News

Venice gang members arrested in narcotics bust

VENICE — Members of two Venice street gangs suspected of cocaine trafficking were arrested today by federal agents. Prosecutors allege that members of the Venice Shoreline Crips and Venice-13 gangs are among the top suppliers of crack to users on the Westside of Los Angeles. According to federal indictments unsealed Thursday, nine... Read more →

Crime

Arrested for drugs, not masturbation

<i>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. </i> Monday, June 29, at 7:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 3000 block of Pico Boulevard regarding a report of a... Read more →

News

LA Marathon could come to Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — When Josh Johnson participates in the L.A. Marathon next year, he can look forward to a short trip home at the end of a long 26.2 miles. If the Santa Monica resident is up for it by then, he can even run there. Marathon officials are planning a new route for the 2010 race, starting the course for its 25th anniversary at... Read more →

Airport

FAA fight likely headed to federal court

DOWNTOWN — The long-standing battle between the FAA and City Hall over a jet ban at Santa Monica Airport is now likely on its way to a federal court of appeals after aviation officials on Wednesday ruled that the local law unjustly discriminates against certain classes of aircraft. The ruling by the FAA’s associate... Read more →

News

Country meets classic in summer concert series

SM PIER — Opening for a folk singing icon such as Joan Baez may seem like a daunting task, but the soulful melodies of country singer Tift Merritt should have no problem soaring on their own. Both songstresses will take the stage at 7 p.m. tonight for the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Dance Series. A North Carolina native,... Read more →

News

Creating developments that benefit residents

CIVIC CENTER — It’s a phrase that’s frequently been brought up during previous workshops for the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), one presented in concept yet undefined. On Tuesday, residents got their chance to voice what they believe should be community benefits to result from future developments in the city,... Read more →

Education

Cutting out the fat in school lunches

SMMUSD — Where kids once hid from boogie monsters in their closets or ghosts under their beds, today they’re being protected from a real threat — trans fat. July 1 marked the beginning of a state-wide ban on trans fat in all food served in public school lunches via vending machines or outside contractors. The bill was... Read more →

Crime

More cars set on fire

DOWNTOWN — It looks like there’s an arsonist on the loose. The Santa Monica Arson Task Force is asking for the public’s help with the investigation of a series of car fires believed to have been intentionally set by a vandal, the latest two fires occurring Monday in the 1700 block of Franklin Street.  All five fires... Read more →

City Council

Redevelopment agency enjoys better bond rating

CITY HALL — While the recession has led to the downgrading of bond ratings for agencies across the state, two local redevelopment project zones in Santa Monica are enjoying a rare pat on the back. Fitch Ratings recently upgraded the bond status for the Ocean Park Redevelopment Agency, which in the past was involved in the Sea Colony and... Read more →