Briefs

Don’t drink and drive

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety, driver’s license checkpoint this Friday night in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officers will be contacting drivers to... Read more →

News

Rose Bowl rallies boost tourism

SM PIER — It may have been a down year for tourism in Santa Monica, but at least it’s going to end with a bang. Both college football teams playing in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day — Ohio State and the University of Oregon — have decided to hold their pre-game pep rallies in Santa Monica, providing a... Read more →

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SMC campus design wins creativity award

STEWART STREET — The design for the proposed, $61.2 million Santa Monica College Media & Technology Complex at the Academy of Entertainment & Technology has won a creativity award from the Los Angeles Urban Land Institute. The design for the complex — which would expand the academy satellite campus to bring together... Read more →

News

Large helicopters to land at SMO

SM AIRPORT — Three military transport helicopters that are among the largest in the Navy’s inventory will be landing here today as part of a movie shoot, city officials said. The three CH-46 Sea Knight choppers, which are used to rapidly transport Marines, supplies and equipment between bases or from ship to shore, will fly over... Read more →

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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 →