Wrangling over water

Dear EarthTalk: The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to strip the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its authority over state water quality. Why did they do this, what are the ramifications and what do leading green groups have to say about it? Joseph Emory York, Penn. The legislation in question, the Clean Water... Read more →


From the brink of death to the Hall of Fame

DOWNTOWN — Dave Blackburn, Santa Monica resident and a recent inductee to the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame, tells a “joke.” “Every day for a month I had to look the grim reaper in the eyes and say I have a hall of fame to get to and you and not any one else is going to stop me,” Blackburn said.... Read more →


Draft Bike Action Plan now available for review

CITYWIDE — For anyone curious about how the city hopes to continue making biking a comfortable and convenient mode of transportation in Santa Monica, the city’s draft Bike Action Plan is now available for public review. The Bike Action Plan is an effort to help the city meet the transportation goals established in its Land Use... Read more →


Hard to be ‘board’ at California Heritage Museum

MAIN ST — For the layman, “going vertical” may sound like a terrifying, alien experience. For veteran surfers, going vertical — cutting back and riding up a wave, sometimes going airborne — is a really rad ideal, but it’s a maneuver that was impossible to achieve with the classic longboard. It... Read more →


Are you prepared for a disaster?

MAIN LIBRARY — Is your family or business prepared for an emergency? That crucial question was the crux of a presentation delivered by Red Cross of Santa Monica CEO John Pacheco to a small crowd in a UCLA Medical Center-sponsored event at the Santa Monica Main Library Friday. Southern California is ripe for a major disaster, which could... Read more →


Debt ceiling debate puts local jobs programs on edge

CITYWIDE — Like many who rely on federal dollars, Mark Loranger, CEO of Santa Monica nonprofit Chrysalis, is watching national politics with trepidation. When the economy collapsed under the weight of the 2008 subprime mortgage debacle, sending the stock markets into a tailspin and millions of homes into foreclosure, the impacts were... Read more →


Battle brewing over county redistricting plans

COUNTYWIDE — Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina has proposed a redistricting plan to create a second Latino seat on the board, which would significantly change Zev Yaroslavksy’s Westside district and lump Santa Monica and Malibu together with beach cities to the south. Under Molina’s plan, which was proposed Aug.... Read more →


Meals on Wheels West expands number of spots

Meals on Wheels West, a nonprofit organization that provides two meals a day, seven days a week to those who cannot easily leave their homes, now has 25 spots available on its route. The organization hopes to observe the upcoming National Senior Citizens Holiday on Aug. 21 by increasing awareness about their organization, according to a... Read more →


Alleged hate crime committed in Palisades Park

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. Sunday, Aug. 14, at 3:25 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 500 block of Ocean Avenue regarding a report of an assault that just occurred.... Read more →


Over 33,000 apply for affordable housing

CITY HALL Over 33,000 apply for affordable housing The Santa Monica Housing Division received over 33,000 applications in 35 hours for the waiting list for all affordable housing programs City Hall administers, including the Section 8 Program. The Housing Division attributes the overwhelming response to community effort, citing local media... Read more →


AmeriCare takes over ambulance service

CITYWIDE — AmeriCare Ambulance, a Carson-based emergency transport provider that operates in five southern California counties, officially began transporting patients in Santa Monica on Aug. 8, according to the Santa Monica Fire Department. The SMFD responds to approximately 40 calls for service each day, or over 12,000 each... Read more →


Flamboyant owner made Chez Jay a landmark

When Jay Fiondella wandered out to Hollywood from the East Coast in the 1950s, he had his eyes set on becoming a famous actor. Little did he know that he would instead open up and run one of the most iconic and legendary restaurants to ever grace the Los Angeles area, while leading a life bigger and more outrageous than any acting role he... Read more →


District announces lunch, breakfast meals policy

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s policy, including an eligibility scale and application, for providing free and reduced-price meals for children in the 2011-12 school year is now available. The policy, served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, uses household size and income to determine... Read more →


Veggie bound for fundraiser

No need to feel guilty about chowing down on some nachos or chicken wings. Not only is the food at Veggie Grill in Santa Monica made from 100 percent plant-based protein, 50 percent of all purchases made on Monday, Aug. 22 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. will go to help the Upward Bound House. The social service agency based in Santa Monica aims... Read more →