Cops bust three for burglary

Police arrested three men Sunday morning for allegedly trying to break into a guest house in the 2300 block of 21st Street. SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler said a resident saw the suspects and called police. Officers responded shortly after 4 a.m. and saw the suspects jump over a fence and into an adjacent alley. Officers pursued the suspects on foot... Read more →


SMPD assists in ‘major’ drug bust

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Two men were booked into the Santa Monica jail on drug charges after a multi-agency task force seized 47 kilos of cocaine and $2.3 million in cash, police said Monday. Federal agents and local police officers uncovered cocaine and cash Wednesday at a warehouse in Valencia after serving three search warrants... Read more →


Gathering emphasizes legacy of MLK’s message, teachings

WILSHIRE BLVD. — The ceremony in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth, held at the World Culture Center Auditorium here on Monday, became more than a remembrance — it was also a call to community involvement in light of the recent shootings in Tucson and the suicide of a local 14-year-old boy that has shaken many in... Read more →


Special school board meeting called

The school board will hold a special meeting this Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. at district headquarters (1651 16th St.) to discuss and agree on a timeline for the search of a new superintendent to replace Tim Cuneo, who is retiring in June. The special meeting with search firm Leadership Associates is the first step in the hiring process. The... Read more →


Shop, blog, win

In an effort to get Santa Monicans to shop in their neighborhoods, the Buy Local Santa Monica Committee has launched the 3/50 Project Challenge that invites people to blog about their three favorite local, independently-owned business in exchange for a chance to win prizes. To be eligible for a prize from one of the Buy Local partners,... Read more →


Tuesday’s top events

Yuk it with seniors today at the Senior Recreation Center during its weekly improv workshop. ‘Tijuaneados Anonimos’ Fairview Branch Library 2101 Ocean Park Blvd., 7 p.m. “Tijuaneados Anonimos” is a documentary about a group of people who get together every week in Tijuana to share their experiences living with the... Read more →


Venegas named deputy police chief

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman has named Al Venegas, a 23-year veteran of the department, to serve as the department’s second in command. Venegas, 47, has been the acting deputy chief for the past six months, following the departure of Phil Sanchez, who became Chief of Police in Pasadena. Venegas... Read more →


Saving the fish

Dear EarthTalk: What is being done to enable ocean fish populations to rebound after being so over-fished? Are nations coming together on this in any way? — Deborah Kay, Milford, Conn. There is no overarching international agreement to limit overfishing globally, but a few governments have been able to implement and enforce... Read more →

City Council

Woman recognized for being a life saver

CITY HALL — When Elaine Tse and her toddler Boedhe were visiting Palisades Park in August of last year, they thought they would see a few sights, maybe grab something to eat at a restaurant Downtown. Tse never thought her trip would result in her saving a life. But that’s what she did on the afternoon of Aug. 26. Tse was walking... Read more →

City Council

City pays $225K in bike accident case

CITY HALL — City Hall will pay a bicyclist who fell while riding on Ocean Park Boulevard $225,000 under a settlement agreement the City Council approved on Tuesday. The bicyclist, Robin Ratner, said in court documents a “misleveling of the pavement” of between 1-and-a-half inches and 2 inches in the bike lane caused her to... Read more →


Ruckus in the emergency 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. Monday, Jan. 3, at 2:44 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard — Saint John’s Health Center... Read more →


VA tries housing-first model for homeless vets

DOWNTOWN — Homeless service providers at the Veterans Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and several non-profits including Santa Monica-based OPCC are working on a new initiative aimed at housing the 60 most vulnerable, chronically homeless veterans on the Westside. The goal is to direct VA housing vouchers... Read more →

City Council

Council explores changing how mayor is selected

CITY HALL — A proposal by Councilman Bobby Shriver to let the people of Santa Monica directly select the mayor got a measure of preliminary support on Tuesday, with five out of the six members who were present voting to send the idea to city staff for further analysis. A final decision to undo the current system, under which the... Read more →