Drug dilemma

Dear EarthTalk Pharmaceuticals were in the news again recently, how they are polluting water and raising a host of health issues because we dispose of them both unused and used through body waste elimination. What can be done? Lucy Abbot Macon, Ga. Pharmaceutical drug contamination in our groundwater, rivers, lakes, estuaries and bays is a... Read more →


Board weighs in on substance abuse policy

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Board of Education tried to walk a fine line between leniency and excessive force as it weighed in on a draft revision of the substance abuse policy presented at its meeting Thursday. Over the summer, staff, led by Director of Student Services Marolyn Freedman, researched state recommendations on policy, as well as... Read more →


SM turns blue for prostate cancer

DOWNTOWN Many major Los Angeles landmarks, including some in Santa Monica, will be turning blue this month to raise awareness about prostate cancer. Starting Sept. 12, businesses Downtown, including Fred Segal and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, will use lights to turn their buildings blue. On Sept. 16, the Ferris wheel at Pacific... Read more →


Residents worried by anonymous survey

CITYWIDE — Within the last two weeks, members of the Santa Monica community have received lengthy, anonymous phone calls from polling companies asking their opinions on politics and the Santa Monica Airport, but no one seems to know who is behind the effort. The phone calls lasted approximately 35 minutes, said one resident who was... Read more →


9/11 hit close to home

CITYWIDE — When commercial airliners smashed into the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the Pennsylvania countryside on Sept. 11, 2001, Santa Monicans responded. They worked on the recovery effort at ground zero in New York City, counseled those traumatized by the disaster and did what they could to provide for those who lost loved... Read more →


Guerilla artists raise awareness, irk City Hall

BERKELEY STREET — A local builder and Heal the Bay volunteer revealed a unique piece of artwork Thursday morning that he and a team of artists created right under the noses of both residents and City Hall. Unfortunately, it may have to come down quicker than the tarps that concealed it for the past three months. Code compliance... Read more →


Remembering 9/11

The tragic day that shocked Americans nationwide is coming up on its 10th anniversary. On Sep. 11, 2001, 2,997 people were killed during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Of the thousands who lost their lives, five people had connections to Santa Monica, city officials said. To remember the day and honor those... Read more →


AFM confirms possible move to Downtown L.A.

DOWNTOWN — Cheaper hotel rooms, better movie theaters and a more exciting nightlife are some of the reasons why the American Film Market, one of the world’s largest gatherings of independent filmmakers and producers, is considering leaving Santa Monica in 2013 for Downtown Los Angeles, according to a statement released... Read more →


Husband pleads not guilty in fatal market stabbing

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A man charged with stabbing his wife to death as she worked at a checkout stand at a Santa Monica Albertson’s plead not guilty Thursday and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, officials with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. Kelvin Green, 52, of Los Angeles, was taken into... Read more →


Alleged peeping Tom arrested at SMC

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. Thursday, Sept. 1, at 12 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the Santa Monica College Library regarding a report of a man using a mirror to look... Read more →


Judge urges VA to settle over homeless vets

LOS ANGELES — A federal judge nudged the Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday toward settlement talks with lawyers who accuse the agency of neglecting homeless vets on its sprawling west Los Angeles medical campus. Judge S. James Otero appointed a mediation officer to handle the case and commanded government lawyers to name a VA... Read more →


Twilight Dance Series guide for Week 10

This Twilight Dance Series guide has been created as a partnership between the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and the Santa Monica Daily Press. It is intended to help concert-goers navigate the popular summer concert series. • Week 10: <a href="http://www.smdp.com/pdf/090811_tds.pdf">A Night in... Read more →


Committee needs bodies

Are you always complaining about Santa Monica College and what it spends its money on? Well, here’s your chance to get involved. The college is looking for volunteers to serve on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the spending of funds generated by a series of bond measures — U, S and AA — that are being... Read more →