Carpet cleaning company accused of bait and switch

CITY HALL — Accused of false advertising and elder abuse, a carpet cleaning company in the San Fernando Valley was hit with a criminal complaint by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office this week. The 16-count complaint against Sharon Gilboa and his company, Woodland Hills-based Clean Dry USA, claims bait and switch tactics in... Read more →

A Day in the Life

Well before the sun peaks through the dark night sky and the streets of Santa Monica arise, personal trainer Teresa Lance begins her day. Dressed in tight yoga pants, a T-shirt and tennis shoes, Lance is perfectly attired to take on her first client; it is barely 5:30 a.m. While Lance’s day starts before most people are awake, her... Read more →

Boyd, ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa’ singer, dies

DOWNTOWN — Jimmy Boyd, the child vocalist and actor best known for singing the original rendition of the Christmas novelty hit “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” in 1952, has died. He was 70. Boyd died of cancer Saturday at a Santa Monica convalescent hospital, longtime friend Eleanor Pillsbury said Tuesday. “I Saw... Read more →

Resident pleads not guilty to murder of woman found in trunk

VAN NUYS — A Santa Monica man accused of killing his girlfriend whose body was recently discovered in the trunk of her car pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Tuesday. Adel Tabrizi Chapel, 24, was arraigned at Van Nuys Courthouse for the murder of Denise Figueroa, 22, of North Hills, who was found dead inside of a black Nissan... Read more →

Best of the best

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Santa Monica’s Taxi! Taxi! is one of 56 small businesses from across the country to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Award, an honor given to American companies that showcase excellence in entrepreneurship. “Winners of the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award represent the... Read more →

New look for an old school

SAMOHI — When today’s fifth graders begin their high school careers, they will be the first class of students to enjoy a series of new campus facilities that will come online here. On the 100th anniversary from when the inaugural set of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors stepped foot onto Santa Monica High School, the... Read more →

Teaching grandpa the art of seduction

DOWNTOWN — Valentine’s Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean that falling in love is out of season. Local residents Marc Fienberg and his wife Eva Gordon have written and produced a film that offers love and hope for all generations. “Play The Game” is a story of a young ladies man (Paul Campbell) who... Read more →

From one destiny to another

MICHIGAN AVE. — There’s a row of old warehouses and hangars tucked away in the heart of the industrial district where transit officials recently considered locating a light rail maintenance yard, fulfilling a destiny placed upon it two decades ago. The only problem is the 9.5 acre piece of land known as Bergamot Station is... Read more →

Shockingly affordable

Dear EarthTalk If you have an electric or plug-in hybrid car, you’re paying for electricity rather than gasoline all or most of the time. How does that cost compare to a gas-powered car’s cost-per-mile? And since the electricity may be generated from some other polluting source, does it really work out to be better for the... Read more →

Memorabilia selling well despite economy

SANTA MONICA BLVD — For some they’re an investment, a valuable that holds great potential for future returns. For others they’re a fond reminder, a piece from the past worth preserving. For sellers of rare memorabilia and collector’s items, they’re helping to keep their business going during a troubling... Read more →