Hahn sworn in as member of Congress

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn was sworn in by Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, exactly one week after she was elected by voters to fill the House seat vacated by Jane Harman. Hahn said in an interview hours before her inauguration that jobs and the economy in the 36th Congressional District will be her top priorities.... Read more →


Elderly women involved in fatal traffic accident

PICO BLVD — An 80-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car driven by a fellow senior citizen Sunday morning as she illegally walked across Pico Boulevard near 26th Street, Santa Monica police said Monday. The name of the victim was not released pending notification of next of kin. SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the victim was... Read more →


Schools to teach accomplishments of gays, lesbians

SACRAMENTO — A change is coming to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, one meant to broaden the scope of history to include a traditionally marginalized group — the homosexual and transgendered community. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 48, a piece of legislation carried by Mark Leno (D-San... Read more →


Public forum to introduce city bike share

DOWNTOWN — Bike sharing, the practice of communities loaning out bikes to people to take short, local trips, is used throughout Europe and other cities in the United States. Santa Monica has used a similar program for city employees since June 2010, but there are plans to create a public system for residents. On Wednesday, July... Read more →


Venice woman still missing after a year

DOWNTOWN — Police in Los Angeles are pleading with the public to help them find a woman from Venice who has been missing for over a year. Nancy Barrett, 53, was last seen on July 14, 2010 around 4:45 p.m. in the area of her home in the 2600 block of Grand Canal Court in Venice. Barrett, described as a white female with brown hair... Read more →


Housing Authority is cleaning house

CITY HALL — Applicants for subsidized housing programs in Santa Monica need to look alive, or risk losing a spot on a list they’ve been waiting on for half a decade. The Santa Monica Housing Authority is beginning an update of its waiting list, which contains the names of approximately 3,600 people who are hoping to get housing... Read more →


Getting the most out of spent fuel

Dear EarthTalk: Why don’t we reprocess and re-use our nuclear waste like France does? Would it be possible for us to start doing so? — Albert Jukowsky, Silver Spring, Md. Reprocessing nuclear waste to extract more energy from it, while expensive and controversial, is indeed to this day still practiced in France, the UK,... Read more →


Navy to pay Santa Monica a visit

SM PIER — Hey there, sailor. For the first time in almost two decades, Santa Monica will take part in a week-long celebration of the men in white when 4,400 active duty sailors descend on Los Angeles County for a schedule of public relations events and well-deserved R&R. Between 200 and 300 members of the crew of USS Abraham... Read more →


Affordable housing program brings a Santa Monican home

BICKNELL AVENUE — Each year, City Hall’s Housing Division reports out on the number of affordable units it helped create within Santa Monica over the previous reporting period. The numbers over the past five years have varied, sometimes topping 200 and occasionally sinking as low as 28, as it did in the 2005-06 fiscal... Read more →

City Council

Are cell phones, smart meters dangerous?

CITY HALL — Our modern world contains many new devices that provide convenience and luxury, but could they be making us sick? That’s a question confronted by Elizabeth Barris, a former Santa Monica resident who has been on a quest to raise awareness about electronics that most take for granted, and the potentially hazardous... Read more →


Congressional leaders tell Obama West L.A. VA off limits

WASHINGTON, DC — Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer joined Rep. Henry Waxman in firing off a letter to President Obama on Friday expressing their opposition to any plan to sell parts of the West Los Angeles VA property to help drawdown the national debt. The three Democrats from California told the president and ranking members... Read more →


New season brings change to pier concerts

SM PIER — Thursday nights at the Santa Monica Pier, as the warm summer sun shines a ruddy gold in the evening sky, thousands of people begin streaming into a large parking lot on the south side of the edifice. Their destination, a large stage set up against the edge of the pier. Below, even more people sit on towels and blankets on the... Read more →


No going solo on Ferris wheel

SM PIER — Alice Hunter doesn’t have a problem being single, but the operators of the iconic Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel do. On a whim, Hunter, who recently moved to Brentwood from London, decided to purchase a $5 ticket to ride the wheel at Pacific Park earlier this month. She admits she felt a little “silly”... Read more →


Cops searching for suspect in sexual battery

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police on Thursday appealed to the public for help in finding a man who accosted a woman in a carport, the second sexual assault in the city by the sea in less than a month. The sexual battery occurred in a carport near Wilshire Boulevard and Euclid Street between 4 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. on July... Read more →