Tech goes green

Dear EarthTalk Where can I find information on which electronics and their manufacturers are greener than others, with regard to components, manufacturing processes and end use efficiency? John Franken New York, NY Now that many consumers are beginning to care about their own environmental footprints, manufacturers are responding with loads... Read more →


Got the holiday blues? You’re not alone

MAIN LIBRARY — Conventional wisdom has it that the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. But, just ask any psychiatrist and you’ll learn that for many people, December is synonymous not with merry making but with feelings of loneliness, sadness and even despair. Dr. Andrew Leuchter, a UCLA psychiatrist, said... Read more →


Winterer will not seek recount

DOWNTOWN — Ted Winterer, a candidate for City Council who came 56 votes short of winning a seat in November’s election, on Friday said he would not challenge the results by asking for a recount. Winterer received 12,719 votes to place fourth in a contest for three four-year council seats. Incumbent Bob Holbrook came in third with... Read more →


BBB wins ‘project of the year’ award

DOWNTOWN — The Big Blue Bus has been honored with the 2010 Project of the Year award from the Southern California chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The award was given in recognition of the public transit agency’s environmentally-friendly 66,000-square-foot maintenance facility expansion project, which... Read more →


School board rejects Malibu charter proposal

MALIBU — The school board has rejected a bid by a group of Malibu parents and teachers to turn Point Dume Marine Science Academy into a charter school that operates independent of district oversight. The vote to deny the charter petition was 4-2, with one board member abstaining. It came after a six-hour meeting at Malibu City Hall that... Read more →


Cyclists gaining momentum for planning push

CITY HALL — There’s an undeniable new focus at City Hall on making Santa Monica more bike friendly. Now, cycling activists want to see some results. As leaders prepare to host the first of several public meetings to come up with a “Bike Action Plan” on Dec. 13, officials point to a series of recent moves that show a... Read more →


Local man sentenced for murder

VAN NUYS — A Santa Monica man was sentenced Thursday to 56 years to life in prison for beating a female friend to death with a hammer. Adel Tabrizi Chapel, 25, was convicted Nov. 15 of first-degree murder for the Feb. 28, 2009, beating death of Denise Figueroa, 22, of North Hills. Jurors also found true the allegation that Chapel used a... Read more →


DA may probe election mailer group

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office on Thursday said it had referred a complaint about the election season practices of the group Santa Monicans for Quality Government to the District Attorney’s Office for a possible criminal investigation. Referring the matter to county prosecutors, City Attorney Marsha... Read more →


Not the right place to puke

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. Saturday, Nov. 27, at 6:10 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the corner of Neilson Way and Fraser Street regarding a traffic collision. When... Read more →


Holiday events fill the weekend in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — Santa Monica will be awash in holiday spirit this weekend. Starting today, the city will play host to holiday-inspired events that will include Christmas tree and menorah lightings, music performances and visits with Santa. Here is a rundown of what’s planned: Montana Avenue Holiday Walk Friday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m. to 9... Read more →

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Local landlord pays for alleged rent control abuse

CITY HALL — A Santa Monica landlord who allegedly claimed she was going out of the rental business and evicted her tenants but then re-leased her units at higher rates, has agreed to pay a total of $120,000 in damages to a former tenant and City Hall. Under the deal, the landlord, Cheryl Kautzky, is required to pay $100,000 to Edward... Read more →


Big Blue Bus food drive

The Big Blue Bus is rolling out the holiday spirit to local streets once again with its annual food drive, which is in effect until Dec. 17. The goal is to help the ever increasing number of families and individuals impacted by the worst economic recession since the Great Depression. This year’s food drive combines the efforts of not... Read more →


Buy gifts, help schools

School shopping takes on a whole new meaning at Santa Monica Place this holiday season. Throughout the entire month of December, the mall is helping shoppers make valuable contributions to their schools of choice as part of the “Get Gifted” holiday program. People need only bring their Santa Monica Place retail and/or restaurant... Read more →


Jewish group loses appeal in dispute over landmarked property

SAN VICENTE BLVD — A state appellate court has rejected an appeal from a Jewish group that for five years has sought to demolish a seaside Santa Monica apartment complex, claiming it should be entitled to an exemption from historic preservation laws because it intends to build a home for Jewish refugees on the site. The group, Or Khaim... Read more →