News

What lies beneath

DOWNTOWN — Something runs underneath Santa Monica. Something dark. Something that reaches into City Hall, into schools, into hospitals, into office buildings. But this dark something isn’t exactly menacing. In fact, it’s meant to help the city be technologically advanced and attract businesses to locate here. City Hall has... Read more →

City Council

Voters to decide expanded tenant protections

CITY HALL — Santa Monica voters will have the chance this November to substantially bolster protections for renters, following a series of unanimous votes by the City Council on Thursday that authorized a ballot measure for this fall’s election. If approved by a majority of Santa Monica voters, the measure would extend eviction... Read more →

News

No charges filed against de la Torre

DOWNTOWN — Prosecutors have declined to charge school board member Oscar de la Torre with a crime after reviewing evidence that the Santa Monica Police Department said proved he committed felony child endangerment in connection with a fist fight between two high school students. At a press conference Friday afternoon, de la Torre said... Read more →

Crime

A case of jealousy?

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, July 15, at 3 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1800 block of Oak Street regarding a suspicious circumstance. Upon arrival,... Read more →

Education

Other ways to save schools

CITYWIDE — Residents are constantly encouraged to donate to public schools, however it can be hard to write a check in the current economic climate. To account for this, the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation is giving people the chance to donate in another way — by having fun. The foundation has planned multiple... Read more →

News

Commissioners pushing for bike improvements

KEN EDWARDS CENTER — Recreation and Parks Commissioner Phil Brock would like his 82-year-old mother to feel safe riding her bike down Arizona Avenue to reach Santa Monica’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. But with a dedicated bike lane that ends before reaching the market — not to mention inadequate signs letting motorists... Read more →

News

School board member under investigation

PICO BLVD — Following a four-month investigation, Santa Monica police believe they have enough evidence to charge school board member Oscar de la Torre with felony child endangerment in connection with a fist fight between two high school students. Police believe de la Torre, who runs a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce youth... Read more →

News

City Hall seeks public input on new parks

CIVIC CENTER — Billed as possibly the last opportunity to create new open space for the public, City Hall is asking residents this Saturday to weigh in on two new parks planned for the Civic Center. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., residents will get a chance to take a tour of the project sites, which encompass roughly 7 acres in the heart of... Read more →

Briefs

Get ‘Lost’

“Lost” may have ended in May, but fans will have one more chance to go back to the island with a live auction of more than 1,000 props, costumes and set pieces to be held Aug. 21 and 22 in Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar. Profiles in History, a company that specializes in dealing and selling historical and Hollywood... Read more →

Briefs

CityTV receives four Emmy nods

The 62nd Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards nominations were announced recently, and once again CityTV graces the nominee list. CityTV Santa Monica has received four award nominations, including nods for excellence in the categories of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Public, Municipal and Operator Produced Cable. CityTV’s... Read more →

Crime

Judge increases Redding murder suspect’s bail

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A judge Tuesday increased bail to $3.5 million for a Thousand Oaks woman charged with murdering an aspiring model and actress in Santa Monica in March, 2008. Kelly Soo Park, 44, had been jailed on $1 million bail before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz made his ruling, according to Shiara... Read more →

Briefs

Artwalk a first for shopping district

It’s more art than commerce, but it may give a boost to the businesses that call Montana Avenue home. In the first of what organizers hope will become an annual event, merchants on the famous shopping street are transforming their stores and restaurants into Santa Monica’s longest art gallery this Thursday night from 5 p.m. to 9... Read more →

Education

Special ed parents upset over closure

LINCOLN BLVD — Parents of children with autism who attend Pine Street Preschool will tell people straight away that the collection of four makeshift classrooms is not the most aesthetically appealing learning environment in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The true beauty of Pine Street is what happens inside. The... Read more →