Committee needs bodies

Are you always complaining about Santa Monica College and what it spends its money on? Well, here’s your chance to get involved. The college is looking for volunteers to serve on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the spending of funds generated by a series of bond measures — U, S and AA — that are being... Read more →


You make the call on funding measures for schools

Should the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District put another emergency funding measure and bond on the ballot? That’s the question members of a feasibility committee will have to answer. The school district is looking for a Malibu resident to serve on the committee. Application are due Sept. 30. They can be found at... Read more →


City officials to meet with FAA over flight schools

SMO — Santa Monica officials announced that they will be traveling to Washington, D.C. next week to take on the FAA regarding the operation of flight schools at Santa Monica Airport. In an information item released on City Hall’s website Friday, Public Works Director Martin Pastucha and assistant to the City Manager Kate Vernez... Read more →


Scholarships for farmers

Snyder Diamond, a family-owned kitchen and bath company with deep roots in Santa Monica, has teamed up with the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and appliance brands Sub-Zero and Wolf to launch a scholarship program in support of local farming education. The Snyder Diamond Scholarship program was created to promote farmer education and... Read more →


Main is the new black

Main Street merchants are rolling out the red carpet this Thursday for “Fashion’s Night Out,” a worldwide event created in 2009 to celebrate fashion and restore consumer confidence during the recession. Twenty-five businesses along Main Street will be celebrating with parties and deals all night. This year the Vogue... Read more →


Accounting firm owner allegedly took nearly $700K

CITYWIDE — The owner of an accounting firm that provided services for several political campaigns in Santa Monica appeared in federal court Tuesday on charges of taking almost $700,000 from a California candidate’s coffers. Kinde Durkee, of Durkee & Associates, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jay C. Gandhi at 2 p.m. at... Read more →


Pavley champions causes for the vulnerable

SACRAMENTO — Next Friday, the current legislative session comes to a close, and lawmakers are busy getting a flurry of bills passed and on their way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk where they will either be approved or perish. State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) is right in the thick of it. This year alone, Pavley landed eight... Read more →


Arts center climbs over the hill

MONTANA AVE — Turning 40 can be depressing for some people, but not for the Brentwood Arts Center. It’s ready to party. The family-friendly home of creativity celebrates its fourth decade this year, and plans to do so in style with a three-day fiesta including a display of its students’ work, hands-on art projects and live... Read more →


Battle over bulbs

Dear EarthTalk: What was the BULB Act pertaining to light bulb energy efficiency that just failed to pass in the House of Representatives? — Betsy Edgerton, Columbus, Ohio The Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act (H.R. 2417) was a failed attempt in July 2011 by some Republicans in the House to repeal a 2007 law mandating... Read more →


Court date set in City Hall parking ticket dispute

DOWNTOWN —Residents Harriet and Stanley Epstein’s parking ticket lawsuit against City Hall will reach a Los Angeles County Superior Court on Feb. 15, unless it is settled before then. Harriet Epstein was issued a parking ticket on Feb. 2, 2011, for allegedly parking in Reed Park and then leaving to run an errand. Parking is for... Read more →


Will Rogers parents get a lesson on failing

SUNSET PARK — Parents gathered at Will Rogers Thursday night to hear Principal Steven Richardson dispel their fears about news that their chosen elementary school had failed to meet requirements set forth by the federal government for school funding. The answer was plain. The benchmarks required to get those federal dollars are set to... Read more →


O’Neill and Heal the Bay sell shirts for charity

DOWNTOWN O’Neill surf shop has partnered up with Heal the Bay to offer an exclusive T-shirt with proceeds going to the environmental watchdog based in Santa Monica. The shirt features a surfer with the iconic O’Neill and Heal the Bay logos. Shirts are available in black and white. Shirts are $19.50, and half the proceeds will... Read more →


Biz leaders worried about possible AFM departure

OCEAN AVE — Business leaders here are concerned about rumors that the American Film Market, which brings hundreds of movie industry insiders and their cash to the city each fall, is exploring a move from Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel to L.A. Live. The Hollywood Reporter, citing unnamed sources, reported this week that AFM, one of the... Read more →