News

Growers don’t agree on quarantine impacts

MAIN STREET — Leticia Garcia, who was selling avocados, citrus and persimmons at the Farmers’ Market here on Sunday, said she makes between $300 to $400 less per day than she did a couple of months ago. The bad business isn’t because of newly frugal customers or colder weather, she said, it’s because of the... Read more →

Environment

More TV, unhealthier kids

Dear EarthTalk Years ago I read that children should be kept at least two feet from the television because of harmful electronic emissions. Is this still relevant? Is there a difference regarding this between older and new flat-screen models? Horst E. Mehring Oconomowoc, Wisc. Luckily for many of us and our kids, sitting... Read more →

News

New year brings fresh resolutions

CITYWIDE — Today marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year, but also a new decade. For 19-year-old Santa Monica College student Kirin Sundher, 2010 promises to bring radical changes. In 2008, Sundher graduated valedictorian of her high school and was accepted on a half-ride scholarship to study biology at New York... Read more →

News

Roadhouse battle heads to court

SANTA MONICA CANYON — The owner of Patrick’s Roadhouse is contesting an eviction notice he received in November, and now the fate of the historic restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway likely will be decided this month in court. The property owners, Lee and Christine Benchay, did not return a call for this story and haven’t... Read more →

Crime

Wife claims she was attacked in hospital

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. Saturday, Dec. 26, at 1:50 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Saint John’s Health Center regarding a domestic violence call. When... Read more →

Crime

Police find missing tourist

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The search has been called off. A 19-year-old British woman who was last seen nearly two weeks ago in Santa Monica was found Thursday walking along the Venice boardwalk with a transient, police said. Acting on an anonymous tip, Santa Monica police went to the area of 30th Avenue and Ocean Front Walk and located... Read more →

News

2009: A year in review

DOWNTOWN — There’s no denying that 2009 has been a trying year for many. A struggling economy that resulted in numerous job losses, housing foreclosures and cuts to social services have created an unsettling sense of uncertainty heading into a new decade. Locally, it has been a year filled with highs and lows, from the passing of... Read more →

Education

District discussing teacher furloughs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Facing a projected $12 million deficit, school district officials have raised the possibility of furloughs as they try to hammer out new contract agreements with teachers and other employees. “It is in discussion,” said Ralph Mechur, a Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member.... Read more →

Briefs

Keep it safe on New Year’s Eve

The Santa Monica Police Department wants New Year’s Eve revelers to play it safe and keep those guns holstered and drunk drivers off the road. Each year throughout the country as part of the New Year’s Eve celebration, some people chose to fire off a few rounds, not realizing the potentially deadly consequences of their actions,... Read more →

Briefs

Leave the driving to Metro

To promote a safe holiday season, Metro is offering free rides on all buses and rail lines operating on New Year’s Eve. The free fare program will be in effect between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. the night and early morning hours of Thursday, Dec. 31, and Friday, Jan. 1. Patrons boarding a Metro Bus, including the Metro Orange Line,... Read more →