News

Alleged stalker of actress Garner arrested

SECOND STREET — A man was arrested Monday by Santa Monica police for violating a restraining order and stalking after he was found to be near a nursery school where actress Jennifer Garner’s daughter, Violet Affleck, attends. Steven Burky was arrested around 9 a.m. in the 1200 block of Alley One near the rear of the First... Read more →

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 →

Education

Voters reluctant to support parcel tax for schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Voters are reluctant to support an emergency parcel tax to close the school district’s projected $12 million deficit, but may be willing to tax themselves a lesser amount to help close the gap. That’s according to a committee charged with researching whether the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District... 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 →