Brief: Jazz bands shine

Last Saturday, Santa Monica High School’s Jazz Band 1, 2, and Combo competed at the Newbury Park High School Jazz Festival and received high marks. Jazz band 2, under the direction of Sean Pawling, performed in the Novice Division and received straight "Good" ratings. For most students, this was their very first jazz festival and they... Read more →


Brief: Landlord violates court order

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has found Santa Monica landlord Isaac Gabriel in contempt for violating an injunction prohibiting him from coming within 10 yards of his tenants. As part of the injunction Gabriel was also required to hire a property management company to oversee his two apartment buildings, something he didn’t do since... Read more →


Brief: Running hog wild

ON THE RUN: This pig wasn’t easy to catch. (Photo courtesy Santa Monica Police Department) A pot belly pig is now back with its owners (presumably living high on the hog) after Animal Control officers found it roaming free north of Montana Avenue. Officers received several calls early Wednesday evening from residents near 10th Street... Read more →


Suspected child molester behind bars

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — After spending nearly six years on the run, a suspected child molester is behind bars thanks to the work of the Santa Monica detectives. Camp (Photo courtesy SMPD) Former Santa Monica resident Christopher Carrington Camp, 72, is being held on $2.8 million bail and is expected to be arraigned April 2 at the... Read more →


Officials: Be prepared for tsunamis

DOWNTOWN — In recognition of National Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 24-30, the Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management would like to remind everyone to take the time to check their emergency kits, update their family emergency plan and be informed of the hazards that may exist in the community. In 2013, Santa Monica was designated... Read more →


Brief: Congressional candidates forum

The Santa Monica Democratic Club is hosting a candidates forum featuring the field running to replace Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) in Congress. Candidates expected to attend include State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica), former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and human rights attorney Barbara Mulvaney. The forum is open to... Read more →


Brief: Kuehl secures Valley endorsement

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield has endorsed Sheila Kuehl for L.A. County supervisor, citing her leadership and effectiveness in the California Legislature. Blumenfield’s endorsement could prove valuable as he represents the Third Council District, which spans the northwest portion of Los Angeles in the San Fernando... Read more →



Brief: Local teen missing

Tony Garcés, 18, has been missing since Monday morning when he was last seen waiting for a bus to head to Cal State Los Angeles. Family members dropped him off at the corner of Bundy Drive and Pico Boulevard. He was wearing black pants, a gray polo shirt and carrying an American flag backpack. Family members say it’s unusual for the... Read more →



Council votes to chip away at Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Airport (Daniel Archuleta CITY HALL — City officials got the green light to start planning a potential downsize of Santa Monica Airport. City Council voted unanimously, 6 to 0, Tuesday to study a series of options for the future of the controversial airport. Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day left the... Read more →