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 →


School district extends deadline for oversight committee

Those interested in becoming members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Financial Oversight Committee now have until Jan. 28 to submit an application. District officials extended the deadline. The district has four vacancies on the committee and is looking for “qualified candidates who will bring a depth of... Read more →

City Council

Should voters pick Santa Monica’s mayor?

CITY HALL — The power to select a mayor from among Santa Monica’s seven City Council members could end up in the hands of the voters, if a proposal by Councilman Bobby Shriver gains traction. He’s planning to ask his colleagues to consider undoing the current system, under which council members are responsible for selecting... Read more →

City Council

Councilman McKeown to propose new disclosure rule

CITY HALL — Members of the City Council could soon have to comply with an additional financial disclosure requirement, if the panel accepts a proposal being put forward by Councilman Kevin McKeown. The plan, set to be discussed at the council’s Jan. 11 meeting, would require council members who have received a campaign... Read more →


School board hires superintendent search company

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school board on Monday voted to hire Leadership Associates to conduct the search for the district’s next superintendent. Tim Cuneo, who has led SMMUSD since 2008, is retiring in June. At a brief meeting, the board agreed to hire the firm at a cost of $28,500. The board also said... Read more →

City Council

Alleys set to get green treatment

CITY HALL — For the first time, City Hall is set to begin installing “pervious concrete” that allows rain water to percolate into the ground rather than flow into the ocean as it prepares to launch its 2011 alley improvement program. Fifteen alleys in all parts of Santa Monica are scheduled to receive the upgrade this... Read more →


BBB receives award for high tech bus stops

DOWNTOWN — The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has awarded its “Next LA Citation Award for Architecture” to the new Big Blue Bus shelter and bus stop redevelopment program. The award honors excellence in design by Los Angeles architects for projects not yet built. “This is a very... Read more →


Judge: City Hall can proceed with cabbie background checks

DOWNTOWN — Despite a temporary restraining order against enacting City Hall’s recently passed taxi cab franchise system, Santa Monica officials will be allowed to move ahead with administrative steps to set up the new system, a Los Angeles County judge ruled last week. Under the judge’s order, City Hall will be able to... Read more →