Education

SMC to offer degree in solar installation

SMC — Following the emergence of the “green jobs” sector over the past several years, a new program offering certification in the field of solar panel installation will launch this fall. The 18-unit curriculum at Santa Monica College includes a three-course-series — PV1, PV2 and PV3 — that covers the essentials... Read more →

News

One in a million

NEW YORK — Richard Mason wants to be a millionaire. Whether he wins the seven-figure jackpot will be revealed when ABC’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” airs Wednesday night. The Santa Monica resident was one of 110 people from across the country who were selected to contend for the million dollar prize on the... Read more →

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Future life savers

DOWNTOWN — Swimmers with Team Santa Monica took high honors at the Junior Lifeguard National Championships earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with three members earning first place in various competitions designed to test one’s endurance. Team Santa Monica is a nonprofit, parent-run swim team featuring kids from Santa... Read more →

Environment

Solar could make dollars and cents

Dear EarthTalk I’d like to know the relative electricity cost of utility scale solar and wind plants versus rooftop residential solar. In other words, how can I know whether to subsidize my utility’s alternative energy plant or renovate my own home? Randy Wilson Flagstaff, AZ Making such a determination is complex, but you... Read more →

Crime

New trial requested in Juarez murders

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A pair of imprisoned gang members believed responsible for the deaths of the Juarez brothers in Santa Monica more than a decade ago will have to stand trial again, it was announced this week. Jane Robison, a spokesperson for the D.A.’s Office, said defendants David Robles and Jessie Garcia will have to answer to... Read more →

Briefs

Staples makes it easy

Staples is doing its part to show appreciation to teachers for their hard work. On Aug. 15, the first 100 teachers visiting various Staples stores between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. will receive an EcoEasy bag full of supplies including notepads and writing utensils. “Every year, teachers reach into their own pockets to pay for classroom... Read more →

News

Helping kids find their inner beauty

LINCOLN BLVD. — The Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club lived up to its goal of being “a positive place for kids and teens” on Friday when it hosted a one-day camp with My Beauty, a company that seeks to promote self-esteem in teenage girls. “Our goal is to empower young girls and help them become successful... Read more →

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Looking to represent the Mid-City

MID-CITY — Sandwiched between the rail yard issues of the Pico Neighborhood and parking problem in the Wilshire-Montana area is a long strip of more than 25 city blocks where there’s been silence on the organized advocacy front for the residents who call it home. In a city where neighborhood activism is well alive with... Read more →

Briefs

Students are urged to clean up

School is looming ever closer, and the Department of Public Works hopes to teach kids an important lesson: Put trash where it belongs. The department is reminding parents and teachers about the importance of educating children to recycle and properly dispose of their litter. Throwing trash out of car windows or leaving candy, gum and food... Read more →

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Fire chief decides to leave post

DOWNTOWN — Fire Chief Jim Hone, who is credited with enhancing the Santa Monica Fire Department’s emergency preparedness following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, will retire in January 2010, he told his staff Thursday. Hone, who joined the SMFD in 1980 after spending six years in the United States Air Force, was promoted to fire... Read more →