Education

Will Rogers principal dies

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Irma Lyons, the principal of Will Rogers Learning Community and 17-year veteran of the school district, died on Thursday at the UCLA Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. Lyons began her career as a teacher at Will Rogers and was later promoted to assistant principal and then principal, replacing Maureen... Read more →

City Council

State to take $21M from RDA funding

CITY HALL — While city officials just last month celebrated the upgraded bond ratings for two local redevelopment zones, the mood has changed substantially in the days following the state’s budget adoption. The Santa Monica Redevelopment Agency (RDA), which finances neighborhood revitalization projects, is expected to take a... Read more →

News

Getting their caffeine fix

MAIN STREET — A woman hops out of a black car as it pulls over outside the Edgemar building on Main Street. It’s 9 a.m., and she’s in a hurry to get to work. One important errand comes first, however. Inside Peet’s Coffee and Tea, her foot twitches as she waits in line. Finally, she hurries to the counter. “How... Read more →

News

Jeweler aids in recovery of stolen necklace

DOWNTOWN — It was like any other negotiation, the seller starting with their asking price, countered with an offer by the buyer, parting ways if neither can agree. That’s exactly how it was for Michael Kurt when two women walked into his Wilshire Boulevard store earlier this month to sell a necklace and matching bracelet set... Read more →

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

Two years of toking it up

CITYWIDE — Since Measure Y took effect in July, 2007, the Santa Monica Police Department has not issued any citations for offenses involving the adult, personal use of marijuana inside private residences. Supporters of the “lowest law enforcement priority” measure said that means it’s served its purpose. Bill... 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

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 →