Crime

Four arrested for allegedly stealing cell phones

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. Monday, July 4, at 6:25 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the area of Lincoln and Pico boulevards when they were flagged down... Read more →

Briefs

Pacific Park offers free rides during ‘Carmageddon’

Santa Monica Pier’s Pacific Park is offering all San Fernando Valley residents up to 53 hours of free rides during Carmageddon weekend. From July 16 to 17, the 405 Freeway will be closed for the removal of the historic Mulholland Drive bridge. This closure is expected to cause severe traffic jams in the Westside and the Valley.... Read more →

Briefs

CityTV sweeps STAR awards

CityTV 16, Santa Monica’s public access channel, took home three first-place trophies at the annual STAR Awards, presented by the States of California and Nevada of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors. For the eighth time in 11 years, CityTV 16 won the Overall Excellence Award, beating out the cities of... Read more →

Crime

‘Whitey’ Bulger pleads not guilty on 19 murder counts

BOSTON — James “Whitey” Bulger pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a racketeering indictment that accuses the reputed former crime boss of participating in 19 murders, some dating back to the 1970s. Bulger said “not guilty” in a clear voice several times during his arraignment on the 32-count indictment in U.S.... Read more →

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Civil rights complaint filed in Samohi incident

SAMOHI — A Los Angeles-based civil rights group filed a complaint with the Department of Justice Wednesday against a Santa Monica wrestling coach and two student athletes allegedly involved in a racial incident against a black student on the Santa Monica High School campus. The civil rights complaint was filed by Najee Ali, the director... Read more →

Crime

Shot fired in Subway robbery

LINCOLN BLVD — Santa Monica police say a Subway sandwich artist was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night, the suspect firing off one round from a handgun as he was trying to open a cash register. No one was injured, and the suspect fled to a waiting vehicle with the cash drawer, said Sgt. Richard Lewis, spokesman for the Santa Monica... Read more →

News

Celebrating the creation of a new identity for Downtown

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Kathleen Rawson, CEO of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the new incarnation of Bayside District Corp., was in the middle of a speech Wednesday morning about the new name and logo for the popular shopping destination, and the agency that helps City Hall promote it, when something strange happened. As onlookers... Read more →

News

Original Z-Boy Cahill dies at 54

DOWNTOWN — The Dogtown family has lost one of its founding fathers. Chris Cahill, one of the original Dogtown Z-Boys who revolutionized skateboarding with their sharp-turns and faster, more aggressive low-slung surf style, has died. He was 54. Cahill, an accomplished kneeboard surfer and artist who learned how to skate on the... Read more →

News

Metro expands free bus rides during 405 freeway closure

LOS ANGELES — In addition to providing free rides on the Orange, Red and Purple lines, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Tuesday announced that it will make 26 additional Metro bus lines free in an effort to avoid complete gridlock on the Westside during the upcoming weekend closure of a section of... Read more →

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Co-op preps ‘green’ cart cleaning system

BROADWAY — When David Teixeira shops at the Co-opportunity market, he never grabs a complimentary sanitizing wipe for his shopping cart or himself. “I don’t like grabbing the wipes,” Teixeira said. But Teixeira believes he would use something if it cleaned the entire cart, and if all he had to do was push a... Read more →

Education

SMC center wins excellence in business award

SMC — The Santa Monica College Small Business Development Center has won an excellence and innovation award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The center was cited for improving performance, increasing efficiency, and for being the only green business advisor in the Los Angeles area network. Federal officials said that the... Read more →

Education

State plays games with school budgets

SMMUSD HDQTRS — California state government seems intent on getting its own fiscal house in order while making a mess of everyone else’s. In a rushed budget session, which was confined to a 38-minute window so that it could be approved by the June 30 deadline, school district officials approved a $118,168,289 general fund budget... Read more →

News

City officials, residents gear up for ‘Carmageddon’

DOWNTOWN Santa Monican Priscilla Bathalon plans to utilize a unique means of transportation the weekend of July 16-17 — a scooter and backroads to avoid the traffic caused by the impending closure of Interstate 405. The closure, popularly termed “Carmageddon,” is expected to cause a traffic jam of epic proportions. The... Read more →

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Santa Monicans react to new graphic cigarette warning labels

MID-CITY — Purchase a pack of cigarettes and get a blackened lung, rotten teeth or an oxygen mask — these are just a few of nine graphic warning labels the FDA unveiled recently in what was the most significant change to cigarette labels in the last 25 years. While the bold new warning labels, which will cover 50 percent of... Read more →

Environment

Dawn of ‘green chemistry’

Dear EarthTalk So many chemicals in everyday products are harmful to our health and the environment. Why aren’t we developing safer alternatives? Donna Langston, Asheville, NC Researchers today are beginning to question the safety of many chemicals used in consumer products. Studies have linked Bisphenol A (BPA), flame retardants,... Read more →