Briefs

Ocean water quality info available online

The Department of Public Health reminds L.A. residents to visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach or call (800) 525-5662 before heading to the beach. Ocean water is tested up to five times a week in order to provide up-to-date reports on water quality and sewage spills. “Accurate knowledge about the cleanliness of L.A. County beaches... Read more →

News

Godmother of delis

Editor’s Note: This is a series in which Daily Press writers overhear and observe happenings around Santa Monica. LINCOLN BLVD. — A blond woman in black jeans strode purposefully down Broadway on Wednesday, quickening her pace as she approached a flashing orange hand at the Lincoln crosswalk. After crossing, she headed to the... Read more →

Crime

What a switch: Woman bites dog

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. Wednesday, June 24, at 5:15 p.m., Officers responded to the 2600 block of 11th Street regarding an assault and battery that just occurred. While en-route,... Read more →

City Council

Council moves to franchise taxi companies

CITY HALL — Cab companies will now have to battle for the right to pick up customers in Santa Monica after the City Council on Tuesday established a more stringent licensing system to relieve a notoriously overcrowded taxi population. The new franchise structure, which will officially take effect after the council approves it upon a... Read more →

News

Three cars set ablaze

DOWNTOWN — Investigators with the police and fire departments are asking for the public’s help in identifying the person or persons responsible for three car fires that erupted late Tuesday and early Wednesday. SMFD Capt. Brad Graham said fire fighters from Engine 123 responded to three separate and suspicious vehicle fires over... Read more →

Environment

New solar panel law draws concerns

CITY HALL — A proposal by city officials to streamline the permit application process to install photovoltaic panels has drawn concerns from solar advocates who believe that a new provision could deter interested property owners in the future. The issue in question concerns a subsection in the new ordinance that would require solar... Read more →

News

Actor Harve Presnell dies of cancer at 75

MID CITY — Harve Presnell, whose booming baritone graced such Broadway musicals as “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “Annie,” has died at age 75. The actor died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer at St. John’s Health Center, said Gregg Klein, Presnell’s agent. Although he was best known for his roles in... Read more →

News

Waxman hospitalized after feeling ill

LOS ANGELES — A powerful House committee chairman with a central role in President Barack Obama’s global warming and health care legislation has been hospitalized. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., was not feeling well Tuesday and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles for “routine testing,” spokeswoman... Read more →

News

Pier concert to feature musicians from around the globe

SM PIER — Connecting the world through music. That’s the impetus for Playing for Change, a diverse, multi-cultural, global music project which started eight years ago when Grammy winning producer/engineer Mark Johnson (then living in New York) was on his way to work. “While he was waiting on the subway platform he heard and... Read more →

News

Group sues Calif. regulators over autism care

SUNSET PARK — A consumer advocate group based in Santa Monica has accused California regulators of violating mental health and other laws by allowing health insurers to deny certain treatments for children with autism. Consumer Watchdog, which monitors insurance practices, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. It asks a... Read more →