A new roll

Dear EarthTalk: I saw a TV ad for toilet paper with no cardboard core to save paper. I understand that green groups recently struck a deal with Kimberly-Clark to protect eastern U.S. forests from decimation for, among other things, toilet paper. Can you tell me if any efforts are underway to protect Canada’s boreal forest, also long... Read more →


Resolutions: Local newsmakers share their goals for 2011

DOWNTOWN — New Year’s resolutions: Everybody makes them, almost everybody breaks them. In an attempt to make it a little more difficult to renege this year, the Daily Press checked in with a range of local movers and shakers and put them on the record with their 2011 promises. Some people, as you’ll see, took our earnest... Read more →


Commissioner pushing for safer beach bike path

SM BEACH — Anyone who’s taken a bike ride along Santa Monica’s coast during the height of summer will attest: it can get pretty risky out there. With the crush of fellow bicyclists, skateboarders, and, occasionally, pedestrians who have wandered onto the wrong path, a peaceful cruise on the strand that spans Santa... Read more →


Valet tips for New Year’s Eve

Drivers who are hesitant to leave their car with a valet have good reason to worry, according to Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com, a premier online resource for auto enthusiasts. In its article “Confessions of a Parking Valet: True Tales of Mishaps and Mischief,” Edmunds.com exposes the truth about what goes on at a typical valet... Read more →


Homophobia on the promenade

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Friday, Dec. 24, at 4;20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a fight in progress. When... Read more →


Plenty of local options for New Year’s Eve

DOWNTOWN — Whether it’s a black tie affair or a laid-back get together with friends, Santa Monica abounds with choices for ringing in the New Year in style. Here are five of the most interesting sounding options in town: If you feel like getting fancy, don your black and white cocktail attire and head to Wokcano’s... Read more →


More time for more food

The Big Blue Bus and Santa Monica Chapter of the Red Cross are extending the deadline for this year’s food drive. The annual, City Hall-sponsored food drive, which helps families and individuals throughout Santa Monica and the Westside, has been extended until Jan. 10, 2011. Those wishing to donate food can drop off non-perishable... Read more →


Top 10 stories of 2010

DOWNTOWN — You could say Santa Monica had a little bit of everything in 2010. From the bizarre — like the revelation back in March that celebrated local sushi restaurant The Hump was illegally selling whale meat — to the heartwarming — like the successful grassroots effort to save the financially challenged Twilight... Read more →


Homeless man pleads not guilty to slashing face

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A homeless man living on the streets of Santa Monica was arraigned Tuesday after police accused him of slashing another man’s cheek in front of the McDonald’s on Second Street. Clarence Anthony Williams, 38, plead not guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of mayhem, a clerk... Read more →


City Hall launches youth violence prevention website

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials have launched a “youth violence prevention” portal on City Hall’s website, part of an effort to better inform the public about programs geared toward at-risk minors in Santa Monica. The website, which City Hall announced on Tuesday, is accessible at www.santamonicayouth.net.... Read more →


Rose Bowl rally volunteers needed

The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau is looking for a few good men and women to help welcome University of Wisconsin fans for a Rose Bowl pep rally Thursday at the Santa Monica Pier. The Badgers have chosen Santa Monica as the location for their official pep rally. The CVB expects over 25,000 fans to attend. Volunteers will... Read more →


Cops to be out in force on New Year’s Eve

CITYWIDE — When it comes to drinking and driving, the Santa Monica Police Department has a “zero tolerance” policy. Officers will be conducting a “Zero Tolerance DUI Saturation Patrol” New Year’s Eve at various locations throughout the city, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to... Read more →


Winds, cold follow latest storm

LOS ANGELES — California braced Wednesday for a blast of cold air and potentially damaging winds in the aftermath of a winter storm that dumped more rain and snow on the soggy state but failed to trigger significant new mudflows. One person was killed by a falling tree and a snowboarder was missing, power outages were scattered around... Read more →


Cops: Traffic death investigation could take nearly a month

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A traffic investigator with the Santa Monica Police Department said Monday it could take at least four weeks to determine if charges whould be filed against a driver who killed a 66-year-old man last week as he was crossing Wilshire Boulevard. Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Investigator Chris... Read more →