Special ed advocates concerned about proposed term limits

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A proposal to impose term limits and reduce the number of parents serving on school District Advisory Committees (DAC) is drawing concerns from existing members who believe that the changes would send the wrong message to the community. The Board of Education tonight is scheduled to discuss the potential revisions to... Read more →


All-time high score for school district

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Test scores just keep going up. The California Department of Education on Tuesday released results of the 2009 Academic Performance Index (API), which rates achievement based on two state assessments, showing that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District improved its scores by 5 points. The API is based on... Read more →


Road to creating a Shangri-landmark

DOWNTOWN — It represented hope and recovery following one of the worst economic catastrophes in U.S. history, an optimistic signal of wealth in the years to come, packaged in a modernistic building boasting ocean views. More than 69 years after the Hotel Shangri-La opened its doors on the corner of Ocean and Arizona avenues, the... Read more →


Fire displaces local family

SUNSET PARK — A local family is temporarily without a home after a fire took out an apartment unit early Saturday morning. The fire broke out around 3:13 a.m. in the second-story unit of an apartment complex at 2315 14th St., injuring one person and causing extensive smoke damage throughout the residence. The unit was occupied by a... Read more →


State officials report thousands in gifts

SACRAMENTO — A $151 hotel room in Lodi, $81 dinner, $10 chocolate computer and a $2 flashlight — these are just some of the gifts that state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley and Sen. Fran Pavley have received in the past year. That’s according to an online database compiled by the Sacramento Bee earlier this month, detailing... Read more →


Woman dies from possible overdose

EASTSIDE Police believe a 46-year-old woman found Sunday evening in a van parked on Nebraska Avenue died from a drug overdose, possibly heroin. Police said the woman, whose identity was not released as of Monday afternoon, was found by a male friend around 9:40 p.m. Sunday with some type of opiate. The death is still under investigation.... Read more →


Less cash, less workers

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that environmental non-profits have been hit hard by the economic downturn, and has this had an impact on their effectiveness? —  Bridget W., Bainbridge Island, Wash. Non-profits of every stripe have been suffering from the economic downturn. In a recent survey of 800 U.S.-based non-profits, 75 percent... Read more →


Flavor of the city tempts area foodies

SM PIER — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Cirque du Soleil’s “KOOZA” to host its eighth annual Taste of Santa Monica food festival on the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday. This year, guests will enjoy a longer live music performance, new sunset Happy Hour and also a chance to win and receive... Read more →


Publisher of local weekly paper dies

DOWNTOWN — Michael Rosenthal, the publisher and co-founder of the Santa Monica Mirror, died this week after a long battle with renal cell cancer. The memorials began pouring in soon after the local businessman’s death on Wednesday morning, friends — including childhood buddies — expressing their condolences on his... Read more →


Recovering through housing

SANTA MONICA BLVD — A trio of antique typewriters sit in a line atop a desk, showcased in exhibition yet still living out their created purpose, each holding a piece of paper from the platen, containing the thoughts of a 23-year-old woman. “That one types in cursive,” the woman said, pointing to the device the farthest... Read more →