Crime

Parolee connected with Westside burglaries

Daniel Perez, a 28-year-old parolee, is wanted by both the Santa Monica and Los Angeles police departments for questioning in connection with multiple burglaries in Santa Monica and West L.A. Perez, who is currently on parole for burglary, is described as being a 5-foot, 9-inch, 185-pound Hispanic male with brown eyes and black hair. He has... Read more →

City Council

Making beach bathrooms more inviting

CITY HALL — Whether it’s washing hands or taking care of more private matters, the experience at the beach restrooms is about to become more pleasant. More than half a dozen public facilities spanning the 800 to the 2800 block of the beach will be either replaced or renovated with new state-of-the-art structures, adding an... Read more →

Environment

Going ‘vertical’

Dear EarthTalk: What is “vertical farming” and how is it better for the environment? Jonathan Salzman New York, NY “Vertical farming” is a term coined by Columbia University professor of environmental health and microbiology Dickson Despommier to describe the concept of growing large amounts of food in urban... Read more →

News

Putting the food truck craze on a diet

DOWNTOWN — There could be restrictions on the way for those popular specialty-food trucks that have popped up around the Third Street Promenade in the past year. Concerned about the recent mobile food influx into Santa Monica, the Bayside District Corp., a private-public management company for Downtown, will ask the City Council to... Read more →

City Council

Some relief for residents living near 4th St. stairs

CITY HALL — A stepped up park ranger presence in the vicinity of Fourth Street and Adelaide Drive may have halted early morning fitness classes from taking place in the neighborhood. But even with the increased vigilance, some residents say more needs to be done to keep the neighborhood, which has long been a popular workout site... Read more →

News

Farm fresh just for you

PACIFIC PALISADES — Santa Monica may be home to countless Farmers’ Markets, but some residents have found another way to get their farm-fresh produce. They’re utilizing community supported agriculture organizations such as Abundant Harvest Organics to have boxes of fruits, vegetables — even milk and meats —... Read more →

News

Second team takes charge while teachers miss time

DOWNTOWN — While teaching special education students with various communication deficiencies, Vincent Bernota recalls one of the most significant moments in his career as a substitute. The game was hangman, and the secret word was “computer science.” With only a few letters left before “game over,” a student... Read more →

Crime

Broken taillight leads to drug bust

Crime Watch is a weekly series 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. Thursday, Nov. 19, at 2:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Grant Street when they saw... Read more →

News

Rail yard looks like a possibility

CITY HALL — While residents and city officials for months have pushed for the relocation of a proposed Exposition Light Rail maintenance yard away from homes, it’s looking more likely that the facility will remain as planned in the Pico Neighborhood. That appeared to be the direction after the City Council on Tuesday authorized... Read more →

Briefs

Get your shots

The Venice Family Clinic is determined to get everyone at risk for swine flu vaccinated, regardless of their financial situation. High-risk individuals are defined as pregnant women, anyone age 6 months through 24 years, people living with or caring for infants less than 6 months old, people 25 to 64 years with certain chronic medical... Read more →