News

Big Blue busted

CITY HALL — Three employees with Big Blue Bus face criminal charges for allegedly abusing a rideshare program that provides free public transit passes to city employees who pledge to leave their cars at home. Following a random internal audit of the program, City Hall’s Finance Department discovered irregularities in... Read more →

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Pawn shop gets assistance from City Hall

DOWNTOWN — The last pawn shop in Santa Monica got a big boost from the City Council on Tuesday when officials approved an interim ordinance that expands the geographical area where such brokers are permitted. The new law allows Angelo’s Pawn Shop, which is located in the Mayfair Theater complex at 206 Santa Monica Blvd., to... Read more →

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Open mic for entrepreneurs

DOWNTOWN — In a dimly-lit room off an alley behind the Third Street Promenade, Temitope Sonuyi jumped on stage and prepared to address the audience. All was relatively quiet inside The Westside Eclectic, filled with just a few whispers and some giggles as eyes turned to Sonuyi. What came out of his mouth was in stark contrast to the... Read more →

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Hotels to offer third night free

DOWNTOWN — With tourism — one of the largest economic engines in the city — taking a hit in the recession, hotels are getting creative when it comes to attracting guests. The Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday announced a new promotion in which 25 participating hotels will offer guests a free room for the third... Read more →

City Council

Residents give City Hall good marks

CITY HALL — In the two years since residents were interviewed about their perceptions of the city, little has changed. Homelessness and congestion remain among the top challenges facing Santa Monica, while the lack of affordable housing and parking are still troublesome to many, according to a City Hall survey that identified the major... Read more →

City Council

Downtown streets to be repaved

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →

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Community Briefs

SM BAY Water warning The Coast Guard warned boaters Sunday to remember that the ocean is still cold enough to cause hypothermia, despite occasional warm, summer-like days. “Even though the weather is warmer, the water is still extremely cold,” said Anthony Turner, a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. “With... Read more →

Crime

Virgin Mary statue found without head

CALIFORNIA AVE. — Santa Monica Police are investigating an alleged hate crime after officials with St. Monica Catholic Church discovered a statue of the Virgin Mary beheaded shortly before Easter services commenced. A priest found the 55-year-old marble statue, which stands on the corner of Seventh Street and California Avenue,... Read more →

Environment

Not long for this world?

Dear EarthTalk: Aren’t orangutans seriously threatened by the cutting down of forests? — Nick Chermayeff, Greenwich, CT Deforestation is indeed the primary threat to the orangutan, a species of great ape known for its keen intelligence and the fact that it’s the largest animal to live primarily in trees. A 2007 assessment... Read more →

News

A very painful payment

Moe Taheri, owner of Santa Monica Tobacco, rang up his customer’s order. It was the usual tub of American Spirit and rolling papers, a good mix for people who want to cut the chemical additives out of their cigarettes by rolling their own. When the total appeared in blocky green font on the cash register, the customer balked. “Oh,... Read more →

News

City officials address noise at restaurant

WILSHIRE BLVD — A year since its opening, the complaints are still coming in from neighbors about SOUTH, bemoaning the noise and other general quality of life issues which they believe came with the popular restaurant. But while City Hall has responded to those grievances by informing affected residents that the Southern fusion... Read more →

City Council

Council forms tree task force

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica Treesavers scored a victory on Tuesday when the City Council voted to establish a new task force that would advise on the development of an urban forest master plan. The new task force, joining the long list of boards and commissions that advise the council, will be responsible for helping city officials... Read more →

Crime

SMC assault suspect pleads not guilty

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Malibu man accused of sexually assaulting a Santa Monica College student in the campus library pleaded not guilty to felony charges on Thursday. The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office charged Chase Guy Reynolds, 40, with two counts of sexual battery by restraint, one count of attempted sexual... Read more →

Briefs

In good health

Los Angeles County ranks among the top 10 healthiest counties in California when it comes to lung cancer, injuries, motor vehicle accidents and pre-natal care, but it is among the least healthy for heart disease and diabetes, according to a report released recently. “These findings demonstrate some of the real successes of local public... Read more →

Crime

Cops nab couch potato

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. Wednesday, April 1, at 5:17 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 800 block of Woodacres Road regarding a report of a break-in. When officers... Read more →