News

City Hall moves forward with AMC talks

DOWNTOWN — An exclusive contract negotiation between City Hall and AMC over the development of a new cinema is expected to commence soon after the movie house giant confirmed its ability to shut down one of its existing theaters on the Third Street Promenade. The question of whether the Kansas City-based company could shut down... Read more →

News

SMC no. 1 in transfers again

For the 19th consecutive year, Santa Monica College sent more students to the University of California system than any other transfer institution, college officials said Monday. The community college was also the leader in transfers to the UC-Cal State systems combined, as well as the number one transfer school for African Americans to the... Read more →

Briefs

Community Briefs

COUNTYWIDE IRS wants to give you money   The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 4,606 Los Angeles County taxpayers who are due to receive a combined $5.2 million in undeliverable tax refunds. These are refund checks that were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors. Nationally, IRS is looking... Read more →

Environment

Easy on the eyes?

Dear EarthTalk I don’t understand why many people oppose wind power just because they have to look at the turbines. If you ask me, wind turbines are much nicer-looking than coal-fired, waste-to-energy or nuclear power plants. Michael Hart via e-mail Whether it’s a wind farm, a coal-fired power plant, a nuclear reactor or even... Read more →

City Council

Another round of budget discussions begins

CITY HALL — A popular series of neighborhood-centric budget meetings with City Manager Lamont Ewell will return for a fourth round on Monday when issues of parking, traffic and development are sure to make their way into discussions yet again. The annual “Can We Talk” meetings began when Ewell was hired in 2006 to determine... Read more →

Briefs

Community Briefs

SAMOHI Car wash for Juarez Friends and family members of Richard Juarez, the 20-year-old Olympic High School graduate who was shot and killed Tuesday after leaving an art class at Virginia Avenue Park, are hosting a car wash at Santa Monica High School Sunday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for the Juarez family. Apryll... Read more →

News

New trees and shade for Grant kindergartners

PEARL STREET — Katie Furlong was ready to get her hands dirty. Holding a kid-sized shovel, the kindergartner cautiously scooped some dirt and threw it around the root of a semi-mature Australian willow that was being transplanted from a box to its new home — the playground at Grant Elementary School where the tree has already... Read more →

Homelessness

Higher unemployment means more clients for Chrysalis

LINCOLN BLVD. — First went the business, then the apartment. After 20 years running an operation that represented wholesale clothing manufacturers to retailers in Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, 59-year-old Alvaro Sotelo was without a job or home, left to face a murky future in a hostile job market with both an outdated... Read more →

News

Hospital nurses and neighbors rally against Saint John’s

MID-CITY — Two of the harshest critics of Saint John’s Health Center have joined forces to shine a light on what they believe to be public health issues and anti-union activity at the Catholic hospital. The coalition of nurses and neighbors of the medical center, simply named Nurses & Neighbors, began meeting recently to... Read more →

Crime

Identity of shooting suspects released

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police Thursday released the names of the four suspects believed responsible for the shooting death of local resident Richard Juarez, who was gunned down in what police called a “brazen attack” Tuesday night at Virginia Avenue Park. The suspects have been booked for murder, attempted... Read more →