O’Connor gets new term on Metro board

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica City Councilwoman Pam O’Connor has been re-elected to serve on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, a post she’s held since 2001. O’Connor was unanimously chosen to serve a third four-year term on Thursday by representatives from the 20 Westside and Southbay cities... Read more →


Trio of local residents elected Dem delegates

DOWNTOWN — As the state and county Democratic parties make endorsements and shape their platforms over the next two years, three additional Santa Monicans will have the chance to weigh in. At a meeting on Sunday, Genise Schnitman, Ben Allen and Chris Braun were elected to two-year terms as delegates to the California Democratic Party... Read more →


Green for going green

Forget the big bills for water and gardeners. City Hall is offering big bucks to homeowners who choose to replace grass with sustainable, drought-resistant plants. Homeowners who make the transition are eligible for up to $5,000 in rebates. Removing grass in a parkway can net up to $1,000. Upgrading a sprinkler system can be worth a $500... Read more →


JCPenney gives big to Boys & Girls Club

More Santa Monica students will be able to participate in after-school programs at the local Boys & Girls Club thanks to a $7,500 grant from retail giant JCPenney. The grant is part of a larger $5 million grant distribution benefiting the YMCA of the USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National 4-H and FIRST (For Inspiration and... Read more →


Bluefin tuna an endangered dish

Dear EarthTalk: Are Atlantic bluefin tuna really about to go extinct? What are the contributing factors and what is being done to try to head off this tragedy? — Edward Jeffries, Norwalk, Conn. According to many marine biologists, Atlantic bluefin tuna, one of three closely related bluefin tuna species, are in danger of going... Read more →


Deasy expected to become LAUSD Super

DOWNTOWN Deasy expected to become LAUSD Super Former Santa Monica-Malibu public school chief John Deasy is expected to become the next superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Deasy, who became a deputy superintendent at LAUSD, the nation’s second largest public school... Read more →


Peeved over peeing in public

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, Dec. 27, at 2:40 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2700 block of 11th Street regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. When... Read more →


Like the police

The Santa Monica Police Department has joined the social networking website Facebook and are encouraging residents to “like” them. The SMPD had 106 friends as of Thursday afternoon. Users of Facebook can hit a “like” tab on the website and follow another user’s feed. The SMPD uses Facebook to provide members... Read more →


Lost laptop finds its way home to Tokyo

THIRD STREET — If you lose a laptop on the Third Street Promenade, and then six months go by, most people would say you might as well consider it gone. Especially if you’ve long since returned to your home in Japan. So imagine Tokyo business man Tetsuo Fukuda’s surprise last month when he learned his long-lost computer,... Read more →


Jaime Pressly spent night in jail after DUI arrest

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Authorities say actress Jaime Pressly has been arrested in Santa Monica for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. Lt. Darrell Lowe says the co-star of TV’s “My Name is Earl” was stopped for a traffic violation around 11 p.m. Wednesday and booked on suspicion of DUI but... Read more →


Motorcycle cop injured in traffic collision

DOWNTOWN — A Santa Monica police officer is in stable condition following a traffic collision on Broadway and Sixth Street on Thursday evening. According to witnesses, the motorcycle officer was traveling westbound on Broadway when a black SUV attempted to make a left on to Sixth Street while heading eastbound. A police spokesman said... Read more →


Pacific Park sale made official

It’s official. Pacific Park, home to the nation’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel, has been sold to CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc. for $34 million, officials with the real estate investment trust said Wednesday. The amusement park, which attracts more than 4 million visitors annually will continue to be operated by its previous... Read more →


County funds extend, expand chronic homeless program

DOWNTOWN — OPCC, a leading provider of homeless services in Santa Monica and the Westside, will be able to help 25 more chronically homeless individuals thanks to an increase in funding from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The board voted Tuesday to spend $335,000 to expand OPCC’s chronic homeless pilot program,... Read more →