Education

Board postpones staff cuts for now

CITY HALL — District administrators will take another look at a controversial proposal to layoff staff in several high-demand services after the Board of Education expressed concerns with letting go of employees without further exploring alternatives. Facing steep budget reductions in the coming year, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified... Read more →

News

Google introduces girls to engineering

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica’s Google office welcomed 35 Girl Scouts Friday to show them the ropes and do its part to encourage young women to study science and engineering. The event, part of the National Engineering Week, was a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of America and Google to foster the girls’ interest in what... Read more →

News

New treatment saves cancer patients time

SANTA MONICA BLVD — Through the emotional stress and burden of battling breast cancer, Stephanie Philp found a silver lining. Worried about the financial loss from missing an extensive number of work days during radiation, which typically takes six to eight weeks, the Marina del Rey resident learned she was eligible to receive a... Read more →

Crime

It’s a family affair

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. Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2:27 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding a report of... Read more →

News

Museum in the works

SM LIBRARY — After a nearly two-year delay, the much anticipated construction of the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum will begin next month. The new headquarters for the nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1975 during the planning for the city’s centennial celebration, will be located on the east side of the Santa... Read more →

Crime

Serial bank robbery suspect nabbed

DOWNTOWN — A serial bank robber linked to more than a dozen heists spanning one month, including two in Santa Monica, was arrested at a Los Angeles residence on Wednesday, according to the FBI. Authorities believe that Brian Keith Robinson, 49, is the so-called “Salt & Pepper Bandit” who allegedly hit up 17 different... Read more →

News

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 →

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 →

Crime

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 →

News

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 →

Briefs

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 →

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 →

Crime

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 →

Education

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 →

News

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 →