Crime

Cops searching for suspects in auto burglary, hit and run

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police officers are asking for the public’s help in locating two suspects, one believed to be responsible for a series of vehicle burglaries while the other the driver in a hit-and-run accident on Broadway. Between Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 several cars were broken into in the northern portion of Santa Monica.... Read more →

News

Sewage spill at Saint John’s creates a stink

MID-CITY — More than 120 gallons of raw sewage flowed onto a street near Saint John’s Health Center Wednesday night, with some of that sewage making its way into the storm drain system but most likely not to the Santa Monica Bay, city officials said. The spill — reported to be 125 gallons — stemming from the hospital... Read more →

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Students string together beautiful music

DOWNTOWN — While other kids were out playing or watching TV after school, Erin Wells was inside a classroom with her chin on a violin, learning the foreign language of classical music. There were Friday afternoons spent with a group of three dozen fourth and fifth graders, some with a few years of musical training under their belt,... Read more →

Crime

Suspect in SMC assault released

LAX COURTHOUSE — A Malibu man who was accused of sexually assaulting a Santa Monica College student in April at the campus library was released on his own recognizance Thursday after DNA test results came back negative and did not yield a match. Chase Guy Reynolds, 40, was arrested April 7 and charged with two counts of sexual battery... Read more →

News

Sustainability comes with a nice discount

DOWNTOWN — It’s usually only good for transporting groceries and helping the environment but carrying a reusable bag could also score discounts. More than 40 businesses will offer special deals to customers who bring in the eco-friendly bags during the Buy Local Santa Monica Super Saturday on Oct. 3, ranging from samples to... Read more →

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BBB maintenance facility opens doors

COLORADO AVENUE — On time and under budget. Those were the words that city officials proudly repeated multiple times in celebrating the new Big Blue Bus maintenance facility during its grand opening on Wednesday, praising a project team that managed to bring the 66,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure to completion at $60... Read more →

News

Beach closure

WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH Foul smell causes closure The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has posted warning signs advising swimmers and surfers to avoid the ocean for a half-mile north and a half-mile south of the storm drain located at Will Rogers State Beach, near Pacific Palisades. The warning will be in effect until at... Read more →

Briefs

Bringing gardeners together

As popular as gardening is in Santa Monica, 8 square miles cannot accommodate gardens for all 94,000 residents. As a result, the city has created a garden sharing registry to meet everyone’s needs. The registry matches homeowners with yard space but no time for gardening to experienced or interested gardeners with no space for... Read more →

City Council

Declawing law may be clipped

CITY HALL — A controversial surgical procedure that animal lovers have dubbed as an amputation on cats could face restrictions in Santa Monica. The City Council on Tuesday directed its staff to draft an ordinance that would ban the veterinary practice of declawing cats, limiting the procedure only to cases in which it would be in the... Read more →