News

Rubin rallies support for ‘Chain Reaction’

CIVIC CENTER — Twenty years ago, Santa Monica resident and activist Jerry Rubin advocated to get “Chain Reaction,” a sculpture created by Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad, accepted for the front lawn of the Civic Center. It was a contentious battle that split the 1991 City Council down the middle,... Read more →

News

Council agrees to drop taxi rates to LAX

CITY HALL — Alert: Beginning Friday, if you pay more than $35 for a taxi ride from anywhere in Santa Monica to LAX, you’ve paid too much. The City Council voted Tuesday to drop the rates from locations south and north of Interstate 10 respectively as part of a package of motions revisiting different aspects of the citywide... Read more →

Crime

Bulger’s apartment drawing interest

THIRD STREET — The simple Santa Monica apartment where James “Whitey” Bulger hid from the FBI for more than a decade could soon be one of the hotter properties in the city’s rental market. The door to unit 303 remains sealed with police tape as FBI agents continue to pick the place apart, but a line of would-be renters... Read more →

Crime

Panhandlers allegedly involved in turf war

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, June 25, at 9:41 a.m., Santa Monica police officers located a suspect in the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade who was wanted in... Read more →

City Council

Threat to palm trees sparks renewed protest

CITY HALL — Once again, the dog fight over trees in Santa Monica has flared up, and once again, the focus of disagreement is the Canary Island date palm. Residents stormed public meetings this week with petitions against the designation of sycamores and Torrey pines as replacement trees for the aging palms in a draft document created by... Read more →

Briefs

Fireworks illegal in SM

As people get ready to celebrate America’s birthday on Monday, the Santa Monica Fire Department is reminding the public that all types of fireworks are illegal in the city by the sea. That includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which may not be used in Santa Monica, even if they are legal in the city they were... Read more →

Crime

Assault leaves man in critical condition

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Two people are in custody for allegedly beating a man in an alley, leaving him in critical condition, Santa Monica police said Wednesday. The assault took place around 4 a.m. Monday in the 1800 block of 20th Street, said SMPD’s Sgt. Richard Lewis. The victim was transported to a local hospital with... Read more →

City Council

Saint John’s slays parking dragon

CITY HALL ‚Äî After four years of glacial progress through public process, Saint John‚Äôs Health Center on Tuesday won its freedom from the expectation that it build a multi-million dollar parking garage. The City Council voted 5-0 to remove that requirement, which was part of a 1998 development agreement that the hospital signed... Read more →

City Council

Council considers smoking ban in apartments, hotels

CITY HALL — Carol Riel and her 6-year-old daughter Griffin lived in a rent-controlled apartment in Santa Monica immediately above another unit inhabited by heavy smokers. Conditions got so bad that Carol had to move the asthmatic Griffin from room to room in the middle of the night to try to keep her away from the toxic secondhand... Read more →

Crime

Feds, defense spar over future of Bulger case

BOSTON — Prosecutors and James “Whitey” Bulger’s attorney sparred in court papers Wednesday about whether the government should be allowed to drop one of two pending federal cases against the former mob boss or whether those cases should be consolidated. Bulger’s attorney, Peter Krupp, said prosecutors are trying... Read more →

News

Santa Monica man sentenced in child porn case

LOS ANGELES — A Santa Monica man was sentenced Monday to seven years in federal prison for his involvement in a child pornography ring, authorities said. Kevin Kaller Wright, 44, was the fifth and final defendant to plead guilty. He received his 84-month sentence from United States District Judge Margaret M. Morrow. Wright and four... Read more →