Briefs

Free treatment for toys

The staff at the Institute for Spine and Sports Care is offering patients free chiropractic services to new patients free of charge in exchange for $20 to $30 worth of food or toys to support the Westside Food Bank and the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Spark of Love toy drive. The deal applies to all new patients for the month of... Read more →

Briefs

SMPD: ‘Click It or Ticket’

Make sure everyone in the family gets home safely this holiday season by buckling your seat belt every trip, day and night. That’s the message that the Santa Monica Police Department is telling drivers as part of the 2009 holiday Click It or Ticket mobilization. Officers will be out in force looking for anyone — driver, passenger... Read more →

Education

Students boost fitness results

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Kids attending local schools boosted their scores in the latest statewide physical fitness test, though fewer than half passed all six portions of the test, according to results released this week by the California Department of Education. Known as FITNESSGRAM, the test gauges students’ abilities in six athletic... Read more →

Education

Second look for controversial school policy changes

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Public school officials are taking another look at a series of controversial changes to district advisory committees following concerns raised recently by the Board of Education and parents about including more public input in the proposed revisions. The policy, which would affect the eight volunteer committees that... Read more →

City Council

Making beach bathrooms more inviting

CITY HALL — Whether it’s washing hands or taking care of more private matters, the experience at the beach restrooms is about to become more pleasant. More than half a dozen public facilities spanning the 800 to the 2800 block of the beach will be either replaced or renovated with new state-of-the-art structures, adding an... Read more →

Crime

Parolee connected with Westside burglaries

Daniel Perez, a 28-year-old parolee, is wanted by both the Santa Monica and Los Angeles police departments for questioning in connection with multiple burglaries in Santa Monica and West L.A. Perez, who is currently on parole for burglary, is described as being a 5-foot, 9-inch, 185-pound Hispanic male with brown eyes and black hair. He has... Read more →

Environment

Going ‘vertical’

Dear EarthTalk: What is “vertical farming” and how is it better for the environment? Jonathan Salzman New York, NY “Vertical farming” is a term coined by Columbia University professor of environmental health and microbiology Dickson Despommier to describe the concept of growing large amounts of food in urban... Read more →

News

Putting the food truck craze on a diet

DOWNTOWN — There could be restrictions on the way for those popular specialty-food trucks that have popped up around the Third Street Promenade in the past year. Concerned about the recent mobile food influx into Santa Monica, the Bayside District Corp., a private-public management company for Downtown, will ask the City Council to... Read more →

City Council

Some relief for residents living near 4th St. stairs

CITY HALL — A stepped up park ranger presence in the vicinity of Fourth Street and Adelaide Drive may have halted early morning fitness classes from taking place in the neighborhood. But even with the increased vigilance, some residents say more needs to be done to keep the neighborhood, which has long been a popular workout site... Read more →

Crime

Broken taillight leads to drug bust

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. Thursday, Nov. 19, at 2:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Grant Street when they saw... Read more →