Crime

New hours for SMPD

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — In an effort to put more cops on the street at a time when the majority of crimes occur, Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman has instituted a six-month pilot program in which officers work three, 12-hour shifts instead of the traditional 10-hour sift, four days a week. The switch, which applies to all... Read more →

Crime

Carpet cleaner pleads guilty to defrauding clients

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — The owner of a Woodland Hills-based carpet cleaning company pleaded guilty on Tuesday to 10 criminal counts of defrauding nearly five dozen clients across Southern California — including one in Santa Monica — through bait-and-switch tactics. The owner of a business formerly known as Clean Dry USA,... Read more →

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Spirit of La Monica returns for concert

SM PIER — Shoes tap on the floor and the swish of skirts can be heard below the long arc of a trumpet and the quick beat of a drum. Young couples move gracefully along the hardwood floor, silhouetted by twinkling white lights overhead. These are the images evoked when the historic La Monica Ballroom is described, but now they are... Read more →

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Pianist defies odds

BROAD STAGE — There was plenty of optimistic predictions and critical acclaim for Fuzjko Hemming in her early years as a concert pianist, even after losing hearing in her right ear from an inflammation at the age of 16. Despite fighting all odds after tragedy once again struck a few years later, this time in her left ear, leaving the... Read more →

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Pot plants destroyed in SM Mountains

SM MOUNTAINS — More than 3,000 marijuana plants in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area were destroyed this week after authorities raided three pot plantations. Rangers from the National Park Service were joined Tuesday by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California State Park Police, CAMP (Campaign... Read more →

Environment

Protecting the bay

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission has provided a grant to the city of Los Angeles for a new rainwater harvesting pilot program in the Mar Vista, Sawtelle and Jefferson communities, which will provide free assistance to residents and commercial businesses to collect rainwater for storage and use. The program’s aim is to... Read more →

Environment

Protecting the bay

The Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission has provided a grant to the city of Los Angeles for a new rainwater harvesting pilot program in the Mar Vista, Sawtelle and Jefferson communities, which will provide free assistance to residents and commercial businesses to collect rainwater for storage and use. The program’s aim is to... Read more →

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Assessed property values on the rise

CITYWIDE — As property values across the county continue to slump amid one of the weakest economies the nation has seen in years, Santa Monica appears to be an exception to that rule. The Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor released assessment rolls earlier this month and the numbers for the county at-large look grim as the... Read more →

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Engaged couples go green with weddings

DOWNTOWN — A $300 used gown, invitations made from hops and yeast, and a vegan dinner created from locally-grown ingredients all combine for one sustainable wedding. It’s exactly what Santa Monica couple Austin Nicholsen and Kate Shukle have planned for their Aug. 29 nuptials at Hartley Botanica in Somis, a small agricultural... Read more →

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New signs let riders know when buses arrive

DOWNTOWN — Planning a trip around town just got easier. The Big Blue Bus recently installed a series of new signs that notify awaiting passengers when their ride is scheduled to arrive, part of an effort aimed at improving technology and communication between the public transportation agency and its growing customer base. Displayed... Read more →