News

Nordstrom pays to save trees

DOWNTOWN — They’re green, lush and always in style, but a row of more than a dozen trees are no longer part of the Santa Monica Place landscape. Nordstrom, which is moving into and renovating the old space long occupied by Robinsons-May, recently relocated six paperbark and two coral trees from the perimeter of the department... Read more →

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Jackson kids take on local canine crusade

EASTSIDE — Kids of the King of Pop are making the paparazzi work for them for a change. According to reports, Michael Jackson’s oldest son Prince and daughter Paris saw a news report about a two-legged dog in need of help and are taking up the cause, helping to raise the $2,000 necessary to buy the pooch a custom-made cart to... Read more →

Environment

A burning question

Dear EarthTalk Do you have current facts and figures about how much rainforest is being destroyed each day around the world, and for what purpose(s)? Teri via e-mail Pinning down exact numbers is nearly impossible, but most experts agree that we are losing upwards of 80,000 acres of tropical rainforest daily, and significantly degrading... Read more →

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Grant will benefit SMC’s international programs

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE — With the help of a two-year federal grant, Santa Monica College is looking forward to furthering its quest to promote global citizenship. The $180,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will benefit the college’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program, which focuses on... Read more →

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Swine flu vaccine arrives, but some are hesitant

DOWNTOWN — Swine flu vaccinations have finally arrived. The Venice Family Clinic welcomed the long-awaited vaccines for the H1N1 flu virus on Tuesday, receiving 500 doses of the FluMist nasal spray, which are being administered at the Rose Avenue medical facility and Simms/Mann Health and Wellness Center on Pico Boulevard. As... Read more →

Crime

Bomb threat closes Wilshire

DOWNTOWN — A suspicious package found near Panera Bread on Wilshire Boulevard and Fifth Street on Friday prompted a call to a bomb squad to remove the item, which proved to be nothing more than a bag of cement wrapped in brown tape, police said. The object was discovered about 7 a .m. underneath newsracks on Fifth Street, said SMPD Lt.... Read more →

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No more Friday lights in Malibu

MALIBU — The high school football games under the Friday night lights will now be played beneath the late afternoon sun. The California Coastal Commission on Thursday denied a request to allow the use of temporary field lights at Malibu High School for 16 evenings out of the year, including during eight football games and practices.... Read more →

Crime

Officers weren’t playing with this toy gun

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. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 5:37 p.m., Santa Monica police officers on routine patrol in the 600 block of Wilshire Boulevard noticed a suspicious man standing... Read more →

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The Parlor files appeal with city

WILSHIRE BLVD. — The owners of a popular ESPN Zone-style restaurant have appealed a decision by the Planning Commission last month to reduce the number of seats and hours that the establishment can remain in operation. Ike Pyun and Silas Gaither are contesting a series of conditions that the commission imposed on The Parlor at 1519... Read more →

City Council

Campaigning begins early for council candidate

CITY HALL — Mayor Pro Tem Pam O’Connor learned a valuable lesson in 2006 — don’t wait until the last minute to launch a campaign. So in her re-election bid to serve a fifth term on the City Council, O’Connor is starting more than a year in advance, allowing more time to raise money and complete some of the... Read more →