News

A place to rest for the weary

FIFTH STREET — At 52 years old and living on his own, Craig Blasingane found himself in unfamiliar terrain. He might have in the past been an entrepreneur and owner of three houses, but when it came time to move into a single-room occupancy unit last month after spending eight years homeless, Blasingane just felt out of his element.... Read more →

City Council

City Hall faces tough budget decisions

CITY HALL — Faced with a projected budget deficit of nearly $10 million, City Manager Lamont Ewell has asked all city departments to trim 3 percent off individual budgets for the coming fiscal year and 5 percent for 2010-11. That means programs could be cut, capital improvement projects put on hold and positions left vacant. Department... Read more →

Crime

Sentencing delayed for convicted killers

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The sentencing of two gang members convicted last month of killing a Santa Monica residents at the Moose Lodge in 2005 was delayed on Friday. The court granted a request by lawyers for the defendants for a continuation to give them time to motion for a new trial. The new sentencing date is April 24. The decision to... Read more →

Education

Middle schoolers busted with pot

CALIFORNIA AVENUE — Administrators at Lincoln Middle School have suspended five students following a series of incidents that have involved drug-related arrests, cyberbullying and altercations reminiscent of the movie, “Fight Club.” Principal Suzanne Webb sent a letter home to parents on Wednesday letting them know of an... Read more →

Crime

Just what the doctor ordered

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, March 8, at 1:42 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of Lincoln Boulevard — CVS — regarding a robbery that... Read more →

Briefs

Be prepared

Following a recent case of accidental poisonings of children at a daycare in Arkansas, who were mistakenly served blue windshield-wiper fluid as Kool-Aid, Los Angeles County health officials are reminding residents to assess and ensure the safety of their homes. The warning comes during National Poison Prevention Week. Officials want... Read more →

News

Getting a piece of the big pie

DOWNTOWN — While it may not be the kind of “shovel ready” project that most people have in mind when they think of the $787 billion in stimulus funding meant to create much-needed jobs, the contract Big Blue Bus has to purchase 15 new hybrid buses is putting people to work all the same. BBB is expected to receive $12.8... Read more →

News

Rehab begins for Nu Wilshire Theater

WILSHIRE BLVD — Construction has begun toward the rehabilitation of a Great Depression-era movie theater that for decades stood as a cultural and architectural icon on one of the busiest streets in Santa Monica. Crews commenced the restoration and renovation of the Nu Wilshire Theater at 1314-1316 Wilshire Blvd. earlier this month,... Read more →

Government

Newsom makes campaign stop in Santa Monica

SAMOHI — He’s been making the rounds in cities across the central and northern part of the state, talking about healthcare, education and other issues expected to play a key role in the 2010 election. On Tuesday, San Francisco mayor and possible gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom came into the backyard of Los Angeles mayor and... Read more →

News

Businesses remind residents to ‘buy local’

DOWNTOWN — Before purchasing a book online or driving to a mall in another city, shoppers might want to consider patronizing businesses in their own neck of the woods. That’s the message the Bayside District Corp. and City Hall want to send to residents through the new “Buy Local” campaign, hoping to give a shot in... Read more →