Parents call for flavored milk ban

SMMUSD HDQTRS — First it was eggs (too high in cholesterol), and then carbohydrates in everything from a slice of bread to that found in your “apple a day” — every category of food gets maligned for the ever-increasing problem of childhood and adult obesity in the United States. Locals have their sights set on yet... Read more →


Mobile clinic to help with access to affordable health care

OCEAN PARK — Come August, health care will be rolling on the Westside. At least, that’s what the Westside Family Health Center hopes will happen with its brand new mobile health clinic that will be coming off the assembly line in coming months. The mobile unit, paid for using funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment... Read more →


Resident charged with tax fraud

LOS ANGELES — A Santa Monica man is currently facing federal fraud charges for allegedly filing tax returns that included fake donations to charity. “The indictment was in response to an audit he submitted with a false charitable donation letter,” said Alka Sagar, assistant United States attorney. 51-year-old Howard Hal... Read more →


Time to rethink nuclear energy

Dear EarthTalk: Radioactive rain recently fell in Massachusetts, likely due to Japan’s nuclear mess. Given the threats of radiation, wouldn’t it be madness now to continue with nuclear power? How can President Obama include nukes as part of a “clean energy” agenda? — Bill Mason, Hartford, Conn. In... Read more →


Local company develops innovative prosthetic joint

SANTA MONICA BLVD — Dealing with the loss of a limb is difficult enough without hassling with an outmoded prosthetic socket that will more than likely have to be replaced within the first year of its use. That difficulty may soon be a thing of the past thanks to the development of a new type of socket, or interface, that grabs the... Read more →

City Council

SM Place given right to sell booze late night

CITY HALL — Just in time for summer, patrons of several Santa Monica Place restaurants will get to sip cocktails outdoors until 1:30 a.m. rather than moving indoors before the clock strikes midnight. After much outreach to annoyed neighbors, the newly renovated mall’s managers successfully convinced Planning Commissioners to... Read more →


SMC hosts business development event

The Small Business Development Center at Santa Monica College is inviting business owners from across Los Angeles County to the launch of its new Green Business Certification Program on Thursday, June 23. The event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. will take place at SMC’s Bundy Campus. Qualifying businesses will receive free enrollment in the... Read more →


CityTV broadcasts Little League title games

CityTV, Santa Monica’s community cable channel, will again broadcast the city’s Little League Championship games. Broadcasts began on Friday and continue through the weekend. All airings start with the Minor League championship game between the White Sox and the Cubs followed directly afterwards with the Major League Championship... Read more →


Pavley, Waxman ‘disappointed’ by proposed redistricting

DOWNTOWN — She’s represented Santa Monica at the state level for a little over a decade, but if the proposed State Senate districts released last week by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission become permanent, Fran Pavley will no longer be able to fight for the residents of the city by the sea. The 14-member... Read more →


Man arrested for allegedly committing lewd act on child

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have arrested a homeless man with a lengthy criminal record for allegedly rubbing his body up against a 10-year-old girl, it was announced on Thursday. SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said Thursday that Anthony Eugene Evans, 51, was positively identified by the victim after she pointed him out in a photo... Read more →


SMPD searching for man in alleged lewd conduct

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a man they believe rubbed up against the back and buttocks of a 10-year-old girl on Tuesday morning. Police said the suspect followed two girls into the Pavilions market located at 800 Montana Avenue around 8 a.m. The girls went into the store after... Read more →


Hooping it up for a cause

A celebrity basketball game is scheduled for Saturday at Santa Monica College to benefit business education in South Los Angeles. Dubbed the first annual David Bing Academy of Finance Celebrity Basketball Game and Red Carpet event, the game is a fundraising effort that will benefit a new South Los Angeles school’s business and finance... Read more →


Teen attacked by alleged gang member

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. Wednesday, June 1, at 2:38 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a bus stop located on the 700 block of Pico Boulevard regarding an assault and... Read more →


Samohi wrestling with racist acts

SAMOHI — Victoria Gray didn’t think much of it when her 17-year-old son stayed home from school on May 5. Everyone needs a mental health day sometimes, she told him, thinking that perhaps he needed the extra freedom to get caught up on homework or take a breather from the pressure cooker of high school. It would take another three... Read more →


KCRW’s Harcourt departs for MTV

Longtime KCRW fixture Nic Harcourt announced this week that he will be leaving the popular public radio station for a position with MTV. During his time at KCRW, Harcourt has been an influential part of the station’s programing. He has been credited with discovering more than his share of artists, bringing them to the public’s... Read more →