Education

Samohi boys advance to CIF-SS hoops final

SMC — Santa Monica High School's boys basketball team secured a spot in the CIF-SS Division 1A Championship by defeating Colony, 70-51, in front of a capacity crowd at Santa Monica College on Friday. Samohi raced out to an early double-digit lead, but Colony was able to mount a comeback, making it 49-43 at the end of the third... Read more →

City Council

City Council says no to ‘time-out’ on development

CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday night rejected a proposal that would have postponed hearings on most large-scale development projects planned for Santa Monica. City Councilman Kevin McKeown had asked his colleagues to approve putting off hearings on the biggest projects for several months while City Hall completes work on the... Read more →

News

Hospital needs help identifying patient

MID-CITY — Officials at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital are asking for the public’s help in identifying a “John Doe” patient who was admitted into the hospital’s emergency room earlier this month. Officials said the patient is Hispanic, standing 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighs... Read more →

City Council

O’Day is new face on council

CITY HALL — Environmentalist Terry O’Day, a former chairman of the Planning Commission, was selected by the City Council Tuesday night to fill the seat vacated by the death of Mayor Ken Genser last month. The head of the non-profit group Environment Now, O’Day will serve until Nov. 2, when voters will decide who should... Read more →

Briefs

Cops conduct placard sting

Santa Monica police officers confiscated 12 handicap parking placards, five residential parking permits and issued 21 citations for parking violations during a sting last week, police announced Tuesday. The officers focused on the neighborhood surrounding Santa Monica College after receiving tips from residents about college students... Read more →

News

Chamber bashes development delay

SM CHAMBER — With 10 proposals for “development agreements” — specialized contracts generally used for large-scale real estate projects — pending at City Hall, members of the City Council are under pressure from all sides. Groups like the Coalition for a Livable City have long sought to reign-in the pace and... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless population down 19 percent

CITY HALL — The number of homeless people living on the streets or in shelters in Santa Monica is down 19 percent from a year ago, City Hall’s division of human services announced Monday. In revealing the results of Santa Monica’s annual homeless count, which took place in January, officials attributed the lower tally to... Read more →

Briefs

Suspect held in stabbing

A valet at a luxury apartment complex on the beach was arrested Monday night after allegedly stabbing a fellow valet as the two argued about a personal matter, police said. The stabbing occurred around 10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Ocean Front Walk at the Sea Castle apartment complex. The victim suffered stab wounds in the attack and was... Read more →

City Council

City replacing aging BBB fleet

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 →

News

Roadhouse keeps lease on life

SM CANYON — Patrick’s Roadhouse, the landmark diner on Pacific Coast Highway that in recent months has faced closure after its owner received an eviction notice, is keeping its doors open — at least for one more year. The restaurant’s owner, Anthony Fischler, was caught off guard last November when he was told to... Read more →

Crime

Cops search for serial arsonist

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica investigators are looking for a serial arsonist who they believe is responsible for more than a dozen fires since last June. More than a dozen residents were forced out of their homes in the 200 block of Washington Avenue after a fire erupted in a carport of an apartment complex during... Read more →

City Council

New fire chief named

CITY HALL — After a nationwide search that produced 20 finalists, City Manager Rod Gould has selected Manhattan Beach Fire Chief Scott Ferguson to lead the Santa Monica Fire Department, city officials said Monday. As Santa Monica’s Fire Chief Ferguson, 48, will earn a salary of $198,168 and oversee a department that boasts a... Read more →

Airport

Catering to kids

Kid-friendly restaurants come in all different shapes and sizes. One restaurant was actually built for kids. Giggles ‘n Hugs on Wilshire Boulevard near Bundy Drive really sets the bar for kid friendly. The owner, unable to find a place to eat with her daughter that was truly geared toward children, decided to start one. From its... Read more →

Environment

Building a better battery

Dear EarthTalk What is the potential for carbon “nanotubes” in battery technology? I heard them referred to as the biggest battery breakthrough to come along in years. And what else can we expect to see in terms of new battery technology in coming years? R.M. Koncan via e-mail The rechargeable lithium-ion batteries now so common... Read more →

News

Jury: Woman’s fall was own fault

SM COURT — In a law suit that could have cost City Hall millions of dollars, a civil jury has determined a Big Blue Bus driver is not to blame for the partial paralysis of an 83-year-old woman who fell shortly after getting onboard. In a case stemming from a 2008 incident, Beatrice Kaufman alleged that the bus driver gave her... Read more →