News

Delays won’t derail Expo project

DOWNTOWN — Despite delays and cost overruns during Phase One of the Expo Light Rail project, which is expected to link Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles by 2015, City Hall officials and mass transit supporters remain confident the project is on track. The environmental impact report for the rail line’s second phase — the... Read more →

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Garner’s accused stalker charged

A man accused of stalking actress Jennifer Garner and her husband, actor Ben Affleck, was charged Thursday with two counts of felony stalking and two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order. Steven Richard Burky, 37, was arrested at 9:05 a.m. Monday at a nursery school in the 1200 block of Alley One, at the rear of the First... Read more →

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New ER begins receiving patients

ST. JOHN’S HEALTH CENTER — Just about everything has to happen quickly in emergency medicine, so perhaps the plan to move the entire St. John’s Health Center ER staff to its new digs in the recently certified Howard Keck Center overnight should come as no surprise. At 1 a.m. today, doctors and nurses were scheduled to make... Read more →

Crime

Police chief extends 3-12 work week

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman has extended for one month a pilot program in which rank-and-file officers work three, 12.5-hour days instead of the traditional 10 hour, four days a week schedule, a move that is expected to raise morale while putting more officers on the streets at times when they are... Read more →

Crime

‘Tis the season to shoplift

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, Dec. 13, at 11:35 a.m., Officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding shoplifting suspects in custody.... Read more →

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Pub crawl unites revelers for a good cause

DOWNTOWN — Raise your glasses for charity. This weekend Westside Food Bank is the beneficiary of Santa Monica's first annual pub crawl, which will take place on Dec. 19 starting at 5 p.m. More than a dozen bars and restaurants throughout the city will be participating in an attempt to spread holiday cheer and promote a worthy... Read more →

Environment

Just say no to plastic bags

CITYWIDE — Local businesses are joining thousands across Los Angeles County today to help protect the environment during Heal the Bay’s third annual “A Day Without a Bag.” To help reduce the amount of plastic bags used, business owners, in conjunction with county officials and Heal the Bay, are encouraging shoppers to... Read more →

Briefs

Don’t drink and drive

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety, driver’s license checkpoint this Friday night in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officers will be contacting drivers to... Read more →

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Concerns raised over massive development

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — Residents got their first look at a plan to build a large commercial and residential building on a site near a future light rail stop Tuesday night, some of them expressing doubts about the developer’s claim that the nearly 1-million-square-foot complex would have a moderate traffic impact. The meeting was the... Read more →

Briefs

Rain delay

There’s no need to water the lawn these days thanks to the recent rain storm that drenched the city. That’s according to City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, which is recommending all property owners to shut off irrigation systems for the coming weeks. City officials would like for people to adjust... Read more →