News

Swine flu breeds caution locally

DOWNTOWN — As cases of swine flu continue to be reported around the globe, Santa Monica residents are taking appropriate precautions, but are for the most part feeling healthy and safe, they said. Though there was some concern on Tuesday morning that the virus had reached Southern California, reports confirmed that swine flu was not the... Read more →

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Tattoo artist spreads self-help gospel at PYFC

PICO BLVD — Before an audience of largely black and Latino teenagers from Santa Monica High School, Mark Machado grabbed the mic and began his gospel. For the next 45 minutes, the world famous tattoo artist, who has left his mark on celebrities such as 50 Cent and Beyonce, captivated the sole attention of the crowd of young adults... Read more →

Briefs

Cinco de Mayo on wheels

Music, food and cars are the heart of Sunday’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta celebrating Mexican culture. Attended last year by over 2,000 people, the celebration is free and lasts from 1 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. The entertainment line-up includes Mariachi Estrella de Jalisco, a 10 piece salsa band called Bomba Chante and ballet folklorico... Read more →

Crime

Police release sketch of gunman

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY —Detectives released a composite sketch Monday of the man suspected of opening fire at three women north of Montana avenue, wounding two of them. The women were standing behind an apartment building Friday night on San Vicente Boulevard near Palisades Park when they were approached by a gunman in a black-hooded... Read more →

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Life’s a beach

SM BEACH — Standing next to a massive Victorian sand sculpture, Claudia Freire stared across the sand at the families dancing to the Beach Boys’ “Don’t Worry Baby” in celebration of the grand opening of the Annenberg Community Beach House, known for years simply as 415 PCH. “This is beautiful,” she... Read more →

Environment

A monument to longevity

Dear EarthTalk What is the status of Hawaiian monk seals and how will the new national monument designation in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands affect them? Polly LaBarre New York, NY Easily exploited by hunters, whalers and fishermen in the 19th century, Hawaiian monk seals essentially never recovered. As early as 1976, the Hawaiian... Read more →

Education

Second forum on special education

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School district will be hosting its second Special Education Spring Forum on Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the John Adams Middle School cafeteria. Per recommendations from the forum held in the fall, the meeting’s discussion will focus on level-to-level transitions for special education... Read more →

Briefs

Cutting a rug could help you feel better

WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, in partnership with City of Hope, is conducting a 12-week pilot study on the lingering physical and mental effects of treated disease on cancer survivors. With funding from the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the “Mindful Movement Program for Breast Cancer Survivors” is designed... Read more →

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Gang member sentenced in Moose Lodge murders

LOS ANGELES — One of two gang members convicted last month of the 2005 murders of two men at the Santa Monica Moose Lodge was sentenced to prison Friday. Deputy District Attorney Alan Schneider of the Hardcore Gang Division said Erick Nunez, 24, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus 75 years to... Read more →

Education

Special ed parents, teachers present views

SMMUSD HDQTRS — After months of poring over a pile of studies, audits, and strategic plans on the troubled special education department, parents and teachers presented recommendations to the school board Thursday that they believe will enhance services and create a new culture of equality and access, all while saving money. But to save... Read more →

Crime

Two women wounded in shooting north of Montana

NORTH OF MONTANA — Three women shot at in an alley just off of Santa Monica’s Palisades Park may have been targeted because of some sort of dealings in their past, and one of the two people hit by gunfire remains in critical condition, police said Saturday. Doctors passing by the shooting Friday night stopped and immediately began... Read more →

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Pot dispensaries raise eyebrows in Venice

VENICE — The Venice Neighborhood Council recently opened deliberations to form a policy recommendation concerning medical marijuana dispensaries for Los Angeles City Councilmember Bill Rosendahl. VNC member Challis Macpherson made the motion to open the debate, having received complaints from Venice residents, whom she would not... Read more →

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Growing a green program

BUNDY CAMPUS — A cinematographer for most of his life, Adam Meltzer became concerned about his family’s future last year when the economy tanked and the unions representing writers and actors went on strike. Work was sporadic and Meltzer had a daughter to provide for. The environmental activist decided he needed a career that... Read more →

City Council

City employees asked to give up bonuses

CITY HALL — City Manager Lamont Ewell has asked hundreds of employees to forego performance bonuses this fiscal year so that he can prevent cuts to services and possible layoffs because of a reduction in revenue. The move would save $2.6 million, according to city officials. The City Council approved a budget of $567 million in June of... Read more →