Hydro’s popularity in bloom

Dear EarthTalk What are the environmental benefits of the hydroponic growing of lettuce and other crops? Bruce Keeler Oakland, Calif. While organic agriculture is all the rage, growing by leaps and bounds to meet increased consumer demand for healthier food, another option that’s less well known but just as healthy is hydroponics,... Read more →


Local students embrace Bike It Day

DOWNTOWN Over 3,000 school-age children — over 30 percent of the total enrollment in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school District — chose to ride a bike, a scooter or walk to school earlier this month as part of Bike It!, Walk It! Day, sponsors of the effort said Friday. The annual event, which started in 2005 at Santa... Read more →


Santa Monica police kill shooting suspect

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police shot and killed a man Friday night after he allegedly opened fire on his wife at a busy intersection in Downtown Santa Monica and then shot at officers as they attempted to apprehend him a few blocks away. The man, who has been identified as James Stephen Ramirez, 33, allegedly shot his wife multiple... Read more →


Measure Y supporters shell out for campaign

CAMPAIGN ROUNDUP DOWNTOWN — Supporters of Measure Y, the proposed half percent sales tax increase, have donated $229, 541 to the campaign to pass the tax hike, compared with just $5,708 raised by opponents of the measure. With 10 days to go before election day, the pro-Measure Y campaign has nearly $91,000 on hand, according to a... Read more →


SMC, Chevron join forces on solar project

BY DAILY PRESS STAFF SMC — Chevron Energy Solutions, a unit of Chevron Corp., and Santa Monica College will hold a dedication ceremony on Oct. 29 for a newly completed solar and energy efficiency project, which is expected to save the college more than $14 million over the life of the project. The project includes a 408-kilowatt... Read more →


State of the schools address set

MAIN LIBRARY A community report on student achievement, initiatives, and the financial health of the local School District will be held in Santa Monica Monday. The Fifth Annual State of Our Schools will be presented by the school district in partnership with the Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs and Community for Excellent Public Schools... Read more →


Teen’s alleged attacker arrested, along with three others

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police on Thursday night arrested four people they believe are responsible for two street robberies that occurred earlier in the day, one on Sixth Street near Santa Monica High School and one at Euclid Street and Michigan Avenue. In the first robbery, a 16-year-old Samohi student was stabbed in the cheek about... Read more →


Campaign mailer draws rebuke from public safety unions

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica police officers and firefighters on Thursday said a mysterious independent expenditure group that calls itself Santa Monicans for Quality Government had misappropriated the public safety associations’ logos and was misrepresenting the groups’ positions in its political literature. The public safety... Read more →


Shoplifters, weed smokers and alcoholics

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.  Sunday, Oct. 17, at 9:08 p.m., Officers responded to the 1400 block of Yale Street regarding a suspicious person who had stolen a motor scooter.... Read more →


Samohi student stabbed in face

SAMOHI — A female Santa Monica High School senior was stabbed in the face by an unidentified attacker as she was walking to campus on Thursday morning, Santa Monica police told the Daily Press. The victim had parked her car in the 2000 block of Sixth Street and was heading to campus about 9:10 a.m. when she was approached by a Hispanic... Read more →


City’s past finally has a home

MAIN LIBRARY — For the past 35 years, Louise Gabriel, with the unconditional support of her late husband, former City Councilman Bob Gabriel, has made it her mission to preserve and display Santa Monica’s rich history for future generations. On Sunday, that mission will finally be realized. Gabriel, a soft-spoken but passionate... Read more →


Pumpkin throwing leads to shooting

BORDERLINE NEIGHBORHOOD — Santa Monica police are looking for a suspect who allegedly shot and injured a 15-year-old boy Tuesday evening at Seventh and Ozone streets near the border with Venice. The victim, whose name was not released, was with two friends about 6:30 p.m. when a white American sedan pulled over to the curb near the... Read more →


Thousands take part in massive quake drill

LOS ANGELES — Scores of Californians simultaneously dove under desks and tables at late morning Thursday in a massive drill to practice basic earthquake survival skills. At 10:21 a.m., school children and workers rolled under their desks, city sirens wailed in San Francisco and Bay Area Rapid Transit trains came to a stop for one... Read more →


County issues rain advisory

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a rain advisory for all county beaches in effect until at least Saturday, at 8 a.m. due to the amount of rainfall over the past few days. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall. Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, director of public health for the county, is cautioning... Read more →

City Council

It came from the skies

CITY HALL — Southern Californians may be notoriously pathetic when it comes to dealing with a little wet weather, but a small (and growing) number of them are raising the bar by doing their part to keep rainwater from flowing into the Santa Monica Bay with their own rain-storage devices. In Santa Monica, City Hall’s Office of... Read more →