News

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 →

Environment

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 →

News

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 →

City Council

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 →

Crime

Food fight for roommates

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. Sunday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2400 block of Ocean Park Boulevard regarding an assault with a deadly weapon.... Read more →

News

Congressman encourages FAA, City Hall to play nice

WASHINGTON — While the Federal Aviation Administration’s legal battle continues with City Hall over its controversial jet ban at Santa Monica Airport, one local congressman hasn’t given up hope that the two parties can work out their differences outside of court. Congressman Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, on Thursday added an... Read more →

City Council

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 →

News

City recognized for its dealings with bicycles

CITYWIDE — Boasting nearly 16 miles of bike lanes and a popular valet program catering to those who use pedal power, Santa Monica was recently recognized for being a bicycle friendly community by a national organization advocating on behalf of cyclists. The League of American Bicyclists, which represents the interests of the... Read more →