Preparing for, riding out and surviving the ‘Big One’

BROADWAY — The recent earthquakes in Mexico, Chile and Haiti have given Southern Californians a reason to consider their own level of preparedness. While government agencies as well as other response agencies like the Red Cross are updating their own plans, we know from experience that preparedness starts at home and now is the... Read more →


Samohi teens vying for biology crown

SAMOHI — The next champions of an international biology competition could be a couple of local teenagers. Zack Gold and Christina Tsai, both Santa Monica High School juniors, are among just 20 students out of some 10,000 participants to have made it through two rounds of testing to become USA Biology Olympiad finalists. The... Read more →


Beach House is golden

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY — Parts of the Annenberg Community Beach House date to the 1920s, but when it comes to environmental sustainability, the public club is very much of the 21st century. The beach house on Tuesday received recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council for meeting the organization’s Gold LEED standard... Read more →


Celebration of Mother Earth continues

While the past weekend was filled with events celebrating Earth Day, this week holds even more opportunities to celebrate the planet. The Center for Environmental and Urban Studies and Sustainable Works is having an open house Wednesday, April 21, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., where anyone can come and learn about its contributions and what they can... Read more →


Cops searching for hit-and-run suspect

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Police Department needs the public’s help in locating a vehicle used in a felony hit-and-run collision that left a 53-year-old woman with significant injuries. Police said witnesses described the car as a late model Mitsubishi Eclipse, two-door sedan that is black in color. The driver was described as... Read more →

City Council

BBB fare hike delayed for SMC

CITY HALL — City Hall has agreed not to charge Santa Monica College more for providing its students and staff with unlimited access to the Big Blue Bus system for at least a year, though the City Council is expected to increase fares for other riders next week. Facing an estimated $6.1 million deficit, BBB officials have recommended... Read more →


Give something back

Gov. Schwarzenegger proclaimed April 18–24 as “Volunteer Week” in California, CaliforniaVolunteers announced Monday. “From building houses to being a mentor, the variety of volunteer opportunities is immense, varied and important,” Schwarzenegger said. “Those motivated citizens who stepped up to help the... Read more →


Landing the big fish

SM PIER — Illuminated by Pacific Park’s solar-powered Ferris wheel with a pulled pork sandwich in one hand and a light beer in the other, Australian TV personality Troy Gray stood on the Santa Monica Pier last Friday night and watched as roughly 2,200 of his fellow countrymen drank and danced to pop music. The crowd was... Read more →


Local schools deemed ‘distinguished’ by state

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A trio of local elementary schools have been named “California Distinguished Schools” for taking steps to narrow the achievement gap while maintaining high scores on standardized tests. McKinley, Point Dume Marine Science and Webster elementary schools each received the honor, the California Department of... Read more →


What to read?

The Santa Monica Citywide Reads Advisory Committee invites community input for the 2011 book selection. The mission of Citywide Reads is to encourage a culture of reading and to promote book-centered dialogue in Santa Monica. Book selection criteria include the following: fiction, amenable to good group discussion, broad appeal,... Read more →


Great Lake problems

Dear EarthTalk What are the major threats to the Great Lakes in the United States and what’s being done to address them? Saul G., Racine, Wisc. The Great Lakes watershed is a unique and important ecosystem that contains some 95 percent of America’s fresh water surface area, and is a continental hub for birds, fish and other... Read more →


The inexpensive skies within reach

SMO — With the economy as it is, many warned Charles Thomson about beginning a flight training company. His perspective, despite the odds, is that this is the most appropriate time to start his company which is focused on making flying more accessible to the public. “I was learning at one of the other schools on the field and I... Read more →


Concert costs went up as sponsorships vanished

SM PIER — Facing an 80 percent decline in corporate sponsorships, Pier Restoration Corp. officials announced in March the Twilight Dance Series was in jeopardy and rallied City Hall officials and Santa Monica residents to pitch in to save the annual free summer concerts. What they didn’t mention was the other side of the... Read more →


Board member criticizes district over ninja knife case

SMMUSD HDQTRS — One Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member is sharply criticizing the district’s handling of an incident in February in which two high school students were arrested for allegedly bringing nearly two dozen knives and a loaded BB gun to campus. The students were arrested Feb. 25 and 26 at Santa... Read more →


Saint John’s racks up sewage fines

MID CITY — Saint John’s Health Center has been cited six times since December for sewage system violations, resulting in $9,000 worth of fines as City Hall has ramped-up its efforts to bring the hospital into compliance. The citations were for pumping excessive amounts of dissolved sulfides — raw sewage that can give off a... Read more →