City Council

A crowded field for council seat

CITY HALL — There should be no shortage of candidates for the City Council to consider next week as it looks to replace its late colleague Herb Katz, who died last month after a long battle with cancer. That’s because a crowded field of 25 residents submitted applications for the council seat as of Tuesday’s deadline,... Read more →

Education

Recession driving enrollment at SMC

SMC — When Alexandria Easter was laid off from her position as a retail graphic designer, she decided to forgo the job hunt to fulfill a long-time dream. The Santa Monica College student is part of a growing population of adults who in the current economic climate were let go of their jobs and have returned to school to advance their... Read more →

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And you can take that to the bank

DOWNTOWN — When Jeremiah Higgins contemplated moving the Santa Monica Seafood Co.’s storefront from its Colorado Avenue address to the new Wilshire Boulevard location, there were a few kinks inherent in the transition. A big question was what he would do with almost $10,000 worth of product sitting in large panels in his... Read more →

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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 →