News

Fire displaces local family

SUNSET PARK — A local family is temporarily without a home after a fire took out an apartment unit early Saturday morning. The fire broke out around 3:13 a.m. in the second-story unit of an apartment complex at 2315 14th St., injuring one person and causing extensive smoke damage throughout the residence. The unit was occupied by a... Read more →

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State officials report thousands in gifts

SACRAMENTO — A $151 hotel room in Lodi, $81 dinner, $10 chocolate computer and a $2 flashlight — these are just some of the gifts that state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley and Sen. Fran Pavley have received in the past year. That’s according to an online database compiled by the Sacramento Bee earlier this month, detailing... Read more →

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Woman dies from possible overdose

EASTSIDE Police believe a 46-year-old woman found Sunday evening in a van parked on Nebraska Avenue died from a drug overdose, possibly heroin. Police said the woman, whose identity was not released as of Monday afternoon, was found by a male friend around 9:40 p.m. Sunday with some type of opiate. The death is still under investigation.... Read more →

Environment

Less cash, less workers

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that environmental non-profits have been hit hard by the economic downturn, and has this had an impact on their effectiveness? —  Bridget W., Bainbridge Island, Wash. Non-profits of every stripe have been suffering from the economic downturn. In a recent survey of 800 U.S.-based non-profits, 75 percent... Read more →

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Flavor of the city tempts area foodies

SM PIER — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Cirque du Soleil’s “KOOZA” to host its eighth annual Taste of Santa Monica food festival on the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday. This year, guests will enjoy a longer live music performance, new sunset Happy Hour and also a chance to win and receive... Read more →

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Publisher of local weekly paper dies

DOWNTOWN — Michael Rosenthal, the publisher and co-founder of the Santa Monica Mirror, died this week after a long battle with renal cell cancer. The memorials began pouring in soon after the local businessman’s death on Wednesday morning, friends — including childhood buddies — expressing their condolences on his... Read more →

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Recovering through housing

SANTA MONICA BLVD — A trio of antique typewriters sit in a line atop a desk, showcased in exhibition yet still living out their created purpose, each holding a piece of paper from the platen, containing the thoughts of a 23-year-old woman. “That one types in cursive,” the woman said, pointing to the device the farthest... Read more →

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Obstacles stand in way of new movie house

DOWNTOWN — In a local market filled with outdated theaters that have long fallen behind the trends of stadium seating and state-of-the-art technology, cinema giant AMC is hoping to enliven the movie-going experience. The only thing standing in the way is whether the company can guarantee city officials that its current movie house on... Read more →

Crime

Bike rider busted with burglary tools

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. Sunday, Sept. 6, at 8:18 p.m., Officers stopped a bicyclist for committing a vehicle code violation. Officers asked the bicyclist for some proof of... Read more →

City Council

Council overturns landmark designation

CITY HALL — A 58-year-old industrial building that was once home to the unconventional and progressive Southern California Institute of Architecture will no longer have protections against demolition after the City Council voted to repeal a landmark designation granted last year. The decision came in response to an appeal filed by NMS... Read more →