MTA moves Subway to the Sea forward

DOWNTOWN L.A. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved the exploration of two possible routes for the proposed subway to Santa Monica on Thursday, allowing the project to move forward into its next phase. Decision makers winnowed down the number of proposed routes from about 17 to two, one running down Wilshire Boulevard and the... Read more →


Despite sluggish economy, private schools doing fine

CITYWIDE As the economy forces locals to save money — cutting vacations and frivolous expenditures — one area that has remained relatively unaffected by the downturn is private education. In a city packed with independent institutions, whether it’s parochial like Saint Anne School or specialized like Crossroads School,... Read more →


When push comes to a bottle over the head

<i>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. </i> Sunday, Jan. 18, at 1:15 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2900 block of Main Street — Main on Main —... Read more →


A new face at City Hall

DOWNTOWN You’ve heard of a Jack of all trades, but how about a Jennifer? Having spent the past 24 years in public service, working in the areas of recycling, public transit and animal control, Jennifer Phillips prides herself on being a polymath and she’ll need all the experience she’s gained when she becomes the new... Read more →


Fighting to save public access

DOWNTOWN John Kerwin likes to refer to himself as the Robin Hood of public access. The host of the late night comedy gab fest “The John Kerwin Show” would often attend tapings of a certain network talk show, take gifts given to the audience (some worth as much as $150) and then give them away to members of his small, but loyal... Read more →


Cops searching for hit-and-run suspect

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Investigators with the Santa Monica Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle involved in a felony hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a bike rider. It was the 13th hit-and-run accident in Santa Monica so far this year, said SMPD Investigator Chris Dawson. There were... Read more →


Realizing King’s dream

WILSHIRE BLVD — On the day before the inauguration of the nation’s first black president, hundreds of people gathered here to honor the life of a man whose activism more than 40 years ago helped make the historic election possible. The celebration on Monday of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 80th birthday focused on how the... Read more →


‘Wild’ side of SM Mountains

SM MOUNTAINS It’s a jungle out there in the hills above Santa Monica. Well, not really a jungle, but it is home to a broad diversity of wildlife that most city dwellers would never expect to find so close to such a teeming metropolis. That wildlife is the subject of PBS show, “Wild Chronicles,” which airs locally on KLCS on... Read more →

City Council

Council passes smoking ban in common areas

CITY HALL Smokers who live in apartments will have to kick their habits — at least in common areas — after the City Council on Tuesday passed its latest ban against lighting up. The newest ordinance concerns common areas of all multi-unit residences, prohibiting the act in apartments and condominiums where tenants have... Read more →


Caught in the act

<i>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. </i> Friday, Jan. 9, at 6:20 p.m., Santa Monica vice officers conducting a prostitution sting in the 1000 block Euclid Street arrested a... Read more →


Proposed plastic bag ban challenged

CITY HALL Facing the threat of a lawsuit from a coalition of manufacturers, city officials on Tuesday delayed a long-anticipated vote to ban plastic bags. An association by the name,, sent a letter to City Hall on Monday warning it would file a lawsuit that would force an Environmental Impact Report on the proposed... Read more →


Computer glitch messes with parking tickets

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY If you think you’ve paid all of your parking tickets, you might want to think again. That’s because the Santa Monica Police Department in November discovered a computer error that rejected roughly 21,000 valid parking tickets issued as far back as 2004, meaning car owners did not receive warning notices... Read more →

City Council

SMFD brings dispatch back home

CITY HALL When it comes to fire dispatching, it’s in with the old and out with the new. The Santa Monica Fire Department will reactivate its Communications Center in the Public Safety Facility after concluding that a more than year-long relationship with the Los Angeles Fire Department Regional Dispatch Center just isn’t... Read more →


Council releases money to district

CITY HALL It took more than 18 months, a time marked by the release of a critical report on special education and the surprising resignation of a controversial figure, but school officials finally got what they wanted. Convinced the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has met all the demands placed upon them to begin changing the... Read more →


Huerta cancels keynote speech at MLK event

WILSHIRE BLVD. The much anticipated keynote speech by Dolores Huerta at this month’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will have to wait at least another year after the renown labor organizer canceled on the event. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Westside Coalition announced on Monday that Huerta, who co-founded the National... Read more →