City Council

Fighting for the right to vote

CITY HALL — Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet says he will vote on the annual “general adjustment” — the maximum rent increase the board allows — despite a finding by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission that doing so would violate the state’s Political Reform Act. In a... Read more →

Briefs

Like a fish

The inaugural Pier-to-Pier Challenge, a 12.6-mile swimming race from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Santa Monica Pier, will be held Oct. 16, organizers announced Monday. Races will also be held at 1.2, 2.4 and 4.8 miles, along with relays. “We hope this event will inspire people to challenge themselves,” said Alan Morelli, chief... Read more →

City Council

Tenants facing 2 percent rent increase

CITY HALL — City Hall is recommending that owners of rent-controlled apartment buildings be allowed to raise rents by 2 percent this year, up from the 1 percent increase the Rent Control Board approved in 2009. The Rent Control Agency’s five-member board is set to discuss the annual rent increase, or “general... Read more →

Crime

SMPD officer shot, police return fire

LINCOLN BLVD — A 16-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department was shot and wounded during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, and police located and shot the suspected gunman after an hours-long search that involved officers from various law enforcement agencies, officials said. Police refused to release the name of the... Read more →

News

RDA moves forward with projects

CITYWIDE — Local redevelopment projects are relatively safe — for now. After Santa Monica’s Redevelopment Agency wrote a check for the state on May 10, city officials scrambled to soften the blow of losing almost $21 million in funds. Agencies throughout the state were also forced to cut their own checks, as part of a $2.05... Read more →

News

Landlords sue to increase rents

SM COURTHOUSE — Tenants in rent controlled buildings should pay more each month to cover the full cost of a landlord’s tax bills, according to a lawsuit against Santa Monica’s Rent Control Agency filed last week by a group of local apartment owners. The lawsuit, filed in Santa Monica Superior Court by the Action Apartment... Read more →

Education

Supporters of Measure A give big

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Attempting to pass Measure A — the $198 parcel tax that would raise an estimated $5.8 million annually for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School district — campaign boosters have raised more than $332,000 since January, records on file with the Santa Monica City Clerk’s Office show. The documents... Read more →

Crime

Chef pleads not guilty to murder charges

LAX COURTHOUSE — Juan-Carlos Cruz, the former host of the Food Network show “Calorie Commando,” pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder and solicitation of murder, authorities said. Cruz allegedly tried to hire three Santa Monica homeless men to slash his wife’s throat, sources said. The bail was set at $2... Read more →

Briefs

Dylan to rock Heal the Bay gala

Singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan will help environmental group Heal the Bay celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering a special benefit performance at its Bring Back the Beach gala dinner on May 20. Held on the sand at The Jonathan Beach Club, the gala is dubbed “An Evening Under The Stars.” Nearly 1,000 guests will join together... Read more →

Environment

Problem with paints

Dear EarthTalk: At a meeting of a local art association, an artist who paints in acrylics said that doing so is more eco-friendly than painting in oils.  I somehow doubt it. Aren’t acrylics petroleum based? And aren’t some oil paints made from natural materials? — Linda Reddington, via e-mail Of course, there... Read more →

News

City Hall to add over 170 bike racks Downtown

DOWNTOWN — Cynthia Rose is the type of shopper city officials are trying to attract here. She’s local and she doesn’t drive. Instead of adding to traffic congestion, Rose likes to run errands on her bicycle, making more parking available for others. But that’s the problem. While drivers may have a secure place to... Read more →

City Council

Man who sued city faces perjury charge

CITY HALL — When it landed on her desk, the case was like scores of others that Debra Kanoff has handled during her nearly three-decade career in the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office: A man who had boarded a Big Blue Bus claimed he’d been injured when the driver closed the door on him. Now he wanted to get paid. As a... Read more →

Briefs

Mannequins to take over SM Place

In celebration of the opening of Santa Monica Place, slated for Aug. 6, a new program has been launched where up to 100 local designers, artists, retailers and community leaders will create individual expressions of art and fashion using mannequins. The program, The Mannequin Collective, was announced on Thursday and will make Santa Monica... Read more →

News

Museum takes back the grass

MAIN STREET — For those who make it to Main Street’s Sunday Farmers’ Market early enough to claim a spot, the lawn outside the California Heritage Museum has long been a favorite place to spread a picnic blanket and take in the scene. But as of last month, it’s also a revenue-generating asset for the cash-strapped... Read more →

Crime

Chef arrested in alleged murder-for-hire plot

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Celebrity Chef Juan-Carlos Cruz, host of the show “Calorie Commando” on the Food Network, was arrested Thursday for allegedly masterminding a failed murder-for-hire plot, police said. Officers arrested Cruz, 48, at a dog park in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles at 12:30 p.m. Thursday... Read more →