Animal advocates shot at during protest

WILSHIRE BLVD — Members of an animal rights group were the victims of sniper fire during a protest here Saturday and are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) staged a protest in front of the Aquarium & Pet Center to protest the retailer’s... Read more →


District to report on improvements in special ed 

SMMUSD HDQTRS — It’s been a long time coming, but parents with children in special education said they are seeing some progress in reforming the once troubled department. Those improvements in a program that was once described as fostering a culture of secrecy and intimidation will be highlighted during the Board of Education... Read more →


Homeless get a home in Venice

VENICE — There will be 20 fewer homeless individuals living on the streets after a local nonprofit organization bought an apartment building that will provide housing for the down and out. The Venice Community Housing Corp. recently acquired the 20-unit apartment building at 15 Horizon Ave. for $3.6 million with plans to move in... Read more →


Stay away from the bay following rains

SM BAY — The environmental group Heal the Bay warned Southland residents and visitors Tuesday to avoid going into the water at Los Angeles County beaches for the next 72 hours in response to the area’s first significant rainfall after the recent Station Fire and a record period of drought. The county’s 2,800-mile storm drain... Read more →


Seeing it through to the end

SACRAMENTO — A number of bills authored by local state legislators were signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this past Sunday, the bills dealing with a wide variety of topics that ranged from education to Medi-Cal and state infrastructure. Many of the bills that received the affirmatory signature from the governor were... Read more →


Buying benefit

SANTA MONICA/VENICE — With two young children at home and a new business to run, Tami Pardee doesn’t have the time to volunteer for local nonprofits like she did in the past. But not one to give up on helping others, Pardee decided to make a contribution by doing what she does every day — sell real estate. Pardee, who... Read more →

City Council

Drivers should ‘Click It or Ticket’

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →


Jackson kids take on local canine crusade

EASTSIDE — Kids of the King of Pop are making the paparazzi work for them for a change. According to reports, Michael Jackson’s oldest son Prince and daughter Paris saw a news report about a two-legged dog in need of help and are taking up the cause, helping to raise the $2,000 necessary to buy the pooch a custom-made cart to... Read more →


Nordstrom pays to save trees

DOWNTOWN — They’re green, lush and always in style, but a row of more than a dozen trees are no longer part of the Santa Monica Place landscape. Nordstrom, which is moving into and renovating the old space long occupied by Robinsons-May, recently relocated six paperbark and two coral trees from the perimeter of the department... Read more →


A burning question

Dear EarthTalk Do you have current facts and figures about how much rainforest is being destroyed each day around the world, and for what purpose(s)? Teri via e-mail Pinning down exact numbers is nearly impossible, but most experts agree that we are losing upwards of 80,000 acres of tropical rainforest daily, and significantly degrading... Read more →


Grant will benefit SMC’s international programs

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE — With the help of a two-year federal grant, Santa Monica College is looking forward to furthering its quest to promote global citizenship. The $180,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will benefit the college’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program, which focuses on... Read more →


No more Friday lights in Malibu

MALIBU — The high school football games under the Friday night lights will now be played beneath the late afternoon sun. The California Coastal Commission on Thursday denied a request to allow the use of temporary field lights at Malibu High School for 16 evenings out of the year, including during eight football games and practices.... Read more →


Bomb threat closes Wilshire

DOWNTOWN — A suspicious package found near Panera Bread on Wilshire Boulevard and Fifth Street on Friday prompted a call to a bomb squad to remove the item, which proved to be nothing more than a bag of cement wrapped in brown tape, police said. The object was discovered about 7 a .m. underneath newsracks on Fifth Street, said SMPD Lt.... Read more →


Swine flu vaccine arrives, but some are hesitant

DOWNTOWN — Swine flu vaccinations have finally arrived. The Venice Family Clinic welcomed the long-awaited vaccines for the H1N1 flu virus on Tuesday, receiving 500 doses of the FluMist nasal spray, which are being administered at the Rose Avenue medical facility and Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center on Pico Boulevard. As... Read more →


The Parlor files appeal with city

WILSHIRE BLVD. — The owners of a popular ESPN Zone-style restaurant have appealed a decision by the Planning Commission last month to reduce the number of seats and hours that the establishment can remain in operation. Ike Pyun and Silas Gaither are contesting a series of conditions that the commission imposed on The Parlor at 1519... Read more →