News

Lights out

MALIBU — On a clear night, the scenery can’t be beat. Far from the light pollution of Los Angeles is a pure sight of the night sky that is hard to come by on the Westside — a vision of what seems like an infinite number of stars, sparkling like brilliant-cut diamonds. But there’s a group of residents in the Malibu... Read more →

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New massage law makes City Hall tense

CITYWIDE — There might be a few kinks in City Hall’s plans to regulate massage parlors. The new state law, created by State Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), regulating massage therapy in California is creating questions and confusion as to how it will affect City Hall’s strict laws that were imposed last... Read more →

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Retailers woo shoppers with deals

CITYWIDE — It’s a good time to shop if you have money. Kurt Peterson, a shopper from Washington D.C half-jokingly asked, “We’re in a recession?” “My habits have been the same, which is sad,” Peterson said. “I know CNN two weeks ago said you have to play depression, but I’m hitting... Read more →

Environment

Not so fast on warming

Dear EarthTalk: Don’t all these huge snow and ice storms across the country mean that the globe isn’t really warming? I’ve never seen such a winter! — Mark Franklin, Helena, MT On the surface it certainly can appear that way. But just because some of us are suffering through a particularly cold and snowy... Read more →

City Council

City Hall, district face funding cuts

CITY HALL — As City Hall prepares to tackle an especially daunting budget cycle, parents with the local school district are hoping that officials don’t forget that there’s another organization facing its own set of challenges from the state. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is looking at a budget for fiscal... Read more →

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Fugitive murder suspect returns

LAX — A fugitive who was recently arrested in Jamaica in connection to the murder of a German tourist in Santa Monica more than a decade ago was expected to arrive here Friday evening before being turned over to local authorities. Paul Carpenter, who is said to be in his 30s, was detained Wednesday by the Jamaican Constabulary Force in... Read more →

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Webster Elementary goes above and beyond

ANAHEIM — Webster Elementary School is putting life back into lessons, and it’s getting noticed. On Tuesday, Webster was one of 11 California schools awarded with the Service-Learning Leader Schools Award for upholding educational values that extend beyond the classroom. At an Anaheim luncheon and conference, State Superintendent... Read more →

City Council

No-smoking campaign gets thumbs up

CITY HALL — The second time’s a charm for the no-smoking campaign. Less than four months after the City Council criticized a set of proposed marketing ideas around the new anti-smoking regulations as uninspiring, a revised version that aims to be more engaging received the thumbs up from officials to move forward. The most... Read more →

News

Colorado a popular choice for Expo Light Rail route

OLYMPIC BLVD — It happens every day before and after school, groups of young children walking up and down the busy corridor here, carrying backpacks and chatting as cars speed by. While it’s hardly the most pedestrian-oriented street, parents at Crossroads School fear that it will be even less so if Olympic Boulevard is chosen... Read more →

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Upscale food to be featured at SM Place

DOWNTOWN — The future of Santa Monica Place is starting to take shape. Standing at what will become the open-air rooftop dining deck, officials with Macerich on Thursday announced one by one the latest restaurant and retailers to sign on with the renovated shopping mall, naming the new tenants as construction work continued around... Read more →