Environment

Harnessing rain

Dear EarthTalk How can I make good use of the rainwater that runs down my roof and into my gutters? — Brian Smith, Nashua, NH For most of us, the rain that falls on our roof runs off into the ground or the sewer system. But if you’re motivated to save a little water and re-distribute it on your lawns or plants — or even... Read more →

Education

House reduction a smooth transition — so far

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Nearly two weeks into the school year, there seems to be minimal issues in the reorganized House System at Santa Monica High School. That’s according to district officials who reported during the Board of Education meeting on Thursday that the controversial cost-cutting move to reduce the celebrated network of... Read more →

News

Kids help protect the environment

SM BEACH — Forty screaming fourth graders, imitating everything from a great white shark to an octopus, raced across the sand at Muscle Beach next to the Santa Monica Pier. Flinging themselves at the feet of Heal the Bay volunteers, they tore open pouches containing food — animal figurines — or trash. The kids who found... Read more →

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Water quality improves at the pier

SM BEACH — One of the most notoriously polluted beaches in the state has been seeing cleaner days. Frequently assigned a failing grade in Heal the Bay’s Weekly Beach Report Card, the water quality at the Santa Monica Pier has gradually improved in the nearly four months since the storm drain beneath it was upgraded, earning a B... Read more →

News

Coyotes moving further into city

FRANKLIN STREET — There was ringing and then silence. Mary Mascarenas heard it from her bedroom, awakening to the sound of Cookie the cat sprinting in the backyard, the bell on its collar ringing in a frantic call for help. It was still early in the morning yet the pet owner knew something was awry, looking out the front door and... Read more →

Education

Nickelodeon puts spotlight on Samohi student

SAMOHI — Popular children’s television channel Nickelodeon is following its viewers through high school — literally. A camera crew from Nickelodeon is following Santa Monica High School senior and Team Marine captain Megan Kilroy today as she goes about her day at school, rallying students and teachers to participate in Team... Read more →

News

Supreme Court denies Weller’s appeal

DOWNTOWN — The California Supreme Court on Thursday refused to review the conviction of George Russell Weller, the elderly man who plowed his car through a crowded Farmers’ Market in Downtown in 2003, killing 10 people and injuring 63 others. As a result, his conviction stands, according to the Los Angeles Times. Weller was 86... Read more →

News

Tension marks hospital meeting

COLORADO AVENUE — There were voices raised, frustrated expressions and deep sighs. They were all there during a contentious two-hour meeting on Wednesday between officials with Saint John’s Health Center and neighbors regarding the past, present and future of construction at the Catholic hospital, a more than decade-long campus... Read more →

News

Park, NatureBridge partner for education

SM MOUNTAINS — The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and NatureBridge are partnering to create a residential education campus in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains, the organizations announced Thursday. The new Santa Monica Mountains Institute, co-operated by the two groups, will provide out-of-classroom... Read more →

Crime

Sephora a hot spot for suspected thieves

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, Sept. 12, at 12:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade — Sephora —... Read more →

Crime

Promenade celebrates 20 years

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Pier isn’t the only local icon to celebrate a landmark anniversary recently. A week after the world-famous pier turned 100, the Third Street Promenade marked its 20th year on Wednesday, celebrating an outdoor pedestrian mall that has inspired similar shopping districts across the country.... Read more →

Education

Special ed advocates concerned about proposed term limits

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A proposal to impose term limits and reduce the number of parents serving on school District Advisory Committees (DAC) is drawing concerns from existing members who believe that the changes would send the wrong message to the community. The Board of Education tonight is scheduled to discuss the potential revisions to... Read more →

News

Road to creating a Shangri-landmark

DOWNTOWN — It represented hope and recovery following one of the worst economic catastrophes in U.S. history, an optimistic signal of wealth in the years to come, packaged in a modernistic building boasting ocean views. More than 69 years after the Hotel Shangri-La opened its doors on the corner of Ocean and Arizona avenues, the... Read more →

Education

All-time high score for school district

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Test scores just keep going up. The California Department of Education on Tuesday released results of the 2009 Academic Performance Index (API), which rates achievement based on two state assessments, showing that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District improved its scores by 5 points. The API is based on... Read more →

News

State officials report thousands in gifts

SACRAMENTO — A $151 hotel room in Lodi, $81 dinner, $10 chocolate computer and a $2 flashlight — these are just some of the gifts that state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley and Sen. Fran Pavley have received in the past year. That’s according to an online database compiled by the Sacramento Bee earlier this month, detailing... Read more →