Crime

Police looking for arson suspect

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — On Nov. 10, at approximately 5 p.m the Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to the rear of 1410 Third Street Promenade regarding a portable toilet fire. A witness reported seeing a suspect go inside a portable toilet while carrying a cardboard box and then exiting without... Read more →

Education

Suspensions continue to decline in schools

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Last school year, district officials got a call from one of their principals: One of her students had started a fire. She’d have to suspend the student, right? Not anymore. Instead, said Mark Kelly, Executive Director of Student and Professional Services, they talked about alternatives. They decided that the... Read more →

Government

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Chain Reaction supporters getting restless

MAIN STREET — City Council voted to “save” “Chain Reaction” back in February but the sculpture is still cordoned off awaiting repairs. The Landmarks Commission will consider issuing a certificate next month that would allow for testing in preparation for repairs. Because the mushroom cloud-shaped sculpture is a designated... Read more →

Transportation

Expo construction 80 percent complete

CULVER CITY — Construction of the incoming Expo Light Rail is now 80 percent complete. Earlier this month, Phase 1 of the Expo line — which runs from Culver City to Downtown Los Angeles and opened in April of 2012 — was connected to Phase 2, which will end in Downtown Santa Monica. Crews tied together electrical component of Phase... Read more →

Politics

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Election night results hold

Editor's note: This article reflects the results available as of Friday afternoon. CITYWIDE — Early in the morning following election day, after the election night ballots were counted, the smoke hadn’t completely cleared. A percentage point separated second through fifth place in a race for four Board of Education seats. Third and... Read more →

Government

Public input sought on spending priorities

CITY HALL — The City of Santa Monica wants to hear residents' input on the preferred uses for chunk of federal money totaling about $1.3M per year. The City is in the process of preparing a new Five Year Consolidated Plan for the use of Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program. Both are... Read more →

Crime

Crimewatch: 76-year-old slicer

On Nov. 3 at approximately 9:35 p.m. Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 900 block of 9th St., regarding an assault with a deadly weapon that just occurred. When officers arrived, they met with the victim, who had some cuts and abrasions on his arms. The victim told the officers he was attacked by a neighbor who had repeatedly... Read more →

Government

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City manager dropped from Riel lawsuit

CITY HALL — The resident who was hired for and then denied a top city position is dismissing her lawsuit against the city manager, for now. Elizabeth Riel is still suing City Hall, alleging that they violated her First Amendment rights when they rescinded her job offer, but she recently filed a notice to drop City Manager Rod Gould from... Read more →

Politics

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Pony ride operator sues protesters

FARMERS MARKET — The pony ride operator who's been the target protests since April isn't ready to put the issue out to pasture. Tawni's Ponies — which has provided pony rides at the Main Street Farmers' Market since 2003 — and its owners are suing protesters, claiming libel, infliction of emotional distress, and interference with... Read more →