City Council

Board approves 1 percent rent increase

CITY HALL — An economic downturn that has driven up the unemployment rate and jeopardized housing for many will push rents up by 1 percent this fall, the lowest since 1999 when city officials authorized an increase by the same amount. The Rent Control Board on Thursday adopted a general rent adjustment of 1 percent effective Sept. 1,... Read more →

News

A Latin revival for the masses

AERO THEATRE — Whoever says Latin is dead has not heard of “Pacifica,” a resucitation of sorts from Santa Monica High School’s Latin department in the form of a teen drama. “Pacifica” is a four-episode teen soap opera done all the ancient language, created by students in Luke Henderson’s Latin class... Read more →

Briefs

New vice president selected

Robert “Bob” Isomoto, who has had 35 years of experience in community colleges in counseling and administrative posts, has been named vice president of business and administration at Santa Monica College. Currently vice president of administrative services at East Los Angeles College, Isomoto, who succeeds Jeanine Hawk, will begin... Read more →

Briefs

The world is yours

Radio station KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is partnering with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 11th season of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, kicking off on June 21. Highlights of this year’s line up include performances from Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, soulful... Read more →

Crime

Cops make arrest for attempted murder

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. Wednesday, June 10, at 8:36 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a report of a possible assault with a deadly weapon that occurred at an... Read more →

News

Reserving the right

WILSHIRE BLVD — Catherine Roscart was busy making drinks one day at a local Starbucks when she was approached by a man complaining that his order for tea had been refused at the register. “This is ridiculous,” the man reportedly said. “Would you turn Jesus away?” Roscart agreed to ring up the drink order for... Read more →

City Council

City Hall looking to regulate paparazzi

CITY HALL — The days of paparazzi crowding sidewalks, standing on top of cars and swarming near a local preschool to get candid shots of celebrities with their children could be numbered. The City Council on Wednesday directed its staff to investigate “intrusive and invasive” activities of celebrity photographers and... Read more →

Briefs

Top that

Santa Monica and Malibu high schools are some of the nation’s best, according to Newsweek, which released its list of the top 1,500 U.S. public schools. Newsweek ranked Santa Monica High School at number 251 and Malibu High School at number 313. The rankings were based on the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or... Read more →

News

Pollution lingers near I-10 Freeway

DOWNTOWN — Air pollutants generated by those traveling on Interstate 10 in Santa Monica extend more than 1.5 miles from the source in the hours before sunrise, exposing more residents to traffic-related pollution than previously thought, increasing the risk for developing asthma and other respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease... Read more →

Briefs

Grand finale

The final performance at The Jazz Bakery was a smash. The concert, which was held as a benefit to raise money for the Santa Monica High School Jazz Band, was so well attended that additional seats had to be added. More jazz fans came during intermission and filled the balcony as well, organizers said. Attendance for the concert not only... Read more →