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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


Samohi football loses home opener, 63-28

SMC — According to the scoreboard, Santa Monica High School football suffered a 63-28 loss at the hands of highly-ranked Valencia on Friday at Corsair Field. But, despite the lopsided loss in the team’s home opener, Travis Clark, Samohi’s second-year head coach, sees a silver lining. It was the second season in a row that... Read more →


CityTV launches election coverage

DOWNTOWN — CityTV, the government access cable channel for Santa Monica, has launched its “Vote 2010” line-up of Santa Monica election programming for the Nov. 2 election. Coverage includes the City Council race, school board, Rent Control Board and two ballot measures. CityTV has also launched www.smvote.org as a... Read more →


Pulling the purse strings

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. Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 1:25 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the corner of Neilson Way and Pier Avenue regarding a strong-arm robbery... Read more →


Giving Santa Monica’s homeless a voice come November

STEP UP — As candidates go door to door to drum up support ahead of November’s election, there’s one potential voting block they’re almost certain to miss: the men and women who spend their days and nights on Santa Monica’s streets. Step Up on Second, a Santa Monica-based homeless services provider that focuses... Read more →


Police on the hunt for sexual assault suspect

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The Santa Monica Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect involved in a sexual assault. According to police, the attack happened Sept. 19 at approximately 6:45 a.m. when a female adult pedestrian was walking to Downtown Santa Monica. At the intersection of... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Barry A. Snell

• Name: Barry A. Snell • Age: 55 • Occupation: Certified public accountant/ school board president • Marital status/children: Single with three children • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: South of Montana, 15 years • Own or rent?: Rent • Public school or private?: Public schools... Read more →


Whitman campaign in defense mode

SANTA MONICA — Meg Whitman’s campaign for governor was thrown into turmoil Thursday as the Republican sought to fend off new evidence that she knowingly had an illegal immigrant housekeeper on her payroll for nearly a decade. Whitman denounced the allegations as a “baseless smear attack” by Democratic challenger... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Laurie Lieberman

• Name: Laurie Lieberman • Age: 57 • Occupation: Education activist/parent/ attorney • Marital status/children: Married/two children, three step-children • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: 30-year Santa Monica resident; north of Montana (nine years); previously, Ocean Park and Sunset... Read more →


Study: Noise increase at SMO not significant

SMO — Residents upset over what they said was a drastic increase in flights from Santa Monica Airport over their homes earlier this year are blasting a City Hall-funded study presented this week that found there had been no significant increase in noise levels. The study by Mestre Greve Associates looked at flight data from a six-month... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Patrick Cady

• Name: Patrick Cady • Age: 64 • Occupation: Retired teacher; Coach • Marital status/children: Married to Linda Cady, recently retired JAMS science teacher; One child, Kristin Cady Russio, graduate of Samohi • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: Malibu. 35 years • Own or rent?: Own •... Read more →