News

Gang member sentenced in Moose Lodge murders

LOS ANGELES — One of two gang members convicted last month of the 2005 murders of two men at the Santa Monica Moose Lodge was sentenced to prison Friday. Deputy District Attorney Alan Schneider of the Hardcore Gang Division said Erick Nunez, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 75 years to... Read more →

Education

Special ed parents, teachers present views

SMMUSD HDQTRS — After months of poring over a pile of studies, audits, and strategic plans on the troubled special education department, parents and teachers presented recommendations to the school board Thursday that they believe will enhance services and create a new culture of equality and access, all while saving money. But to save... Read more →

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Filmmaker completes marathon project

OCEAN PARK — Local filmmaker Stephen Auerbach has completed one of the most tremendous projects of his career. His documentary, “Bicycle Dreams,” which chronicles the experiences of five riders in the grueling, 3,000-mile Race Across America (RAAM), is set to world premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Saturday. The... Read more →

City Council

City employees asked to give up bonuses

CITY HALL — City Manager Lamont Ewell has asked hundreds of employees to forego performance bonuses this fiscal year so that he can prevent cuts to services and possible layoffs because of a reduction in revenue. The move would save $2.6 million, according to city officials. The City Council approved a budget of $567 million in June of... Read more →

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Growing a green program

BUNDY CAMPUS — A cinematographer for most of his life, Adam Meltzer became concerned about his family’s future last year when the economy tanked and the unions representing writers and actors went on strike. Work was sporadic and Meltzer had a daughter to provide for. The environmental activist decided he needed a career that... Read more →

Crime

Hooked on heroin

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. Sunday, April 19, at 12:03 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2400 block of Ashland Avenue regarding a report of a man lying in the... Read more →

News

A museum in Venice is born

VENICE — The Venice Neighborhood Council Board of Officers approved a recommendation from the Venice Heritage Foundation to support a proposed museum that would showcase Venice’s unique cultural history. The council approved the location of the museum, next to the Centennial Library, during its March meeting, said Marc Saltzberg,... Read more →

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Right price for anti-smoking kits

DOWNTOWN — While they’ll still have to spend time enforcing the law, restaurant owners will not have to spend a dime on materials meant to help keep their patios and dining areas free of cigarette smoke. That’s because City Hall is distributing hundreds of “tool kits” to business owners — with a focus on... Read more →

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Young artists leave mark on waste center

CITY YARDS — Education through art, constructive collaboration and balance are uncommon priorities for a public works organization, but the Santa Monica Household Hazardous Waste Center makes a point of investing in each. The center, which will be celebrating its 20th year of service on Thursday, has commissioned the assistance of... Read more →

Environment

Eliminating greenhouse gas one tree at a time

OCEAN PARK BLVD — A newly planted pine tree will be the center of a ceremony today celebrating Earth Day and National Arbor Day. City officials and students and faculty from the Art Institutes of California at Los Angeles and Hollywood are attending this public event. “This celebration is a way for us to officially launch the... Read more →