Briefs

Relax, but don’t be a victim

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Summer’s here and the time is right for a vacation. But just because you and your family may be taking a break doesn’t mean criminals do as well. The Santa Monica Police Department wants to remind residents to keep their homes and personal property secured while getting some R and R. “By taking... Read more →

News

Petition to put the kibosh on flavored milk

DOUGLAS PARK — Harriet Fraser, Christine Goddard and Beth Ricanati spent one of their first days of summer at Douglas Park on Wilshire Boulevard. It was a perfect Friday. The marine layer had burned off just an hour or two before, leaving the temperature at a comfortable 68 degrees and wispy white clouds streaking across a deep blue... Read more →

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There’s more to it than parking

CITY HALL — Parking, ever the touchstone issue in densely-developed Santa Monica, has been a major talking point at Planning Commission and City Council meetings over past months. It has been the subject of ferocious debates, at the heart of which are two major players — Saint John’s Health Center and Equity Office... Read more →

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Boston mob boss was hiding in plain sight

SANTA MONICA — As the FBI chased leads on two continents, Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger spent nearly all of his 16 years on the lam in this quiet seaside city, passing himself off as just another elderly retiree, albeit one who kept a .357 Magnum and more than 100 rounds of ammunition in his modest... Read more →

City Council

City officials raise concerns about conflicts

CITY HALL — At every City Council meeting, without fail, at least one citizen will use their duly allotted two minutes of public comment to accuse one or more city officials of corruption and conflicts of interest. As fate would have it, some of them might be right. City Attorney Marsha Moutrie asked the City Council for direction... Read more →

Briefs

Mileage rates increase by 4.5 cents

Due to a significant increase in gas prices, the Internal Revenue Service announced that the optional standard mileage rates will increase for business purposes from 51 cents to 55.5 cents a mile until Dec. 31, 2011. Rates for computing medical and moving mileage rates have also increased by 4.5 cents, up to 23.5 cents a mile from... Read more →

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Summer Soulstice heats up Main Street

DOWNTOWN — This weekend, historic Main Street will be transformed as it hosts Santa Monica’s 11th annual Summer Soulstice and sidewalk sale, a two-day event where vendors will line the street and over 20 bands will perform. The Soulstice is said to be the largest free single-day outdoor music event in SoCal, according to... Read more →

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People say Bulger liked to visit Santa Monica Pier

SM PIER — Although some have described fugitive Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger as a recluse, he apparently did enjoy hanging out at the historic Santa Monica Pier, where one man says he recognized Bulger in 2008 and contacted the television show “America’s Most Wanted.” Keith Messina of Las Vegas... Read more →

Crime

Father’s Day brunch turns violent

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. Sunday, June 19, at 11:45 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Ocean Avenue — I Cugini restaurant — regarding... Read more →

City Council

Council signs off on $523.7M budget

CITY HALL — Santa Monica’s streets will be cleaned, its alleyways policed and its citizenry prepared for disaster, at least for the next year. The City Council gave its final approval to a $523.7 million budget Tuesday night, a vote which City Manager Rod Gould described as “the single largest legislative act that the... Read more →

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Couple sues City Hall over parking ticket

DOWNTOWN — What began as a typical dispute over a parking ticket has snowballed into a legal battle that could eventually involve dozens of drivers who challenged citations issued by the Santa Monica Police Department over the last two years. Residents Harriet and Stanley Epstein have filed a lawsuit against City Hall claiming they... Read more →

Crime

Fugitive mobster Whitey Bulger busted in Santa Monica

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — James "Whitey" Bulger, a notorious Boston gangster on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted" list for his alleged role in 19 murders, was captured Wednesday in Santa Monica after living on the run for 16 years, authorities said. Bulger, 81, was arrested at approximately 7 p.m. at a residence in the 1000... Read more →

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ACLU faults VA plan for homeless vets

LOS ANGELES — Civil rights lawyers criticized a plan adopted Wednesday by the Department of Veterans Affairs for a sprawling Los Angeles campus at the center of a lawsuit claiming the agency was failing to house homeless vets on the property as intended. The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center master plan does not include any commitment... Read more →

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Memorial set for UCLA student killed in traffic accident

WESTWOOD — When Melissa Del Aguila found out that she had been accepted to the school of her dreams, UCLA, she didn’t just pick up the phone and call her parents. That wouldn’t be enough for the adventurous and passionate young woman who wanted to attend the Westwood campus ever since she was a kid growing up in Rowland... Read more →

Briefs

Summer on the promenade

Santa Monicans will have their pick of outings to choose from as the “DatingDowntown” and “Cinema on the Street” series will be launched in Downtown next month. DatingDowntown has organized events for couples every Saturday of July and August. Activities range from romantic novel readings and wine tastings to active... Read more →