Latest buzz on bees

Dear EarthTalk Not long ago there were concerns about honey bees disappearing. Are the bees still disappearing, and if so do we know why and do we have a solution? David Grand Rapids, Minn. The topic of disappearing honey bees first cropped up in 2004 and by the spring of 2007 was all over the news. Thousands of commercial beekeepers across... Read more →


Cleaning the beach one day at a time

SM BEACH — While 20 minutes is hardly enough time to save the world, it’s all Sara Bayles needs to make a difference in her community. The aspiring fiction writer and former special effects makeup artist is more than 60 days deep in her quest to keep Santa Monica State Beach clean, spending 20 minutes over 365 non-consecutive... Read more →


Teen stabbed following Samohi football game

CORSAIR FIELD — A 17-year-old Inglewood resident was stabbed multiple times Friday as he was leaving the Santa Monica High School football game at Santa Monica College’s Corsair Filed, police said.   The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No suspect was... Read more →


Santa Monica Place adds trio of tenants

Nike, one of the world’s largest athletic apparel companies, will join the British luxury fashion house Burberry and furniture/houseware manufacturer CB2 at Santa Monica Place, occupying key retail spots at the mall, which is scheduled to open in less than a year after a significant renovation in which the roof was ripped off, creating... Read more →


Breathing new life into the Civic Auditorium

MAIN STREET — The glorious days of award shows and concerts featuring top-notch acts at the Civic Auditorium might not necessarily just be a thing of the past. The aging facility that was once the home of the Academy Awards and drew talents like Elton John and Bob Dylan is set to see new management by the Nederlander Organization,... Read more →


Hospitals warned about errors

Eleven California hospitals, including Saint John’s Health Center, were fined $25,000 each in administrative penalties this week for violations that, in some cases, led to death or serious injury, according to Department of Public Health officials. Most of the hospitals fined were in Southern California, and about half were cited... Read more →


Students string together beautiful music

DOWNTOWN — While other kids were out playing or watching TV after school, Erin Wells was inside a classroom with her chin on a violin, learning the foreign language of classical music. There were Friday afternoons spent with a group of three dozen fourth and fifth graders, some with a few years of musical training under their belt,... Read more →


Suspect in SMC assault released

LAX COURTHOUSE — A Malibu man who was accused of sexually assaulting a Santa Monica College student in April at the campus library was released on his own recognizance Thursday after DNA test results came back negative and did not yield a match. Chase Guy Reynolds, 40, was arrested April 7 and charged with two counts of sexual battery... Read more →


Sustainability comes with a nice discount

DOWNTOWN — It’s usually only good for transporting groceries and helping the environment but carrying a reusable bag could also score discounts. More than 40 businesses will offer special deals to customers who bring in the eco-friendly bags during the Buy Local Santa Monica Super Saturday on Oct. 3, ranging from samples to... Read more →


Cops searching for suspects in auto burglary, hit and run

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police officers are asking for the public’s help in locating two suspects, one believed to be responsible for a series of vehicle burglaries while the other the driver in a hit-and-run accident on Broadway. Between Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 several cars were broken into in the northern portion of Santa Monica.... Read more →


Sewage spill at Saint John’s creates a stink

MID-CITY — More than 120 gallons of raw sewage flowed onto a street near Saint John’s Health Center Wednesday night, with some of that sewage making its way into the storm drain system but most likely not to the Santa Monica Bay, city officials said. The spill — reported to be 125 gallons — stemming from the hospital... Read more →

City Council

Declawing law may be clipped

CITY HALL — A controversial surgical procedure that animal lovers have dubbed as an amputation on cats could face restrictions in Santa Monica. The City Council on Tuesday directed its staff to draft an ordinance that would ban the veterinary practice of declawing cats, limiting the procedure only to cases in which it would be in the... Read more →


BBB maintenance facility opens doors

COLORADO AVENUE — On time and under budget. Those were the words that city officials proudly repeated multiple times in celebrating the new Big Blue Bus maintenance facility during its grand opening on Wednesday, praising a project team that managed to bring the 66,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure to completion at $60... Read more →


Beach closure

WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH Foul smell causes closure The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has posted warning signs advising swimmers and surfers to avoid the ocean for a half-mile north and a half-mile south of the storm drain located at Will Rogers State Beach, near Pacific Palisades. The warning will be in effect until at... Read more →


Tons of trash removed in cleanup

More than 14,000 Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers in Los Angeles County removed a record 150 tons of trash from regional watersheds last weekend, according to environmental watchdog Heal the Bay, which organized the effort. Some 14,038 community members — also an all-time high number — scoured beaches, parks, alleys, creeks,... Read more →