Live music: Hellride rolls into town

MID-CITY — Looking for a good ride on Saturday night? If that peaks your interest, you may want to check out Hellride, a “live only” all-star outfit made up of a trio of iconic rockers playing this weekend at the CENTRAL Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Hellride is comprised of Stephen Perkins, Mike Watt and Pete DiStefano... Read more →


A different kind of patrol

THIRD COURT — Neighborhood Resource Officers Richard Carranza and Art Williams were out in force Tuesday, but instead of looking for criminals, they were looking for couches. The two NROs, who are akin to sheriffs with nearly total control over their own beats, joined garbage collectors with City Hall’s Solid Waste Management... Read more →


BBB runs out of senior passes

DOWNTOWN — Seniors who have become accustomed to purchasing 13-ride passes for the Big Blue Bus will have to wait a few weeks to buy more due to a shortage created by high demand, transit officials said. The bus company ran out of the passes “a couple of days ago” and is in the process of ordering more, said Dan Dawson,... Read more →


de la Torre demands review of investigator

DOWNTOWN — School board member Oscar de la Torre is calling on the Santa Monica Police Department to conduct a thorough evaluation of cases handled by an investigator whose tactics were called into question by an independent review board. de la Torre is also demanding an apology from the SMPD and would like to see personnel changes... Read more →

City Council

City Council keeps buses moving, fires at bay

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →


Santa Monica police introduce D.A.R.E. program

GRANT ELEMENTARY — In an effort to keep kids off drugs and alcohol, the Santa Monica Police Department today will start teaching fifth graders here the D.A.R.E. curriculum, the first time in the city’s history that officers have used the educational program designed to prevent drug use, membership in gangs and violent behavior,... Read more →


Santa Monica police cleared in Oscar de la Torre probe

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica Police Department’s investigation into school board member Oscar de la Torre’s actions during a fight between two teens was appropriate, as was sending the case on to prosecutors, according to a report released Monday by the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review (OIR). However, the lead... Read more →


EPA turns 40

Dear EarthTalk: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had its 40th anniversary in 2010. How effective has the EPA been and what are its biggest challenges today? — Bill A., Seattle, Wash. By most accounts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which turned 40 in December 2009, has been very effective. The first... Read more →


Police release sketch of suspect in attempted kidnapping

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police on Friday released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl last month. The attempted kidnapping took place in the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on the morning of Jan. 24. The victim, a 17-year-old student at New Roads School, told... Read more →


Actress Jaime Pressly pleads not guilty to DUI

LOS ANGELES — Actress Jaime Pressly pleaded not guilty Friday to a pair of DUI counts stemming from her arrest last month in Santa Monica. The 33-year-old star of the television show “My Name Is Earl” was charged Tuesday in the misdemeanor case, which includes the allegation that she had a blood-alcohol content of .20... Read more →


Gensler leaving Santa Monica

International architecture firm Gensler is moving its regional headquarters to downtown Los Angeles after operating for more than 20 years in Santa Monica. The move is viewed as a coup by Los Angeles officials, who are attempting to woo businesses to the city with a program that exempts new arrivals or start-ups from paying gross receipts... Read more →


Tsang orders hiring freeze at SMC

SMC — With Santa Monica College facing a $5 million budget gap — and possibly one twice that big if proposed state tax extensions fail to pass — SMC President Chui Tsang has ordered a hiring freeze at the 1,800-employee institution. Tsang notified administrators about the freeze on Wednesday, saying in a memo the move was... Read more →


City Hall releases new app for Droid users

Smart phone users who have chosen the Android over the iPhone have a new app to download courtesy of City Hall. The Government on the Go app is a tool that allows smart phone users to tell city staff about potholes that need filling, trees that need maintenance, graffiti that needs removing, and more. City Hall released a similar app for the... Read more →