Crime

Jury deadlocks in Moose Lodge sentencing

DOWNTOWN LA — Jurors could not come to an agreement on whether or not to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole for a hard-core gang member who murdered five people, including two Santa Monica men at the Sunset Park Moose Lodge. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about three days... Read more →

Crime

Suspect gets overexposed

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. Friday, Jan. 14, at 10:17 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2600 block of Alley Five regarding a suspect throwing garbage cans and... Read more →

News

Friday’s top events

Today's events have a heavy dose of theater. A nose for theatre Ruskin Group Theatre 3000 Airport Ave., 8 p.m. Ruskin Group Theatre presents an adventure based on the legend of 17th Century French dramatist and duelist Savinien de Bergerac, now known the world over as Cyrano. Afflicted with an enormous and bulbous nose, he is convinced... Read more →

News

Santa Monica earns B from American Lung Association

DOWNTOWN — While nearly two-thirds of all cities in the state received failing grades in an annual smoking report released Thursday by the American Lung Association, Santa Monica earned a B for its policies restricting smoking and the sales of tobacco products. The report rates cities in the areas of providing smoke-free outdoor... Read more →

Crime

‘Survivor’ champ arrested in Santa Monica

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police said Thursday that Judson Birza, the million dollar winner of “Survivor: Nicaragua” just one month ago, was arrested around noon on Wednesday while riding his skateboard in the middle of the street. Birza was detained for a vehicle code violation. Officers ran his name through a database... Read more →

City Council

City Hall fights to keep RDA funding

CITY HALL — Bracing for a fight with Sacramento, Santa Monica’s City Council joined a raft of other California cities this week by moving to shore up tens of millions of dollars per year in Redevelopment Agency funding that Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed using to help close the state’s multi-billion dollar budget gap. City... Read more →

Airport

Appeals court sides with FAA in jet ban case

SMO — A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has declined to review an FAA ruling that determined City Hall is barred from enforcing a ban, passed by the City Council in 2008, prohibiting class C and D jets from landing at the Santa Monica Airport. The ruling, issued on Friday, was the latest blow to local officials’ attempt... Read more →

News

Businesses on board with proposed plastic bag ban

MAIN LIBRARY — If there are opponents in Santa Monica’s business community of the proposed law banning stores from giving out free single-use plastic bags, they haven’t made themselves known to the local Chamber of Commerce. At an informational session about the proposed ban the business group held on Wednesday morning at... Read more →

City Council

Council abandons mandatory bike registration law

CITY HALL — The City Council on Monday decided to do away with a law that few people were following anyway, voting to repeal a long-standing requirement that Santa Monica residents register their bicycles at City Hall. The law, intended to discourage theft and help cyclists recover stolen bicycles, was viewed by many bike advocates as... Read more →

City Council

New emergency alert system approved

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 →

News

Funeral services set for Samohi freshman

DOWNTOWN Services planned A service for Matthew Mezza will be held today at 3 p.m. at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, located at 6001 W. Centinela Ave. in Los Angeles. Mezza, 14, died on Friday after jumping from an upper floor of the Sheraton Delfina Hotel. The family has asked that donations in Mezza’s honor be made to either... Read more →

Crime

SMPD assists in ‘major’ drug bust

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Two men were booked into the Santa Monica jail on drug charges after a multi-agency task force seized 47 kilos of cocaine and $2.3 million in cash, police said Monday. Federal agents and local police officers uncovered cocaine and cash Wednesday at a warehouse in Valencia after serving three search warrants... Read more →

News

Gathering emphasizes legacy of MLK’s message, teachings

WILSHIRE BLVD. — The ceremony in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, held at the World Culture Center Auditorium here on Monday, became more than a remembrance — it was also a call to community involvement in light of the recent shootings in Tucson and the suicide of a local 14-year-old boy that has shaken many in... Read more →