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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →

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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


BBB donates ad space to Ed Foundation

BBB HDQTRS — The Big Blue Bus is helping out in an effort to raise money for arts programs at local public schools. In a new campaign to boost donations to the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation, City Hall’s bus system is donating valuable advertising space on the sides of 25 buses that the foundation is selling off for... Read more →


Saving the seas

Dear EarthTalk: Oceans are in big trouble and I understand President Obama is creating a high-level ocean council to address them. What are the major issues? — Steve Sullivan, Bothell, Wash. Our oceans are indeed in a terrible state, thanks primarily to unrestrained commercial and industrial activity. Overfishing and pollution have... Read more →


Proposal would let more permit students stay

SMMUSD HDQTRS — More kids who attend local public schools on inter-district permits could be allowed to stay put if the Los Angeles Unified School District board approves a proposal next week to modify the district’s strict new permit policy. In an attempt to net $51 million in extra state education funding, LAUSD Superintendent... Read more →


Salon brings beauty to homeless women

CLOVERFIELD BLVD — When a salon is mobile, its stylists can go anywhere they need: weddings, anniversaries or parties. While on wheels, Phayvanh Phongsa, owner of the mobile Special Occasion Salon (SOS), also found she can spread her goal of helping woman gain confidence more easily, as she did when she visited Daybreak facility for... Read more →