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December 8, 2014

Dumpster Diving Called Lifestyle Crime

When Ismail Aguirre removed old computers from a recycling bin, he never imagined that it might be a crime. An ever vigilant SMPD officer charged Aguirre with removing property from a city owned bin. Santa Monica City Attorney Jennifer Grigsby moved to dismiss the case, in Dept. 147 of the LAX Los Angeles Superior courthouse. Judge Deborah Brazil admonished Aguirre, “that it is illegal and you will be arrested if you remove materials from a city owned bin in the city of Santa Monica.”:

Grigsby said people come from Mexico and don’t know that taking something from what looks like a trash dumpster, is illegal. “And not just in Santa Monica, but also in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and other local cities. Together with sleeping on a park bench or spending too much time sitting in a bus shelter, we call these lifestyle crimes,” she said.

Yelling at 3100 Ocean Park Leads to 14 days in Jail

A homeless man spent 14 days in jail for yelling to Jerry Irons at 3100 Ocean Park Blvd. Lance “double nickels” Nichols was quiet in his jailhouse custody yellow clothes, as Judge Deborah Brazil sentenced him to time served. She actually sentenced him to 28 days in the County Jail, but gave him credit for twice the number of days he was actually in jail, which is typical for “custodies,” prisoners who are arrested after their crimes.

He was also ordered to stay 100 yards away from the building, a major commercial building in the City’s Airport office park.

Samohi Head Football Coach Clark Has Been Named by “Dove Men Care” as the National Caring Coach of the Year

“The award goes to a coach who exemplifies and teaches passion, character, determination, respect, and encouragement,” says Dove. He will be featured in the December 15th issue of Sports Illustrated.

Clark was a noted football player while attending santa monica high school, earning All-League and All-CIF honors. This success led to a football scholarship to Utah State University, where he led the conference in interceptions, two consecutive seasons, and was named 1st team All-Big West and 3rd team All-American at safety.

After earning his BA in Communications, Coach Clark went into production, excelling as a Steadcam operator. His credits include filmwork (Redline), documentaries (The Origin a/Dance), and music videos (Tupac Shakur’s catalog). His love of football led him back to SM as an Assistant to legendary Coach Norm Lacy to win two CIF Championships - one at St. Monica’s in 1998 and the other at santa monica high school in 2002.


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