Celebrity trainer helps kids get healthy

OLYMPIC HIGH SCHOOL — Hunter Irons’ face slowly turns the shade of a tomato, his forehead covered in small beads of sweat as he tries to remain focused on the task at hand for just a little bit longer. Facing him inside the humid makeshift gym at the Olympic High School cafeteria is world renown trainer Michael Thurmond who... Read more →

District moves to restrict private events at schools

CITY HALL — Aiming to protect itself from liability and recoup the costs incurred from allowing various groups to hold events on school property, the district last week unveiled a revised permitting policy for the use of facilities on all campuses. District officials for the past year have been working to overhaul the existing permit... Read more →

Pawn shop finds new home

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →

Library tracks down missing materials

MAIN LIBRARY — The days of duping the librarian without consequence are over. Most people who have ever checked out a library book have had to deal with some sort of overdue penalty at least once in their lives, but very few have had the pleasure of dealing with Unique Management Services, Inc., a collection agency, representing the... Read more →

Microwaves light (energy) eaters

Dear EarthTalk How does the microwave compare in energy use, say, to using a gas or electric stove burner to heat water for a cup of tea? Tempie Dexter, MI The short answer is that it depends upon several variables, including the price of electricity versus gas, and the relative efficiency of the appliances involved. Typically, though, a... Read more →

In memory of

Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country. Memorial Day was originally known... Read more →

Previously uncharted plant species discovered in nearby mountains

SM MOUNTAINS — A recent flora survey of the Santa Monica Mountains near Sandstone Peak, the highest point in the region at 3,000 feet, revealed a species of plant not known to inhabit the area. Tony Valois, a biological field technician with the National Park Service, discovered the small flower during a routine examination of the... Read more →

School board to increase class sizes

CITY HALL — The fallout from the defeat of five major budget propositions from the special election became apparent on Thursday when district officials outlined the first in a series of spending cuts expected for the upcoming school year. Included in the initial round, which was presented to the Board of Education during its meeting,... Read more →

Schools continue to perform well

CITY HALL — Students in Santa Monica and Malibu public schools continue to perform well compared to their peers across the state, according to a report on 2008 test scores released by the California Department of Education on Thursday. Based on the 2007-08 state test scores, nearly all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School... Read more →