City Council

Council travel costs down

CITY HALL — In their roles representing the residents of Santa Monica, some members of the City Council occasionally find themselves far from home, conducting what’s considered “official City Hall business” in places as distant as France, Denmark, Mexico and Norway. Under the city’s charter, City Hall covers... Read more →

News

Cops allege bartenders, patrons sold cocaine at The Joker 

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — After two months of investigation, state and local law enforcement officers served several search warrants here Wednesday, with a focus on a dive bar where at least two employees and customers sold undercover agents cocaine on four separate occasions, authorities said. Officers with the Santa Monica Police... Read more →

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Parents could be held liable for teenage drinking

MAIN LIBRARY — For many parents, stories in the newspaper about teens who have died after a night of drinking are sobering reminders of the tragic consequences underage alcohol consumption can have. While preventing deaths from teenage binge drinking is the main goal for public safety officials, pediatricians and others who regularly... Read more →

Crime

Samohi students busted with ninja knives

SAMOHI — Two students here have been arrested for allegedly bringing daggers, ninja stars and other weapons on campus, police said this week. The two male students, who were not identified because they are juveniles, were arrested after a school security officer spotted one of the boys with a suspicious metal object in his pocket.... Read more →

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Carousel building could get new ‘onion dome’ ornament

SM PIER — The Santa Monica Pier could be getting a new flourish with the possible addition of an onion-shaped, aluminum dome to the top of the 96-year-old building that houses the popular carousel. Proponents of the plan say the dome will add a dose of whimsy to the pier while restoring a long-lost feature to the carousel structure, a... Read more →

Crime

Hump chef free on bond

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — The sushi chef charged with selling endangered sei whale at The Hump is free today on a $5,000 bond as he and the owners of the restaurant await their chance to enter pleas in federal court. A representative with the Department of Justice said the owners of The Hump and chef Kiyoshiro Tamamoto, a 45-year-old... Read more →

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Man charged with murder in fatal crash

A 26-year-old man was charged Tuesday with murder in a weekend crash that killed a teenage girl on Pacific Coast Highway at Point Dume. Sina Khankhanian pleaded not guilty in connection with the death of 13-year-old Emily Rose Shane, who was struck on PCH at Heathercliff Drive at 5:11 p.m. on Saturday. Shortly after the crash, authorities... Read more →

City Council

Planners seek 11th hour input on LUCE

CITY HALL — For City Hall planners, it’s time for a toast. Having worked for more than four years on the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) — a general plan update that will govern development in Santa Monica over the next 25 years — they’re billing the final two workshops on the voluminous document as a... Read more →

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Simpson acquittal suit goes to Newseum

SM COURTHOUSE — The suit, tie and shirt that O.J. Simpson wore on the day he was acquitted of murder have been acquired by the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The clothing donation was announced Tuesday, ending a lengthy court dispute involving the former football star, Fred Goldman and Simpson’s former manager who had the suit. The... Read more →

Briefs

Volunteers needed for beach cleanup

Environmental watchdog Heal the Bay announced Tuesday that it is expanding the concept of Earth Day to Earth Month, participating in nearly 50 events countywide in April. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit has designed a series of outreach programs for schools, businesses and community organizations looking to preserve and improve... Read more →

Briefs

Weighing in on development

Residents will have another chance to shape the future of Santa Monica Wednesday when the Planning Commission holds its next workshop on the draft update to the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), which will dictate development in Santa Monica for at least two decades. The workshop will be an initial step prior to a series of Planning... Read more →

City Council

City Hall takes FAA dispute to DC court

CITY HALL — The City Attorney’s Office on Monday filed papers in a Washington, D.C. federal appellate court arguing City Hall has the right to ban certain high-speed jets from landing at Santa Monica Airport. The filing is the latest chapter in a decade-old dispute that pits SMO officials and the City Council against the Federal... Read more →

News

Investigators: Fires appear to be linked

EASTSIDE — Investigators believe three fires set early Monday morning on Santa Monica’s eastside could have been the work of a single arsonist. Santa Monica and Los Angeles firefighters responded to the series of blazes at 4:26 a.m. Monday, the Santa Monica Fire Department said in a press release. The fires appeared to be related... Read more →

Briefs

Looking for a few good artists

The Cultural Affairs Division is seeking proposals for an art exhibit to be displayed in the Event House at the Annenberg Community Beach House for a period of four months. Curators, artists (both emerging and established) and groups based in Los Angeles County are being encouraged to apply. “Exhibitions should be conceived around a... Read more →

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Malibu High student, SM resident killed in crashes

PCH — Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sherrif’s Department on Monday were still looking for witnesses to a deadly crash on Pacific Coast Highway that took the life of a 13-year-old Malibu High School student. Emily Rose Shane was struck and killed while walking home along the right shoulder of PCH near Heathercliff Drive,... Read more →