Are storms a sign of what’s to come?

Dear EarthTalk The U.S. got socked with several major storms this past winter. Local weather reports never mentioned this as odd. But is it a sign of global warming? R.A. Forbes via e-mail Weather patterns and trends are notoriously unpredictable, varying due to a great many different inputs. While it’s true that snowier, stormier... Read more →


In search of families

DOWNTOWN — Linda Brenden knows she’s changed at least one life from opening up her home to foreign exchange students. During one of the 21 years she has hosted international high school students as part of Education First’s Foundation for Foreign Study, a boy from Scandinavia did not interact much with the other students and... Read more →


Samohi’s Lacy passes away

SAMOHI — Norm Lacy, Santa Monica High School’s athletic director, passed away on Saturday, school officials and friends said. The cause of death was due to a heart attack, according to a number of sources associated with the school. “Just terrible,” Samohi softball Head Coach Debbie Skaggs said. “This is very... Read more →


Legendary prop house begins sale of collection

MAIN STREET — It was 1976, and Jadis had just opened. A woman came and knocked on the door, a smile wide across her face. The collection of technological oddities and anachronistic models reminded her of her grandfather’s basement. But her boyfriend, standing next to her with a latte, did not want to pay the $1 entrance... Read more →


School board cuts $7.1M

SMMUSD HDQTRS — In the wake of Measure A’s defeat at the polls, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District on Thursday slashed $7.1 million from its budget, a step toward closing its $12 million funding shortfall. Measure A, the proposed $198 per parcel tax dubbed an “emergency” school funding initiative, would... Read more →

City Council

Homeless lawsuit dismissed

CITY HALL — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against City Hall filed by the American Civil Liberties Union that accused Santa Monica officials of harassing and intimidating homeless residents in an attempt to drive them out of town. The suit was dismissed “with prejudice,” meaning the ACLU is barred from bringing... Read more →


Hit and run

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, May 7, at 11:32 a.m. Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 2500 block of Lincoln Boulevard — Arco — regarding an armed robbery.... Read more →

City Council

Budget proposal avoids major cuts

CITY HALL — Facing a $13.2 million general fund deficit, City Hall officials have proposed a spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that they say will close the budget gap without substantial cuts to services and without layoffs or furlough days for employees. The budget proposal, which the City Council began reviewing at a... Read more →


Details emerge in Samohi weapons case

SMMUSD HDQTRS — When two Santa Monica High School students were arrested in February for allegedly bringing daggers, a BB gun, handcuffs, rope and black face masks to school, district officials claimed the students had posed no threat to campus safety. On April 9, when Santa Monica-Malibu Unifed School District Superintendent Tim... Read more →


Pier ranked fifth most polluted beach in state

SM BEACH — The Santa Monica Pier remained ranked as the fifth most polluted beach in California in Heal the Bay’s 2009-10 Beach Report Card, though a replaced storm drain has contributed to a slight improvement in the quality of the water there. Overall, Los Angeles County showed significant improvement in beach water... Read more →


Settlement reached in Lincoln Place dispute

ROSE AVE — A contentious legal battle involving a rent-controlled apartment complex in Venice that was built after World War II to house veterans unable to find affordable housing has finally come to an end with the Los Angeles City Council’s approval Wednesday of a settlement that will return scores of evicted tenants to their... Read more →


Airport Commission recommends path review

KEN EDWARDS CENTER — Residents don’t trust the FAA and have asked City Hall to hire an independent research firm to track the number of planes flying over their homes and how great the noise impacts are to their quality of life. Members of the Airport Commission on Monday responded to residents’ complaints of increased... Read more →


Buckle up or pay big bucks

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — If you’re planning to hit the road for a late spring or early summer getaway, be sure that everyone in the car wears their seat belts on every trip, day and night or risk paying a hefty fine. Law enforcement throughout the state, including Santa Monica, will be looking for unbelted drivers and passengers... Read more →


Outbreak tied to alfalfa sprouts

Raw alfalfa sprouts linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning in 10 states that prompted a food recall, was traced to a Los Angeles-area company, but no cases have so far been reported in the county. The sprouts were traced to Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, which has issued a voluntary recall of all alfalfa sprouts manufactured under... Read more →