Crime

Repeat offender busted for burglary

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. Monday, June 21, at 9:27 a.m. Santa Monica officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Park Boulevard (Bob’s Market) regarding a combative... Read more →

News

Transitioning from fighting to farming

DOWNTOWN — Phil Northcutt’s path to agricultural work was a self-described “wild story” and “spiritual journey.” Northcutt joined the U.S. Marine Corps after finding work in the music industry unsatisfying. He came back from Iraq a few years ago injured and in pain and became addicted to prescription... Read more →

City Council

Assistant city manager abruptly resigns

CITY HALL — Jennifer Phillips, the assistant city manager who oversaw Santa Monica’s planning, library, community and cultural services, economic development and public works departments, resigned on Wednesday after an 18-month tenure at City Hall. The announcement from City Manager Rod Gould came at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in an... Read more →

Crime

Celebrate safely this Fourth of July

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — As the July 4 holiday approaches, the Santa Monica fire and police departments remind everyone that all types of fireworks are illegal in the city. This includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which may not be used, even if they are legal in the city in which they are purchased. Permanent... Read more →

News

Helping drivers, bikers share road

14th STREET — A new marking known as a “sharrow,” short for “shared lane arrow,” was recently installed on 14th Street between Montana and Washington avenues as a way to remind cyclists and drivers alike that the road is a shared space for both modes of travel, city officials said. The street marking is a white... Read more →

Crime

Local man to stand trial for murder

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A Santa Monica man was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on charges that he murdered two women, including a young fashion designer who had dated actor Ashton Kutcher. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson found sufficient evidence to require 34-year-old Michael Thomas Gargiulo to proceed to trial for the... Read more →

City Council

Measures to boost sales tax considered

CITY HALL — With a projected budget gap as high as $53 million by 2015, City Hall officials are considering whether to ask residents to approve a half cent sales tax increase or a property transfer tax hike this November to boost revenue and avoid cuts to services. Santa Monica’s City Council would have to decide whether to place... Read more →

News

Plane out of SMO crashes in Venice

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say a pilot has died in the crash of a small plane on a Los Angeles golf course. The plane had departed from Santa Monica Airport. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott says the man was the only person on board the plane, which slammed into some trees near the 8th hole of the Penmar Golf Course in... Read more →

Education

SMC receives nearly $5M for job training classes

SMC — Santa Monica College’s job training classes are about to get a big boost. A federal grant of a little more than $4.87 million has been awarded to SMC to help train people in the recycling and resource management field. According to Laurel McQuay-Peninger, SMC’s director of grants, the funds will be used as a... Read more →

City Council

City Hall surveys interest in boosting coffers

CITY HALL — Despite a balanced budget for the next fiscal year, City Hall officials are looking into options to boost revenue by possibly asking voters to approve one or more ballot measures this November. City Hall on Sunday began polling residents by phone about their support for possible “revenue enhancements” that could... Read more →

News

Pier smoking ban considered

SM PIER — Continuing a trend toward stricter anti-smoking rules in town, officials are set to consider an outright ban on lighting up at the Santa Monica Pier, citing concern that discarded cigarettes pose a fire risk. Smoking on the family-friendly pier is already confined to seven designated areas, but there’s a growing... Read more →

Education

Students discover new figures on L.A. water waste

JAMS — In the fight to restore the Los Angeles River and end wasteful water practices, Venice activists have enlisted the mathematical minds of local students. Using complex algebraic equations, Parisa Jung’s seventh grade math class at John Adams Middle School tackled extra credit questions posed by non profits L.A. River... Read more →

City Council

Winners announced in SM Teen Film Fest

CITY HALL — The results are in! Judges with the Fifth Annual Santa Monica Teen Film Festival sifted through more than 180 submissions from across the country and Canada and screened 33 films over two days to award top honors to Harry Keenan and Max Groel of Pacific Palisades for their film. “Batman Starts,” a humorous... Read more →

News

Lottery system on horizon for SM Pier performers

SM PIER — With more performers seeking spots on the Santa Monica Pier to entertain the crowds, officials say the time-honored first-come, first-serve system is no longer practical. Performers sometimes show up before dawn to wait for the best locations and fights have broken out as performers jockey for position in line, said Ben... Read more →

News

Malibu treatment project completed

MALIBU — Malibu officials Monday celebrated the completion of a stormwater-treatment project aimed at preventing millions of gallons of polluted water from pouring into the ocean at one of the city’s most famous beaches. The Paradise Cove Clean Ocean Project uses three filtration systems to remove trash, sediment and bacteria from... Read more →