City Council

City Council exempts protestors from noise ordinance

The City Council has passed a controversial exemption to the noise ordinance that will allow loud protests on public property between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. as long as it is not near a residential property, hospital or school.  The exemption does not include the Santa Monica Pier or the Third Street Promenade where the City regulates... Read more →

Crime

Assault with a deadly helmet

Crime Watch is 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. On March 1, at about 2:30 p.m. Officers responded to Fisher Lumber (1600 Lincoln Blvd) regarding a battery that just occurred. The suspect had reportedly assaulted... Read more →

News

Whole Foods donating 5% to charity today

  Whole Food stores throughout the Santa Monica area are participating in a March 8 Community Giving Day by donating 5 percent of net sales to local charities. Several stores are partnering with the Westside Family Health Center while the Venice location will donate to Venice-based Safe Place for Youth (S.P.Y.). Stores donating... Read more →

Crime

Counterfeit cash at Bloomingdales

Crime Watch is 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. On February 20, at about 4:23 p.m. Officers responded to Bloomingdales-315 Colorado Blvd regarding a subject being detained for attempting to use counterfeit currency.... Read more →

Briefs

Community Briefs: Mid City meeting and raffle

Mid City Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors Annual Membership Meeting & Raffle This year’s Annual Mid City Neighbors Meeting will include a community raffle to help fund public art projects. You have seen the murals on Lincoln Blvd and in Pico Neighborhood, where once so many dreary blank walls stood. BeautifyEarth.org and the... Read more →

Crime

No plates, no license, go to jail

Crime Watch is 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. On February 22, at about 4:25 p.m. while patrolling the area of 300 Santa Monica Blvd an officer observed a vehicle with no license plates and conducted a traffic stop. The... Read more →

City Council

Council preview

A packed agenda awaits the City Council as leaders face a weighty slate of topics just a week after their final February meeting. The Council will have its first discussion of the future of marijuana sales in Santa Monica since Californians legalized cannabis for recreational use last November. The Council will also vote on a controversial... Read more →

Crime

Man hospitalized after hit-and-run

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is seeking help in identifying a hit-and-run driver that critically injured a man early Sunday morning. According to SMPD, officers responded to the 2400 block of Neilson Way at about 1:50 a.m. for a report of a man lying in the roadway. The stretch of road is bordered by a parking lot and... Read more →

City Council

Too late to turn the tide on Santa Monica salaries

About twenty minutes into the late night meeting, Councilmember Sue Himmelrich finally made a statement everyone could agree on. “I feel as if every time I come into this room, everyone is so angry,” she said. The crowd of about thirty activists and members of the North of Montana Neighborhood Association mumbled and nodded in... Read more →

News

Wilmont landlord still going strong after 40 years

Even the name of her apartment complex takes you back to the good ol’ days. A thicket of mature trees and plants frame a hidden, underground entrance to Ocean’s Eleven Plaza. Visitors descend a staircase and pass a tiled lobby with a bubbling fountain and shaded park bench. Inside the wood-paneled elevator time ticks by a little slower... Read more →

Crime

Bike lights lead to drug arrest

Crime Watch is 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. On February 22, at about 2:50 a.m. While patrolling the 2200 block of 5th Street, officers saw a subject standing next to an unlocked bicycle and began talking with the... Read more →