Briefs

DMV closed Friday

The Department of Motor Vehicles reminds customers that all public offices will be closed this Friday, Aug. 7, as part of the governor’s plan to close the budget gap. And that includes the office in Santa Monica on Cloverfield Boulevard and Colorado Avenue. The DMV offers a number of online services through its Web site... Read more →

Crime

Mistrial declared in Juarez murders

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Tuesday morning in the case of two imprisoned gang members charged with the murders of two brothers in Santa Monica 11 years ago. Judge George Lomeli ordered jurors to continue deliberating last week after they were unable to reach a unanimous decision in the murder... Read more →

Education

School district changes date

The school board meeting scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20, has been changed to Aug. 19 because of an inability to reach a quorum. At least half of the board members need to be present for a meeting to take place. The public portion of the meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the board room at the district office, 1651 16th St. in Santa... Read more →

News

Number of suicides rises to 12 in ‘09

DOWNTOWN — A 40-year-old woman found near the bike path with a gunshot wound to the head took her own life, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled Tuesday. This brings the number of suicides in Santa Monica to 12, with at least 20 failed attempts, raising alarm amongst public safety officials and mental health providers. In 2008, there... Read more →

News

Residents react to plane crash at SMO

SM AIRPORT — Lloyd Saunders was hard at work in the garden when he heard it. Lynn Barker was enjoying an afternoon outside with her husband when the sound caught their attention. All looked up and saw and heard the same thing — a small plane struggling overhead, sputtering, going out of sight and then silence. They knew the... Read more →

News

Council to consider raising parking rates in Downtown

CITY HALL — Parking in Downtown public garages could soon force visitors to dig deeper into their wallets. The City Council next month is expected to take up the question of whether to increase rates at Structures 1-9 along Second and Fourth streets as per recommendations outlined in a recent study about parking occupancy in private... Read more →

Education

Organ donor gives life to Barnum Hall

SAMOHI — The walls of Barnum Hall will soon echo with the sound of music, organ music to be exact. Installation began Saturday of a 1920s Wurlitzer organ donated to the recently renovated Santa Monica High School auditorium. The organ, which should be ready to play by the end of the month, was the final piece of a nearly... Read more →

Airport

Gardening for the soul

SUNSET PARK — There’s a hearty vegetable garden in Greg Fuller’s backyard with seemingly enough vegetables to fill the produce section of a small grocery store, teeming with zucchini, corn and tomatoes. Tending to the small farm is a team of men and women who come without fail every Tuesday and Saturday morning for... Read more →

Environment

Do touch that dial

Dear EarthTalk What are some simple low cost improvements I can do to my home to make it greener? Stefan Lonce via e-mail According to consumer advocate Remar Sutton, there are many ways to save energy and other resources around the home without spending a lot of money. And taking action sooner rather than later will lead to ongoing savings... Read more →

News

Artists protest boardwalk’s loss of originality

VENICE BEACH — The Venice Beach boardwalk has a history of eclecticism with merchants hawking handmade goods and street performers speaking out in the name of political activism, but a group of local artists is now protesting what they say is a loss of the strip’s originality. This Saturday at 9 a.m. these artists plan to parade... Read more →