Cops searching for hit-and-run suspect

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Investigators with the Santa Monica Police Department are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle involved in a felony hit-and-run accident that seriously injured a bike rider. It was the 13th hit-and-run accident in Santa Monica so far this year, said SMPD Investigator Chris Dawson. There were... Read more →


Realizing King’s dream

WILSHIRE BLVD — On the day before the inauguration of the nation’s first black president, hundreds of people gathered here to honor the life of a man whose activism more than 40 years ago helped make the historic election possible. The celebration on Monday of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 80th birthday focused on how the... Read more →


‘Wild’ side of SM Mountains

SM MOUNTAINS It’s a jungle out there in the hills above Santa Monica. Well, not really a jungle, but it is home to a broad diversity of wildlife that most city dwellers would never expect to find so close to such a teeming metropolis. That wildlife is the subject of PBS show, “Wild Chronicles,” which airs locally on KLCS on... Read more →

City Council

Council passes smoking ban in common areas

CITY HALL Smokers who live in apartments will have to kick their habits — at least in common areas — after the City Council on Tuesday passed its latest ban against lighting up. The newest ordinance concerns common areas of all multi-unit residences, prohibiting the act in apartments and condominiums where tenants have... Read more →


Caught in the act

<i>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. </i> Friday, Jan. 9, at 6:20 p.m., Santa Monica vice officers conducting a prostitution sting in the 1000 block Euclid Street arrested a... Read more →


Proposed plastic bag ban challenged

CITY HALL Facing the threat of a lawsuit from a coalition of manufacturers, city officials on Tuesday delayed a long-anticipated vote to ban plastic bags. An association by the name,, sent a letter to City Hall on Monday warning it would file a lawsuit that would force an Environmental Impact Report on the proposed... Read more →


Computer glitch messes with parking tickets

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY If you think you’ve paid all of your parking tickets, you might want to think again. That’s because the Santa Monica Police Department in November discovered a computer error that rejected roughly 21,000 valid parking tickets issued as far back as 2004, meaning car owners did not receive warning notices... Read more →

City Council

SMFD brings dispatch back home

CITY HALL When it comes to fire dispatching, it’s in with the old and out with the new. The Santa Monica Fire Department will reactivate its Communications Center in the Public Safety Facility after concluding that a more than year-long relationship with the Los Angeles Fire Department Regional Dispatch Center just isn’t... Read more →


Council releases money to district

CITY HALL It took more than 18 months, a time marked by the release of a critical report on special education and the surprising resignation of a controversial figure, but school officials finally got what they wanted. Convinced the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has met all the demands placed upon them to begin changing the... Read more →


Huerta cancels keynote speech at MLK event

WILSHIRE BLVD. The much anticipated keynote speech by Dolores Huerta at this month’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will have to wait at least another year after the renown labor organizer canceled on the event. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Westside Coalition announced on Monday that Huerta, who co-founded the National... Read more →


Services set for local activist

DOWNTOWN A memorial service celebrating the life of community activist Clyde Smith, who died last week after a brief illness, will be held this Saturday at the First United Methodist Church. As executive director of the now defunct Neighborhood Redevelopment Corporation (NRDC), Smith helped rehab hundreds of housing units for the elderly and... Read more →


Pier drain project moving forward

CITY HALL One of the dirtiest beaches in the state is finally set to get cleaned up. Facing criticism over the lack of completed projects funded under Measure V more than two years after it was approved by voters, City Hall is expected to commence the replacement of the Santa Monica Pier storm drain in the late winter. “We are... Read more →


Just say no to plastic

CITYWIDE Paper or plastic? Next year you may not have that option as Santa Monica moves closer to a ban on disposable plastic bags. So, to make sure you’re prepared — and don’t end up carrying your groceries in your arms — Heal the Bay and local businesses will be celebrating “A Day Without a Bag” today... Read more →


Preserving Santa Monica

OCEAN PARK The building wasn’t much to look at from the outside — boxy, plain and somewhat unnoticeable to the average passer-by. When the structure, known as the place where modern skateboarding was born, faced the threat of demolition in 2006, it was ironically a permit filed to take the building down that ultimately saved... Read more →


SM cops come to the rescue

CIVIC CENTER Despite what people see in the movies and on television, police officers rarely have the opportunity to save someone’s life. That’s exactly what a handful of Santa Monica police officers did recently, reviving a 3-year-old found floating in the family pool, as well as a father of four young children whose heart... Read more →