News

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 →

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 →

News

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 →

Education

Schools receive masks to fight flu

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Local schools will soon be getting thousands of surgical masks as a precaution against a flu outbreak, courtesy of the federal government. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is slated to receive 22,000 of the masks — about two for each student — along with rubber gloves and some heavier-duty... 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 →

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 →

News

Rose Bowl rallies boost tourism

SM PIER — It may have been a down year for tourism in Santa Monica, but at least it’s going to end with a bang. Both college football teams playing in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day — Ohio State and the University of Oregon — have decided to hold their pre-game pep rallies in Santa Monica, providing a... Read more →

News

Alleged stalker of actress Garner arrested

SECOND STREET — A man was arrested Monday by Santa Monica police for violating a restraining order and stalking after he was found to be near a nursery school where actress Jennifer Garner’s daughter, Violet Affleck, attends. Steven Burky was arrested around 9 a.m. in the 1200 block of Alley One near the rear of the First... Read more →

City Council

Parlor battle heats up

CITY HALL — Months after the Planning Commission tried to cut business hours and slap other restrictions a popular bar and restaurant that some neighbors say is a nuisance, the bar’s owners are taking the fight up a notch, alleging City Hall made “illegal threats” against the business and violated its... Read more →