City Council

Parlor battle heats up

CITY HALL — Months after the Planning Commission tried to cut business hours and slap other restrictions a popular bar and restaurant that some neighbors say is a nuisance, the bar’s owners are taking the fight up a notch, alleging City Hall made “illegal threats” against the business and violated its... Read more →

Environment

‘Earthships’ begin to take off

Dear EarthTalk I’ve heard of extremely environmentally friendly homes and communities called “Earthships” popping up across the U.S. What are they exactly? Kelsey Kuehn, Kirtland, Ohio An Earthship is a kind of passive solar home — or community of homes — typically made of natural and recycled materials such... Read more →

News

A gift for the neighborhood

MAPLE STREET — Walk south on the west side of 11th Street toward Ocean Park Boulevard and all will seem normal on a mid-December day. Turn right on Maple Street, and you might think you just walked into a winter wonderland. The house at the corner of Maple and 11th Streets is, when fully decorated, covered with at least 45 different... Read more →

Briefs

Baby Jesus is back

The Santa Monica Nativity Scenes this Sunday will open its annual, interdenominational display featuring moments leading up to the birth of Jesus Christ. The display runs along Palisades Park, with the kick-off taking place at 4 p.m. at Ocean and Arizona avenues. The display, which started in 1953, now includes 14 scenes with life-size... Read more →

Briefs

Finkel at the helm of the SMC board

Retired Superior Court judge David B. Finkel has been elected chair and Dr. Andew Walzer vice chair of the Santa Monica Community College board for 2010. This is the first time that these trustees, both elected in 2006, have been selected for these leadership posts, which rotate annually. Finkel succeeds Louise Jaffe as chair and Walzer... Read more →

News

Ballroom Madness takes over Barnum Hall

DOWNTOWN — When ballroom instructor Daniel Ponickly asked a group of fifth grade dancers which number scared them the most, one young gentleman from John Muir Elementary replied confidently, “None of them.” This fearless swagger was just one of many different emotions that were running through the minds of the students... Read more →

City Council

Council approves new street performer rule

CITY HALL — Street performers will no longer need a permit to strut their stuff in city parks and on public sidewalks, but will still need City Hall’s permission to work on the city’s three busiest outdoor performance areas: the Third Street Promenade, the Santa Monica Pier and the Transit Mall. The council on Tuesday... Read more →

News

Most local businesses still offline

DOWNTOWN — Whether looking for a restaurant, an electrician or a clown for a kid’s birthday party, chances are you’ll search the Internet. But despite consumers’ heavy use of the Web to research purchases, just 41 percent of Santa Monica companies have their own Web sites, and only 4 percent have online ads,... Read more →

News

Founder of puppetry center dies

DOWNTOWN — Steve Meltzer, the founder of the Santa Monica Puppetry Center, which entertained scores of children and their parents for more than a dozen years, has died. He was 56. Just two hours after performing his final show and permanently closing his puppetry center Aug. 16 as it fell victim to the economic downturn, Meltzer had a... Read more →

City Council

Contractor busted in remodel scam

CITY HALL — A Santa Monica contractor has been convicted on criminal charges stemming from two remodeling jobs in which he took $18,000 in downpayments but refused to complete the work or return the money, city officials said Thursday. Hosayn Mandi, owner of New Line Interiors, formerly located on Lincoln Boulevard, was convicted last... Read more →