Samohi boys advance to CIF-SS hoops final

SMC — Santa Monica High School's boys basketball team secured a spot in the CIF-SS Division 1A Championship by defeating Colony, 70-51, in front of a capacity crowd at Santa Monica College on Friday. Samohi raced out to an early double-digit lead, but Colony was able to mount a comeback, making it 49-43 at the end of the third... Read more →


Looking for the next DeMille

The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its fifth annual festival on June 19 and 20. It is open to all filmmakers ages 12 to 18 and will accept any film in any genre from 30 seconds to 30 minutes in length. Submission deadline is Friday, May 21 at 5 p.m. City Hall will accept out-of-state and even foreign... Read more →


New centers bring stem cells to Santa Monica

MID-CITY — Residents have a new addition to their local healthcare options with the grand opening Thursday of Tower Wound Center of Santa Monica and Tower Surgical Center in St. John’s Medical Plaza. The brainchild and private venture of Dr. Joel Aronowitz, the centers focus on the use of adult stem cells in both wound healing... Read more →


Council bans workout equipment in median

ADELAIDE DRIVE — They urinate in front yards, yell profanity at homeowners and maraud through the streets with no concern for residents. Oh yeah, and they take up all the parking spaces. These complaints aren’t against drunken bar patrons stumbling home at night, they’re against the fitness buffs who flock to ritzy... Read more →

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Council failed to review development agreements

CITY HALL — For years, City Hall has failed to hold required annual reviews of development agreements intended to ensure developers were living up to their obligations, city officials admitted. City code 9.48.190 states that the council at least every 12 months must review the agreements, which typically allow a developer to exceed... Read more →

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City Council settles three court cases

CITY HALL — The City Council approved three settlements Tuesday totaling $108,500. The cases include two traffic incidents and an employment issue. The first case involved a plaintiff suing City Hall after being involved in a traffic accident with a police car, said Jeanette Schachtner, chief deputy city attorney. The plaintiff... Read more →

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City Council says no to ‘time-out’ on development

CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday night rejected a proposal that would have postponed hearings on most large-scale development projects planned for Santa Monica. City Councilman Kevin McKeown had asked his colleagues to approve putting off hearings on the biggest projects for several months while City Hall completes work on the... Read more →


Hospital needs help identifying patient

MID-CITY — Officials at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital are asking for the public’s help in identifying a “John Doe” patient who was admitted into the hospital’s emergency room earlier this month. Officials said the patient is Hispanic, standing 5-feet, 8-inches tall and weighs... Read more →

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O’Day is new face on council

CITY HALL — Environmentalist Terry O’Day, a former chairman of the Planning Commission, was selected by the City Council Tuesday night to fill the seat vacated by the death of Mayor Ken Genser last month. The head of the non-profit group Environment Now, O’Day will serve until Nov. 2, when voters will decide who should... Read more →


Suspect held in stabbing

A valet at a luxury apartment complex on the beach was arrested Monday night after allegedly stabbing a fellow valet as the two argued about a personal matter, police said. The stabbing occurred around 10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Ocean Front Walk at the Sea Castle apartment complex. The victim suffered stab wounds in the attack and was... Read more →


Cops conduct placard sting

Santa Monica police officers confiscated 12 handicap parking placards, five residential parking permits and issued 21 citations for parking violations during a sting last week, police announced Tuesday. The officers focused on the neighborhood surrounding Santa Monica College after receiving tips from residents about college students... Read more →


Chamber bashes development delay

SM CHAMBER — With 10 proposals for “development agreements” — specialized contracts generally used for large-scale real estate projects — pending at City Hall, members of the City Council are under pressure from all sides. Groups like the Coalition for a Livable City have long sought to reign-in the pace and... Read more →


Homeless population down 19 percent

CITY HALL — The number of homeless people living on the streets or in shelters in Santa Monica is down 19 percent from a year ago, City Hall’s division of human services announced Monday. In revealing the results of Santa Monica’s annual homeless count, which took place in January, officials attributed the lower tally to... Read more →

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City replacing aging BBB fleet

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →


Roadhouse keeps lease on life

SM CANYON — Patrick’s Roadhouse, the landmark diner on Pacific Coast Highway that in recent months has faced closure after its owner received an eviction notice, is keeping its doors open — at least for one more year. The restaurant’s owner, Anthony Fischler, was caught off guard last November when he was told to... Read more →