Education

No appeal for high school field lights

SMMUSD HDQTRS — There will be no appeal filed to bring back temporary lights for Friday night high school football games. School district officials decided recently they will not ask the California Coastal Commission to reconsider its denial last month of a request to allow temporary lights at Malibu High School for 16 nights a year.... Read more →

Environment

Tiny critters and the giant problem

Dear EarthTalk Why is the plankton in the oceans dying? And what does this mean for the health of the oceans and marine life? Marilynn Block Portland, OR As the lowest link on the marine food chain, plankton — that tiny aquatic plant, animal and bacterial matter floating throughout the world’s oceans — is a vital building... Read more →

Education

Service set for SMC’S Taylor

SMC — A special service honoring long-time football coach Robert Taylor has been set for this week, college officials said. Taylor, who passed away late last month was head football coach at Santa Monica College from 1994 until early this season. The cause of death has not been announced. School officials are urging mourners to gather... Read more →

City Council

Medical pot dispensary hits roadblock

CITY HALL — They look more like grandmas than the aspiring owners of a medical marijuana dispensary. But despite their small frame, silver hair and soft-spoken matronly disposition, they aren't and they are. Long-time friends Judith Eton, 67 of Brentwood, Harriet Simon, 75 of Encino, and Judy Uhrman, 65 of Encino, came into Santa... Read more →

Crime

Recyclables stolen from students

SAMOHI — Efforts to outfit villages in Africa and Cambodia with life-saving water treatment devices took a serious blow earlier this month when thousands of bottles and cans were stolen from student organizations Team Marine and Heal the Bay Surfrider Club. The recyclables, worth several hundred dollars, were to be used to purchase... Read more →

News

Fish share proposal rankles activists

SM PIER — A few feet from the Santa Monica Pier’s iconic sports fishing sign, a group of environmentalists engaged in a symbolic game of tug-of-war, pitting small fishermen against corporate giants in what has become a bitterly divisive debate over how best to manage seafood supplies. The activists with Food & Water Watch, a... Read more →

Education

Improv for improvement

OLYMPIC HIGH SCHOOL — “We’ve got a criminal in here!” Colin Sweeney, a professional improv comedian, pulls 17-year-old Darshana Ruffman into the room. Her arms are held behind her back as she’s sat down in a chair in front of the white board. Ruffman has committed a crime, but she has no idea what it is. Over... Read more →

News

Hope left for Friday night games in Malibu

MALIBU — The lights might not be off for good for those popular Friday night high school football games. Following the California Coastal Commission’s denial earlier this month of a request by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to permit temporary field lights at Malibu High School, city officials said they are now... Read more →

Crime

Shopping cart drama

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, Oct. 21, at 11:19 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 400 block of Broadway regarding a report of an assault with a deadly... Read more →

News

Council raises concerns about expansion of Expo yard

CITY HALL — A controversial proposal to build a light rail maintenance yard near homes is raising new concerns about whether an environmental impact review will be performed to address recent plan changes to add a paint and body shop to the facility. The issue involves a “hybrid” plan to place the light rail maintenance... Read more →