Education

Committee recommends school tax

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Voters could be asked in May to approve an additional $225 tax per parcel that would raise about $6 million each year for public schools. A district committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board place the tax on a special ballot. For the tax to take effect, the school... Read more →

Crime

Suspect a pain in neck

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, Dec. 27, at 2:27 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Park Boulevard regarding a report of a fight in progress... Read more →

City Council

Council to vote on Broad museum agreement

CITY HALL — In what could be a significant step toward bringing a world class art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center, City Council on Tuesday will vote on the outline of a development agreement for the project with the Broad Foundations. Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad are looking for a site to construct a museum to... Read more →

City Council

City nears museum deal with Broad Foundations

CITY HALL — Negotiations to bring a contemporary art museum financed by billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad to Santa Monica’s civic center are close to complete, several city officials said Wednesday. The terms of the agreement would require approval from the City Council, which could vote on the museum deal as early as... Read more →

City Council

New Web site tracks leaf blower violations

CITY HALL — Call it an act of vigilantism for the 21st century. If you’re fed up with hearing gardeners use noisy, illegal leaf blowers in your neighborhood you can now take matters into your own hands, via e-mail. Not by writing to the cops, but by e-mailing the Web site stopleafblowers.com, the brainchild of an anonymous Santa... Read more →

Environment

Researchers set sail to study plastic

BERMUDA — While the setting may be perfect for a stress-free honeymoon, Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen aren’t going to be relaxing by the beach here, working on the perfect tan. The Santa Monica couple, who were married in June, will set sail today in the 72-foot sloop Sea Dragon on a voyage across the Sargasso Sea region... Read more →

News

Famed Eames design team member dies

MAIN STREET — Parke Wilson Meek, an accomplished designer and collector who, despite having only a sixth grade education, became an influential furniture maker for the famed Ray & Charles Eames Office in Santa Monica, died Monday at the age of 86. Meek, who co-owned the eclectic antique store and prop shop jAdis on Main Street... Read more →

News

City Hall shuts down food truck lot

SANTA MONICA BLVD — For gourmet food truck operators, not even private property is a safe haven. A day after a group of mobile food vendors set up a makeshift food court on a vacant lot at Santa Monica Boulevard and 14th Street, City Hall code enforcement officers put the kibosh on the idea, showing up at the site Tuesday morning... Read more →

News

Alleged stalker of actress Garner to stand trial

A man accused of stalking actress Jennifer Garner and her family will stand trial on two felony counts of stalking and two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Windham found sufficient evidence to require 37-year-old Steven Richard Burky to proceed to trial. Burky was arrested Dec. 14 near a... Read more →

News

City home to first food court on wheels

SM BLVD — The evolution of the food truck phenomenon in Southern California officially entered a new phase on Monday with the debut of the “Santa Monica Gourmet Food Truck Corner” — the area’s first attempt at creating a permanent gathering place for mobile vendors to hawk their meals. Located in a vacant lot... Read more →

Environment

More TV, unhealthier kids

Dear EarthTalk Years ago I read that children should be kept at least two feet from the television because of harmful electronic emissions. Is this still relevant? Is there a difference regarding this between older and new flat-screen models? Horst E. Mehring Oconomowoc, Wisc. Luckily for many of us and our kids, sitting... Read more →

News

Growers don’t agree on quarantine impacts

MAIN STREET — Leticia Garcia, who was selling avocados, citrus and persimmons at the Farmers’ Market here on Sunday, said she makes between $300 to $400 less per day than she did a couple of months ago. The bad business isn’t because of newly frugal customers or colder weather, she said, it’s because of the... Read more →

News

Roadhouse battle heads to court

SANTA MONICA CANYON — The owner of Patrick’s Roadhouse is contesting an eviction notice he received in November, and now the fate of the historic restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway likely will be decided this month in court. The property owners, Lee and Christine Benchay, did not return a call for this story and haven’t... Read more →

News

New year brings fresh resolutions

CITYWIDE — Today marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year, but also a new decade. For 19-year-old Santa Monica College student Kirin Sundher, 2010 promises to bring radical changes. In 2008, Sundher graduated valedictorian of her high school and was accepted on a half-ride scholarship to study biology at New York... Read more →

Crime

Wife claims she was attacked in hospital

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, Dec. 26, at 1:50 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Saint John’s Health Center regarding a domestic violence call. When... Read more →