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 →


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 →

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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 →


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 →

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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 →


School parcel tax support lagging

DOWNTOWN — Early returns have Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s emergency parcel tax failing to gain the necessary two-thirds vote for approval, according to results posted by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Measure A received 11,330 votes or 63.18 percent. County election officials... Read more →


Council to approve recycling contract

CITY HALL — Hoping to improve recycling services for residents, the City Council is expected Tuesday to approve a $65,000 contract with Morley Construction Co. to prepare the future site of City Hall’s planned Resource Recovery Center. To be located in the southern half of the Michigan Avenue City Yards, the center would replace... Read more →


New fare increase plan eases burden

CITY HALL — Facing a $6.4 million deficit, Big Blue Bus officials say they need to increase fares to avoid cutting service. But after an earlier fare hike proposal drew criticism from members of the City Council who said it would unduly burden senior citizens, they’ve come up with a revised fare hike plan that softens the blow... 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 →


Gold company investigated by City Attorney

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s office last week confirmed that a local gold company is under investigation after receiving complaints that the business was possibly scamming customers. The company, Superior Gold Group (SGG), is apparently based in Nevada although it also operates out of an office on Wilshire... Read more →

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City Council is considering Arizona boycott

CITY HALL — Santa Monica could become the latest city to boycott Arizona over that state’s tough new immigration law that critics say will lead to racial profiling. The City Council on Tuesday will consider joining San Diego, Oakland and San Francisco by passing a measure in protest of the law, which makes state law enforcement... Read more →