News

Campaign roundup: Candidates rolling in the dough

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica City Council stalwart Bob Holbrook raised $37,624 in the past three months, jumping out to a big money lead over his competitors, campaign disclosure documents show. Challenger Ted Winterer was the second place fundraiser among those seeking a four-year term on the council with $22,406 in donations between July 1... Read more →

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Measure Y opponents don’t appear to be one happy family

DOWNTOWN — In a sign of just how divisive Measure Y has become, even some of those who are on the same side of the issue are starting to bicker amongst themselves. It all started when opponents of the measure, which would increase the local sales tax by a half percent, filed their official ballot arguments with the Santa Monica City... Read more →

Briefs

New driver’s license tough to fake

Starting Wednesday, Californians getting a new or renewed driver's license will be receiving a redesigned card that features better security measures and a brand-new look, officials said. The new look is the first major revision to the driver's license and the state identification card since 2001 and makes the IDs easier to use and harder to... Read more →

Environment

Stop sign goes green

CIVIC CENTER — In an effort to get drivers to pay more attention to what’s in front of them, City Hall has installed Santa Monica’s first solar-powered LED stop sign. Sam Morrisey, City Hall’s principal transportation engineer, said the sign was installed Tuesday at the highly-used intersection of Olympic Drive and... Read more →

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‘Squirm Night’ puts spotlight on candidates

MAIN LIBRARY — Who are these people who think they should be responsible for making the biggest decisions that affect Santa Monica and its public school system? Some of them have been in the public eye for a decade or two; others are making their first forays into local politics. All of them (at least all of them who qualified to get... Read more →

Briefs

Applicants sought at SMC

The Santa Monica Community College District is looking to appoint a member to the Personnel Commission. The appointment term is Dec. 1, 2010 — Dec. 1, 2013. Deadline to apply is Oct. 21. The SMC Personnel Commission is a public body responsible for the administration of the college’s Merit System, a civil service system for... Read more →

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Santa Monica Seafood donates to UAF for crab research

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A Santa Monica seafood retailer has donated $10,000 to the University of Alaska Fairbanks for king crab research. Santa Monica Seafood, based in the city of the same name, donated the money to Alaska Sea Grant. The donation amount was revealed after a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press. The... Read more →

Education

School group wants change on school board

DOWNTOWN — Education activists organized as the group LEAD is pushing for a new direction on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board, endorsing two challengers in November’s election and declining to support incumbents Oscar de la Torre and Ralph Mechur. LEAD, which stands for Leadership, Effectiveness,... Read more →

Education

CEPS makes school board, council picks

DOWNTOWN — The leaders of Santa Monica education advocacy group Community for Excellent Public Schools had a hard time deciding whom to back for the City Council. So instead of limiting their endorsements to five candidates for the five open seats, the group went ahead and threw in an extra candidate for good measure. Following its... Read more →

Environment

Plastic bags have long lives

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard conflicting reports regarding how long it really takes for a plastic grocery bag to decompose. Can you set the record straight? — Martha Blount, San Diego, Calif. Researchers fear that such ubiquitous bags may never fully decompose; instead they gradually just turn into smaller and smaller pieces of... Read more →

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SMDP Squirm Night 2010 guide

• Who: Santa Monica Daily Press • What: Squirm Night 2010: A candidate forum and discussion on Measures Y and YY • When: Oct. 4, 2010 • Where: MLK Auditorium at the Santa Monica Public Library. 601 Santa Monica Blvd. • Why: You should be informed before you vote •Schedule: 5:30 p.m. - Doors open 6... Read more →

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Council looks to boost BBB revenue

CITY HALL — With the Big Blue Bus fare increase that took effect in August, Santa Monica’s transit system is projected to remain solvent through mid 2013; after that, new revenue is needed to prevent cuts to service, city officials said. During a brainstorming session on the topic this week, the City Council considered a range... Read more →

Crime

Three sentenced in Brumfield murder

DOWNTOWN LA — Three Santa Monica men were sentenced to prison Friday for the murder of Preston Brumfield, 49, a resident who was beaten and left for dead in the Pico Neighborhood. Gwindon Love Murphy, 65, Jason Anthony Hurtado, 26, and Jason Eddie Coleman, 27, were sentenced to 15 years-to-life by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge,... Read more →

Briefs

Signed, sealed, delivered

COUNTYWIDE — Those who wish to vote by mail instead of heading to the polls on Nov. 2 can start requesting vote-by-mail ballots Monday, Oct. 4 through Oct. 26, officials with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office said. Vote-by-mail applications were sent out with official sample ballot booklets to all... Read more →