Briefs

Grand finale

The final performance at The Jazz Bakery was a smash. The concert, which was held as a benefit to raise money for the Santa Monica High School Jazz Band, was so well attended that additional seats had to be added. More jazz fans came during intermission and filled the balcony as well, organizers said. Attendance for the concert not only... Read more →

Briefs

Keep it clean

For the next few months those who are unemployed and can prove it will be able to get their dry cleaning done for free so that they can look sharp during job interviews. Flair Cleaners, which has a location on Montana Avenue, announced Tuesday that through Sept. 2, those who bring their most recent unemployment pay stub and a photo ID can... Read more →

Briefs

Summer school musical

With many schools across the state being forced to cancel summer school, parents are scrambling to identify other options. Saint Anne School hopes it can fill the gaps. The private Catholic school on Colorado Avenue is offering a two-week session of summer music camp. Saint Anne’s Summer Music Campapalooza 2009 offers music... Read more →

Crime

City drops charges against electric car enthusiast

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica resident who was accused of illegally building electric cars following a sting operation last year walked out of court a free man on Tuesday after city officials decided to drop all charges. During the hearing, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge that Paul Pearson, a... Read more →

Crime

Council to examine protecting children from paparazzi

DOWNTOWN — A circus-like atmosphere began unfolding at the First Presbyterian Nursery School, the source of chaos coming not from crying children, but rather a group of two dozen photographers snapping away from behind a fence. They hooked their cameras into the fence, some even climbing up the divider erected between the playground and... Read more →

City Council

New buses for Big Blue, sidewalks to be repaired

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →

City Council

City employees vote to give up bonuses

CITY HALL — Hundreds of city employees voted in favor of forgoing performance bonuses this fiscal year, an action that is expected to save City Hall $1.3 million. City Manager Lamont Ewell approached three bargaining units earlier this year and asked them to give up $2.3 million in bonuses in an effort to prevent cuts to services and... Read more →

Environment

Something in the water

Dear EarthTalk Is there any truth to the rumor about high levels of birth control chemicals being found in some cities’ drinking water? If so can these be filtered out? Elizabeth Yerkes Via email It is true that trace amounts of birth control and other medications — as well as household and industrial chemicals of every stripe... Read more →

News

Ambassadors come to Downtown

DOWNTOWN — Gino Marcello Adina always enjoyed playing the part of the helpful local, directing inquiring visitors to their destination and answering questions about the city. So when the Santa Monica resident and writer saw an advertisement that the Bayside District Corp. was looking for a group of friendly people to staff its new... Read more →

City Council

Community Briefs

CITY HALL Keeping an eye on the cash City Hall has a new financial watchdog. After a nationwide search, Marty Kolkin was selected as the new internal audit manager for City Hall. He began working for the city on June 1. “I am delighted to have Marty on our team,” said Carol Swindell, director of finance for City Hall.... Read more →