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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →

City Council

City Council approves taxi franchises

CITY HALL — In a move that will dramatically reduce the number of cabs on Santa Monica streets, the City Council Tuesday awarded five taxi franchises and put a cap on the total number of cabs operating within the city at 250. The council also unanimously approved a fare structure with maximums set for trips to regional airports. Cab... Read more →


Malibu students picked for national choirs

MALIBU — Five talented singers from the Malibu Middle/High School’s Choral Department earned spots on two prestigious national honor choirs, school district officials announced Monday. Isobel Anthony, Katie Reinhold, Caitlin Shoemaker, and Nancy Walecki were accepted into the 2011 National Children’s Honor Choir. All are in... Read more →


New Broadway shops aim to attract pedestrians

BROADWAY — Extending the pedestrian friendly feel of the Third Street Promenade into surrounding parts of Downtown Santa Monica has been a longtime goal for planners and retailers alike. Now, with a couple of new sidewalk shops expected to open this month and next on Broadway between Fourth Street and Santa Monica Place, the vision is... Read more →