Bluefin tuna an endangered dish

Dear EarthTalk: Are Atlantic bluefin tuna really about to go extinct? What are the contributing factors and what is being done to try to head off this tragedy? — Edward Jeffries, Norwalk, Conn. According to many marine biologists, Atlantic bluefin tuna, one of three closely related bluefin tuna species, are in danger of going... Read more →


Deasy expected to become LAUSD Super

DOWNTOWN Deasy expected to become LAUSD Super Former Santa Monica-Malibu public school chief John Deasy is expected to become the next superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Deasy, who became a deputy superintendent at LAUSD, the nation’s second largest public school... Read more →


Jaime Pressly spent night in jail after DUI arrest

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Authorities say actress Jaime Pressly has been arrested in Santa Monica for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol. Lt. Darrell Lowe says the co-star of TV’s “My Name is Earl” was stopped for a traffic violation around 11 p.m. Wednesday and booked on suspicion of DUI but... Read more →


Like the police

The Santa Monica Police Department has joined the social networking website Facebook and are encouraging residents to “like” them. The SMPD had 106 friends as of Thursday afternoon. Users of Facebook can hit a “like” tab on the website and follow another user’s feed. The SMPD uses Facebook to provide members... Read more →


Lost laptop finds its way home to Tokyo

THIRD STREET — If you lose a laptop on the Third Street Promenade, and then six months go by, most people would say you might as well consider it gone. Especially if you’ve long since returned to your home in Japan. So imagine Tokyo business man Tetsuo Fukuda’s surprise last month when he learned his long-lost computer,... Read more →


Motorcycle cop injured in traffic collision

DOWNTOWN — A Santa Monica police officer is in stable condition following a traffic collision on Broadway and Sixth Street on Thursday evening. According to witnesses, the motorcycle officer was traveling westbound on Broadway when a black SUV attempted to make a left on to Sixth Street while heading eastbound. A police spokesman said... Read more →


Peeved over peeing in public

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. Monday, Dec. 27, at 2:40 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2700 block of 11th Street regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. When... Read more →


County funds extend, expand chronic homeless program

DOWNTOWN — OPCC, a leading provider of homeless services in Santa Monica and the Westside, will be able to help 25 more chronically homeless individuals thanks to an increase in funding from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The board voted Tuesday to spend $335,000 to expand OPCC’s chronic homeless pilot program,... Read more →


Pacific Park sale made official

It’s official. Pacific Park, home to the nation’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel, has been sold to CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc. for $34 million, officials with the real estate investment trust said Wednesday. The amusement park, which attracts more than 4 million visitors annually will continue to be operated by its previous... Read more →


School district extends deadline for oversight committee

Those interested in becoming members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Financial Oversight Committee now have until Jan. 28 to submit an application. District officials extended the deadline. The district has four vacancies on the committee and is looking for “qualified candidates who will bring a depth of... Read more →

City Council

Should voters pick Santa Monica’s mayor?

CITY HALL — The power to select a mayor from among Santa Monica’s seven City Council members could end up in the hands of the voters, if a proposal by Councilman Bobby Shriver gains traction. He’s planning to ask his colleagues to consider undoing the current system, under which council members are responsible for selecting... Read more →

City Council

Alleys set to get green treatment

CITY HALL — For the first time, City Hall is set to begin installing “pervious concrete” that allows rain water to percolate into the ground rather than flow into the ocean as it prepares to launch its 2011 alley improvement program. Fifteen alleys in all parts of Santa Monica are scheduled to receive the upgrade this... Read more →