Briefs

Baykeeper moves Gala to the Internet

DOWNTOWN — A fundraiser has never been cheaper or longer. Facing a tough economy in which donors might be less willing to fork over thousands of dollars for a ticket to a benefit, one local nonprofit organization is utilizing the Internet to raise money, all while keeping the fun of a real event. Santa Monica Baykeeper launched its... Read more →

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Housing price slide comes to town

CITYWIDE — It was a long time coming but one of the most desirable places to live in Southern California is finally seeing home prices drop. In a city that was once considered insulated from the effects of the recession due to the affluence of the general population, single-family homes and condominiums are seeing their values... Read more →

Crime

Along for the crime

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7:35 p.m., Santa Monica vice officers contacted a woman they found on the Internet who was advertising sexual services in exchange for... Read more →

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Macerich considers postponing mall reopening

DOWNTOWN — The opening of the new and improved Santa Monica Place could be pushed back several months as developers consider timing the completion of the mall to coincide with the transformation of Macy’s to Bloomingdale’s. The reason for the possible schedule change is to ensure that one of the two anchor tenants —... Read more →

Crime

Moose Lodge murder trial opens

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The attorneys representing two alleged gang members charged with brutally murdering two Santa Monica men at a birthday part at the Moose Lodge in Ocean Park argued here Thursday that eyewitness testimony placing their clients at the scene is unreliable. The arguments came during opening statements made by the defense... Read more →

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Digging for docents

The City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Conservancy will partner to provide docent-led tours of the Annenberg Community Beach House when it opens at the end of April. “There is so much enthusiasm from community members about capturing the rich history of this site,” said Community and Cultural Services Director Barbara... Read more →

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Calling all artists

The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. once again invites talented student, amateur and professional designers to submit entries for its annual poster contest. The winning design becomes the primary communications piece for the 25th Annual Twilight Dance Series, used in display advertising, posters, flyers, banners and more. This year is... Read more →

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Rejection is an everyday thing for missionaries

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — The way people treat them, you would think they were begging for loose change instead of trying to bring peace and love to the world. These missionaries with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification have heard it all. Some they approach politely decline to participate, while others get angry and... Read more →

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Parking puzzle comes together

FIFTH STREET — One of the final missing pieces in a plan to improve public parking in Downtown will soon fall in the hands of City Hall. With the authorization of the City Council last week, officials are moving forward with the purchase of a two-story commercial building at 1334 Fifth St., acquiring property that will give City Hall a... Read more →

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SMMUSD prepares to weather hard times

SM LIBRARY — The good news is Santa Monica and Malibu students continue to excel in the classroom, posting high marks on state tests and winning national academic awards. But the bad news is the school district that boasts these achievements is expected to take a significant hit from the state economic crisis, hurting its ability to... Read more →