News

Alleged stalker of actress Garner arrested

SECOND STREET — A man was arrested Monday by Santa Monica police for violating a restraining order and stalking after he was found to be near a nursery school where actress Jennifer Garner’s daughter, Violet Affleck, attends. Steven Burky was arrested around 9 a.m. in the 1200 block of Alley One near the rear of the First... Read more →

News

Large helicopters to land at SMO

SM AIRPORT — Three military transport helicopters that are among the largest in the Navy’s inventory will be landing here today as part of a movie shoot, city officials said. The three CH-46 Sea Knight choppers, which are used to rapidly transport Marines, supplies and equipment between bases or from ship to shore, will fly over... Read more →

City Council

Parlor battle heats up

CITY HALL — Months after the Planning Commission tried to cut business hours and slap other restrictions a popular bar and restaurant that some neighbors say is a nuisance, the bar’s owners are taking the fight up a notch, alleging City Hall made “illegal threats” against the business and violated its... Read more →

News

SMC campus design wins creativity award

STEWART STREET — The design for the proposed, $61.2 million Santa Monica College Media & Technology Complex at the Academy of Entertainment & Technology has won a creativity award from the Los Angeles Urban Land Institute. The design for the complex — which would expand the academy satellite campus to bring together... Read more →

Education

Voters reluctant to support parcel tax for schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Voters are reluctant to support an emergency parcel tax to close the school district’s projected $12 million deficit, but may be willing to tax themselves a lesser amount to help close the gap. That’s according to a committee charged with researching whether the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District... Read more →

News

A gift for the neighborhood

MAPLE STREET — Walk south on the west side of 11th Street toward Ocean Park Boulevard and all will seem normal on a mid-December day. Turn right on Maple Street, and you might think you just walked into a winter wonderland. The house at the corner of Maple and 11th Streets is, when fully decorated, covered with at least 45 different... Read more →

Environment

‘Earthships’ begin to take off

Dear EarthTalk I’ve heard of extremely environmentally friendly homes and communities called “Earthships” popping up across the U.S. What are they exactly? Kelsey Kuehn, Kirtland, Ohio An Earthship is a kind of passive solar home — or community of homes — typically made of natural and recycled materials such... 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 →

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

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 →