News

The Hump closes its doors

SM AIRPORT — The Hump, the high-end sushi restaurant facing federal charges for allegedly selling endangered whale meat, closed its doors Friday and does not plan to reopen, according to a statement on its Web site. The phone number to the restaurant was no longer active as of Saturday evening and an employee at The Hump's sister... Read more →

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Massive race takes all kinds

DOWNTOWN — In a field of 25,000, there were bound to be some characters. Among them were Patrick McDonagh and five friends who ran the race dressed up in full Elvis Presley regalia, complete with wigs and white spandex jumpsuits, blaring rock ‘n’ roll from a stereo on a pushcart and drinking beer instead of... Read more →

Environment

Critter-proof composting

Dear EarthTalk My husband and I want to start a garden this year. I really want to make compost from leftover food scraps and yard materials. He says it will attract unwanted animals, and refuses to agree to it. Is he right? If so, how do we deal with that issue in a green-friendly, non-lethal way? Carmen Veurink Grand Rapids,... Read more →

News

The Hump closes its doors

SM AIRPORT — The Hump, the high-end sushi restaurant facing federal charges for allegedly selling endangered whale meat, closed its doors Friday and does not plan to reopen, according to a statement on its Web site. The phone number to the restaurant was no longer active as of Saturday evening and an employee at The Hump’s sister... Read more →

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2010 L.A. Marathon info

For the first time, the L.A. Marathon is coming to Santa Monica on Sunday, March 21. Taking off from Doger Stadium, racers will be following a new route dubbed “Stadium to the Sea” through Beverly Hills and West Hollywood before heading down San VIcente Boulevard in Santa Monica and reaching the finish line on scenic Ocean Avenue... Read more →

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Pier evacuated because of potential bomb threat

SM PIER — During a sweep before Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon Santa Monica Police officers found two suspicious packages, forcing them to evacuate the area and call in the bomb squad. Officers discovered the packages around 6 p.m. Saturday and set up a 1,000-foot buffer zone, said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler. Thousands are expected to... Read more →

City Council

Broad deal could receive council’s OK

CITY HALL — Following a two-month delay, the City Council is again set to approve a “deal in principle” to bring billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad’s proposed art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center. The council had been scheduled to vote on the outline of a deal with the Broad Foundations in January before... Read more →

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False alarm: no bomb under pier

SM PIER — Police reopened the Santa Monica Pier around 7:30 p.m. Saturday after determining that two suspicious packages found near the finish line of Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon did not contain explosives. Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler said police officers found a duffel bag and a cooler underneath the pier during a... Read more →

Education

School super wants permit exemption

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Los Angeles Unified School District wants to boost enrollment — and increase the amount of money it gets from the state — by cutting back on the number of permits it grants to students who live within the district’s boundaries but attend classes in other public school systems. Under a plan LAUSD... Read more →

Crime

Trouble while texting

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. Monday, March 8, at 6:53 p.m. A traffic officer requested assistance in the 500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. As police personnel arrived, they... Read more →

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Concert donations pile up

The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp.’s fundraising drive to pay for its annual Twilight Dance Series has raised $30,000 since pier officials announced two weeks ago that they were $92,000 short of the sum they need to put on the summer concerts. The City Council last week contributed $35,000 to the effort from its discretionary fund,... Read more →

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O’Connor files campaign papers

Mayor Pro Tem Pam O’Connor raised $6,675 in campaign donations last fall, financial disclosure forms filed with the City Clerk’s office on Wednesday revealed. Although O’Connor filed the forms more than six weeks after the Feb. 1 filing deadline, City Hall said she would not be fined for her tardiness. In a letter to the... Read more →

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Doing taxes dirty comes with a penalty

WASHINGTON — As the deadline for filing income tax returns quickly approaches, the Internal Revenue Service this week issued its “Dirty Dozen” taxpayer scams in an effort to protect those who may fall victim to preparer fraud and may be coaxed into hiding income overseas. Tax schemes are illegal and can lead to imprisonment... Read more →

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Preparing for the worst

MIDCITY — It’s a worst case scenario for local emergency responders: A dirty bomb explodes on the streets of Downtown Santa Monica during a crowded event, causing hundreds of casualties, severely injuring many more and releasing dangerous chemicals into the environment. That was the challenge at hand Wednesday afternoon for the... Read more →