Environment

New Garden Sharing Registry makes a match

NORTH OF MONTANA — When a recipe calls for fruit or vegetables, Madeleine Grafton has her pick, not in the neighborhood grocery store, but in the backyard of her home where an orchard of orange, fig, apricot, avocado, lime and lemon trees thrive. The once vibrant garden, however, had seen less tilling and weeding as old age caught up... Read more →

Briefs

Toys for tots

In the holiday spirit, the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will hold its 17th annual “Spark of Love” toy drive this year, benefiting needy children and teens in the surrounding communities. Youth volunteers with the Red Cross, KABC Channel 7 and Santa Monica Fire Department will be collecting new unwrapped toys or sports... Read more →

Briefs

Giving back this holiday season

With the season of giving upon us and presents on the way, Flair Cleaners invites all Southern Californians to make a little room in their closets and drawers by donating to their seventh annual Holiday Clothing Drive. The drive begins Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, and will run through Dec. 31. “Everyone is very enthusiastic... Read more →

News

Hate crimes remain low

OLYMPIC BLVD — A rude awakening awaited the diverse and progressive community at New Roads School where a threatening message had been scribbled on a bathroom stall inside the boy’s restroom. “On 4-20-09 a black kid will die at this school.” “P.S. Be ready.” The unfulfilled threat that was discovered at... Read more →

News

Spread cheer, not germs this Thanksgiving

IN THE KITCHEN — With concerns about catching the H1N1 virus still in the forefront, county health officials urge people to practice good hygiene and safe food handling to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria this Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving is a time to gather and a time to celebrate,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding,... Read more →

News

Astronaut’s baby daughter born as he circles Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronaut Randolph Bresnik jubilantly welcomed his new daughter into the world Sunday as he floated 220 miles above it. Abigail Mae Bresnik was born as her father circled Earth on his first space shuttle mission, just hours after his first spacewalk. It was only the second time in history that a NASA astronaut was... Read more →

Environment

Getting tough on pollution

Dear EarthTalk What do organizers hope to accomplish at the upcoming (Dec. 7-18, 2009) United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Copenhagen? F. Rojas Oakland, Calif. The upcoming COP15 meeting in Denmark — so named because it is the 15th such international gathering of the Conference of the Parties (COP) under the United... Read more →

Airport

FAA changing departure procedures at SM Airport

SUNSET PARK — There could be fewer delays and less pollution emitting from Santa Monica Airport and Los Angeles International Airport as the FAA prepares to roll out new departure rules aimed at cutting down idling on runways. Starting Dec. 1, piston-powered planes departing west from SMO will turn once they reach an altitude of 400... Read more →

News

Suspects in football game stabbing plead guilty

DOWNTOWN — Two men believed responsible for stabbing a 17-year-old Inglewood resident following a Santa Monica High School football game earlier this season plead guilty to misdemeanor battery and promoting a criminal street gang. Christopher Diaz and Kenneth Jones accepted a plea bargain Nov. 2 and were sentenced to 180 days in jail... Read more →

News

Ban on smoking in apartments gets a boost

CITYWIDE — If Rent Control Board member Robert Kronovet has his way tenants who smoke will no longer be able to do so in the comfort of their own homes. Kronovet, a landlord and real estate broker, said Friday he will sponsor a ban on smoking in all apartments that share common floors or ceilings with at least one other unit. That... Read more →

News

Officer hurt during traffic stop on PCH

A Santa Monica police officer suffered moderate injuries Saturday morning when his motorcycle crashed into the back of a car he was attempting to pull over on Pacific Coast Highway, police said. The crash occurred about 7:50 a.m. on PCH near the California Incline, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler. The female motorist slammed on the... Read more →

Briefs

Check those receipts

As shoppers get ready to rush retail outlets during the post-Thanksgiving shopping spree, county officials want to remind them to take a close look at receipts to avoid overcharges. Shoppers are legally entitled to pay only a store’s lowest advertised or posted price for any item, according to officials with the county Department of... Read more →

Environment

New transfer and recycling facility proposed

CITY HALL — The future of the City Yards could hold less noise and odor for its neighbors. Those are the plans for a new Resource Recovery Center that will be located at the southern end of the City Yards off Michigan Avenue, housing a new self-haul facility, buy-back center, expanded transfer station and hazardous household waste... Read more →

News

Farmers’ Markets under quarantine

DOWNTOWN — At least 17 Farmers’ Markets, including four in Santa Monica, are under quarantine after state officials found Mediterranean fruit flies in a backyard on Warwick Avenue near Interstate 10. Farmers selling fruit and some vegetables within the quarantine zone — which includes Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice,... Read more →

Crime

Not ready for last call

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. Sunday, Nov. 8, at 10 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a report of vandalism. When... Read more →