News

Commission considers Ross for public art

DOWNTOWN — An American sculptor known for large-scale public art projects is the front-runner for a City Hall contract to beautify a rebuilt Parking Structure 6 on Second Street. Mike Ross, best known for his work “Big Rig Jig,” consisting of two modified tanker trucks attached to each other vertically in an... Read more →

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Making house calls popular again

DOWNTOWN — In an era when more people are feeling pressured to use their cell phones for business as much as pleasure, Dr. Michael Farzam, a local house call doctor, has no other choice — and he likes it that way. Farzam grew up knowing he wanted to dedicate his life to healing others. “At the end of the day, I enjoy... Read more →

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Council considers alt automobile showrooms on Promenade

DOWNTOWN — The Third Street Promenade, a central piece of the Downtown business district largely populated by clothing stores and restaurants, may see a new kind of tenant — alternative car dealerships.  The idea was brought before the City Council Tuesday by members Terry O’Day and Bob Holbrook on behalf of Toyota of... Read more →

Education

Incoming freshmen set up to succeed

  SAMOHI — Well-dressed youth traveled in groups of three in a circular pattern around the Santa Monica High School Library Thursday, peering at pieces of poster board depicting school groups extolling everything from the virtues of candy to working groups on racism. This was not a high-powered Club Day for the discerning high... Read more →

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Local investors divided over volatile stock market

DOWNTOWN — The past week has been a roller coaster ride for the New York Stock Exchange. The Dow Jones Average experienced a 513 point drop last Thursday, the furthest it had plunged since October 2008. In the days following, the market continued to buckle back and forth, the most drastic change when the S&P downgraded the United... Read more →

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Teen Line fundraiser honors Samohi’s Mezza

WEST HOLLYWOOD — When Santa Monica High School freshman Matthew Mezza leapt from the 10th-story window of the Sheraton Delfina in January, a group of dedicated teenagers and volunteers mobilized to provide comfort, support and a ready ear for students and adults impacted by the event. Sunday, those who received help will get the... Read more →

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Alternative stroke therapy clinic opens in Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — While many stroke survivors are moving toward recovery with intensive physical therapy, Lisa Curland chose to supplement her rehabilitation by nontraditional means: medicinal acupuncture treatments. Curland was the first patient to be treated at Emperor’s College’s Stroke and Dementia Care Center, where... Read more →

Education

SMMUSD seeks new personnel commissioners

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is seeking applicants for the Personnel Commission, which has a vacancy come Dec. 1, 2011. The Personnel Commission is the body that selects and promotes all non-teaching employees in the SMMUSD, using the “merit system,” a combination of interviews and written examinations.... Read more →

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Reward offered in fatal sea lion shooting

SM BAY — A $5,000 reward was offered Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever fatally shot a sea lion in the Santa Monica Bay a week ago. On the afternoon of Aug. 3, an adult female sea lion was found dead on Venice Beach, said Paul Wallerstein with Marine Animal Rescue, the organization offering the... Read more →

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The Shack raises thousands for injured Giants fan

WILSHIRE BLVD — Local sports bar The Shack, home to many Phillies fans, successfully raised an estimated $7,500 for injured Giants fan Bryan Stow. Stow, a paramedic and father of two, was severely beaten at the Dodgers home opener in late March and remains hospitalized. Nearly 300 people meandered in and out of the bar throughout the... Read more →

City Council

Council stands behind Redevelopment Agency

CITY HALL — City Council members heard the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday night that will allow $33 million in what officials refer to as “ransom payments” to the state to keep the doors of the city’s Redevelopment Agency open. Council members convened a special meeting to hear the ordinance to get it... Read more →

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Long-time coastal defender Douglas decides to retire

LOS ANGELES — They might not know his name but the millions of visitors annually lured to California's 1,100 miles of coastline are no doubt familiar with his work. Peter Douglas, who has worked four decades to rein in development and keep vast stretches of one of the world's most breathtaking coastlines natural, announced his... Read more →

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Used wine corks go to a good cause

CITYWIDE — The sound of a popping cork is music to many people’s ears, but it means something different to Matt Hughes. Hughes is the director of ReCork, a nonprofit organization that collects used wine corks and repurposes them to make shoes with the help of the Vancouver-based shoe maker Sole. ReCork was established by Amorim... Read more →

Briefs

Choosing new street trees

Santa Monica’s streetscapes might be changing soon; city officials are determining replacement species for diseased or damaged street trees and want residents’ input. The replacement tree recommendations are part of the Urban Forest Master Plan, which will be presented to the City Council for approval on Dec. 13. Residents are... Read more →

Briefs

BBB planner receives fellowship

Paul Casey, senior service planner for the Big Blue Bus, was awarded the Swedish-American Bicentennial Fellowship for his professional work and accomplishments at the BBB. “It’s a huge honor to have Paul recognized for his forward thinking, not just locally, but internationally,” said Linda Gamberg, marketing and public... Read more →