Uncle Sam searching for taxpayers

More than 6,600 residents of Los Angeles and Orange counties have federal tax refunds waiting to be claimed, but Internal Revenue Service officials said Wednesday they don’t know where to send the checks. “We want to make sure taxpayers get the money owed to them,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “If you think you... Read more →


Donations save shoe shine guy

THIRD STREET PROMENADE It looks as if Christmas came early for Andy Waller. A fixture on the Third Street Promenade for well over a decade, Waller was on the verge of losing his shoe shine business as he was seriously behind in rent, owing City Hall more than $960. Waller was given several opportunities to pay, but he couldn’t seem to... Read more →


Holbrook keeps narrow lead over Winterer in council race

CITY HALL Challenger Ted Winterer continued to trail in the only still-undecided race for a City Council seat on Tuesday, with Los Angeles County election officials releasing an updated tally that showed only a one-vote change in the razor thin gap between Winterer and incumbent Bob Holbrook. Winterer trailed by 42 votes after picking up 366... Read more →


SMC wins architectural award

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE Santa Monica College’s Student Services & Administration Building won the NEXT LA award from the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a national professional association of architects. The award, which honors Los Angeles architects, was given in the unbuilt category. The futuristic... Read more →


Local man found guilty of murder

VAN NUYS, Calif. — A Santa Monica man was convicted today of murdering a 22-year-old female friend whose body was found in the trunk of her car in Valley Village after a fax was sent to a television station. The Van Nuys Superior Court jury deliberated about three hours before finding 25-year-old Adel Tabrizi Chapel guilty of... Read more →


Earning green by going green

MAIN STREET — Increasingly a hotel’s environmentally-friendly policies are becoming just as important as its pool, spa or proximity to main attractions. Research shows that more tourists and meeting planners are paying attention to their impact on the environment and are booking trips that offer opportunities to make a positive,... Read more →


City Hall tries to ease traffic in Downtown Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — As the high season for shopping nears, Santa Monica officials are planning to test new ways to ease traffic congestion Downtown and make the gift hunting experience more pleasant for drivers and pedestrians who visit the city’s busiest commercial district. Beginning next Wednesday, pedestrians will be able to walk... Read more →


Experts say go ahead and give to the needy

Dear EarthTalk: I work at a fast food place and I am appalled by the amount of unpurchased food we throw away. The boss says we can’t give it away for legal reasons. Where can I turn for help on this, so the food could instead go to people in need? — Ryan Jones, Richland, WA Many restaurants, fast food or otherwise, are... Read more →


Gap narrows in council race

The latest election results from the lone disputed Santa Monica City Council seat reveal that challenger Ted Winterer has gained on incumbent Bob Holbrook, L.A. County election tallies show on late Friday afternoon. Holbrook’s 61 vote lead as of Tuesday has been whittled down to just 43. Results are not final as the county is still... Read more →


Shoe shine guy might go bye-bye

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — He’s been a fixture here for more than a decade, but if Andy Waller doesn’t come up with $965 by Nov. 16, he and the shoe shine stand he operates will be gone, possibly for good. Waller, a colorful character who likes to spin yarns about his days working as an extra on movie and television shoots,... Read more →


Hide your kids, hide your wife

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, Nov. 7, at 6:12 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2100 block of Centinela Avenue regarding a burglary in progress. When officers... Read more →


Residents create new theater company

DOWNTOWN — For as long as she can remember, Sarah Gurfield has been in love with the theater. As a young girl growing up in Santa Monica, Gurfield would get together with friends, hang up an old sheet in her backyard and put on plays for the neighbors. Decades later, she is doing it again, but this time on a grander scale. Gurfield, a... Read more →

City Council

Council backs change of campaign disclosure laws

CITY HALL — The City Council earlier this week backed plans to tighten local campaign finance disclosure laws, a step prompted by the election season activities of the group Santa Monicans for Quality Government (SMQG), which used money from developers to create mailers some called “deceptive” and failed to file financial... Read more →