City Council

Carpet cleaning company accused of bait and switch

CITY HALL — Accused of false advertising and elder abuse, a carpet cleaning company in the San Fernando Valley was hit with a criminal complaint by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office this week. The 16-count complaint against Sharon Gilboa and his company, Woodland Hills-based Clean Dry USA, claims bait and switch tactics in... Read more →

News

Best of the best

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Santa Monica’s Taxi! Taxi! is one of 56 small businesses from across the country to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Award, an honor given to American companies that showcase excellence in entrepreneurship. “Winners of the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award represent the... Read more →

Education

New look for an old school

SAMOHI — When today’s fifth graders begin their high school careers, they will be the first class of students to enjoy a series of new campus facilities that will come online here. On the 100th anniversary from when the inaugural set of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors stepped foot onto Santa Monica High School, the... Read more →

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Boyd, ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa’ singer, dies

DOWNTOWN — Jimmy Boyd, the child vocalist and actor best known for singing the original rendition of the Christmas novelty hit “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” in 1952, has died. He was 70. Boyd died of cancer Saturday at a Santa Monica convalescent hospital, longtime friend Eleanor Pillsbury said Tuesday. “I Saw... Read more →

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Resident pleads not guilty to murder of woman found in trunk

VAN NUYS — A Santa Monica man accused of killing his girlfriend whose body was recently discovered in the trunk of her car pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Tuesday. Adel Tabrizi Chapel, 24, was arraigned at Van Nuys Courthouse for the murder of Denise Figueroa, 22, of North Hills, who was found dead inside of a black Nissan... Read more →

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Teaching grandpa the art of seduction

DOWNTOWN — Valentine’s Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean that falling in love is out of season. Local residents Marc Fienberg and his wife Eva Gordon have written and produced a film that offers love and hope for all generations. “Play The Game” is a story of a young ladies man (Paul Campbell) who... Read more →

News

From one destiny to another

MICHIGAN AVE. — There’s a row of old warehouses and hangars tucked away in the heart of the industrial district where transit officials recently considered locating a light rail maintenance yard, fulfilling a destiny placed upon it two decades ago. The only problem is the 9.5 acre piece of land known as Bergamot Station is... Read more →

Briefs

Helping hand

The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded the Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition a $10,000 grant for the continuation of its mission to end hunger and homelessness on the Westside through service coordination, public education and advocacy. “This generous gift is making it possible for the coalition to continue working to find the... Read more →

Education

High school’s house system has changed perceptions

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A line of parents slowly began forming behind the podium, some rehearsing a prepared statement in their heads, others exhaling heavily in nervous anticipation of speaking before the Board of Education. To an audience of district officials, parents and even some children, they each started touting a six-year-old... Read more →

News

Paying the cost to be the boss

CITYWIDE — It’s time to pay the piper. Well, actually that time came and went. Now it’s time to pay plus penalties. City Hall’s Finance Department is in the process of making final phone calls to business owners who are late in paying their business license tax, a critical source of revenue, helping to pay for... Read more →