Hit and run

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 7, at 11:32 a.m. Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 2500 block of Lincoln Boulevard — Arco — regarding an armed robbery.... Read more →

City Council

Homeless lawsuit dismissed

CITY HALL — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against City Hall filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that accused Santa Monica officials of harassing and intimidating homeless residents in an attempt to drive them out of town. The suit was dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning the ACLU is barred from bringing... Read more →


Settlement reached in Lincoln Place dispute

ROSE AVE — A contentious legal battle involving a rent-controlled apartment complex in Venice that was built after World War II to house veterans unable to find affordable housing has finally come to an end with the Los Angeles City Council’s approval Wednesday of a settlement that will return scores of evicted tenants to their... Read more →


Details emerge in Samohi weapons case

SMMUSD HDQTRS — When two Santa Monica High School students were arrested in February for allegedly bringing daggers, a BB gun, handcuffs, rope and black face masks to school, district officials claimed the students had posed no threat to campus safety. On April 9, when Santa Monica-Malibu Unifed School District Superintendent Tim... Read more →


Pier ranked fifth most polluted beach in state

SM BEACH — The Santa Monica Pier remained ranked as the fifth most polluted beach in California in Heal the Bay’s 2009-10 Beach Report Card, though a replaced storm drain has contributed to a slight improvement in the quality of the water there. Overall, Los Angeles County showed significant improvement in beach water... Read more →

City Council

Budget proposal avoids major cuts

CITY HALL — Facing a $13.2 million general fund deficit, City Hall officials have proposed a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that they say will close the budget gap without substantial cuts to services and without layoffs or furlough days for employees. The budget proposal, which the City Council began reviewing at a... Read more →


Airport Commission recommends path review

KEN EDWARDS CENTER — Residents don’t trust the FAA and have asked City Hall to hire an independent research firm to track the number of planes flying over their homes and how great the noise impacts are to their quality of life. Members of the Airport Commission on Monday responded to residents’ complaints of increased... Read more →


Outbreak tied to alfalfa sprouts

Raw alfalfa sprouts linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning in 10 states that prompted a food recall, was traced to a Los Angeles-area company, but no cases have so far been reported in the county. The sprouts were traced to Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, which has issued a voluntary recall of all alfalfa sprouts manufactured under... Read more →


Parking tickets caught on tape

SM BEACH — No one likes to get a parking ticket — especially on live TV. Just ask KTLA News’ Gayle Anderson, who during a live taping Tuesday with Kelley Blue Book representatives about the best cars to drive this summer received several parking tickets for allegedly failing to pay for spots in a beach lot just north of the... Read more →

City Council

Taller buildings endorsed by commission

CITY HALL — In a series of votes late on Monday, the Planning Commission supported allowing developers to build taller projects in most areas of the city, sparking criticism from neighborhood activists and their allies on the commission. The votes amount to recommendations about sections of the Land Use and Circulation Element that the... Read more →


Buckle up or pay big bucks

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — If you’re planning to hit the road for a late spring or early summer getaway, be sure that everyone in the car wears their seat belts on every trip, day and night or risk paying a hefty fine. Law enforcement throughout the state, including Santa Monica, will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers... Read more →


Kronovet backs down, will not vote on rent hike

CITY HALL — In an about face, Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet now says he will follow advice from California’s Fair Political Practices Commission and abstain from voting on the annual “general rent adjustment” — the maximum allowable rent increase the board is set to decide June 1. The FPPC in... Read more →


Coast Guard suspends search

SM BAY — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man whose 30-foot sail boat ran aground Sunday about a mile south of the Santa Monica Pier with no one on board. Officials suspended the search about 1 p.m. Monday after Coast Guard vessels and aircraft combed the area for most of Sunday night and the following morning but... Read more →

City Council

Bobby Shriver selected mayor

CITY HALL — Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver, a member of the Kennedy clan and brother of California’s first lady, was selected Tuesday as Santa Monica’s new mayor, replacing the late Ken Genser, who died earlier this year. Shriver, who was elected to the City Council in 2004, was nominated by Councilman Bob... Read more →