Crime

Murder suspect pleads not guilty

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A 55-year-old man accused of stabbing a woman to death on Sunday in the courtyard of the Santa Monica home for the mentally ill where she lived pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder on Tuesday afternoon. The man, Rigoberto Ruiz, allegedly stabbed his victim, Rosalind Sue Olson, 61, in the chest after a... Read more →

News

Churchill painting at King’s Head Pub stolen

DOWNTOWN — British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “A joke is a very serious thing.” Tell that to the thief that made off with a prized painting of the great World War II statesman that prominently hung in the Ye Old King’s Head Pub since the popular British establishment opened its doors on Santa Monica... Read more →

Briefs

Line up early and win

Something special awaits the first 500 guests at the new Santa Monica Place on Friday, Aug. 6: Each of the first eligible 500 guests arriving at the Third Street entrance before the project’s official opening will receive a free Santa Monica Place Gift Card, with dollar amounts ranging from $10 to $500. The three-level, open-air Santa... Read more →

Briefs

College gets millions to train garbage men

Santa Monica College has been awarded a $4.87 million grant for job training in the high-demand fields of recycling and resource management, officials with the college said Monday. The Community-Based Job Training Grant comes through the U.S. Department of Labor. Through this grant, SMC will collaborate with two Orange County community... Read more →

Briefs

Shop ‘til you drop for schools

Businesses in this popular retail district plan to donate 8 percent of their gross sales this week (Aug. 2 through Aug. 6) to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation’s Save our Schools campaign. Dubbed “Lemon-8 Days” the participating businesses will display a lemon in their window letting shoppers know where they can... Read more →

Crime

Stabbing called ‘random attack’

PICO BLVD — Santa Monica police on Monday described the fatal stabbing of a 61-year-old woman who lived at The Manor — a home for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled — as a “random attack.” The woman, whose name has not been released pending the notification of her family, was sitting in a courtyard at... Read more →

City Council

Holbrook to seek full term

CITY HALL — Five-term City Council incumbent Bob Holbrook on Monday said he plans to seek re-election to a four-year term, ending speculation he might challenge council colleagues Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day for a two-year seat in November’s election. Holbrook’s decision came after members of the influential political... Read more →

Education

SMRR fails to endorse full slates

JAMS — It was a bad year for incumbents at Sunday’s Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights convention, with one sitting City Council member and two incumbent school board members failing to win endorsements from the influential political party. During a four-hour meeting at John Adams Middle School, party members couldn’t... Read more →

Environment

Staying local

Dear EarthTalk I know that local food has health and environmental benefits, but my local grocer only carries a few items. Is there a push for bigger supermarkets to carry locally produced food? Maria Fine Somerville, MA By eating locally sourced foods, we strengthen the bond between local farmers and our communities, stay connected to the... Read more →

News

L.A. Marathon will return to SM

DOWNTOWN — It looks like the L.A. Marathon’s “Stadium to the Sea” route is here to stay. The only details in doubt are some of the finer points of the massive race’s finish line and end-of-route festival. Santa Monica city and marathon officials said this week that the finish line may be pushed further north from... Read more →

City Council

Investigation tackles local gold companies

CITY HALL — An investigation launched in May by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office into the business practices of a local gold company has been expanded to include another more well-known company based in Santa Monica: Goldline International, city officials said. Santa Monica Deputy City Attorney Adam Radinsky said his... Read more →

Crime

Sex offender spotted on promenade, pier

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A convicted sex offender who sometimes dresses in a Spider-man costume and poses for photographs with children has been recently seen walking along the Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, police said. Roger Montgomery, 51, a transient, is described as a male white, 6 feet, 2 inches with red hair... Read more →

Crime

Shouting match leads to pot bust

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, July 24, at 10:20 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2900 block of Delaware Avenue regarding a report of domestic violence.... Read more →

City Council

Windscreen rules dropped on Ocean Ave.

CITY HALL — Restaurants on Ocean Avenue have one fewer regulation to worry about. The City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of scrapping an ordinance that had prohibited the seaside eateries that lease outdoor dining space from City Hall from using drop-down curtains to shield patrons seated on their sidewalk patios from the cold. City... Read more →