Santa Monica gets passing grade with a few exceptions

CITYWIDE — Santa Monicans gave an overwhelming thumbs up to the city by the sea, awarding it an A-grade as a good place to live as well as high marks on providing critical city services including emergency response, public safety and environmental responsibility. The most prevalent concerns held by residents focused on the state... Read more →


Saint John’s known for its Angels

  MID-CITY — Whatever your beliefs, everyone can agree that Saint John’s has Angels in the emergency room. That fact was nationally recognized April 11 when the American Hospital Association awarded the Angels of the ER volunteer program the 2011 award for Volunteer Excellence at an awards breakfast in Washington, D.C. Ann... Read more →


Veggies aren’t what they used to be

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the nutritional difference between the carrot I ate in 1970 and one I eat today? I’ve heard that that there’s very little nutrition left. Is that true? — Esther G., Newark, NJ It would be overkill to say that the carrot you eat today has very little nutrition in it — especially compared... Read more →


Residents rally against use of leaded fuel at SMO

SMO — Residents living in Venice and Mar Vista gathered at the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Airport on Friday to stage an Earth Day rally against the use of leaded fuel by owners of propeller planes that fly over homes nearby. Lead, long banned from normal car fuels and many household products, presents a recognized danger to... Read more →


St. John’s nurses will decide in May whether to unionize

MIDTOWN — Nurses working at Saint John’s Health Center will have the opportunity to vote next month on whether or not they want to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board reported Friday. Representatives of Saint John’s and the California Nurses Association (CNA) signed a stipulated election agreement, approved by the... Read more →


Sea lions rescued near Santa Monica Pier

SM PIER — Two sea lions washed onto the beach near the Santa Monica Pier Wednesday, victims of a deadly neurotoxin that has been wreaking havoc amongst the sea mammal population in Southern California. The poison, called domoic acid, causes grand mal seizures, which lead to lesions in the victims’ brains. It’s produced by... Read more →


Senior arrested for allegedly possessing child porn

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. Friday, April 15, at 7:20 a.m., Officers went to a home on the 3000 block of Main Street to check in on a registered sex offender. When officers arrived,... Read more →


High gas prices rattle local businesses

CITYWIDE — As the price of gas nears $5 a gallon, the pump has the same connotation as dentists’ offices — you know you have to go, and you know it’s going to hurt. Nationwide, prices have begun to creep up in response to increased demand for petroleum from developing countries and unrest in the Middle East. The West... Read more →


Superyachts comes to airport

Why fly in a private jet when you can hop aboard your own 130-foot superyacht? Burgess, one of the world’s leading brokerage firms specializing in luxury yachts, has opened its fourth U.S. location at the Santa Monica Airport, its president and CEO Jonathan Beckett hoping he can capitalize on the office’s proximity to Beverly... Read more →


Fighting to expand PCH

The 40-mile drive from Santa Monica north to the Ventura County line on Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most spectacular coastal routes in the country. It is hard to believe that at one time the coast highway actually ended near Topanga Canyon, with a “No Trespassing” sign and a fence manned by guards. But, back in the... Read more →


Math professor named outstanding advisor

Four Santa Monica College students and a math professor will be recognized for their achievements in education by Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS), the academic honor society and service organization of California Community Colleges. Students Eitan Almagor, Angelica Chavez, Sing Yuen Chan and Luis Gomez were awarded scholarships, while professor... Read more →


Happy anniversary, Upward Bound House

Santa Monica-based Upward Bound House, which provides housing to homeless families with children, celebrated the one year anniversary of its family shelter in Culver City over the weekend. Since opening in April 2010, the shelter has served 67 families, representing 72 adults and 108 children, said David Snow, executive director of Upward... Read more →


L.A. officials vote in favor of closing SMO flight schools

SMO — The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution Wednesday declaring its intention to support legislation to close the six flight schools operating at the Santa Monica Airport, as well as make permanent a flight path that would send airplanes over Santa Monica homes. The vote was unanimous. Councilmembers Janice Hahn, Bill... Read more →


City Hall announces sustainable award winners

A private elementary school, the number one hybrid car dealership in the world, an architecture firm and a catering service are just some of the companies to take home a 2011 Sustainable Quality Award, city officials said Tuesday. The Sustainable Quality Awards, a collaboration between City Hall, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce and... Read more →