Crime

Jury deliberating in Juarez murders

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The fate of two imprisoned gang members charged with murdering two brothers at a Santa Monica clothing store 10 years ago is now in the hands of a jury. Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon in the murder trial of David Robles and Jessie Garcia, who face two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder,... Read more →

Crime

Robberies, burglaries DUIs and drugs

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, July 27, at 5 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the 1100 block of Alley 2 when they observed a vehicle driving away at... Read more →

News

Saint John’s opens new hospital

MID-CITY — More than a dozen years of fundraising, planning and construction culminated in jubilation on Wednesday when Saint John’s Health Center unveiled what its officials deemed as the capstone of the new hospital. The completion of the Howard Keck Center is considered a landmark milestone in the medical center’s... Read more →

News

African grooves rock pier

SM PIER — The 25th Annual Twilight Dance Series is bringing a unique blend of traditional African music with western instruments back to the Santa Monica Pier with Thomas Mapfumo and the Blacks Unlimited. In their third visit to the pier, tonight Mapfumo and his band will perform new music from their upcoming album,... Read more →

City Council

L.A. Marathon gets early nod from council

CITY HALL — The Los Angeles Marathon on Tuesday got a preliminary nod from the City Council to locate the final leg of its 2010 race in Santa Monica, a course that’s been dubbed the Stadium to the Sea. The council instructed its staff to return with an ordinance or policy change that would allow marathons to be held in the city... Read more →

News

Wilmont residents eyeing church garage for parking

WILMONT — As the lack of parking spaces continue to haunt residents living in perhaps the most densely-packed neighborhood in the city, the focus is now turning to a church-owned garage to provide some relief. Located across from the Santa Monica First United Methodist Church at 11th Street is a three-level structure that holds... Read more →

News

Not so many other fish in the sea

SM BAY — With sea life being threatened daily, environmentalists, fishermen and other interest groups proposed competing visions this week of a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) slated for establishment off the coast. “MPAs function a lot like national or state parks,” said Sarah Sikich, Heal the Bay’s coastal... Read more →

City Council

Rent Control chair resigns

CITY HALL — Just more than half a year into his second term on the Rent Control Board, Joel Koury, who commanded the most votes in the November election, resigned from his post last week citing the desire to spend more time with his young family. Such time with his wife and two children — ages 9 and 6 — has become even more... Read more →

City Council

City Hall trying to stop birds from pooping in surf

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →

Environment

Green from the jump

Dear EarthTalk: What are some things that children and families can do to be greener (and to provide life lessons for the kids in the process)? Cynthia Mosher via e-mail There are many ways to be green around the family that are sure to rub off on the littler ones in your midst — if they don’t beat you to it, that is. With... Read more →