News

Celebrating green businesses

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will host the Sustainable Quality Awards luncheon on Wednesday to celebrate businesses who are taking steps to be more environmentally friendly. City Hall announced the 2009 award winners last week, doling out four SQA grand prize winners and six winners in the Excellence... Read more →

News

Man stands up against Ye Olde King’s Head

DOWNTOWN — He goes out nearly every weekend, carrying the same red and yellow double-sided sign, marching up and down the same block of Santa Monica Boulevard, handing out leaflets about his grievances against a local pub. Since November of 2007, F. Daniel Gray has been staging one-man weekend protests of Ye Olde King’s Head,... Read more →

Environment

Bumping up crops

Dear EarthTalk I want to start an organic vegetable garden in my yard and I would like to know how to combine crops to make better use of time and space. Val Thomason Denton, TX Most commercial farms concentrate on growing a few select crops to supply a wide variety of customers, but gardening at home is a different story entirely. Most... Read more →

City Council

City Hall faces tough budget decisions

CITY HALL — Faced with a projected budget deficit of nearly $10 million, City Manager Lamont Ewell has asked all city departments to trim 3 percent off individual budgets for the coming fiscal year and 5 percent for 2010-11. That means programs could be cut, capital improvement projects put on hold and positions left vacant. Department... Read more →

Crime

Sentencing delayed for convicted killers

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The sentencing of two gang members convicted last month of killing a Santa Monica residents at the Moose Lodge in 2005 was delayed on Friday. The court granted a request by lawyers for the defendants for a continuation to give them time to motion for a new trial. The new sentencing date is April 24. The decision to... Read more →

News

A place to rest for the weary

FIFTH STREET — At 52 years old and living on his own, Craig Blasingane found himself in unfamiliar terrain. He might have in the past been an entrepreneur and owner of three houses, but when it came time to move into a single-room occupancy unit last month after spending eight years homeless, Blasingane just felt out of his element.... Read more →

Briefs

Be prepared

Following a recent case of accidental poisonings of children at a daycare in Arkansas, who were mistakenly served blue windshield-wiper fluid as Kool-Aid, Los Angeles County health officials are reminding residents to assess and ensure the safety of their homes. The warning comes during National Poison Prevention Week. Officials want... Read more →

News

Getting a piece of the big pie

DOWNTOWN — While it may not be the kind of “shovel ready” project that most people have in mind when they think of the $787 billion in stimulus funding meant to create much-needed jobs, the contract Big Blue Bus has to purchase 15 new hybrid buses is putting people to work all the same. BBB is expected to receive $12.8... Read more →

Crime

Just what the doctor ordered

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, March 8, at 1:42 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of Lincoln Boulevard — CVS — regarding a robbery that... Read more →

Education

Middle schoolers busted with pot

CALIFORNIA AVENUE — Administrators at Lincoln Middle School have suspended five students following a series of incidents that have involved drug-related arrests, cyberbullying and altercations reminiscent of the movie, “Fight Club.” Principal Suzanne Webb sent a letter home to parents on Wednesday letting them know of an... Read more →

News

Rehab begins for Nu Wilshire Theater

WILSHIRE BLVD — Construction has begun toward the rehabilitation of a Great Depression-era movie theater that for decades stood as a cultural and architectural icon on one of the busiest streets in Santa Monica. Crews commenced the restoration and renovation of the Nu Wilshire Theater at 1314-1316 Wilshire Blvd. earlier this month,... Read more →

News

Businesses remind residents to ‘buy local’

DOWNTOWN — Before purchasing a book online or driving to a mall in another city, shoppers might want to consider patronizing businesses in their own neck of the woods. That’s the message the Bayside District Corp. and City Hall want to send to residents through the new “Buy Local” campaign, hoping to give a shot in... Read more →

Government

Newsom makes campaign stop in Santa Monica

SAMOHI — He’s been making the rounds in cities across the central and northern part of the state, talking about healthcare, education and other issues expected to play a key role in the 2010 election. On Tuesday, San Francisco mayor and possible gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom came into the backyard of Los Angeles mayor and... Read more →

Crime

Police seize $1M in Ecstasy

LINCOLN BLVD — About 40 pounds of Ecstasy were discovered stashed inside of a parked car here on Sunday after Santa Monica Police and federal agents busted a Northern California man believed to be trafficking drugs. Ramandeep Singh Sandhu, 25, of Fremont, was booked by SMPD after authorities found about 51,000 tablets of MDMA —... Read more →

Crime

Police warn about rise in auto thefts

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Facing an increase in auto burglaries just three months into the year, the Santa Monica Police Department is warning residents about keeping their vehicles safe from criminal activity. “Our goal is to take this comprehensive approach and lower that number by not only beefing up patrol and adding resources... Read more →