Twilight Dance Series lineup announced

Santa Monica Pier officials announced the schedule for this summer’s Twilight Dance Series on Friday, unveiling an eclectic lineup with acts that play everything from classic rock to world music to something called Congolese Trance Dance-tronica. The Twilight Dance Series is an annual set of free concerts held at the Santa Monica Pier.... Read more →


Creating a new identity for Downtown

DOWNTOWN — Jonathan Dahms stumbled into living here four months ago. He knew nothing about the area, other than it was near Venice Beach. He now knows Downtown Santa Monica, with its popular restaurants and retail and its proximity to Palisades Park and the boardwalk, is the perfect place for him to live because he enjoys “the... Read more →

City Council

AZ boycott could disrupt $3M mobile-home deal

CITY HALL — If you thought the Santa Monica City Council’s boycott of Arizona businesses was merely ceremonial, with few real-world implications, think again. It now appears that a proposed $3 million deal to acquire 20 manufactured homes for the City Hall-owned Mountain View Mobile Home Park could be at risk because of the... Read more →


Brit ex-pats abuzz over matchup

DOWNTOWN — Looking for a place to watch Saturday’s highly anticipated World Cup match between England and the United States? If so, Santa Monica is home to a number of British-themed watering holes that are sure to be abuzz with both Brits and Americans cheering on their teams — and a little light-hearted trash talk is sure... Read more →


Leaf blower justice

NOMA — The patrol car stops at the curb and the officers approach the suspect. They’ve caught him red handed, but the man, later identified as Jesus Duarte, doesn’t seem to know it. He calmly turns off his gas-powered leaf blower, which until seconds ago he had been using to beautify a yard in this posh North of Montana... Read more →


Library books lost to feces

MAIN LIBRARY — Librarians Thursday were prepared to dispose of roughly 150 books covering topics such as Greek literature and history after a patron “maliciously” spread human feces on the editions, Santa Monica officials said. Assistant City Librarian Claudia Fishler said her staff placed the contaminated books in sealed... Read more →


Report cites progress on HIV/AIDS

A new report from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health finds that no infants were diagnosed with HIV in 2009 for the first time since 1999, the first year the county began tracking infected mothers. “While it is heartening to see that treatment has allowed those with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and education and... Read more →


SMPD plans DUI checkpoint

The Santa Monica Police Department is planning a sobriety checkpoint tonight, a department press release stated. Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department will set up in the 1300 block of Ocean Avenue to check for drunk drivers and drivers license violations. This is the fifth of several checkpoints to be conducted over a 12-month... Read more →


Texting leads to jealousy

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, June 6,12:37 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of 11th Street regarding a domestic violence call. Upon arrival,... Read more →


FAA stops test flight path

SMO — A day after the Federal Aviation Administration ended its 180-day flight pattern test that sent some small propeller planes taking off from Santa Monica Airport over neighborhoods instead of over less-populated areas, residents said they didn’t detect an immediate drop-off in noise from flyovers. “I’m not... Read more →


Fireworks come early

Santa Monica College’s popular annual outdoor festival and fireworks show, “Celebrate America,” will be held Saturday, June 26, in honor of Independence Day. The celebration — the only one of its kind in Santa Monica — will feature a picnic and global food fair from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the SMC Fountain Quad,... Read more →


Police union objects to plan for fewer lieutenants

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — With the City Council set to vote next week on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the Santa Monica Police Officers Association is objecting to a proposal contained in the spending plan that would eliminate two lieutenant positions. The SMPD’s budget proposal, which Chief Tim Jackman outlined at a... Read more →


Sanchez Pasadena’s next chief

Santa Monica Deputy Chief Phil Sanchez will be named the next Pasadena police chief, according to a report by the Pasadena Star-News, which cited an anonymous source close to the hiring process. City officials have not yet named Sanchez, but have said that the candidate for the job is undergoing a psychological exam and background check this... Read more →


Both sides declare victory in ACLU homelessness suit

CITY HALL — Santa Monica will not have to change any of its laws, practices or policies and is not required to make a payment under a deal announced Tuesday night to resolve a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that accused City Hall officials of illegally enforcing an anti-camping ordinance in violation of homeless... Read more →

City Council

City Hall delays BBB contract vote

CITY HALL — Elected officials have postponed a vote on a $2 million contract that has been at the center of discussions over enacting Santa Monica’s recently approved boycott of Arizona businesses. A decision about whether to acquire real time, digital signs for Big Blue Bus stops from Trapeze Group has been delayed, but not... Read more →