Suspect in Redding murder received money before killing

LOS ANGELES — A woman charged in the 2008 murder of an aspiring model-actress whose body was discovered in her Santa Monica apartment received hundreds of thousands of dollars from a business associate of the victim’s father, according to a published report. Kelly Soo Park, 44, was charged last week in the death of... Read more →


Assembly set to vote on chemical ban

SACRAMENTO — The California state Assembly will vote today on a bill written by Senator Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) that would ban a chemical some say is toxic that is often used in plastic baby bottles, sippy cups and the lining of formula cans. The vote comes a year after the bill, the Toxics-Free Babies and Toddlers Act, or SB... Read more →


Crack down on tobacco sales to minors nets 12 violations

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police have cited 12 people for selling tobacco to minors in recent months, the result of an operation on unscrupulous stores that fail to check IDs before making cigarette sales. Following the City Council’s adoption in 2008 of an ordinance aimed at keeping closer watch over stores that sell... Read more →


Project Lemon-aid raises nearly $10K for schools

VIRGINIA AVE. PARK — These are not your grandmother’s lemonade stands. Complete with a corporate sponsor, their own custom T-shirts and a Facebook page, the kids responsible for Project Lemon-aid are taking the concept of a curbside stand and turning it into a fundraising force to be reckoned with. Since the project was... Read more →


Report: Nearly 1 in 11 locals smoke

CITYWIDE — Nearly one out of every 11 adults here smoke cigarettes, according to a report released this week by Los Angeles County health officials. The report, “Cigarette Smoking in Los Angeles County: Local Data to Inform Tobacco Policy,” found that 10.7 percent of Santa Monicans over the age of 18 smoke, ranking the city... Read more →


SM Mountains welcome litter of lions

SM MOUNTAINS — Three baby mountain lions were discovered by researchers in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, officials announced this week. The litter, consisting of two females and one male, was born last month and found on May 26 by National Park Service researchers just south of Peter Strauss Ranch off of... Read more →

City Council

Cabbies want full disclosure from City Hall

CITY HALL — The City Council won’t finalize its plan to overhaul Santa Monica’s taxi cab permitting system until this fall, but cab companies are already raising concerns about the level of transparency in City Hall’s proposal to greatly reduce the number of cabs and cab companies in town. The proposal would award... Read more →


Community beach house named best venue

The Annenberg Community Beach House at Santa Monica State Beach has been named “Best New Venue” for 2010 by BizBash L.A. Event Style Awards. BizBash is the leader in event industry trade media, with winners selected by a panel of event industry professionals. The honor was announced at a ceremony held during the BizBash Expo on... Read more →


Looking for someone new

The Commission on the Status of Women (COSW), charged with advocating for and advancing the status of women and girls in the community since 1981, is looking for a new member. There is one vacancy beginning on July 1. Those interested in serving on this voluntary commission must be residents of Santa Monica and committed to improving the... Read more →


McClure Tunnel to be closed

Drivers better avoid the junction of Interstate 10 and Pacific Coast Highway this Saturday from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. as the McClure Tunnel will be closed in both directions so it can get a good spring cleaning, city officials said. Alternate routes will be indicated. For more information, contact City Hall at (310)... Read more →


Sexual assault suspect wanted

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The Santa Monica Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect involved in three sexual assaults. The suspect rides his bicycle next to the victims. As he passes, he grabs their buttocks, breast or genital area, police said. The suspect is described as a... Read more →


A peachy morning of competition

DOWNTOWN — The air smells alternately sweet like a cobbler and fishy, changing with the wind. Clanging, chopping and sizzling form a symphony with the jazz stylings of a saxophone player on the sidewalk. Smoke dances out of the pans and into the atmosphere. Crowds amble by, watching the scene unfold or fixing their eyes on the... Read more →


Camping arrests dropped after filing of ACLU suit

CITY HALL — Police officers here have made far fewer arrests for alleged violations of Santa Monica’s anti-camping law since the American Civil Liberties Union last July accused city officials of using the law to drive homeless people out of town, police statistics show. Officers made an average of 21.9 arrests per month for... Read more →

City Council

Council considers shorter meetings

CITY HALL — It was an irony lost on no one in the building. The City Council on Tuesday spent an hour — far longer than was devoted to any other item on the agenda — discussing ways to make their meetings shorter. In the end, the council voted 4-2 to begin exploring ways to improve the meetings and make them more efficient,... Read more →


School board approves AZ boycott

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Getting in on a trend among local elected bodies, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education is the latest local entity to boycott the state of Arizona over its tough new anti-illegal immigration measure that critics have said may lead to racial profiling. The school board unanimously adopted a... Read more →