News

CityTV brings the election right to you

DOWNTOWN CityTV, the government access cable channel for the City of Santa Monica, has announced its “Vote 2008” line-up of Santa Monica election programming for this year’s election. The line-up includes 19 election shows covering the City Council race, college board, school board, Rent Control Board and three ballot... Read more →

Crime

Cooking up trouble

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. Friday, Oct. 3, at 5:29 p.m., Santa Monica police responded to the corner of Lincoln and Olympic boulevards regarding a report of smoke coming from a... Read more →

City Council

Navigating parks no easy feat

CITYWIDE Confusion in navigating the local parks and beaches could soon be a thing of the past. City Hall is seeking proposals from designers to develop a new comprehensive signage package that would standardize markers at all 24 parcels of open space, addressing concerns by tourists who found existing signs to be confusing. Proposals are... Read more →

Crime

Cops searching for shooting suspects

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD Police on Thursday were searching for two suspects wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting that took place in the 1800 block of Michigan Avenue, said Lt. Alex Padilla of the Santa Monica Police Department. There were no injuries reported. The suspects were described as two male Hispanics, ages 18 to 20. Police said the... Read more →

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 →