Special ed parents say change has come

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District staff and parents celebrated the healing of wounds and strides taken in educating students with special needs at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night. In an emotional presentation, several parents addressed the board and special education team, describing the... Read more →


Thousands cheer street racers

In 1909, Santa Monica had less than 8,000 residents and was in danger of being annexed by a hungry, nearby Los Angeles. Believing they needed to increase the city’s population and profile to survive, city leaders made the bold move to stage yearly automobile races that they hoped would promote Santa Monica as an exciting and... Read more →


Woman arrested while trying to protect junipers

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — At least one person was arrested Tuesday after refusing to leave a section of Reed Park where 45 junipers were to be removed as part of a renovation project. Police report that Sherry Ann Martini, a resident, was placed under arrest for trespassing, a misdemeanor, and booked at the Santa Monica Jail. She... Read more →


Residents find flaws in Saint John’s plan

MAIN LIBRARY — A proposed amendment to the Saint John’s Hospital development agreement drew ire from community members Tuesday night when it was suggested that the hospital would find “functionally equivalent parking” to replace a promised 442-space subterranean parking structure. Saint John’s Hospital... Read more →


Santa Monica duo’s app cuts down on parking issues

CITYWIDE — On a Friday night, nothing rankles the weary traveler more than incessant circling in bumper-to-bumper traffic only to see “Lot Full” signs plastered on every visible parking lot, structure or random alleyway. So, while many citizens of Santa Monica complain about traffic and parking, two Crossroads High... Read more →


School district cleans green

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Classrooms and other facilities in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are being cleaned with environmentally-friendly chemicals, officials with the district said Wednesday. These new green cleaning products and procedures will be phased in as the inventory of current products is depleted, and are... Read more →


Board to examine Samohi project

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Board of Education will get a crack at the scope of work proposed for a $56 million project meant to renovate or replace sports and cultural facilities on Santa Monica High School’s campus at its meeting tonight. As planned, the money will go to demolish an old gym facility and replace it with a larger... Read more →


Congress directs FAA to play nice with City Hall

SMO — The Santa Monica Airport took the national stage Friday when Congressman Henry Waxman got an amendment passed through the House instructing the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct “good faith” talks with City Hall. Waxman attached the amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill of 2011, which passed the House of... Read more →


Dad’s porn career inspires one-man show

18TH STREET ARTS CENTER — The way Bobby Gordon always saw it, his dad was just like all the other dads, ordering the children to clean their rooms, cheering at little league games and filling the home with toys found at garage sales. But to the kids in the neighborhood, the classmates at school and the fellow players on the baseball... Read more →


School board narrows supe search to one

VICEROY HOTEL — After 15 hours of interviewing and discussion this passed weekend, the Board of Education narrowed down the field of potential candidates for the position of superintendent to one. Additional reference checks and a site visit will take place to validate the decision, and then the board can begin negotiating a contract,... Read more →


Emeritus College awards scholarship

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College for older adults is reaching out to young people — with money. Emeritus has awarded a $500 scholarship, from an anonymous donor, to Santa Monica High School senior Haley Hill for her contributions to Emeritus. The Bridges to the Future Scholarship Award will be given every year to a high... Read more →


Reed Park junipers on the chopping block

REED PARK — Despite protests by environmental activists over the weekend, city workers will proceed today with plans to cut down 45 juniper trees at Christine Reed Park that were left out of a redesign approved by the City Council in 2008. The design came out of a series of community meetings and surveys held nearly four years... Read more →


SMC students facing fewer classes for summer 2011

SMC — Statewide budget uncertainty is taking its toll at Santa Monica College, which will only allow students to pre-enroll for one class for the summer session in an attempt to serve the largest number of students possible. The school already enacted a similar policy for its winter session to cut back costs and maintain funding... Read more →


Santa Monica Red Cross to honor Betty White

It seems America can’t get enough of Betty White and the same goes for the American Red Cross of Santa Monica. The 88-year-old actress best known for her role as Rose on the “Golden Girls,” will be the recipient of the “Crystal Cross Award” for her contributions to animal welfare at the 2011 Santa Monica Red... Read more →


Can Japan do without nuclear energy?

Dear EarthTalk: Were Japan to close all its nuclear plants following the recent damage and radiation leaks from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, what could its energy mix look like? Would it be able to provide all of its power in other ways? — Richard Miller, New York, NY Most experts agree that Japan would be hard pressed... Read more →