Briefs

AMC celebrates two decades in SM

To commemorate 20 years of movie magic, AMC Theatres this week is hosting charity screenings of hit movies from 1990, with all proceeds benefiting Variety — The Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL). The movie theater giant celebrated last week 20 years on the Third Street... Read more →

City Council

Council to approve funds for recreational programs

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 part of... Read more →

City Council

Councilman wants anti-paparazzi law at pre-schools

CITY HALL — Arguing that existing laws aren’t enough to protect parents and their children from being swarmed by the paparazzi at one local nursery school where some celebrities take their kids, Councilman Richard Bloom is again pushing his colleagues to accept an ordinance aimed at curbing photographers’ access to their... Read more →

Environment

Critter-proof composting

Dear EarthTalk My husband and I want to start a garden this year. I really want to make compost from leftover food scraps and yard materials. He says it will attract unwanted animals, and refuses to agree to it. Is he right? If so, how do we deal with that issue in a green-friendly, non-lethal way? Carmen Veurink Grand Rapids,... Read more →

News

The Hump closes its doors

SM AIRPORT — The Hump, the high-end sushi restaurant facing federal charges for allegedly selling endangered whale meat, closed its doors Friday and does not plan to reopen, according to a statement on its Web site. The phone number to the restaurant was no longer active as of Saturday evening and an employee at The Hump's sister... Read more →

News

Massive race takes all kinds

DOWNTOWN — In a field of 25,000, there were bound to be some characters. Among them were Patrick McDonagh and five friends who ran the race dressed up in full Elvis Presley regalia, complete with wigs and white spandex jumpsuits, blaring rock ‘n’ roll from a stereo on a pushcart and drinking beer instead of... Read more →

News

The Hump closes its doors

SM AIRPORT — The Hump, the high-end sushi restaurant facing federal charges for allegedly selling endangered whale meat, closed its doors Friday and does not plan to reopen, according to a statement on its Web site. The phone number to the restaurant was no longer active as of Saturday evening and an employee at The Hump’s sister... Read more →

News

2010 L.A. Marathon info

For the first time, the L.A. Marathon is coming to Santa Monica on Sunday, March 21. Taking off from Doger Stadium, racers will be following a new route dubbed “Stadium to the Sea” through Beverly Hills and West Hollywood before heading down San VIcente Boulevard in Santa Monica and reaching the finish line on scenic Ocean Avenue... Read more →

News

Pier evacuated because of potential bomb threat

SM PIER — During a sweep before Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon Santa Monica Police officers found two suspicious packages, forcing them to evacuate the area and call in the bomb squad. Officers discovered the packages around 6 p.m. Saturday and set up a 1,000-foot buffer zone, said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler. Thousands are expected to... Read more →

City Council

Broad deal could receive council’s OK

CITY HALL — Following a two-month delay, the City Council is again set to approve a “deal in principle” to bring billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad’s proposed art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center. The council had been scheduled to vote on the outline of a deal with the Broad Foundations in January before... Read more →

News

False alarm: no bomb under pier

SM PIER — Police reopened the Santa Monica Pier around 7:30 p.m. Saturday after determining that two suspicious packages found near the finish line of Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon did not contain explosives. Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler said police officers found a duffel bag and a cooler underneath the pier during a... Read more →

Crime

Trouble while texting

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. Monday, March 8, at 6:53 p.m. A traffic officer requested assistance in the 500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. As police personnel arrived, they... Read more →

News

Concert donations pile up

The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp.’s fundraising drive to pay for its annual Twilight Dance Series has raised $30,000 since pier officials announced two weeks ago that they were $92,000 short of the sum they need to put on the summer concerts. The City Council last week contributed $35,000 to the effort from its discretionary fund,... Read more →

News

O’Connor files campaign papers

Mayor Pro Tem Pam O’Connor raised $6,675 in campaign donations last fall, financial disclosure forms filed with the City Clerk’s office on Wednesday revealed. Although O’Connor filed the forms more than six weeks after the Feb. 1 filing deadline, City Hall said she would not be fined for her tardiness. In a letter to the... Read more →