Fire guts Santino’s restaurant

LINCOLN BLVD — A fire broke out in Santino’s Restaurant early Thursday morning, gutting the building and destroying the apartments above, authorities said. No one was hurt in the blaze. Firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze at 1:09 a.m. and doused it within 30 minutes of arrival. The heat of the flames coming from the... Read more →


Murder suspect pleads not guilty

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A former fugitive who was captured in Jamaica last week in connection with the shooting death of a German tourist in Santa Monica pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted robbery charges on Wednesday. Paul Edmond Carpenter, 31, was arraigned at the Airport Courthouse one week after his arrest at a BMW dealership... Read more →


Teen scene

CITY HALL Teen scene Youth who love to watch movies are encouraged to create their own and submit them for judging as part of the fourth annual Santa Monica Teen Film Festival, which will be held June 20 and 21. The festival is now accepting submissions from filmmakers ages 12-18, and will accept any film in any genre from 30 seconds to 30... Read more →


New book reflects on SM Pier history

SM PIER — Jim Harris fondly remembers his first visit to the Santa Monica Pier, landing a gig as a bartender at the old Boathouse Restaurant. Little did the recent college graduate from Colorado know at the time that the job would spark a two-decade love affair with the history of the pier and later his own published book chronicling... Read more →

City Council

Largest payback in city history finally reached

CITY HALL — A long-standing series of claims against a former retailer accused of failing to deliver purchased televisions was recently resolved in what officials called the largest payback in city history. In a settlement totaling more than $145,000, nearly 100 former customers of TV Authority, whose office and retail space is... Read more →

City Council

A crowded field for council seat

CITY HALL — There should be no shortage of candidates for the City Council to consider next week as it looks to replace its late colleague Herb Katz, who died last month after a long battle with cancer. That’s because a crowded field of 25 residents submitted applications for the council seat as of Tuesday’s deadline,... Read more →


Recession driving enrollment at SMC

SMC — When Alexandria Easter was laid off from her position as a retail graphic designer, she decided to forgo the job hunt to fulfill a long-time dream. The Santa Monica College student is part of a growing population of adults who in the current economic climate were let go of their jobs and have returned to school to advance their... Read more →


New details in hit-and-run released

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — After further interviews with witnesses regarding a hit-and-run accident that left a Santa Monica man in critical condition, investigators on Tuesday released a new description of the possible vehicle involved. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the car, which was identified by... Read more →


And you can take that to the bank

DOWNTOWN — When Jeremiah Higgins contemplated moving the Santa Monica Seafood Co.’s storefront from its Colorado Avenue address to the new Wilshire Boulevard location, there were a few kinks inherent in the transition. A big question was what he would do with almost $10,000 worth of product sitting in large panels in his... Read more →


Lights out

MALIBU — On a clear night, the scenery can’t be beat. Far from the light pollution of Los Angeles is a pure sight of the night sky that is hard to come by on the Westside — a vision of what seems like an infinite number of stars, sparkling like brilliant-cut diamonds. But there’s a group of residents in the Malibu... Read more →