Crime

Dial ‘s’ for stolen

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, June 12, at 9:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of Sunset Street and Dewey Avenue regarding a strong-arm robbery. When... Read more →

News

Hoping for a blast from the past

PICO BLVD — Santa Monica College’s commencement ceremony this week spawned a new crop of alumni and administrators are hoping graduates stay in touch with their alma mater. They’re the first group of former students that SMC is targeting for its new alumni association, reviving a branch of the college that in past lives... Read more →

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Crimes near Venice border have residents concerned

BORDERLINE — A recent string of crimes along the southern edge of the city have rattled the nerves of some neighbors who say that despite incidents over the past several weeks, they generally consider the small community to be safe. The Santa Monica Police Department met last week with the Borderline Neighborhood Group (BNG) to address... Read more →

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Wandering whale still hanging out

MARINA DEL REY — Boaters and beach goers are being asked to keep their distance from a California gray whale that has been swimming in and out of the Marina del Rey channel for the last two weeks. The 25-foot long whale seems to have stopped its migration from Baja to rest before continuing north to Alaska. California gray whales have... Read more →

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Police seek suspect in lewd conduct case

PUBIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica Police are searching for a suspect in a lewd conduct with a minor case that dates back to June of 2008. Investigators are reluctant to disclose the nature of the crime Christopher Carrington Camp, 67, is suspected of committing saying only that he remains a fugitive. SMPD Detective Lloyd Gladden said... Read more →

Briefs

Local Vons tops disability fundraiser

A Santa Monica Vons store was recently named the top fundraiser in a Safeway Inc. charity campaign to raise funds for people with disabilities. The store, located at 710 Broadway, raised more than $11,000 during the April fundraiser to benefit Easter Seals Southern California, a group that provides services for people with disabilities... Read more →

City Council

City Hall expecting to ease hiring freeze

CITY HALL — When city officials in January began taking a hard look at the harsh economic realities facing local government, a decision was made to freeze 18 vacant positions they deemed would have the least impact on the general public. In the past five months, that number has grown to about 50 positions that are purposefully being... Read more →

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Restaurants reflect on take-out transition

LINCOLN BLVD. — The process of finding Earth friendly take-out boxes was one of trial and error for Hector Padilla. When the citywide ban on to-go containers made from expanded polystyrene — better known as Styrofoam — and clear polystyrene went into effect last year, the manager of Bay Cities Italian Deli Bakery set out... Read more →

Briefs

Metro changes bus routes and schedules

On Sunday, June 28, a routine realignment of the Metro bus system will take effect, cutting 25,000 revenue service hours out of 7.3 million per year. Routes that serve Santa Monica will not experience disproportionate changes. Some trips along the 704 line, a Metro Rapid route between Los Angeles and Santa Monica via Santa Monica Boulevard,... Read more →

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Local doctor organizes Walk to Africa event

SIERRA LEONE — A trying week had just ended and Dr. Robert Hamilton was ready to go home. The trip to Sierra Leone had been an overwhelming experience to the small team of volunteer American doctors and nurses led by the Santa Monica pediatrician to the war-torn country, fully expecting devastation following a more than decade long... Read more →