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 →

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Founder of puppetry center dies

DOWNTOWN — Steve Meltzer, the founder of the Santa Monica Puppetry Center, which entertained scores of children and their parents for more than a dozen years, has died. He was 56. Just two hours after performing his final show and permanently closing his puppetry center Aug. 16 as it fell victim to the economic downturn, Meltzer had a... Read more →

Briefs

Firefighter injured

A firefighter received minor injuries battling a blaze at a house here on Wednesday, officials said. More than 40 Santa Monica firefighters, with assistance from Los Angeles firefighters, were called to 1334 Ashland Ave. just before 1 p.m., said Suzanne Post of the Santa Monica Fire Department. No one was at home at the time. Knockdown took... Read more →

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Stimulus funding felt locally

CITYWIDE — From its prime location on the sand north of the Santa Monica Pier, Back on the Beach restaurant seems about as far from Wall Street and the financial crisis as you can get. But when panic over sub-prime loan losses caused banks last fall to pump the brakes on small business loans, Back on the Beach co-owner Fred Deni... Read more →

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New departure rules go online at SM Airport

SUNSET PARK — A new set of departure rules meant to cut down on idle times at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) went into effect Thursday, officials with the FAA said. The new rules aim to minimize idling and pollution which often results from overlap between the departure times at SMO and LAX. A handful of piston-powered planes that depart... Read more →

Briefs

Samohi student awarded

After months of hard environmental work, Santa Monica High School senior Megan Kilroy is reaping the rewards — rewards other than the knowledge of having saved the lives of animals and people alike. Kilroy is a recipient of a HALO (Helping And Leading Others) award and will appear on cable network Nickelodeon today at 5 p.m. in the... Read more →

Briefs

New home for the hall

The Santa Monica Museum of Flying will be the home of a newly-created California Aviation Hall of Fame. Officials with the museum, which is expected to open in the spring or summer of 2010 after a $2 million expansion and remodel, made the announcement Thursday. “We are honored to have the opportunity to present and preserve this... Read more →