News

Here comes the taxman

DOWNTOWN — There’s a trio of former Santa Monica businesses that are on a list of the state’s most wanted, accused not of committing heinous crimes but rather skirting hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax payments. The California Board of Equalization announced recently it added 19 new businesses to its list of the... Read more →

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Issues surround locality of vendors

MAIN STREET — With the launch of a citywide campaign this year to urge consumers to buy from local businesses, one merchant association is hoping the neighborhood Santa Monica Farmers’ Market also follows the same philosophy. On the list of about a dozen non-agricultural vendors at the Main Street Farmers’ Market, selling... Read more →

Environment

The ecology of cell phones

THE LANDFILL — aIt’s not much of a stretch to liken America’s relationship with cell phones to a once sizzling romance that ends in good-bye. Fated love affairs typically begin with inflamed passion before reality sets in, cooling the embers enough to allow more guarded, sometimes less attractive aspects of the self to... Read more →

Environment

Breast milk vs. formula

Dear EarthTalk What are the pros and cons of feeding babies formula versus breast milk? And if I purchase formula, should I spend the extra money on the organic variety? Suzy W. via e-mail It is generally acknowledged within the medical community that breast milk is the ideal first food for babies, though modern formula brands can get the... Read more →

Environment

Sustainability and the bottom line

As a new-to-town resident, I have found fewer things more refreshing than the weather. (I came from Fresno, in the Central Valley of California, with averages topping 100 degrees during the summer months.) That said, it is amazing to find that the issues surrounding environmental sustainability are woven into the framework of this place. A... Read more →

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The last days of recreation

WILMONT — As hundreds of hikers head out to their favorite trails this weekend, they would be wise to stop and smell the roses, or whatever foliage is around, for the hike could be their last — in the state park that is. Faced with devastating budget cuts totaling $53.6 million, the California Department of Parks and Recreation... Read more →

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Promenade food carts expected back this fall

DOWNTOWN — Out of all the parts that make up the Third Street Promenade, from the artists to retail carts to the merchants that line the strip, there’s one that’s been absent for the past few years. That missing piece of the puzzle — food carts — is due to return this fall. There was a time when shoppers on the... Read more →

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Prowling the promenade

Editor’s Note: This is a series in which Daily Press writers overhear and observe happenings around Santa Monica. DOWNTOWN — A girl in a yellow halter top sits on the edge of the ivy-covered triceratops fountain on the Third Street Promenade. She runs her fingers through her curly brown hair as the wind lifts it gently. The... Read more →

Crime

A not-so-quiet stroll

Tuesday. Aug. 18, at 1:54 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1900 block of Arizona Avenue regarding an attempted robbery. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim who told officers that he was walking to work when he was confronted by the suspect, who demanded $20. The victim, in fear for his safety,... Read more →

News

Revamping a classic piece

BROAD STAGE — What does an Asian-American youth orchestra, a West African drum ensemble, and a punk-folk-country-protest musician all have in common? The answer is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, best known for its fourth movement, “Ode to Joy.” Billy Bragg, the punk, folk, country and political singer-songwriter, is... Read more →