Crime

Sears still popular with shoplifters

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, Jan. 10, at 5:43 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding a theft suspect... Read more →

News

CIty takes steps to curb pier pigeons

SM PIER — For pigeons, the Santa Monica Pier has long been something akin to easy street, where even the beta males seem to get fat and happy off discarded pizza crust and fallen churros. But the times are changing and Santa Monica is taking a more aggressive stand against the birds, which studies have shown contribute to poor water... Read more →

Environment

City buys electric car from former adversary

CITY HALL — The man who was once targeted by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office for allegedly selling electric cars without permission is now doing business with City Hall, and last month delivered a fully electric pickup truck for use in the city’s fleet. Last year, City Hall lawyers spent about six months trying to... Read more →

Briefs

Free parking for Genser memorial

While the late Mayor Ken Genser would have most likely preferred it if you walked or rode the bus (he was a major proponent of alternative transit), City Hall is offering free parking for the memorial service paying tribute to Santa Monica’s longest-serving elected official. The memorial for Genser, who passed away Saturday at the age... Read more →

News

In relief of Haiti

A pair of local eateries have agreed to host fundraisers to assist the Red Cross’ ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of a major earthquake in Haiti. The Pourtal Wine Bar is donating 25 percent of its wine tasting sales to the Santa Monica chapter of the American Red Cross Haitian relief effort on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. until... Read more →

News

Event aims to boost sales on Main Street

MAIN STREET — After a dismal year for retailers, Main Street merchants are grasping for ways to boost sales. This month, they’re banding together to launch “Last Fridays,” on Jan. 29. Participating stores will be staying open late and holding special events to bring in customers. The event is planned to take place the... Read more →

News

Four face trial for Brumfield murder

DOWNTOWN — Four suspected gang members charged with the beating death of a Santa Monica man will stand trial after a Superior Court judge last week found there was enough evidence to move forward with the case. Assisted by court-approved wire taps, Santa Monica police officers in October of last year arrested Sammy Murphy, 50; Gwindon... Read more →

Education

Kuehl to launch public policy institute at SMC

SMC — Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl was hired Tuesday by the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees to create a public policy institute at the school with hopes of providing residents with nonpartisan reports on key economic, social and political issues come election time. Kuehl, who represented Santa Monica and other Westside... Read more →

News

Roadhouse still in limbo, but both sides negotiating

SM CANYON — A legal dispute between the owner of Patrick’s Roadhouse and his landlord is nearing an out-of-court settlement, but there appear to be few options left for keeping the historic restaurant in business long term. Lee and Christine Benchay, who own the property on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Santa Monica where... Read more →

Education

Hall of Fame to add another name

SMC — Legendary Santa Monica College basketball coach John McMullen — one of an elite group of coaches nationwide who tallied more than 500 wins in his career — will be inducted into the SMC Sports Hall of Fame school officials said. McMullen joins such sports luminaries as Olympic gold medalist and retired SMC professor... Read more →

News

Report: Santa Monica Bay gets cleaner

SM BAY — Santa Monica Bay beaches are safer for swimming than they were five years ago, but water quality remains poor during winter months, the latest report from the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission said. Problems like contaminated fish, threatened wildlife populations and trash in the ocean remain persistent concerns,... Read more →

Education

SMC students plead guilty to locker room thefts

SMC — A pair of former Santa Monica College students plead guilty to a series of locker room robberies at the main campus, making off with over 130 stolen items that included iPods, books and other valuables, authorities announced Tuesday. Juan A. Rodriguez and Gianny E. Galindo plead guilty to several counts of commercial burglary on... Read more →

City Council

Campaign has raised smoking ban awareness, at a cost

CITY HALL — A publicity campaign aimed at educating Santa Monica residents and visitors on the city’s tough no-smoking laws has raised awareness about the rules, a City Hall report released last week said. But while polling shows the $150,000 effort, which involved signs, posters and a flier blitz, was effective in educating... Read more →

City Council

Council postpones meeting because of mayor’s death

CITY HALL — City Council’s meeting scheduled for today has been called off because at least three council members thought it was too soon to meet following Mayor Ken Genser’s death on Saturday. Without a quorum of four members, City Hall rescheduled the meeting for Tuesday Jan. 19. City Councilwoman Gleam Davis said she... Read more →

Briefs

Counting the homeless

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and city officials are seeking volunteers to count Santa Monica’s homeless population. A statement released by City Hall states that officials are looking for 200 volunteers to take to the streets on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. The count will continue until 2 a.m. the following day.... Read more →