Meals on Wheels a finalist

Santa Monica-based Meals on Wheels West, which provides food and services for those confined to their home because of a disability, has a chance to win a free car from Toyota as part of the car company’s “100 Cars for Good” program. Meals on Wheels currently has no vehicle for the local chapter, said RoseMary Regalbuto,... Read more →


Meet Santa Monica’s heroes

At the Santa Monica Festival Saturday, several residents were recognized for their contributions to making the city a better place to live as part of the “Community Heroes” program, a partnership between City Hall and the Human Relations Council. “In their own way, each of these community heroes has been contributing to our... Read more →


RAND study: Depressed patients less likely to take medication

CIVIC CENTER — People suffering from depression are less likely to stick to a medication regimen to treat chronic health problems, putting them at increased risk of more serious health issues, according to a study released Tuesday by the Santa Monica-based RAND Corp. The study found that depressed patients suffering from chronic... Read more →


Board appoints new superintendent

SMMUSD HDQTRS — School board members voted unanimously Monday night to hire Sandra Lyon as the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s new superintendent. Lyon hails from the Palmdale School District, where she spent two years as the chief leadership officer, which entailed supervising, guiding and disciplining the... Read more →


Cops bust clerks for selling booze to minors

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Two sales clerks and several adults were cited during sting operations involving minors looking to purchase alcohol, authorities said Monday. Underage decoys attempted to buy booze from 36 businesses in Santa Monica during the “minor decoy operation,” and 44 adults were approached and asked to... Read more →


Creating media that matters

DOWNTOWN — The film opens with shots of a stark landscape where once thriving communities have now been reduce to rubble. Burned-out factories crumble next to large open fields where homes once stood, the people who lived in them abandoning this urban core in search of opportunity or because they no longer could afford the... Read more →


Rental business booming for SMMUSD

BARNUM HALL — On Easter Sunday, a man in a bunny costume dropped from the sky onto a field of 25,000 brightly colored Easter eggs, much to the delight of hundreds of children on the McKinley Elementary School campus. It was not a school activity, however. The skydiving Easter bunny was the highlight of the 2011 Eggstravaganza, an... Read more →

City Council

Gas prices causing headaches even for biofuel

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 part of... Read more →


Bill lets landlords ban smoking in units

SACRAMENTO — The state Senate has approved a bill that would let landlords ban smoking on their properties, including inside rental units. Sen. Alex Padilla says there is no prohibition on landlords prohibiting smoking, but his bill specifically makes it clear they have that power under California law. Padilla, a Democrat from Los... Read more →


Hidden dangers of soy

Dear Earth Talk How healthy is soy? I heard that, despite its healthy image, most soy is grown using chemicals like other crops and is even being genetically modified. D. Frinka Syracuse, NY Food products made with soy have enjoyed great popularity in the U.S. and elsewhere in recent years. Two decades ago, Americans spent $300 million a... Read more →


Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

CITYWIDE — The state of California has a well-established record of pushing against national opinion on rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals, and now Santa Monica has taken one more meaningful step toward banning discrimination within its own city limits. The City Council joined seven other California cities... Read more →


School district’s lunch program gets high marks

SMMUSD HDQTRS — School lunches are not what they used to be. Gone are the days of deep-fried mozzarella sticks with a suggestion of vegetable in the marinara sauce. Soda, fizzed away. Even the mystery has been taken out of meat. State and federal standards put in place over the last decades have sought to improve the quality of food... Read more →


19 arrested in Venice anti-gang sting

LOS ANGELES — Federal authorities say 19 people have been arrested for alleged firearms and drug crimes in an anti-gang sting that involved a Venice tattoo parlor run by undercover agents. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday that “Operation Villainz Ink” targeted alleged members of the... Read more →


Team takes third place in national science bowl

A team of four Santa Monica High School students took third at the National Ocean Science Bowl competition in Galveston, Tex. over the weekend. Mari LeGagnoux, Madeleine Youngs, Zach Gold and Dana Ritchie beat out 21 other teams in the buzzer battle which put them up against other teens that specialize in a very specific subset of science... Read more →


Transient arrested in Culver City double murder

DOWNTOWN — A 31-year-old homeless man was in custody Thursday for allegedly murdering a Santa Monica woman and an elderly man whose bodies were found in the older victim’s Culver City home, police said. Zackariah Lehnen, 30, knew the victims, but the exact relationship was not disclosed by police. Lehnen was arrested at 1:30 a.m.... Read more →