City Council

Residents and chamber spar over LUCE

CITY HALL — In a preview of an expected showdown before the City Council next month, accusations between neighborhood groups and the Chamber of Commerce are flying over City Hall’s long-studied general plan update known as the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE). The document, which sets out a vision for growth in Santa Monica... Read more →


Name of suspect in shooting released

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have released the name of the man suspected of opening fire on officers, wounding one, during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning on Lincoln Boulevard. Dante Glenn Leverette, 32, of Los Angeles is expected to be booked on suspicion of trying to kill a police officer, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay... Read more →


SMPD officer shot, police return fire

LINCOLN BLVD — A 16-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department was shot and wounded during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning, and police located and shot the suspected gunman after an hours-long search that involved officers from various law enforcement agencies, officials said. Police refused to release the name of the... Read more →


RDA moves forward with projects

CITYWIDE — Local redevelopment projects are relatively safe — for now. After Santa Monica’s Redevelopment Agency wrote a check for the state on May 10, city officials scrambled to soften the blow of losing almost $21 million in funds. Agencies throughout the state were also forced to cut their own checks, as part of a $2.05... Read more →

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Fighting for the right to vote

CITY HALL — Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet says he will vote on the annual “general adjustment” — the maximum rent increase the board allows — despite a finding by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission that doing so would violate the state’s Political Reform Act. In a... Read more →


Like a fish

The inaugural Pier-to-Pier Challenge, a 12.6-mile swimming race from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Santa Monica Pier, will be held Oct. 16, organizers announced Monday. Races will also be held at 1.2, 2.4 and 4.8 miles, along with relays. “We hope this event will inspire people to challenge themselves,” said Alan Morelli, chief... Read more →

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Tenants facing 2 percent rent increase

CITY HALL — City Hall is recommending that owners of rent-controlled apartment buildings be allowed to raise rents by 2 percent this year, up from the 1 percent increase the Rent Control Board approved in 2009. The Rent Control Agency’s five-member board is set to discuss the annual rent increase, or “general... Read more →


Chef pleads not guilty to murder charges

LAX COURTHOUSE — Juan-Carlos Cruz, the former host of the Food Network show “Calorie Commando,” pleaded not guilty Monday to attempted murder and solicitation of murder, authorities said. Cruz allegedly tried to hire three Santa Monica homeless men to slash his wife’s throat, sources said. The bail was set at $2... Read more →


Landlords sue to increase rents

SM COURTHOUSE — Tenants in rent controlled buildings should pay more each month to cover the full cost of a landlord’s tax bills, according to a lawsuit against Santa Monica’s Rent Control Agency filed last week by a group of local apartment owners. The lawsuit, filed in Santa Monica Superior Court by the Action Apartment... Read more →


Supporters of Measure A give big

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Attempting to pass Measure A — the $198 parcel tax that would raise an estimated $5.8 million annually for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School district — campaign boosters have raised more than $332,000 since January, records on file with the Santa Monica City Clerk’s Office show. The documents... Read more →


Dylan to rock Heal the Bay gala

Singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan will help environmental group Heal the Bay celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering a special benefit performance at its Bring Back the Beach gala dinner on May 20. Held on the sand at The Jonathan Beach Club, the gala is dubbed “An Evening Under The Stars.” Nearly 1,000 guests will join together... Read more →


Problem with paints

Dear EarthTalk: At a meeting of a local art association, an artist who paints in acrylics said that doing so is more eco-friendly than painting in oils.  I somehow doubt it. Aren’t acrylics petroleum based? And aren’t some oil paints made from natural materials? — Linda Reddington, via e-mail Of course, there... Read more →


City Hall to add over 170 bike racks Downtown

DOWNTOWN — Cynthia Rose is the type of shopper city officials are trying to attract here. She’s local and she doesn’t drive. Instead of adding to traffic congestion, Rose likes to run errands on her bicycle, making more parking available for others. But that’s the problem. While drivers may have a secure place to... Read more →

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Man who sued city faces perjury charge

CITY HALL — When it landed on her desk, the case was like scores of others that Debra Kanoff has handled during her nearly three-decade career in the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office: A man who had boarded a Big Blue Bus claimed he’d been injured when the driver closed the door on him. Now he wanted to get paid. As a... Read more →


Chef arrested in alleged murder-for-hire plot

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Celebrity Chef Juan-Carlos Cruz, host of the show “Calorie Commando” on the Food Network, was arrested Thursday for allegedly masterminding a failed murder-for-hire plot, police said. Officers arrested Cruz, 48, at a dog park in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles at 12:30 p.m. Thursday... Read more →