O’Day, Patel early leaders in election fundraising

CITY HALL — A handful of Santa Monica City Council and school board candidates opened up big fundraising leads during the first half of the year while most hopefuls in November’s election had yet to begin raising money, campaign disclosure statements show. In the City Council race, Terry O’Day, who was appointed to the body... Read more →


SMC board approves construction plan

SMC — Despite concerns about construction projects slated for Santa Monica College raised by the neighborhood group Friends of Sunset Park, the school’s board of trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved a new master plan that envisions construction, building renovations and demolitions at the college’s main campus and... Read more →


Wildfire plan released

After a year of intensive collaboration with the local communities and stakeholders, the Santa Monica Mountains Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is ready for public comment now through Sept. 15, 2010, federal officials said. The purpose of the CWPP is to help local communities collaborate with agencies, organizations and homeowners... Read more →


Churchill painting at King’s Head Pub stolen

DOWNTOWN — British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once said, “A joke is a very serious thing.” Tell that to the thief that made off with a prized painting of the great World War II statesman that prominently hung in the Ye Old King’s Head Pub since the popular British establishment opened its doors on Santa Monica... Read more →


Malibu adds deputy to patrol PCH

PCH — Hoping to make the stretch of Pacific Coast Highway that runs through Malibu safer, the city has added an additional full-time Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department motorcycle deputy to patrol the roadway. In just the first two weeks of stepped-up enforcement, an additional 135 traffic citations have been issued,... Read more →


Murder suspect pleads not guilty

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A 55-year-old man accused of stabbing a woman to death on Sunday in the courtyard of the Santa Monica home for the mentally ill where she lived pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder on Tuesday afternoon. The man, Rigoberto Ruiz, allegedly stabbed his victim, Rosalind Sue Olson, 61, in the chest after a... Read more →


Turning scraps into gardening gold

NOMA — Instead of tossing leftovers into the garbage, a select group of residents living north of Montana Avenue can now place their scraps of filet mignon and lobster tails in their green, yard waste bins so the food can be turned into nutrient-rich compost for gardening under a city-sponsored recycling program. The Food Scraps... Read more →


College gets millions to train garbage men

Santa Monica College has been awarded a $4.87 million grant for job training in the high-demand fields of recycling and resource management, officials with the college said Monday. The Community-Based Job Training Grant comes through the U.S. Department of Labor. Through this grant, SMC will collaborate with two Orange County community... Read more →

City Council

Holbrook to seek full term

CITY HALL — Five-term City Council incumbent Bob Holbrook on Monday said he plans to seek re-election to a four-year term, ending speculation he might challenge council colleagues Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day for a two-year seat in November’s election. Holbrook’s decision came after members of the influential political... Read more →


Line up early and win

Something special awaits the first 500 guests at the new Santa Monica Place on Friday, Aug. 6: Each of the first eligible 500 guests arriving at the Third Street entrance before the project’s official opening will receive a free Santa Monica Place Gift Card, with dollar amounts ranging from $10 to $500. The three-level, open-air Santa... Read more →


Shop ‘til you drop for schools

Businesses in this popular retail district plan to donate 8 percent of their gross sales this week (Aug. 2 through Aug. 6) to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation’s Save our Schools campaign. Dubbed “Lemon-8 Days” the participating businesses will display a lemon in their window letting shoppers know where they can... Read more →


Stabbing called ‘random attack’

PICO BLVD — Santa Monica police on Monday described the fatal stabbing of a 61-year-old woman who lived at The Manor — a home for the mentally ill and developmentally disabled — as a “random attack.” The woman, whose name has not been released pending the notification of her family, was sitting in a courtyard at... Read more →


SMRR fails to endorse full slates

JAMS — It was a bad year for incumbents at Sunday’s Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights convention, with one sitting City Council member and two incumbent school board members failing to win endorsements from the influential political party. During a four-hour meeting at John Adams Middle School, party members couldn’t... Read more →


Staying local

Dear EarthTalk I know that local food has health and environmental benefits, but my local grocer only carries a few items. Is there a push for bigger supermarkets to carry locally produced food? Maria Fine Somerville, MA By eating locally sourced foods, we strengthen the bond between local farmers and our communities, stay connected to the... Read more →