Duhamel run raises $150K for Japan

Film and television actor Josh Duhamel, joined by a number of celebrity friends, teamed up with the American Red Cross of Santa Monica to raise $150,000 for Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief at last Sunday’s “Youth Run 4 Japan” fundraiser on Santa Monica Beach. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, an estimated... Read more →


Bronzed babes strike a pose at Muscle Beach

Long before there was an Arnold Schwarzenegger or the famed Muscle Beach in Venice, there was another Muscle Beach that began its storied journey in the 1930s, in Santa Monica, just steps from the Santa Monica Pier. Known for being the “birthplace of the physical fitness boom for the 20th century,” it is also credited for... Read more →


Injured woman receives $85K for injuries

MOOMAT AHIKO WAY — City Hall awarded $85,000 to a woman injured when a utility hole cover collapsed underneath her while walking on a public sidewalk here. On July 5, 2009, Meredith Trachtman was walking along Moomat Ahiko Way behind The Lobster Restaurant at approximately 8:30 p.m. She stepped on a utility cover, owned by Southern... Read more →


Price increases will be no April Fools

CITYWIDE — Santa Monicans will see an increase in their bills for everything from clothing to durable goods beginning Friday when the half-cent sales tax increase passed in November takes effect. The additional tax will be applied to the total amount paid for most items, with some exclusions for cars and delivered goods, and bring the... Read more →


Radiohead releases newspaper

A line of eager fans stretched from the Apple Store to J. Crew Tuesday awaiting the 1 p.m. release of “The Universal Sigh,” a newspaper put out by alternative band Radiohead to promote its newest album, “King of Limbs.” The 12-page broadsheet includes guest-written pieces by Robert MacFarlane, author of “The... Read more →

City Council

OIR report corrected in de la Torre probe

CITY HALL — Superintendent Tim Cuneo expressed his gratitude to City Hall Tuesday when he discovered a correction to the Office of Independent Review report stating that he did not give the Santa Monica Police Department a video of school board member Oscar de la Torre at a fight between two teens. City Hall posted the two-page... Read more →


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,, said Robbie French, owner of Perfect Day. In the past, French has dedicated time to inner-city kids, those with autism,... Read more →


SMO complaint system unveiled

SMO — Santa Monica Airport officials this week unveiled an online tracking system that will allow people to report the noise issues or improper flight patterns of any airplane flying into or out of SMO. The system, called Webtrak, shows a color-coded airplane symbol set against a zoomed out map of the surrounding area. Similar... Read more →


Man pleads not guilty in torture case

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica man is being held on $1 million bail after pleading not guilty Monday to charges that he tortured a mentally handicapped man and held him against his will for at least six months. Francisco Gerardo Rodriguez, 25, is facing one count of torture, one count of mayhem and one count of assault with a... Read more →


Musicians wanted for Main Street

City officials are holding a casting call for musical acts to perform over the next year at the Main Street Farmers’ Market. Applications can be submitted through the month of April. The deadline is April 29, at 5 p.m. Bands performing original and classic children’s music, as well as bands with original work are strongly... Read more →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →