Staying safe on Halloween

The Santa Monica Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children want to remind parents to play it safe on Halloween night, offering tips on how to protect their young ghouls and goblins. • Be sure older children take friends and younger children are accompanied by a trusted adult when trick or treating.... Read more →


City Hall explores parking validation

DOWNTOWN — Parking in public garages is expected to come at a higher cost soon, but shoppers hoping to stay longer hours without paying significantly more money might be able to do so with a new ticket validation system. It’s one of several changes that city officials are exploring as they develop a new parking rate plan for... Read more →


Flu vaccine demand exceeds supply

COUNTYWIDE — Los Angeles County public health officials, who have administered about 60,000 free swine flu vaccines since Friday, were urging people not included in priority groups to stay home for the time being. Demand exceeds supplies, according to the county’s top doctor, and people 25-64 years old without underlying health... Read more →


Going back in time gets easier

The years 1875 through 1913 of the Santa Monica Outlook, Santa Monica’s former newspaper of record, are now accessible via the Santa Monica Public Library’s Web site at Internet surfers can browse through individual issues of the paper or search for news articles, and even ads, containing specific words or... Read more →


Study: Housing the homeless is cost effective

DOWNTOWN — It might seem counterintuitive in an expensive real estate market but housing the homeless can cost taxpayers less than keeping them on the streets. That’s according to a recent study by United Way of Greater Los Angeles which followed four homeless individuals — including one from Santa Monica — as they... Read more →


Come and get it

DOWNTOWN — Aside from the upscale and critically-acclaimed restaurants at the new Santa Monica Place will be an old favorite that was popular with budget-minded shoppers and local workers before the resurrection of the mall. Macerich Co. announced this week the lineup of nine fast-food eateries that will occupy the enclosed food... Read more →


A smoother ride for Santa Monica Blvd

SANTA MONICA BLVD. — The bumpy ride along one of the most heavily traveled roads in the city will soon get a lot smoother. Fresh pavement is planned for a nearly one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard from Cloverfield Boulevard to Centinela Avenue as part of a federally-funded project that will include repairing sidewalks and... Read more →


Butts are bad for the environment

Dear EarthTalk Has anyone ever studied the environmental impact of discarded cigarettes? I’m constantly appalled at the number of drivers I see pitching their butts out their car windows. Ned Jordan via e-mail It’s true that littered cigarette butts are a public nuisance, and not just for aesthetic reasons. The filters on... Read more →


Veterans heal through sewing

WESTWOOD — When Vietnam veteran Fred L. Stanley visits the 99 Cent Store, he does with pride for he carries with him a reusable grocery bag. Not only does he feel good about protecting the environment by using fewer plastic bags, Stanley also loves the attention he gets when people ask him about his bag, which features the logo of the... Read more →


Food labels don’t disclose everything to consumers

As the food supply is increasingly altered by controversial practices like liberal use of antibiotics, genetic engineering and irradiation, food labels take on greater significance as shoppers’ only link to how products are produced. Depending on what issues matters most to consumers, what labels do not say can be more meaningful than... Read more →