News

Calling all cars

CITYWIDE — Dialing 911 from a cell phone used to be a gamble for those trying to reach the Santa Monica Police Department. Oftentimes the call would be answered by the California Highway Patrol, which was overloaded, leaving some callers on hold for minutes at a time. Not any more. Now those who call for help within Santa... Read more →

Crime

Get your own room

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. Friday, May 8, at 2:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2000 block of 14th Street regarding a report of a male bleeding from his neck.... Read more →

City Council

City Hall wants to give cash to families losing homes

CITY HALL — Santa Monica families who are about to lose their homes should think twice before returning their keys. City officials are preparing to launch a new program that will give financial assistance to struggling local families on the brink of homelessness, using anticipated incoming funds from the federal stimulus package. The... Read more →

News

New clinic for kids opens

MID-CITY — Children in Santa Monica and the Westside who suffer from cerebral palsy, scoliosis, spina bifida and other muscoskeletal disorders have a new facility to turn to. The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, a leader in orthopaedic patient care, research and education for nearly a century, held the grand opening Wednesday of the... Read more →

News

Making their voices heard

MAIN STREET — Armed with sticky notes, markers and most importantly, opinions, residents on Monday met with city officials to give their input on an elaborate proposal for the future of Downtown and the Civic Center. City Hall is planning on a number of improvements to the area in anticipation of the Exposition Light Rail, which is... Read more →

News

Making waves at the beach

SM BEACH — For people confined to a wheelchair, getting close to the waves has never been easier. City Hall has replaced and added accessible walkways at a handful of locations along the sand, just one of several improvements to the beach experience highlighted during the third annual Beach Summit, hosted by the Santa Monica Convention... Read more →

Crime

Elderly woman run over in hit-and-run

MID-CITY — A 79-year-old woman was run over and dragged while visiting a medical plaza on Santa Monica Boulevard Monday afternoon, the driver fleeing the scene, failing to render aid, police said. Santa Monica investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver, who was described as a white male in his 60s... Read more →

Airport

Court upholds jet ban injunction

CITY HALL — Jets are allowed to continue using Santa Monica Airport while federal aviation and city officials battle over the legality of a locally-imposed ban on the largest and fastest aircraft. That’s according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which recently denied a request by City Hall to lift an injunction against the... Read more →

News

A new tide is forming

OCEAN PARK Facing a flurry of opposition from business owners and residents, the Big Blue Bus has pulled a proposal to cancel the Tide Ride shuttle and plans to instead examine ways to revamp the lowest performing line in its system, gearing it more toward tourism. The change in plans comes as welcomed news to the local neighborhood and... Read more →

Education

Going for the sun’s cup

SAMOHI — Students from Santa Monica High School will be representing their school and their community in the Metropolitan Water District’s 2009 Solar Cup, competing in sprint and endurance races in their 16-foot, solar-powered boat, “RETHINK.” Students from Samohi’s Team Marine, Heal the Bay Surfrider Club... Read more →