Moose Lodge murder trial set

DOWNTOWN L.A. — Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the trial of two suspected 18th Street gang members charged with the murders of Hector Bonilla and Jonathan Hernandez, who were shot and killed in 2005 during a birthday party at the Moose Lodge in Sunset Park. Jose Mojaro and Eric Nuñez, a.k.a. Ector Hugo Sanchez,... Read more →


Residents want bridge with a view

OCEAN PARK — It may not be the million dollar ocean view seen from Palisades Park, but residents in this neighborhood believe that the one from the Fourth Street bridge is just as picturesque, speeding cars and all. The bridge, which crosses Ocean Park Boulevard and connects the south and north parts of the neighborhood, could soon... Read more →


Study finds right-of-way best for Expo

DOWNTOWN — When it comes to routing the Exposition Light Rail from Culver City to Santa Monica, utilizing the old right-of-way could be the right way to go. Such was the conclusion of a draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) that was recently released for the second phase of the light rail project, finding that routing the train on... Read more →


Artists feel the squeeze

DOWNTOWN — For most local artists, actors, and musicians the slumping economy isn’t an abstraction. As art patrons and collectors are seeing their assets dwindle away, they are more reluctant to spend money on shows and pieces. This leaves artists struggling for a way to keep their studios and stages open through these tough... Read more →


Down the drain?

Dear EarthTalk: Are any major brands of disposable tissues, paper towels, napkins and toilet paper yet using recycled content and chlorine-free bleaching? — Sylvia Comstock, Montpelier, VT Not many. In fact, some of the biggest names in disposable paper products are the worst offenders. According to the nonprofit Natural Resources... Read more →


Billboards get held in check

CITYWIDE — As the debate on billboards in Los Angeles drags on, activists are using Santa Monica as the shining star of municipal sign policy. Los Angeles stemmed a growing flood of visual clutter in 2002 when the City Council passed a billboard moratorium, banning the construction of new billboards. It was immediately attacked by... Read more →


Pico improvements stalled — again

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — The long-awaited project to aesthetically revitalize a barren stretch of 20th Street and Cloverfield Boulevard will have to wait a while more. About a decade after residents first approached City Hall about sprucing up the two corridors from the I-10 Freeway to Pico Boulevard, the City Council earlier this week... Read more →


Super goes from interim to permanent

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Tim Cuneo, a former education consultant who arrived here last summer to take over a district that had gone through a series of major personnel changes and challenges, is expected to be named the next superintendent. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District announced on Friday that the Board of Education will... Read more →


District looks into sexual harassment allegation

KANSAS AVENUE — School district officials plan to launch an investigation into a sexual harassment allegation involving a male teacher at Edison Language Academy and two female colleagues. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was notified several weeks ago that an instructor reportedly made an anti-gay comment to the... Read more →


Friends identify Web site GM as crash victim

SM AIRPORT — The head of a popular aviation Web site was one of two victims who perished in a fatal plane crash here on Wednesday night, according to friends and colleagues. The forum for was flooded with messages of condolences on Thursday as news spread that Paulo Emanuele, the site’s general manager, died when... Read more →


Gonna put it in the want ads

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. <!-- LPSH -->Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 11:35 a.m., Santa Monica vice officers contacted a woman offering sexual services in exchange for money. The... Read more →


Heavy hitters coming to Santa Monica’s Broad Stage

11th STREET — Musical icons Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour debut their latest classical crossover venture “Amparo” at the Broad Stage on Saturday. Grammy nominated “Amparo” — the follow up to Grusin and Ritenour’s successful 2000 release of “Two Worlds” — is the brainchild of Chris... Read more →


The gift that keeps on giving

Upward Bound House, a leading provider of housing and supportive services to homeless families in Los Angeles, accepted $100,000 that will help support the construction of an emergency shelter in Culver City for families with children. The gift was given by longtime supporters Robert and Marion Wilson, who helped found Upward Bound... Read more →

City Council

Apartment smoking ban now official

CITY HALL — Lighting up cigarettes in common areas of multi-unit residences is now prohibited. The council adopted on second reading an ordinance to ban tobacco in common areas of apartments and condominium complexes, adding to a growing list of anti-smoking laws in the city. Ordinances go through a two-step process before they are... Read more →

City Council

Cirque returns to American roots

CITY HALL — After a nine-year absence, the surreal sights and sounds of Cirque du Soleil will return to the city where it made its American debut and first experienced commercial success, helping launch a more than two-decade career entertaining audiences across the globe. The City Council on Tuesday authorized City Manager Lamont... Read more →