‘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 →



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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


Perez achieving the dream

SAMOHI — Consuelo Perez looked every inch the consummate professional that she is when she approached the podium to deliver her report on the English Learners’ Advisory Committee (ELAC) to the Board of Education. In her native Spanish, she eloquently made the case for keeping whole the funding for Spanish-language classes... Read more →

City Council

Council approves $20K settlement

CITY HALL — A three-vehicle collision cost City Hall $20,000, with more on the horizon as the City Attorney’s Office settled one injury case and approaches settlement on a second. The accident took place on March 12 at approximately 1:30 p.m. between a Big Blue Bus route 3 and two other cars on Lincoln Boulevard just before... Read more →


Smart meters coming to Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — These days, it seems like you can check just about anything from your smartphone. And by the end of 2011, you’ll be able to check on how much energy you’re using at home from just about anywhere. In an effort to help the environment, and help their customers save money and energy, Southern California Edison is... Read more →