Arrests made in series of robberies

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police officers, with the help of the Los Angeles Police Department, apprehended three men believed responsible for a string of street robberies that occurred in Santa Monica, West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, authorities said Thursday. SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the three male... Read more →


Drugs, shoplifting keep cops busy

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, May 22, at 6:55 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were on patrol in the 1300 block of Stanford Street when they saw a gold Lexus RX commit a... Read more →


Workout for a hero

Santa Monica police officers, fire fighters and kids with the Police Activities League will be at Muscle Beach this afternoon, May 26, to honor former SMPD Officer and Marine Rick Crocker with a CrossFit “hero workout.” Crocker was killed six years ago while serving in Iraq. The plan is to get the “Rick” workout... Read more →


Santa Monica Pier earns top grade for water quality

SM PIER — The Santa Monica Pier ditched its dunce cap and received an A-grade Wednesday from environmental watchdog Heal the Bay for its water quality, reflecting nearly $2 million in investments from City Hall to clean up the water around the iconic attraction. In a brief but information-packed press conference, Heal the Bay... Read more →


New sentencing date set in Juarez murder trial

DOWNTOWN L.A. — Family members of Michael and Anthony Juarez, brothers who were brutally shot and killed more than a decade ago while visiting a cousin’s clothing store in Santa Monica, will have a chance next month to confront one of two gang members found guilty of the murders. Jessie Garcia is expected to be sentenced to life... Read more →


SMC alumni of the year announced

SMC — A restaurateur and a math professor are recipients of the 2011 Alumni Recognition Awards issued by the Santa Monica College Foundation, it was announced last week. Martin Jeffrey King, co-founder of King’s Seafood Co., and SMC professor Terry Green will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony, which will... Read more →

City Council

City Hall rushes to spend $100M in RDA money

CITY HALL — In an attempt to protect redevelopment money from a potential state raid, the City Council voted to commit approximately $100 million to construction projects at its budget meeting Tuesday night. The vote locks in money the Redevelopment Agency already has on hand — roughly $50 million in cash and $60 million in... Read more →


Parade to honor local lifeguards

Grand marshals for the fifth annual Fourth of July parade on Main Street will be Santa Monica’s lifeguards, led by Capt. Angus Alexander, a 31-year veteran who oversees operations at the Central Section Lifeguard Headquarters, located just south of the Santa Monica Pier. The theme for this year’s parade, presented by the Ocean... Read more →


City’s social media campaign recognized

The Public Technology Institute and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation have recently recognized City Hall as a leader in the application of Web 2.0 technologies and social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Santa Monica is one of 17 city, county and state governments nationwide to achieve the recognition based on results in... Read more →


Teen pipe bomb suspect pleads not guilty

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The 17-year-old Santa Monica resident who allegedly built two bombs in his Mid-City apartment plead not guilty to eight charges in a Los Angeles County juvenile court Monday. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged the young man, who will not be identified due to his age, with felony counts of... Read more →


DUI checkpoint planned for Friday

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — If you plan on hitting up happy hour Friday you better sober up before getting behind the wheel because Santa Monica police officers will be conducting a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint that night as part of an ongoing campaign to reduce the number of people killed or injured in alcohol-involved... Read more →


Drive-in movies return to pier

This year’s installment of the popular Brand X Santa Monica Drive-In will feature free movies every Friday during June. The free series on the Santa Monica Pier parking deck kicks off June 3 with the season four premiere of Animal Planet’s reality series “Whale Wars.” The screening will be accompanied by a question and... Read more →


Brownley bill would raise prices on some SMC classes

SMC — A state bill with roots in Santa Monica would overhaul the way community colleges pay for some classes in an effort to increase course offerings. Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) is carrying a bill co-authored with Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) and sponsored by both Santa Monica College and... Read more →