News

Local Iranians calling for peace

CITYWIDE — Nima Ghalehsari was excited as he sat watching the news on the evening of June 12. The Iranian student at Santa Monica College was looking forward to hearing the results of the presidential election in Iran, but when the television anchor announced the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he was shocked. “It was... Read more →

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Cottage owners plan to rent for short-term stays

OCEAN AVENUE — Facing a growing bill to rehab a more than century-old cottage, the owners are looking to rent the historically-landmarked property to bring in some extra cash. John and Donna Heidt, who purchased the house at 2219 Ocean Ave. last year, recently applied for a bed and breakfast designation for the beachfront... Read more →

Crime

Fighting over green tea

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. Saturday, June 20, at 2 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the intersection of the Third Street Promenade and Broadway regarding a report of... Read more →

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Council extends preferential parking restrictions

WILSHIRE BLVD. — It’s a recurring scene that happens about once a week — a group of intoxicated individuals stumble loudly through a residential neighborhood to their cars in the early morning hours, waking neighbors along the way. That’s how about a half dozen residents living off of Wilshire Boulevard painted the... Read more →

News

Free lunches for kids

DOWNTOWN — Kids who work up an appetite over the summer months will be able to chow down on some healthy grub for free under two federally-funded programs that provide nutritious meals for students whose families may be struggling to put food on the table. Nearly 2,900 locations across the state, including three in Santa Monica, will... Read more →

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Get your electric car charged on Route 66

DOWNTOWN — The Green Roadway Project takes an iconic American image — a car driving along winding roads, covering territory ranging from snowy mountains to crashing ocean waves — and adds more to the picture. A demonstration Wednesday at the Mobile station at Lincoln and Santa Monica boulevards evoked a vision of a world... Read more →

Briefs

Annenberg Community Beach House swings into summer

The Annenberg Community Beach House is celebrating summer with a full schedule of activities and events. Located just north of the Santa Monica Pier, the beach house boasts a swimming pool, play area and gardens. This summer pool passes on Monday are reduced to $1 from 10 a.m. until noon. Fitness classes such as yoga, beach tennis and beach... Read more →

City Council

Council approves budget, increases fines and fees

CITY HALL — A challenging past several months trying to balance a budget hit by state funding cuts and drops in sales tax revenue reached a relatively satisfactory conclusion on Tuesday night when the City Council adopted a roughly half billion dollar package for fiscal 2009-10. While City Hall was able to avoid layoffs, furloughing... Read more →

City Council

Massage parlors to offer easy access

CITY HALL — Massage businesses in Santa Monica will now be required to keep their doors unlocked during operating hours after the City Council on Tuesday voted to impose more stringent regulations on the parlors. The new policy, which is meant to better ensure safety in the event of a fire, was one of a handful of changes authorized to... Read more →

Crime

Local newspaper hit with false advertising claims

CITY HALL — Newspapers might hold themselves out as disseminators of the truth but one local publication is in hot water for allegedly engaging in false advertising. The City Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced it filed an unlawful business practices lawsuit against David Ganezer, the publisher of the Santa Monica Observer,... Read more →