Applicants sought at SMC

The Santa Monica Community College District is looking to appoint a member to the Personnel Commission. The appointment term is Dec. 1, 2010 — Dec. 1, 2013. Deadline to apply is Oct. 21. The SMC Personnel Commission is a public body responsible for the administration of the college’s Merit System, a civil service system for... Read more →


‘Squirm Night’ puts spotlight on candidates

MAIN LIBRARY — Who are these people who think they should be responsible for making the biggest decisions that affect Santa Monica and its public school system? Some of them have been in the public eye for a decade or two; others are making their first forays into local politics. All of them (at least all of them who qualified to get... Read more →


Santa Monica Seafood donates to UAF for crab research

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A Santa Monica seafood retailer has donated $10,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for king crab research. Santa Monica Seafood, based in the city of the same name, donated the money to Alaska Sea Grant. The donation amount was revealed after a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press. The... Read more →


School group wants change on school board

DOWNTOWN — Education activists organized as the group LEAD is pushing for a new direction on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board, endorsing two challengers in November’s election and declining to support incumbents Oscar de la Torre and Ralph Mechur. LEAD, which stands for Leadership, Effectiveness,... Read more →


Plastic bags have long lives

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard conflicting reports regarding how long it really takes for a plastic grocery bag to decompose. Can you set the record straight? — Martha Blount, San Diego, Calif. Researchers fear that such ubiquitous bags may never fully decompose; instead they gradually just turn into smaller and smaller pieces of... Read more →


SMDP Squirm Night 2010 guide

• Who: Santa Monica Daily Press • What: Squirm Night 2010: A candidate forum and discussion on Measures Y and YY • When: Oct. 4, 2010 • Where: MLK Auditorium at the Santa Monica Public Library. 601 Santa Monica Blvd. • Why: You should be informed before you vote •Schedule: 5:30 p.m. - Doors open 6... Read more →


CEPS makes school board, council picks

DOWNTOWN — The leaders of Santa Monica education advocacy group Community for Excellent Public Schools had a hard time deciding whom to back for the City Council. So instead of limiting their endorsements to five candidates for the five open seats, the group went ahead and threw in an extra candidate for good measure. Following its... Read more →


CityTV launches election coverage

DOWNTOWN — CityTV, the government access cable channel for Santa Monica, has launched its “Vote 2010” line-up of Santa Monica election programming for the Nov. 2 election. Coverage includes the City Council race, school board, Rent Control Board and two ballot measures. CityTV has also launched as a... Read more →


Council looks to boost BBB revenue

CITY HALL — With the Big Blue Bus fare increase that took effect in August, Santa Monica’s transit system is projected to remain solvent through mid 2013; after that, new revenue is needed to prevent cuts to service, city officials said. During a brainstorming session on the topic this week, the City Council considered a range... Read more →


Samohi football loses home opener, 63-28

SMC — According to the scoreboard, Santa Monica High School football suffered a 63-28 loss at the hands of highly-ranked Valencia on Friday at Corsair Field. But, despite the lopsided loss in the team’s home opener, Travis Clark, Samohi’s second-year head coach, sees a silver lining. It was the second season in a row that... Read more →


Signed, sealed, delivered

COUNTYWIDE — Those who wish to vote by mail instead of heading to the polls on Nov. 2 can start requesting vote-by-mail ballots Monday, Oct. 4 through Oct. 26, officials with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office said. Vote-by-mail applications were sent out with official sample ballot booklets to all... Read more →


Three sentenced in Brumfield murder

DOWNTOWN LA — Three Santa Monica men were sentenced to prison Friday for the murder of Preston Brumfield, 49, a resident who was beaten and left for dead in the Pico Neighborhood. Gwindon Love Murphy, 65, Jason Anthony Hurtado, 26, and Jason Eddie Coleman, 27, were sentenced to 15 years-to-life by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge,... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Barry A. Snell

• Name: Barry A. Snell • Age: 55 • Occupation: Certified public accountant/ school board president • Marital status/children: Single with three children • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: South of Montana, 15 years • Own or rent?: Rent • Public school or private?: Public schools... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Laurie Lieberman

• Name: Laurie Lieberman • Age: 57 • Occupation: Education activist/parent/ attorney • Marital status/children: Married/two children, three step-children • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: 30-year Santa Monica resident; north of Montana (nine years); previously, Ocean Park and Sunset... Read more →