News

Planners move ahead on bike priorities

CITY HALL — Santa Monica bicyclists, rejoice — the wait is almost over. The past week and a half has seen two workshops largely focused on pushing forward the “no new trips” agenda embodied in the general plan’s land use and circulation element, or LUCE, with great attention paid to prioritizing bike-friendly... Read more →

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Shopping cart in hand worth two in the bush

CITYWIDE — They’re run into in parking lots, abandoned on street corners and generally abused, but police can’t crack down until offenders are caught in the act. The victims, shopping carts, represent not only a useful tool at the neighborhood grocery store, they’re one significant investment that owners have a hard... Read more →

Crime

Man arrested for masturbating at Santa Monica’s Main Library

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 10, 3:35 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the Main Library regarding a report of someone exposing themselves. When officers... Read more →

Crime

Police probe laser pointer directed at news helicopter

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police are trying to find the person responsible for pointing a laser at a news helicopter Wednesday night. SMPD Lt. Jay Trisler said around 11:15 p.m. a pilot of a KCLA 9 news chopper covering an officer involved shooting in Sunset Park reported seeing a green laser light. The helicopter was... Read more →

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Aircraft take on the world

Legendary aircraft manufacturer Donald Douglas had already designed a groundbreaking World War I bomber when he began manufacturing military planes in an abandoned movie studio in the fields of Santa Monica in 1922. In 1923, the Army Air Service, (the Air Force had not yet been created) approached Douglas about designing and manufacturing... Read more →

City Council

Council OKs controversial bond for senior housing

CITY HALL — A private developer will be allowed to seek tax exempt bonds through the state to finance three controversial senior housing projects in Santa Monica, the City Council affirmed Tuesday. The decision came over the protests of angry neighbors from the Pico-Euclid neighborhood that decry the project as too expensive, too... Read more →

Briefs

SMC teachers pledge support for Japan

Members of the Santa Monica College Faculty Association voted unanimously last month to give financial support to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, pledging $1,000, officials with the college said. The body, made up of teachers from every department at the college, pledged a $500 donation to Mercy Corps, an organization with... Read more →

Briefs

Last call for green book prize

Those who would like to submit entries for the fifth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature have until April 30 to do so, city officials said. The Green Prize is sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library and the city of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. It was created to encourage and commend... Read more →

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Synagogue blast suspect charged with fleeing

CLEVELAND — A suspect in an explosion at a California synagogue was charged in federal court on Tuesday with fleeing to avoid prosecution after the blast last week that shattered windows and punched a hole in a building. An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles said Ron Hirsch, 60, violated federal law when he traveled... Read more →

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Saint John’s nurses petition to hold union election

SAINT JOHN’S — Nurses at Saint John’s Health Center have formally petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election, a step organizers say is a decade in the making. Representatives filed the petition late Monday evening for the 450 registered nurses at the hospital, which is part of the Catholic... Read more →

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Synagogue blast suspect returning to California to face charges

CLEVELAND — The suspect in an explosion at a California synagogue has agreed to return from Ohio to face charges. Sixty-year-old Ron Hirsch waived a detention hearing Wednesday afternoon. He told a federal magistrate judge in Cleveland that he is ready to be returned to face charges in the Santa Monica blast. No plea was entered on a... Read more →

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15th indicted in piracy that killed local yachters

NORFOLK, Va. — A Somali man accused of acting as chief negotiator for pirates who took four Americans hostage, including a pair of St. Monica parishioners, and killed them in February is the highest-ranking pirate the U.S. has captured in its efforts to help crack down on a rash of hijackings off Africa, prosecutors said... Read more →

Briefs

Red Cross benefit raises thousands

The Santa Monica Red Cross’ “Red Tie Affair” held at the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel on Saturday raised roughly $375,000, according to preliminary estimates. Officials with the local chapter of the Red Cross said a number of celebrities attended, including singer Fergie and her husband, actor Josh Duhamel, who received the Red... Read more →