no... Read more →


Bomb scare a false alarm

SM BEACH — A simulated grenade found Friday afternoon just north of the Santa Monica Pier prompted police to evacuate the area. The discovery was made at 2:50 p.m. in the 1200 block of the beach, police said. Los Angeles County lifeguards were flagged down by a person walking along the beach who saw the grenade, which is used in... Read more →


Planners move ahead on bike priorities

CITY HALL — Santa Monica bicyclists, rejoice — the wait is almost over. The past week and a half has seen two workshops largely focused on pushing forward the “no new trips” agenda embodied in the general plan’s land use and circulation element, or LUCE, with great attention paid to prioritizing bike-friendly... Read more →


Man arrested for masturbating at Santa Monica’s Main Library

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, April 10, 3:35 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the Main Library regarding a report of someone exposing themselves. When officers... Read more →


Police probe laser pointer directed at news helicopter

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police are trying to find the person responsible for pointing a laser at a news helicopter Wednesday night. SMPD Lt. Jay Trisler said around 11:15 p.m. a pilot of a KCLA 9 news chopper covering an officer involved shooting in Sunset Park reported seeing a green laser light. The helicopter was... Read more →


Shopping cart in hand worth two in the bush

CITYWIDE — They’re run into in parking lots, abandoned on street corners and generally abused, but police can’t crack down until offenders are caught in the act. The victims, shopping carts, represent not only a useful tool at the neighborhood grocery store, they’re one significant investment that owners have a hard... Read more →


Synagogue blast suspect returning to California to face charges

CLEVELAND — The suspect in an explosion at a California synagogue has agreed to return from Ohio to face charges. Sixty-year-old Ron Hirsch waived a detention hearing Wednesday afternoon. He told a federal magistrate judge in Cleveland that he is ready to be returned to face charges in the Santa Monica blast. No plea was entered on a... Read more →


15th indicted in piracy that killed local yachters

NORFOLK, Va. — A Somali man accused of acting as chief negotiator for pirates who took four Americans hostage, including a pair of St. Monica parishioners, and killed them in February is the highest-ranking pirate the U.S. has captured in its efforts to help crack down on a rash of hijackings off Africa, prosecutors said... Read more →