News

Courthouse clinic helps victims of domestic abuse

SM COURTHOUSE — The woman appeared to be in denial, dismissing assertions that she needed a restraining order, insisting that it’s been a long time since she was struck. The volunteers at the Domestic Violence Clinic were having little luck with the new client who came at the ultimatum of an employer — get a restraining... Read more →

Crime

A stone’s throw sends him away

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. Saturday, Nov. 21, at 9:03 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue regarding a fight. When... Read more →

News

Lighting up the holiday season

CITYWIDE — The season of cheer will be in full swing after this weekend of tree lightings, holiday walks and festivals. Montana gets festive<p> Montana Avenue’s annual holiday walk begins today at 5 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. Enjoy decorations, treats and live music at various participating businesses. Marmalade... Read more →

City Council

Historic cottage becomes new B&B

CITY HALL — The city’s final remaining beach-facing cottage — the adopted cause of passionate historic preservationists who fought off demolition two years ago — will soon be reincarnated into a bed and breakfast, at least when the owners aren’t living there. The Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a... Read more →

News

K-Swiss comes to Main Street

EDGEMAR CENTER — Main Street is now home to the only U.S.-based K-Swiss running retail store. The iconic California-sport footwear and apparel brand is looking to elevate its presence leading up to the Los Angeles Marathon, which will take place in March of 2010 and end near the Santa Monica Pier for the first time in the race’s... Read more →

News

Aviation group joins jet ban battle

CITY HALL — A national aviation organization has joined the legal battle over the jet ban at Santa Monica Airport, arguing that a city ordinance that restricts such aircraft sets a dangerous precedent. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), which has more than 415,000 members or two-thirds of all pilots in the country, was... Read more →

News

End may be near for Patrick’s Roadhouse

SANTA MONICA CANYON — Its lime green exterior, small town atmosphere and popularity among celebrities have made Patrick’s Roadhouse a local landmark and one of Pacific Coast Highway’s most recognizable restaurants. Now the diner could be facing closure at the end of the year after its owner received an eviction notice... Read more →

Briefs

Free treatment for toys

The staff at the Institute for Spine and Sports Care is offering patients free chiropractic services to new patients free of charge in exchange for $20 to $30 worth of food or toys to support the Westside Food Bank and the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Spark of Love toy drive. The deal applies to all new patients for the month of... Read more →

News

City Hall, restaurants grease way to biofuel

DOWNTOWN — French fries might clog arteries, but the grease and oil in which they cook can at least power the ambulances for trips to the hospital. While City Hall isn’t necessarily promoting heart diseases, it is encouraging local restaurants to deposit used fats, oils and greases at refuse collection sites throughout Downtown,... Read more →

Education

Students boost fitness results

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Kids attending local schools boosted their scores in the latest statewide physical fitness test, though fewer than half passed all six portions of the test, according to results released this week by the California Department of Education. Known as FITNESSGRAM, the test gauges students’ abilities in six athletic... Read more →

Briefs

SMPD: ‘Click It or Ticket’

Make sure everyone in the family gets home safely this holiday season by buckling your seat belt every trip, day and night. That’s the message that the Santa Monica Police Department is telling drivers as part of the 2009 holiday Click It or Ticket mobilization. Officers will be out in force looking for anyone — driver, passenger... Read more →

Education

Second look for controversial school policy changes

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Public school officials are taking another look at a series of controversial changes to district advisory committees following concerns raised recently by the Board of Education and parents about including more public input in the proposed revisions. The policy, which would affect the eight volunteer committees that... Read more →

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 →