News

Preparing for the next four years

DOWNTOWN — Jenny Saldana has a long to-do list for the next four years — join the crew team, drama club, engineering society and fight for social justice causes. And of course, finish college. Saldana is among the hundreds of high school graduates from Santa Monica who will begin college in the next few weeks, some going to... Read more →

Environment

Just what is organic?

Last night, I had a dream about an army of cotton T-shirts that called themselves the Beneficial Organic Brigade. For more efficient marketing, they went by B.O.B. This band of T-shirts was singing at some kind of sustainable benefit concert in the middle of the Third Street Promenade. Resembling the green T-shirt that I recently purchased... Read more →

Environment

Orcas swimming into big trouble

Dear EarthTalk How are populations of the world’s orca whales faring these days? Are we still in danger of losing them all in the wild? J. Witham Bangor, ME The largest member of the dolphin family and a major draw at marine parks, orcas (also known as “killer whales”) are highly intelligent and social marine mammals that,... Read more →

News

Holistic medicine a popular Westside choice

CITYWIDE — Holistic medicine seems strange and nontraditional to many, but in Santa Monica it has roots as far back as World War II. The Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy has been in business within three blocks of its current location on Broadway since 1944. It offers free consultations with homeopaths, herbalists, nutritionists,... Read more →

Crime

Crime stats reveal an increase in incidents

DOWNTOWN — Crime has been on the rise in Santa Monica during the first seven months of 2009, the 19 percent increase fueled by property crimes, with auto and bike thefts and shoplifting being the main contributing factors, according to figures released by the Santa Monica Police Department. From January to July 2009, there have been... Read more →

News

Hostelling International celebrates 100 years

DOWNTOWN — There are few places in the world where a Cameroonian medical student can have a conversation with an Australian nurse, while watching a British tax accountant chase his young children past a Swedish backpacker exchanging phone numbers with her new Japanese friend. But on Saturday, at Santa Monica’s branch of... Read more →

Education

A change at the very top

SMC — After 15 years at the helm, Santa Monica College’s head football Coach Robert Taylor has been dismissed from the program amid allegations of recruiting violations that involved student athletes receiving special financial incentives that were not extended to the rest of the campus population. Sources said Taylor changed... Read more →

News

Coyote ugly

DOUGLAS PARK — For 13 years, Wally the cat was the king of the neighborhood. “He was just mister stud cat,” said his owner, Kristin Rotblatt, who lives near Douglas Park just north of Wilshire Boulevard. “He was very sweet to us, but he never took any crap.” Wally met his untimely death earlier this month —... Read more →

Crime

Elderly man pulls cane, then gun

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. Thursday, Aug. 13, at 5:02 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2800 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding an assault with a deadly weapon.... Read more →

News

Getting Farmers’ Market fresh comes easy

Editor’s Note: This is a series in which Daily Press writers overhear and observe happenings around Santa Monica. DOWNTOWN — It’s like a gorgeous sunset on a cold, gray morning. The bright glow of oranges and peaches stands out against the rich purple of berries and plums that line the booths of the Farmers’ Market... Read more →