Thousands take part in massive quake drill

LOS ANGELES — Scores of Californians simultaneously dove under desks and tables at late morning Thursday in a massive drill to practice basic earthquake survival skills. At 10:21 a.m., school children and workers rolled under their desks, city sirens wailed in San Francisco and Bay Area Rapid Transit trains came to a stop for one... Read more →


Locals prepare for ‘the big one’

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — All around Santa Monica, and throughout California, emergency responders are getting ready to rumble in anticipation of the state’s third annual Great Shakeout on Thursday, an earthquake simulation that last year had nearly 7 million registered participants. In Santa Monica, the drill is a the biggest... Read more →


Westside Republicans come out

SM BLVD — Contrary to what one might believe, the term Westside Republican is not an oxymoron. Aiming to encourage conservatives on the Westside of Los Angeles to overcome intimidation and enjoy the party’s election year resurgence, the Santa Monica Republican Women Federated (SMRWF) along with Log Cabin-Los Angeles and... Read more →


Artists in training win big

Students in Santa Monica College adjunct art professor John Zarcone’s beginning oil and intermediate painting classes swept the cash awards for the Pico Festival’s “Paintings of Pico Boulevard Contest,” held Oct. 16. The $300 first place prize went to Yuhao Liao in the beginning class; the $200 second place award went... Read more →


Keeping kids safe at Halloween

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes the most hectic for parents. Nearly 94 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 12 participate in Halloween activities each year. Tim Kang, actor from the hit CBS show “The Mentalist” has partnered with the National Center for Missing &... Read more →


CVB noted for bright ideas

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) took home two Best Idea Awards from the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus earlier this month. The bureau was recognized for a social media contest that coincided with the opening of Santa Monica Place and the Mannequin Collective art exhibit. The bureau created... Read more →


City Hall ponders parking crunch

DOWNTOWN — The planned renovation of Parking Structure 6, along with the AMC proposal for a new cinema on Fourth Street that would replace Parking Structure 3, could mean a fresh headache for commuters to Downtown in the form of 681 fewer parking spaces while construction of both projects is underway. Though both projects are a ways... Read more →


SMPD offers bicycle safety tips

The Santa Monica Police Department is encouraging bicyclists and motorists to work together in keeping the roads safe. Below are some basic road rules. Cyclists must: • Ride on the street, not the sidewalk. • Yield to pedestrians. • Wear a helmet. Individuals under 18 must, but everyone else should. • Obey all... Read more →


‘Merry Wives’ have upper hand at the Broad Stage

BROAD STAGE — For many a 21st century audience member, it may be a surprise to learn that the author of “Hamlet” and “King Lear” was, in his day, not an ivory tower type but something more akin to a pop culture prince. Yet it’s true: Shakespeare, the English language’s foremost tragedian, also... Read more →


Problems with whitening

Dear EarthTalk I’m considering going for a teeth whitening, but is this safe to do? Clara Reid Kent, Wash. In the U.S., teeth whitening products are not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as they are not classified as drugs. As such, long term safety data doesn’t exist for them. But health experts warn that... Read more →


Road advisories

Alley Renewal Program The alley south of Pico Boulevard between 22nd and 23rd streets will be resurfaced starting on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Work will include grinding and asphalt overlay. Please be advised that resurfacing operations will generate noise despite best efforts to keep the disturbance to a minimum. The estimated completion... Read more →


Young, old learn Spanish in tandem

DOWNTOWN — On a rainy Friday morning, Rachel Volman plays “La Bamba” on the piano at Silvercrest Senior Residence Center for her fellow residents. Every week, she attends a Spanish class in the community room that combines her love of music with her interest in languages. "When you get older, it's good to keep your... Read more →


Health class tackles teen suicide

OLYMPIC HIGH — With teen suicide a growing concern across the country, students at Santa Monica’s Olympic High School are getting an added amount of attention, courtesy of a couple of UCLA graduate students with plans to make a difference in the mental health field. After being awarded an Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, Ashley... Read more →


New initiative launched to prevent violence

CIVIC CENTER — Community leaders are embarking on a new mission to stem the violence in Santa Monica by changing the way boys think about manhood, trading traditional views of masculinity that can be harmful to both sexes for an emphasis on positive, non-violent definitions of male strength. The Male Violence Prevention Project —... Read more →


BBB partners with Google Transit for easy planning

Ever notice that the bus function on Google Maps doesn’t include Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus? The Big Blue Bus announced Friday it has provided its entire schedule and route information to Google Transit, a Web-based service with information that can also be accessed through Google Maps. Riders can now enter a starting point,... Read more →