Briefs

Get your shots

The Venice Family Clinic is determined to get everyone at risk for swine flu vaccinated, regardless of their financial situation. High-risk individuals are defined as pregnant women, anyone age 6 months through 24 years, people living with or caring for infants less than 6 months old, people 25 to 64 years with certain chronic medical... Read more →

Briefs

Library best of the best

Santa Monica Public Library is ranked among the nation’s best, earning four stars in the Library Journal’s national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2009. The ratings, announced Nov. 15, were based on 2007 data from the Institute of Library Services. The index looked at more than 7,000 public... Read more →

City Council

Draft LUCE goes public

CITY HALL — More than five years after City Hall began working on a new general plan to guide future development in Santa Monica, the draft Land Use and Circulation Element has been released. The main concepts of the draft LUCE were presented to the council on Tuesday, showing a document that aims to preserve neighborhoods, control and... Read more →

News

Rail yard looks like a possibility

CITY HALL — While residents and city officials for months have pushed for the relocation of a proposed Exposition Light Rail maintenance yard away from homes, it’s looking more likely that the facility will remain as planned in the Pico Neighborhood. That appeared to be the direction after the City Council on Tuesday authorized... Read more →

Briefs

Giving back this holiday season

With the season of giving upon us and presents on the way, Flair Cleaners invites all Southern Californians to make a little room in their closets and drawers by donating to their seventh annual Holiday Clothing Drive. The drive begins Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, and will run through Dec. 31. “Everyone is very enthusiastic... Read more →

Briefs

Toys for tots

In the holiday spirit, the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will hold its 17th annual “Spark of Love” toy drive this year, benefiting needy children and teens in the surrounding communities. Youth volunteers with the Red Cross, KABC Channel 7 and Santa Monica Fire Department will be collecting new unwrapped toys or sports... Read more →

News

Hate crimes remain low

OLYMPIC BLVD — A rude awakening awaited the diverse and progressive community at New Roads School where a threatening message had been scribbled on a bathroom stall inside the boy’s restroom. “On 4-20-09 a black kid will die at this school.” “P.S. Be ready.” The unfulfilled threat that was discovered at... Read more →

Environment

New Garden Sharing Registry makes a match

NORTH OF MONTANA — When a recipe calls for fruit or vegetables, Madeleine Grafton has her pick, not in the neighborhood grocery store, but in the backyard of her home where an orchard of orange, fig, apricot, avocado, lime and lemon trees thrive. The once vibrant garden, however, had seen less tilling and weeding as old age caught up... Read more →

News

Spread cheer, not germs this Thanksgiving

IN THE KITCHEN — With concerns about catching the H1N1 virus still in the forefront, county health officials urge people to practice good hygiene and safe food handling to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria this Thanksgiving. “Thanksgiving is a time to gather and a time to celebrate,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding,... Read more →

News

Astronaut’s baby daughter born as he circles Earth

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Astronaut Randolph Bresnik jubilantly welcomed his new daughter into the world Sunday as he floated 220 miles above it. Abigail Mae Bresnik was born as her father circled Earth on his first space shuttle mission, just hours after his first spacewalk. It was only the second time in history that a NASA astronaut was... Read more →