Briefs

Surfing for Japan

The owner of Perfect Day Surf Camp is planning to donate 100 percent of revenues from the spring break session to help children in Japan. The money will go to the Children’s Hunger Fund, www.childrenshungerfund.org, said Robbie French, owner of Perfect Day. In the past, French has dedicated time to inner-city kids, those with autism,... Read more →

News

Plans for new Fairmont Miramar unveiled

WILSHIRE BLVD — The owners of the historic Fairmont Miramar have big plans for the luxury hotel, including adding 12 times the current retail space, building condos for sale, as well as affordable housing, all while reducing the number of rooms available for guests. Representatives with the hotel unveiled their plans last week during a... Read more →

Education

College sports: Sato family named to SMC Hall of Fame

SMC — The Sato family, long synonymous with volleyball, will be inducted into the Santa Monica College Sports Hall of Fame during a private ceremony on Thursday, officials with the college said. Eric, Liane and Gary Sato each made names for themselves both locally and nationally as part of the U.S. Olympic Team. “We are... Read more →

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Letter carrier punches out after four decades

DOWNTOWN — On March 2, Bob Eisenhart hung up his hat at the Post Office on Santa Monica Boulevard for the last time after 43 years on the job. His union, the Letter Carriers 1107, gifted him with a gold watch to commemorate the event, and the office gave him a plaque before he walked out the door. He didn’t wait around long... Read more →

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Teacher files appeal to block release of records

DOWNTOWN — A math teacher at Santa Monica High School who was found to have violated the school district’s sexual harassment policy has filed an appeal to block the release of his personnel records. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was ordered to release the records earlier this month by Los Angeles Superior Court... Read more →

Environment

Food system needs to even out

Dear EarthTalk I understand a recent government report concluded that our global food system is in deep trouble, that roughly two billion people are hungry or undernourished while another billion are over consuming to the point of obesity. What’s going on? Ellie Francoeur Baton Rouge, La. The report in question, the Global Farming... Read more →

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SMC to buy WISE & Healthy Aging’s Pico office

PICO BOULEVARD — Santa Monica College has entered into an agreement with WISE & Healthy Aging to buy the nonprofit senior service provider’s Pico Boulevard property for approximately $4 million, school officials confirmed. The building, at 1510 Pico Blvd., will be used for “swing space” for office workers and... Read more →

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Community weighs in on future of large Downtown lot

MAIN LIBRARY — The sky was the limit Thursday night when community members packed the multipurpose room of the Main Library to chime in on the future of a 3-acre plot on Fifth Street at Arizona Avenue that is owned by City Hall. The site is centrally located in Downtown with a wide mix of businesses and attractions within a five minute... Read more →

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Actor Josh Duhamel organizes run for Japan

First it was Haiti. Now it’s Japan. Actor Josh Duhamel is once again teaming up with the American Red Cross of Santa Monica to host a “Youth Run 4 Japan,” an earthquake/tsunami relief fundraiser that also aims to help kids get physically fit. The 2-mile run will be held on Santa Monica Beach Sunday morning — rain or... Read more →

Education

JAMS students get the Spark of learning

JAMS — A week ago Wednesday, Brian Depablo, Kevin Quintero and Peter Duran left the John Adams Middle School campus and walked into the halls of Activision, a game development company with offices in Santa Monica. Armed with Activision dog tags and a nondisclosure agreement, the students were escorted to three separate wings of the... Read more →

Crime

Two arrested for allegedly torturing man

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police officers arrested two residents for allegedly holding a mentally handicapped man against his will for roughly six months, during which time they tortured him, causing him to lose 60 to 80 pounds and suffer severe injuries including numerous cuts and contusions over his entire body, including... Read more →

News

Ferris wheel going dark

In support of Earth Hour this Saturday, the world-famous, solar-powered Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will have its 160,000 LED lights turned off for 60 minutes, starting at 8:30 p.m. “Pacific Park’s participation with Earth Hour fits right in with our commitment to being a leader in our community and... Read more →

City Council

Senior housing gets delayed

CITY HALL — The First African Methodist Episcopal Church will have to wait on funding for a senior housing project now three years in the making after City Council members pulled the item from the consent calendar at its meeting Tuesday night. The action, if approved, would have allowed a state agency to float a maximum of $9 million in... Read more →

Crime

Cops shut down grow house

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. Friday, March 18, at 1:15 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 700 block of Ocean Park Boulevard regarding a possible location being used... Read more →

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City Council stalls development of Bergamot Transit Village

CITY HALL — Representatives from an international development company went home disappointed just after midnight Wednesday after the City Council shot down initial designs for one of the largest construction projects in the city’s history — a 960,000 square foot mixed-use project on the former Papermate site. The site is... Read more →