Man charged with murder in fatal crash

A 26-year-old man was charged Tuesday with murder in a weekend crash that killed a teenage girl on Pacific Coast Highway at Point Dume. Sina Khankhanian pleaded not guilty in connection with the death of 13-year-old Emily Rose Shane, who was struck on PCH at Heathercliff Drive at 5:11 p.m. on Saturday. Shortly after the crash, authorities... Read more →


Hump chef free on bond

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — The sushi chef charged with selling endangered sei whale at The Hump is free today on a $5,000 bond as he and the owners of the restaurant await their chance to enter pleas in federal court. A representative with the Department of Justice said the owners of The Hump and chef Kiyoshiro Tamamoto, a 45-year-old... Read more →


Volunteers needed for beach cleanup

Environmental watchdog Heal the Bay announced Tuesday that it is expanding the concept of Earth Day to Earth Month, participating in nearly 50 events countywide in April. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit has designed a series of outreach programs for schools, businesses and community organizations looking to preserve and improve... Read more →


Investigators: Fires appear to be linked

EASTSIDE — Investigators believe three fires set early Monday morning on Santa Monica’s eastside could have been the work of a single arsonist. Santa Monica and Los Angeles firefighters responded to the series of blazes at 4:26 a.m. Monday, the Santa Monica Fire Department said in a press release. The fires appeared to be related... Read more →


Weighing in on development

Residents will have another chance to shape the future of Santa Monica Wednesday when the Planning Commission holds its next workshop on the draft update to the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), which will dictate development in Santa Monica for at least two decades. The workshop will be an initial step prior to a series of Planning... Read more →


Looking for a few good artists

The Cultural Affairs Division is seeking proposals for an art exhibit to be displayed in the Event House at the Annenberg Community Beach House for a period of four months. Curators, artists (both emerging and established) and groups based in Los Angeles County are being encouraged to apply. “Exhibitions should be conceived around a... Read more →


Malibu High student, SM resident killed in crashes

PCH — Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department on Monday were still looking for witnesses to a deadly crash on Pacific Coast Highway that took the life of a 13-year-old Malibu High School student. Emily Rose Shane was struck and killed while walking home along the right shoulder of PCH near Heathercliff Drive,... Read more →

City Council

City Hall takes FAA dispute to DC court

CITY HALL — The City Attorney’s Office on Monday filed papers in a Washington, D.C. federal appellate court arguing City Hall has the right to ban certain high-speed jets from landing at Santa Monica Airport. The filing is the latest chapter in a decade-old dispute that pits SMO officials and the City Council against the Federal... Read more →


Saving the seas

Dear EarthTalk: Oceans are in big trouble and I understand President Obama is creating a high-level ocean council to address them. What are the major issues? — Steve Sullivan, Bothell, Wash. Our oceans are indeed in a terrible state, thanks primarily to unrestrained commercial and industrial activity. Overfishing and pollution have... Read more →


BBB donates ad space to Ed Foundation

BBB HDQTRS — The Big Blue Bus is helping out in an effort to raise money for arts programs at local public schools. In a new campaign to boost donations to the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation, City Hall’s bus system is donating valuable advertising space on the sides of 25 buses that the foundation is selling off for... Read more →


Salon brings beauty to homeless women

CLOVERFIELD BLVD — When a salon is mobile, its stylists can go anywhere they need: weddings, anniversaries or parties. While on wheels, Phayvanh Phongsa, owner of the mobile Special Occasion Salon (SOS), also found she can spread her goal of helping woman gain confidence more easily, as she did when she visited Daybreak facility for... Read more →


Proposal would let more permit students stay

SMMUSD HDQTRS — More kids who attend local public schools on inter-district permits could be allowed to stay put if the Los Angeles Unified School District board approves a proposal next week to modify the district’s strict new permit policy. In an attempt to net $51 million in extra state education funding, LAUSD Superintendent... Read more →


Expo station site begins transformation

COLORADO AVE — Construction of the future site of an Expo Light Rail stop at Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street is still years away, but in recent days bulldozers have been rolling at the train stop’s planned home, as workers continue to demolish the structure that once housed a Sears Auto Center. The location is the planned... Read more →


Keys to a not-so-healthy relationship

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. Thursday, March 25, at 8:10 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard — Lexus of Santa Monica —... Read more →