School board rejects Malibu charter proposal

MALIBU — The school board has rejected a bid by a group of Malibu parents and teachers to turn Point Dume Marine Science Academy into a charter school that operates independent of district oversight. The vote to deny the charter petition was 4-2, with one board member abstaining. It came after a six-hour meeting at Malibu City Hall that... Read more →


Winterer will not seek recount

DOWNTOWN — Ted Winterer, a candidate for City Council who came 56 votes short of winning a seat in November’s election, on Friday said he would not challenge the results by asking for a recount. Winterer received 12,719 votes to place fourth in a contest for three four-year council seats. Incumbent Bob Holbrook came in third with... Read more →


Local man sentenced for murder

VAN NUYS — A Santa Monica man was sentenced Thursday to 56 years to life in prison for beating a female friend to death with a hammer. Adel Tabrizi Chapel, 25, was convicted Nov. 15 of first-degree murder for the Feb. 28, 2009, beating death of Denise Figueroa, 22, of North Hills. Jurors also found true the allegation that Chapel used a... Read more →


Not the right place to puke

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, Nov. 27, at 6:10 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the corner of Neilson Way and Fraser Street regarding a traffic collision. When... Read more →


Cyclists gaining momentum for planning push

CITY HALL — There’s an undeniable new focus at City Hall on making Santa Monica more bike friendly. Now, cycling activists want to see some results. As leaders prepare to host the first of several public meetings to come up with a “Bike Action Plan” on Dec. 13, officials point to a series of recent moves that show a... Read more →


DA may probe election mailer group

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office on Thursday said it had referred a complaint about the election season practices of the group Santa Monicans for Quality Government to the District Attorney’s Office for a possible criminal investigation. Referring the matter to county prosecutors, City Attorney Marsha... Read more →


Holiday events fill the weekend in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — Santa Monica will be awash in holiday spirit this weekend. Starting today, the city will play host to holiday-inspired events that will include Christmas tree and menorah lightings, music performances and visits with Santa. Here is a rundown of what’s planned: Montana Avenue Holiday Walk Friday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. to 9... Read more →


Big Blue Bus food drive

The Big Blue Bus is rolling out the holiday spirit to local streets once again with its annual food drive, which is in effect until Dec. 17. The goal is to help the ever increasing number of families and individuals impacted by the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. This year’s food drive combines the efforts of not... Read more →


Buy gifts, help schools

School shopping takes on a whole new meaning at Santa Monica Place this holiday season. Throughout the entire month of December, the mall is helping shoppers make valuable contributions to their schools of choice as part of the “Get Gifted” holiday program. People need only bring their Santa Monica Place retail and/or restaurant... Read more →

City Council

Local landlord pays for alleged rent control abuse

CITY HALL — A Santa Monica landlord who allegedly claimed she was going out of the rental business and evicted her tenants but then re-leased her units at higher rates, has agreed to pay a total of $120,000 in damages to a former tenant and City Hall. Under the deal, the landlord, Cheryl Kautzky, is required to pay $100,000 to Edward... Read more →


Jewish group loses appeal in dispute over landmarked property

SAN VICENTE BLVD — A state appellate court has rejected an appeal from a Jewish group that for five years has sought to demolish a seaside Santa Monica apartment complex, claiming it should be entitled to an exemption from historic preservation laws because it intends to build a home for Jewish refugees on the site. The group, Or Khaim... Read more →


SMMUSD: Malibu charter school proposal is a bust

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A group of Malibu parents and teachers that wants to turn Point Dume Marine Science Academy into a charter school lacks a sound financial plan and sufficient experience operating a school, according to a school district report that urges board members to reject the group’s charter school application. The... Read more →


Samohi senior to compete on ‘Jeopardy!’

DOWNTOWN — A Santa Monica High School senior is one of 15 players selected to compete in this year’s “Jeopardy!” Teen Tournament, which will be broadcast nationally beginning Feb. 17, 2011, according to representatives with the trivia game show. Carlee Jensen first found out that she was selected when her family... Read more →


Holbrook wins sixth term by 56 votes

DOWNTOWN — With the vote tally complete, Bob Holbrook’s narrow victory over challenger Ted Winterer in the Santa Monica City Council race is expected to become official today. Holbrook’s victory, by a margin of 56 votes, or .08 percent of those cast in the contest, means Santa Monica voters have returned all five sitting... Read more →


City Hall goes light on some code violations

CITY HALL — Bicyclists who break Santa Monica law by riding on the sidewalk caught a break of their own last week, as the City Council agreed to reduce the penalty for that offense, and several others, from a misdemeanor to an infraction. The change came in response to a complaint City Hall received from a cyclist who had been given a... Read more →