News

Chamber bashes development delay

SM CHAMBER — With 10 proposals for “development agreements” — specialized contracts generally used for large-scale real estate projects — pending at City Hall, members of the City Council are under pressure from all sides. Groups like the Coalition for a Livable City have long sought to reign-in the pace and... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless population down 19 percent

CITY HALL — The number of homeless people living on the streets or in shelters in Santa Monica is down 19 percent from a year ago, City Hall’s division of human services announced Monday. In revealing the results of Santa Monica’s annual homeless count, which took place in January, officials attributed the lower tally to... Read more →

Briefs

Suspect held in stabbing

A valet at a luxury apartment complex on the beach was arrested Monday night after allegedly stabbing a fellow valet as the two argued about a personal matter, police said. The stabbing occurred around 10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Ocean Front Walk at the Sea Castle apartment complex. The victim suffered stab wounds in the attack and was... Read more →

City Council

City replacing aging BBB fleet

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 part of... Read more →

News

Roadhouse keeps lease on life

SM CANYON — Patrick’s Roadhouse, the landmark diner on Pacific Coast Highway that in recent months has faced closure after its owner received an eviction notice, is keeping its doors open — at least for one more year. The restaurant’s owner, Anthony Fischler, was caught off guard last November when he was told to... Read more →

Crime

Cops search for serial arsonist

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica investigators are looking for a serial arsonist who they believe is responsible for more than a dozen fires since last June. More than a dozen residents were forced out of their homes in the 200 block of Washington Avenue after a fire erupted in a carport of an apartment complex during... Read more →

City Council

New fire chief named

CITY HALL — After a nationwide search that produced 20 finalists, City Manager Rod Gould has selected Manhattan Beach Fire Chief Scott Ferguson to lead the Santa Monica Fire Department, city officials said Monday. As Santa Monica’s Fire Chief Ferguson, 48, will earn a salary of $198,168 and oversee a department that boasts a... Read more →

Airport

Catering to kids

Kid-friendly restaurants come in all different shapes and sizes. One restaurant was actually built for kids. Giggles ‘n Hugs on Wilshire Boulevard near Bundy Drive really sets the bar for kid friendly. The owner, unable to find a place to eat with her daughter that was truly geared toward children, decided to start one. From its... Read more →

News

Jury: Woman’s fall was own fault

SM COURT — In a law suit that could have cost City Hall millions of dollars, a civil jury has determined a Big Blue Bus driver is not to blame for the partial paralysis of an 83-year-old woman who fell shortly after getting onboard. In a case stemming from a 2008 incident, Beatrice Kaufman alleged that the bus driver gave her... Read more →

Environment

Building a better battery

Dear EarthTalk What is the potential for carbon “nanotubes” in battery technology? I heard them referred to as the biggest battery breakthrough to come along in years. And what else can we expect to see in terms of new battery technology in coming years? R.M. Koncan via e-mail The rechargeable lithium-ion batteries now so common... Read more →

Education

School board votes to cut 92 jobs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — As many as 92 employees could be laid off from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District this year under a plan approved Thursday by the Board of Education. The layoffs would include classroom teachers, nurses and counselors and would save the district about $7.3 million. It’s possible, though, fewer... Read more →

News

KCRW hires new station manager

KCRW — Local public radio station KCRW 89.9 FM has hired one of its own to replace general manager Ruth Seymour, who is retiring this month after running the station for 32 years. The Santa Monica College Board of Trustees Saturday is expected to announce they’ve hired Jennifer Ferro, the station’s assistant general manager,... Read more →

Crime

Police make progress on rape evidence

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — After facing considerable criticism for failing to process over 450 rape kits that may contain critical DNA evidence, the Santa Monica Police Department has dramatically changed its policy regarding the kits and has processed nearly 75 percent of those in storage, police said. Under the new policy, all rape... Read more →

News

Samohi boys cruise into second round

SAMOHI — So far, so good for Santa Monica’s boys basketball team. The Vikings cruised to an easy 64-39 home win over Quartz Hill in the first round of the California Interschoalstic Federation Southern Section Divison 1A playoffs on Wednesday setting up a rare second home playoff game against Dana Hills tonight at 7... Read more →

Crime

Smoking for the holidays

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. Friday, Feb. 12, at 8:10 p.m. Officers were patrolling the 600 block of Ocean Park Boulevard when they observed a bicyclist riding without a headlamp, a... Read more →