January 15, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Former Santa Monica Sushi Restaurant Could Be Fined $1.2M For Selling Whale:

A former Santa Monica sushi restaurant could be fined up to $1.2 million if convicted of selling Sei whale — an endangered species where the sale of is prohibited in the United States by the Marine Mammal Protection Act

The U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles announced Friday it had indicted Typhoon Restaurant, Inc. — the parent company of The Hump restaurant that was located at Santa Monica Airport — and its two chefs Kiyoshiro Yamamoto and Susumu Ueda on nine counts. Charges include conspiracy to import and sell meat from the endangered sei whale and lying to federal investigators.

If convicted, Yamamoto, 48, faces up to 67 years in prison and Ueda, 39, faces up to 10 years in prison, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

The Hump closed in 2010 — 10 days after the federal charges were first filed.

At the time of the closure, a statement on The Hump’s website read, “The Hump hopes that by closing its doors, it will help bring awareness to the detrimental effect that illegal whaling has on the preservation of our ocean ecosystems and species.”

The Hump sold whale sushi to customers on three occasions, according to the criminal complaint filed against the restaurant, some straight from the trunk of a Mercedes.

Federal agents and activists cooperated in a sting that filmed a waitress serving eight pieces what she called “whale,” according to the affidavit provided by the U.S. attorney’s office.

The two chefs and the restaurant parent company are expected to appear in U.S. District Court in coming weeks.

in News
Related Posts

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions...

65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 14, 2021 By Kerry Slater 65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down  A beloved...

Food Review: The Westside’s Insanely Delicious Tijuana Tacos

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Tacos 1986 in Westwood Village stands out amid a crowded taco scene By Kerry Slater In a city filled with...

Santa Monica Pier Closed for Five Days in a Row

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

City cites warm weather forecasted for Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro With temperatures reaching the 80s expected, city officials are...

Edify TV: Westside Kids Compete to Keep Beach Clean

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Westside kids are competing to keep the beach clean! Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica Fire Department Rolls Out Vaccinations

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

SMFD helps with rollout across county  By Chad Winthrop Beginning this month , Santa Monica Fire Department firefighters and paramedics...

SMC and MLK Westside Coalition’s 36th Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Mon, Jan 18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Online Only at 9am on Jan. 18th – Visit: MLKjrWestside.org  The Rev. Dr....

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Announces Intention to Run for L.A. County Supervisor

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

State rep. looking to replace Sheila Kuehl in 2022 By Sam Catanzaro With incumbent Supervisor Sheila Kuehl signaling she won’t...

Man Jumps to Death at Santa Monica Place

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Man jumps off parking structure in Monday suicide  By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide Monday after jumping off...

Santa Monica City Resumes Preferential Parking Restrictions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica City Resumes Preferential Parking Restrictions * La County Approves...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Pier Shut Down Weekends

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Santa Monica Pier has been shut down on weekends temporarily as COVID-19 cases rise in Los Angeles. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Bloomingdale’s Closing

January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021

Santa Monica’s Bloomingdale’s is set to shut down, adding to a sting of vacancies in the downtown Santa Monica area....

Edify TV: Over 1,700 Units Proposed for Westside Neighborhood

January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021

Over 1,700 apartment units are planned for a few block radius in a Westside neighborhood. Learn more in this video...