City Council

Fortune-telling returns to Ocean Front Walk

CITY HALL — Palm reading, tarot cards and crystal balls can soon make their way back to Ocean Front Walk. Following concerns about First Amendment protections, the City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that expands the areas where fortune-telling is allowed to Ocean Front Walk, Lincoln Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard. The... Read more →

Crime

Suspected bike thief busted

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, Oct. 3, at 10:35 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the 100 block of Ocean Avenue when they saw a bike rider commit a... Read more →

News

Council relaxes street performer rules

DOWNTOWN — A local ordinance regulating street performers in Santa Monica is set to be relaxed following an appellate court decision that ruled a similar yet more stringent permit system in Seattle was unconstitutional.  The City Council on Tuesday directed its staff to modify the street performer ordinances to allow the activity... Read more →

Education

District to report on improvements in special ed 

SMMUSD HDQTRS — It’s been a long time coming, but parents with children in special education said they are seeing some progress in reforming the once troubled department. Those improvements in a program that was once described as fostering a culture of secrecy and intimidation will be highlighted during the Board of Education... Read more →

Crime

Charges filed against Cozi Couch

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against the former owner and managers of Cozi Couch, a high-end custom furniture store in Santa Monica and Los Angeles that many customers have accused of not delivering merchandise that was paid for. The misdemeanor complaint charges the defendants... Read more →

News

Animal advocates shot at during protest

WILSHIRE BLVD — Members of an animal rights group were the victims of sniper fire during a protest here Saturday and are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) staged a protest in front of the Aquarium & Pet Center to protest the retailer’s... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless get a home in Venice

VENICE — There will be 20 fewer homeless individuals living on the streets after a local nonprofit organization bought an apartment building that will provide housing for the down and out. The Venice Community Housing Corp. recently acquired the 20-unit apartment building at 15 Horizon Ave. for $3.6 million with plans to move in... Read more →

News

Buying benefit

SANTA MONICA/VENICE — With two young children at home and a new business to run, Tami Pardee doesn’t have the time to volunteer for local nonprofits like she did in the past. But not one to give up on helping others, Pardee decided to make a contribution by doing what she does every day — sell real estate. Pardee, who... Read more →

News

Stay away from the bay following rains

SM BAY — The environmental group Heal the Bay warned Southland residents and visitors Tuesday to avoid going into the water at Los Angeles County beaches for the next 72 hours in response to the area’s first significant rainfall after the recent Station Fire and a record period of drought. The county’s 2,800-mile storm drain... Read more →

Government

Seeing it through to the end

SACRAMENTO — A number of bills authored by local state legislators were signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this past Sunday, the bills dealing with a wide variety of topics that ranged from education to Medi-Cal and state infrastructure. Many of the bills that received the affirmatory signature from the governor were... Read more →