City Council

Council failed to review development agreements

CITY HALL — For years, City Hall has failed to hold required annual reviews of development agreements intended to ensure developers were living up to their obligations, city officials admitted. City code 9.48.190 states that the council at least every 12 months must review the agreements, which typically allow a developer to exceed... Read more →

Crime

Double trouble

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. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 4:30 p.m., Santa Monica officers responded to the 1600 block of Sixth Street regarding a report of an auto burglary that just... Read more →

Briefs

Looking for the next DeMille

The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its fifth annual festival on June 19 and 20. It is open to all filmmakers ages 12 to 18 and will accept any film in any genre from 30 seconds to 30 minutes in length. Submission deadline is Friday, May 21 at 5 p.m. City Hall will accept out-of-state and even foreign... Read more →

News

New centers bring stem cells to Santa Monica

MID-CITY — Residents have a new addition to their local healthcare options with the grand opening Thursday of Tower Wound Center of Santa Monica and Tower Surgical Center in St. John’s Medical Plaza. The brainchild and private venture of Dr. Joel Aronowitz, the centers focus on the use of adult stem cells in both wound healing... Read more →

City Council

City Council says no to ‘time-out’ on development

CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday night rejected a proposal that would have postponed hearings on most large-scale development projects planned for Santa Monica. City Councilman Kevin McKeown had asked his colleagues to approve putting off hearings on the biggest projects for several months while City Hall completes work on the... Read more →

News

Hospital needs help identifying patient

MID-CITY — Officials at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital are asking for the public’s help in identifying a “John Doe” patient who was admitted into the hospital’s emergency room earlier this month. Officials said the patient is Hispanic, standing 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighs... Read more →

City Council

O’Day is new face on council

CITY HALL — Environmentalist Terry O’Day, a former chairman of the Planning Commission, was selected by the City Council Tuesday night to fill the seat vacated by the death of Mayor Ken Genser last month. The head of the non-profit group Environment Now, O’Day will serve until Nov. 2, when voters will decide who should... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless population down 19 percent

CITY HALL — The number of homeless people living on the streets or in shelters in Santa Monica is down 19 percent from a year ago, City Hall’s division of human services announced Monday. In revealing the results of Santa Monica’s annual homeless count, which took place in January, officials attributed the lower tally to... Read more →

Briefs

Suspect held in stabbing

A valet at a luxury apartment complex on the beach was arrested Monday night after allegedly stabbing a fellow valet as the two argued about a personal matter, police said. The stabbing occurred around 10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Ocean Front Walk at the Sea Castle apartment complex. The victim suffered stab wounds in the attack and was... Read more →

News

Chamber bashes development delay

SM CHAMBER — With 10 proposals for “development agreements” — specialized contracts generally used for large-scale real estate projects — pending at City Hall, members of the City Council are under pressure from all sides. Groups like the Coalition for a Livable City have long sought to reign-in the pace and... Read more →

Briefs

Cops conduct placard sting

Santa Monica police officers confiscated 12 handicap parking placards, five residential parking permits and issued 21 citations for parking violations during a sting last week, police announced Tuesday. The officers focused on the neighborhood surrounding Santa Monica College after receiving tips from residents about college students... Read more →

Airport

Catering to kids

Kid-friendly restaurants come in all different shapes and sizes. One restaurant was actually built for kids. Giggles ‘n Hugs on Wilshire Boulevard near Bundy Drive really sets the bar for kid friendly. The owner, unable to find a place to eat with her daughter that was truly geared toward children, decided to start one. From its... Read more →

City Council

City replacing aging BBB fleet

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →

Crime

Cops search for serial arsonist

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica investigators are looking for a serial arsonist who they believe is responsible for more than a dozen fires since last June. More than a dozen residents were forced out of their homes in the 200 block of Washington Avenue after a fire erupted in a carport of an apartment complex during... Read more →

City Council

New fire chief named

CITY HALL — After a nationwide search that produced 20 finalists, City Manager Rod Gould has selected Manhattan Beach Fire Chief Scott Ferguson to lead the Santa Monica Fire Department, city officials said Monday. As Santa Monica’s Fire Chief Ferguson, 48, will earn a salary of $198,168 and oversee a department that boasts a... Read more →