One thing leads to another

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. 6, at 7:04 p.m., Santa Monica police officers received a radio call of an alleged shoplifter running from Sears security. As officers arrived... Read more →


Pot growers injured in house fire

KINGMAN AVE — Two people were slightly injured Thursday morning during a fire at a three-story home in Santa Monica where some marijuana plants were found, public safety officials said. The fire was reported at 6:43 a.m. at a home in the 700 block of Kingman Avenue, said Sgt. Jay Trisler with the Santa Monica Police Department. Two... Read more →


Unruly library patrons to face ban

MAIN LIBRARY — The next time you visit one of Santa Monica’s libraries, you better be on your best behavior because if you become a nuisance and continually break the rules, you could find yourself banned. Librarians will soon have the power to ban unruly patrons for up to a year following a decision by the City Council Tuesday... Read more →


Live music: Hellride rolls into town

MID-CITY — Looking for a good ride on Saturday night? If that peaks your interest, you may want to check out Hellride, a “live only” all-star outfit made up of a trio of iconic rockers playing this weekend at the CENTRAL Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Hellride is comprised of Stephen Perkins, Mike Watt and Pete DiStefano... Read more →

City Council

Fee increase for recreation programs approved

CITY HALL — If you like taking a dip at the Santa Monica Swim Center, are an avid lawn bowler or have a kid enrolled in a city-run sports league, be prepared to pay more come July 1. The City Council on Tuesday agreed to raise fees for recreation programs and permits to use city facilities, a move that officials said is needed to... Read more →


A different kind of patrol

THIRD COURT — Neighborhood Resource Officers Richard Carranza and Art Williams were out in force Tuesday, but instead of looking for criminals, they were looking for couches. The two NROs, who are akin to sheriffs with nearly total control over their own beats, joined garbage collectors with City Hall’s Solid Waste Management... Read more →


BBB runs out of senior passes

DOWNTOWN — Seniors who have become accustomed to purchasing 13-ride passes for the Big Blue Bus will have to wait a few weeks to buy more due to a shortage created by high demand, transit officials said. The bus company ran out of the passes “a couple of days ago” and is in the process of ordering more, said Dan Dawson,... Read more →


de la Torre demands review of investigator

DOWNTOWN — School board member Oscar de la Torre is calling on the Santa Monica Police Department to conduct a thorough evaluation of cases handled by an investigator whose tactics were called into question by an independent review board. de la Torre is also demanding an apology from the SMPD and would like to see personnel changes... Read more →


Santa Monica police cleared in Oscar de la Torre probe

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica Police Department’s investigation into school board member Oscar de la Torre’s actions during a fight between two teens was appropriate, as was sending the case on to prosecutors, according to a report released Monday by the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review (OIR). However, the lead... Read more →


Santa Monica police introduce D.A.R.E. program

GRANT ELEMENTARY — In an effort to keep kids off drugs and alcohol, the Santa Monica Police Department today will start teaching fifth graders here the D.A.R.E. curriculum, the first time in the city’s history that officers have used the educational program designed to prevent drug use, membership in gangs and violent behavior,... Read more →

City Council

City Council keeps buses moving, fires at bay

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 →


EPA turns 40

Dear EarthTalk: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had its 40th anniversary in 2010. How effective has the EPA been and what are its biggest challenges today? — Bill A., Seattle, Wash. By most accounts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which turned 40 in December 2009, has been very effective. The first... Read more →


Actress Jaime Pressly pleads not guilty to DUI

LOS ANGELES — Actress Jaime Pressly pleaded not guilty Friday to a pair of DUI counts stemming from her arrest last month in Santa Monica. The 33-year-old star of the television show “My Name Is Earl” was charged Tuesday in the misdemeanor case, which includes the allegation that she had a blood-alcohol content of .20... Read more →