Environment

Global dimming’s dark days

Dear EarthTalk I’ve heard of global warming, of course, but what on Earth is “global dimming?” Max S. Seattle, Wash. Global dimming is a less well-known but real phenomenon resulting from atmospheric pollution. The burning of fossil fuels by industry and internal combustion engines, in addition to releasing the carbon... Read more →

Business

New iPhone app aims to revolutionize film industry

LOEWS HOTEL — With more than 250,000 iPhone Apps available, it seems like these days, there’s an app for just about everything. Jim Robertson and Richard Kwiat, creators of the app Doddle, hope to do more than just contribute to that statistic. “We like to say is by the industry for the industry,” said Harvey Osborn,... Read more →

News

Record-breaking heat at SM Pier

SM PIER — Thursday proved to be another hot one. Records were shattered in communities across Los Angeles County, including Santa Monica, where the temperature at the world-famous pier reached 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The old record, set in 1976, was 88 degrees. Don’t worry though. A cooling trend is... Read more →

Briefs

Four new dining options announced for SM Place

DOWNTOWN Four new dining options announced for SM Place If the food court at Santa Monica Place wasn’t enough, the outdoor mall has slated an additional four gourmet alternatives for the third floor dining deck, officials announced this week. The Market, which has been compared to, although on a much smaller scale, San... Read more →

News

Holbrook still leads Winterer, but gap narrows

DOWNTOWN — Just 121 votes — fewer than .2 percent of those cast in the contest — separated City Council challenger Ted Winterer from five-term incumbent Bob Holbrook by Friday afternoon, after thousands more ballots from Tuesday’s election were tallied. According to election results posted online by the Los Angeles... Read more →

Briefs

Grant to fund traffic enforcement

In an effort to save lives and prevent injuries on Santa Monica streets, the police department will conduct several special traffic enforcement operations over the next 12 months, with funding coming from a $159,403 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Special operations include driver’s license/sobriety... Read more →

Briefs

Help schools by eating out

The Daily Grill in Santa Monica is launching newly expanded hours in conjunction with a month-long fundraiser for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation. Daily Grill General Manager Jensen Kumamoto said the restaurant will donate 50 percent of all food and soft beverage sales collected on Saturday evenings in the month of November to... Read more →

Crime

Police searching for pair of sexual assault suspects

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men involved in a sexual assault in which a woman was allegedly handcuffed, blindfolded and forced to hand over money, police said Thursday. SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler said a woman was walking east in the 2900 block of Ocean Park... Read more →

City Council

SM City Council to consider campaign disclosure change

CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday is set to consider tightening Santa Monica’s campaign finance disclosure rules, a step prompted by the election season activities of the group Santa Monicans for Quality Government (SMQG), which used money from development interests to back a slate of council candidates and resisted filing... Read more →

Crime

Taking liberties with the property of others

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. Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 12:08 p.m., Officers responded to the area of Fourth Street and Broadway regarding a report of unknown trouble. When officers... Read more →

News

Local voters approve tax increase, new tenant protections

DOWNTOWN — In a landslide, Santa Monica voters approved a half percent sales tax hike on Tuesday and overwhelmingly urged City Hall to spend half of the estimated $12 million the increase is expected to raise to fund local public schools. The tax, known as Measure Y, passed with 61 percent of voters in favor and 39 percent opposed. It... Read more →

News

Metallica plays charity gig at Hangar 8

SM AIRPORT — Grammy-Award winning rock gods Metallica tonight will serenade video game geeks at Hangar 8 in an effort to raise $1 million for soldiers returning from combat. (An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the concert was to be held at Barker Hangar.) The multi-platinum band known for its heavy metal offerings... Read more →

News

Patel a surprise winner in school board race

DOWNTOWN — Nimish Patel, the newcomer to Santa Monica politics who out-fundraised his opponents in the school board race but failed to win a single major endorsement, has notched an upset victory, unseating current board president Barry Snell. Patel had earned 10,298 votes by Wednesday, good for fourth place in the race for four seats,... Read more →

News

City Council challenger still in election mix

DOWNTOWN — With nearly 6,000 ballots left to count, one local race remained too close to call on Wednesday, as Bob Holbrook and Ted Winterer were neck and neck for the final available four-year City Council term. The latest totals showed Holbrook was in third place in the race for three seats with 10,184 votes, just 146 more than... Read more →

News

Breadman plots a market comeback

MAIN STREET — The Breadman is mounting a comeback. A fixture at Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets since the early 1990s, the venerable bread and pastry dealer was banished from both Sunday’s Main Street market and Saturday’s Downtown market after a recent overhaul of the system for picking vendors. Prompted by complaints... Read more →