Crime

No progress made in pair of murders

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY More than six months after a pair of murders shook the otherwise violent crime quiet city, investigators are still digging for clues that they hope will lead to suspects. Alexander “Sasha” Merman, a 35-year-old Russian immigrant who lived on Montana Avenue, and 21-year-old Juliana Redding, an aspiring... Read more →

Education

Permit process gives student surfers space

VIRGINIA AVENUE PARK For Robbie French, the summer of 2008 and those in years past were as different as night and day. “The previous summers were total chaos,” French, who owns Perfect Day Surf Camp, said in regards to the overcrowded beaches of yore. “There were pirated camps everywhere … and people would take... Read more →

City Council

City Hall’s Web site gets noticed

CITY HALL Santa Monica maintains its position as an online leader as its Web site was named a finalist for the “Best of the Web” competition by the Center for Digital Government. The annual contest placed the city Web site among the top 10 online city portals in the country. The awards were handed out during an awards gala in... Read more →

News

Plane crashes off Malibu coast

MALIBU A federal investigation is underway to determine the cause of a plane crash that occurred here shortly after the pilot left the Santa Monica Airport on Tuesday evening. A Sky Arrow 600 Sport dove into the ocean just off Malibu Pier at approximately 5:15 p.m., critically injuring its pilot and passenger, who were airlifted to the UCLA... Read more →

Crime

SMC’s new top cop no stranger to education

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE As Albert Vasquez strolls the campus here and interacts with students, he acts not just as the new police chief of the college’s security force, but also as an educator. After all, Vasquez is just a dissertation away from receiving his doctoral degree in education from the University of Southern California. Just... Read more →

Education

LEAD endorses new face

DOWNTOWN A group that formed this summer in response to accountability and transparency issues in the school district threw its support behind two incumbents, all while warning voters about some of the concerns it has with the two candidates. LEAD — Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability, Direction — recently announced its... Read more →

Airport

Airport topic takes flight at forum

DOWNTOWN The ongoing quality-of-life issues around Santa Monica Airport took center stage on Monday night when candidates for the City Council race sounded off on jet pollution and the possibility of shutting down the general aviation center in several years. Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP), a coalition of Santa Monica... Read more →

News

Bottoms up

American Red Cross of Santa Monica volunteers Christine Law, 30, (right) and sister Liz, 26, enjoy hurricane drinks during the Hurricanes 2008 Relief ‘Blow Out’ fundraiser at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on the Santa Monica Pier Monday. The local chapter was asked to raise $70,000 for relief... Read more →

Health

UCLA Medical Group among the best

MID-CITY When seeking healthcare, the UCLA Medical Group continues to provide some of the best services around. One of the largest networks of medical professionals in the Los Angeles area was recently named in the top 20 percent of physician organizations in the state, receiving the honor for the fourth consecutive year. The UCLA Medical... Read more →

News

Taxing drivers to ease traffic

CITYWIDE Curing traffic ills in one of the nation’s most congested regions could be a matter of hitting drivers where it hurts — the wallet. Creating toll lanes on existing freeways, imposing a local tax on gasoline and adopting curbside parking fees in commercial districts are just some of the suggestions outlined in a RAND... Read more →