Dylan to rock Heal the Bay gala

Singer-songwriter Jakob Dylan will help environmental group Heal the Bay celebrate its 25th anniversary by offering a special benefit performance at its Bring Back the Beach gala dinner on May 20. Held on the sand at The Jonathan Beach Club, the gala is dubbed “An Evening Under The Stars.” Nearly 1,000 guests will join together... Read more →

Problem with paints

Dear EarthTalk: At a meeting of a local art association, an artist who paints in acrylics said that doing so is more eco-friendly than painting in oils.  I somehow doubt it. Aren’t acrylics petroleum based? And aren’t some oil paints made from natural materials? — Linda Reddington, via e-mail Of course, there... Read more →

Mannequins to take over SM Place

In celebration of the opening of Santa Monica Place, slated for Aug. 6, a new program has been launched where up to 100 local designers, artists, retailers and community leaders will create individual expressions of art and fashion using mannequins. The program, The Mannequin Collective, was announced on Thursday and will make Santa Monica... Read more →

Museum takes back the grass

MAIN STREET — For those who make it to Main Street’s Sunday Farmers’ Market early enough to claim a spot, the lawn outside the California Heritage Museum has long been a favorite place to spread a picnic blanket and take in the scene. But as of last month, it’s also a revenue-generating asset for the cash-strapped... Read more →

Chef arrested in alleged murder-for-hire plot

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Celebrity Chef Juan-Carlos Cruz, host of the show “Calorie Commando” on the Food Network, was arrested Thursday for allegedly masterminding a failed murder-for-hire plot, police said. Officers arrested Cruz, 48, at a dog park in the Cheviot Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles at 12:30 p.m. Thursday... Read more →

LAPD sued by family of woman killed in crash

SM COURTHOUSE — The parents of a young woman killed after being struck by a Los Angeles police cruiser are suing the department and the officers involved. The parents of Devin Leigh Petelski, 25, on Thursday filed a lawsuit in Santa Monica alleging negligence. Petelski was killed Oct. 15, 2009 when her car was struck by a police patrol... Read more →

Racing to heal the bay

DOWNTOWN — Thousands of running shoes will be pounding pavement on Sunday, punctuating the end of spring with the fifth annual Santa Monica Classic, a 5K and 10K running event that benefits the local non-profit organization Heal the Bay. The race starts at Barnard Way and ends at the Santa Monica Pier for the 5K; the 10K continues down... Read more →

Soda fountain to add nostalgia to pier

SM PIER — The Santa Monica Pier is getting an added dose of old-fashioned charm this summer with the planned opening of Soda Jerks, a soda fountain and ice cream parlor that harkens back to a time when you could order a “black and white” — soda fountain-speak for a chocolate soda with a scoop of vanilla — without... Read more →

Council approves parking rate hike

DOWNTOWN — Parking rates at City Hall’s Downtown lots are going up, part of a plan city officials say will make more efficient use of parking structures and ease traffic congestion in Santa Monica’s clogged business and shopping district. In the first significant rate hike since 1997, the daily maximum cost to park in any... Read more →

Mumps on the rise

Amid an increasing number of mumps cases reported in Los Angeles County, the Department of Public Health is urging residents to be alert for any sign of the disease in their community and to take steps to protect themselves. “At least nine cases of mumps have already been reported in Los Angeles County this year, six of which have been... Read more →

Makeover for those starting over

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — When your job entails helping people, some of whom have been homeless for years, kick their addiction to drugs or alcohol, the last thing you want to do is turn them away. But that’s the painful decision senior counselor Michael Riches and his colleagues at the CLARE Foundation are forced to make daily... Read more →

A case of too much credit

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, May 6, at 3:40 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade — Apple Store —... Read more →

Lawsuits focus on affordable housing issues

CITY HALL — The City Attorney’s Office on Wednesday announced developments in two cases officials hope will serve as warnings to Santa Monica property owners who fail to honor affordable housing requirements. In one case, City Hall lawyers said they had reached a deal to settle a lawsuit that centered on The Plaza at the... Read more →

Disney turns retail into a theme park

SM PLACE — When the newly-renovated Santa Monica Place opens this summer, loyal followers of the Walt Disney Company will be treated to a trip to the amusement park in the form of an ambitious retail concept that uses the latest technology to entertain shoppers, encouraging them to stay longer and possibly spend more money. Disney,... Read more →

No decision on mayor

CITY HALL — Having gone mayor-less since the death of Ken Genser in January, Santa Monica will remain that way for at least two more weeks. The City Council on Tuesday failed to select a replacement mayor after neither nominee for the post — Mayor Pro Tem Pam O’Connor nor Bobby Shriver — received a majority vote from... Read more →