Plan to close Broadway 4 theater not a done deal

DOWNTOWN — There’s a hitch in AMC’s plans to build a 12-screen movie theater on Fourth Street, with the theater operator running into a possible obstacle meeting its obligation to ensure that the new 2,200-seat complex results in only a moderate increase in the total number of theater seats Downtown. AMC has plans to... Read more →

City Council

City Hall hires new public works director

CITY HALL — City Manager Rod Gould on Tuesday made his second major outside hire since coming to Santa Monica last January, announcing Martin Pastucha will become the city’s next director of public works, a critical city department that repairs streets, picks up trash and oversees the local water supply. Pastucha, who currently... Read more →


Get into the spirit

‘Tis the season to give. At least that’s what the youth volunteers from the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will be doing. The group plans to collect and distribute toys and gifts for children and teens in Santa Monica and the local community as part of the annual “Spark of Love Toy Drive.” In its 18th year, the toy... Read more →


Docs: Slain model was calling 911; killer hung up

LOS ANGELES — An aspiring young model and actress who was slain in her Santa Monica apartment in 2008 was calling 911 for help when her killer grabbed the phone and hung up, according to grand jury transcripts. The frantic phone call was among the revelations in newly unsealed transcripts of October grand jury proceedings against... Read more →


District defends handling of sexual harassment case

SMMUSD HDQTRS — More than 140 people have signed a letter expressing disapproval with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s handling of a sexual harassment case at Santa Monica High School and asking for more information about the incident. The letter, written by a district parent named Michael Chwe, concerns the case... Read more →


Remembering Pearl Harbor

NOMA — I was 10 years old in 1941 and did not understand the implications of an impending world war. My father, Louis Dreller, was a naval officer stationed on the USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser, which was the flagship for the Pacific fleet. Pearl Harbor was the base from which the Indianapolis operated. Our family lived in Hawaii... 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 →


JAMS educator honored at Lakers game

JAMS — Shirley Compton is a loyal fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, but she hasn’t been able to attend a game since the purple and gold played at the Great Western Forum. It’s been awhile, but on Friday Compton got a chance to check out her favorite team as it took on the Sacramento Kings, and she didn’t even have to... Read more →


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 →


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 →


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 →