Cops searching for suspected rapists

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Cops are on the hunt for two men who allegedly approached a woman with a gun, jumped in her car and sexually assaulted her. Santa Monica police said the victim was stopped at a red light at the corner of 26th Street and Colorado Avenue around 4 a.m. on Feb. 19 when two Latino men approached. One pulled a gun... Read more →


Judge dismisses challenge to Expo Light Rail

DOWNTOWN — A coalition of Westside homeowners were disappointed Tuesday when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed all challenges to an environmental study for the Santa Monica portion of the Expo Light Rail line project. In the decision, Judge Thomas McKnew countered each of the objections raised by the Neighbors for Smart Rail... Read more →


Renters to receive $20K from U.S. Bank

10TH STREET — The City Attorney’s Office reached a $20,000 settlement last week with U.S. Bank after tenants of a Santa Monica rental property accused the corporation of harassment. Tenants from a property on the 1400 block of 10th Street first filed a complaint against the bank in April 2010, claiming that bank representatives... Read more →


Friends mourn local yachters killed by pirates

ST. MONICA — Four American yachters killed by Somali pirates early Tuesday were longtime sailors whose passion for the high seas outweighed any fear of the risks, friends said. The yacht’s owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey near Los Angeles, along with Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death after... Read more →


Longtime business owners bow out after 25 years

WILSHIRE BLVD — After 25 years of business in Santa Monica, the Hallmark Gold Crown store here has announced it will close April 30, leaving a swath of grieving customers in its wake. The decision to close came after a year of reflection, based on the flagging economy and fierce competition from free or cheap electronic cards... Read more →


Bayside District gets a makeover

DOWNTOWN — After nearly two years of study, the Bayside District Corporation will take its final steps this month to embrace its new identity — Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. The new name better represents the goals and mission of the corporation, said Kathleen Rawson, chief executive officer of the district. Few visitors... Read more →

City Council

Buses to receive engine work

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 →


High speed gains momentum

Dear EarthTalk: Vice-President Joe Biden just announced a commitment by the Obama administration of $53 billion to high speed rail. Isn’t it about time? Why is the U.S. so far behind other nations in developing environmentally friendly public transportation? Diane A., Boston, Mass. There are many reasons why public transit... Read more →


Homeless man dies following crash

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A 64-year-old homeless man who was hit by a car last week while walking across Ocean Avenue has died as a result of his injuries, Santa Monica police said Monday. The man, who is yet to be identified, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition on Feb. 15 around 3:20 a.m., said SMPD Sgt. Jay... Read more →


Board approves potential teacher layoffs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday giving it the ability to eliminate nearly 12 positions before the next school year. The cuts depend on the state of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s financial health, which has been threatened by lower enrollment figures, loss of state funds... Read more →


Community weighs in on massive development

BERGAMOT STATION — Planning commissioners praised the consensus and thoughtful ideas elicited from over 100 citizens eager to put in their two cents concerning the future development surrounding the light rail hub at Bergamot Station. Santa Monica residents chimed in on a variety of topics, including density levels of housing and... Read more →


Police seek passenger in deadly car wreck

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police are attempting to find the passenger in the Camaro that was involved in the Feb. 12 accident that killed a 23-year-old motorist. Sgt. Jay Trisler said the driver of the Camaro told investigators that there was a male passenger in the car with him at the time of the accident. “We are... Read more →


Last chance to comment on VA master plan

WEST L.A. — Saturday is the last day for citizens to comment on the draft of a new master plan for the Veteran’s Administration campus. The draft plan is meant to guide the physical development of the campus for the next 25 to 50 years, said Erik Gutierrez, public affairs representative for the VA of Greater Los Angeles Health... Read more →


Where art meets music

BROAD STAGE — What is it about String Theory that seems to have everyone all a twitter? Is it the canopy of sound that emanates from the unusually large-scale, invented and completely original instruments? Is it the unique way in which the extended length of the strings generates a visual physicality incorporating the dance and... Read more →


Password protected

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. Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3:15 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were walking in the area of the 2900 block of Fourth Street when they saw a man looking into... Read more →