Bike activists say accidents on the rise

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica bicyclists and pedestrians reported nearly 1,000 collisions in the last five years according to data released at the Santa Monica Bike Committee meeting on Wednesday evening. According to Santa Monica Police Department records requested by Santa Monica Spoke member Mihai Peteu, bicyclists and pedestrians... Read more →


State fines convalescent home for death of resident

The California Department of Public Health fined a Santa Monica nursing home $100,000 after an investigation concluded that inadequate care led to the death of a patient in 2009. According to a report by the CDPH, a 60-year-old male residing at the Goldstar Rehabilitation and Nursing Center choked to death in April 2009 when an employee at... Read more →


School board considers cuts to teaching staff

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Board of Education at tonight’s meeting will consider eliminating six elementary teaching positions and nearly as many nursing jobs in an effort to hedge against potential revenue reductions. Deborah Moore Washington, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District assistant superintendent of human resources,... Read more →


Council axes commitment to commission meetings

MAIN LIBRARY — The Santa Monica City Council ended a long-standing practice of sending council members to board and commission meetings for fear of prompting litigation at its retreat Sunday. In a 5-2 vote, the council passed a resolution to end the current liaison system, and further directed staff to create a formal policy... Read more →


Dodgers, Heal the Bay team up to clean beach

SM BEACH — Almost 300 volunteers gathered here to pick up trash with their favorite Dodgers baseball stars Tuesday. The clean up was part of the Dodgers Community Caravan, a two-day event that connects Dodgers players and their fans in community service activities. The beach clean up, a two-hour effort coordinated with Heal the Bay,... Read more →


Santa Monica’s singles seek love on big red couch

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Over 100 hopeful singles gathered on the world’s largest red couch to participate in an unusual Valentine’s Day activity on Third Street Promenade Monday — speed dating. The evening will go down as the longest speed dating event in the world, said Curtis Micklish spokesperson for BoConcept,... Read more →


Cops question second driver in deadly car racing crash

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica police officers questioned the driver of the Camaro believed to have been involved in the deadly crash that killed a Santa Monica resident early Saturday morning, but he was not immediately arrested. “We found the other driver of the vehicle,” said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler. “He was interviewed and... Read more →


City Council votes to keep mayoral selection process

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica’s mayor will continue to be selected by the City Council after a motion to allow voters more influence failed to gain support Sunday from a majority of those currently sitting on the dais. Councilmember Bobby Shriver pushed for his colleagues to change the current system in which they nominate and... Read more →


Greening the roads

Dear EarthTalk: In his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama called for a million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015. How likely is it that we’ll attain that goal? Jerry Mitlitski, Salem, Ore. “We can break our dependence on oil…and become the first country to have one million electric vehicles on... Read more →


Santa Monican teaches students French through immersion

DOWNTOWN — What’s not to love about Paris? It has fabulous food, unbelievable clothing, all those iconic landmarks — the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and the Champs Élysées — and of course, that deliciously romantic language. Whether a trip to Paris is on the horizon or not, if you want to really learn French... Read more →


Car race leads to fatal wreck on Wilshire

MID-CITY – a 23-year-old motorist was killed Saturday as he raced another car on Wilshire Boulevard near 20th Street and drove into several news racks and a palm tree, Santa Monica police said.   Officers eventually located the other vehicle involved, but there was no driver at the scene, said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler.   Trisler... Read more →