Pledge for people

Dear EarthTalk: Global population numbers continue to rise, as does the poverty, suffering and environmental degradation that goes with it. Has the U.S., under Obama, increased or at least restored its family planning aid to developing countries that was cut when the Bush Administration first took office? T. Healy , via e-mail The... Read more →


Winter’s bounty at the Farmers’ Market

DOWNTOWN — There’s a winter nip in the air. Southern California has endured one of the colder winters on record. But don’t despair. Toss on a warm sweater and head to the Farmers’ Market. This is the time of year when root vegetables, apples and nutrient filled mushrooms are harvested, and make their appearance. That... Read more →


Consultants seek input in superintendent search

SMMUSD HDQTRS The team of consultants charged with finding the next superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu-Unified School District is asking for the community’s help. Peggy Lynch and Michael Escalante of Leadership Associates, the firm chosen by the school board to find a replacement for Tim Cuneo, who is retiring in June, are... Read more →


Widow of struck pedestrian asks City Hall for safer streets

DOWNTOWN — The widow of a 66-year-old man who was struck by a car and killed while he was walking in a Santa Monica crosswalk last month is calling on City Hall to do more to promote pedestrian safety. In a letter to City Manager Rod Gould this month, Ana Herceg said she hopes the collision at Wilshire Boulevard and 10th Street that... Read more →


Fake bomb forces street closures in Downtown Santa Monica

WILMONT — Santa Monica police closed down a portion of Wilshire Boulevard and surrounding streets near the Third Street Promenade Friday morning after finding a bomb that turned out to be a movie prop. SMPD Sgt. Robert Lucio said a janitor was throwing garbage away around 7 a.m. in the alley just west of Fourth Street and north of... Read more →

City Council

McKeown fails again in push for more disclosure

CITY HALL — By any measure, Councilman Kevin McKeown’s latest proposal to provide the public with greater access to officials’ campaign disclosure records was a modest one. But that didn’t prevent it from falling flat. On Tuesday, he suggested that the city clerk make five years worth of financial statements from... Read more →


Two arrested for stealing $6K in plastic crates

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. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 12:46 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 3200 block of Pico Boulevard ‚Äî Trader Joe‚Äôs ‚Äî... Read more →


Calling all ‘green’ writers

The Santa Monica Public Library is calling for entries for the fifth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. The Green Prize is sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library and City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. It was created to encourage and commend authors, illustrators, and publishers who produce... Read more →


Suicide-prevention meeting gets emotional

SAMOHI — Emotions ran high during a meeting here Tuesday addressing the Santa Monica High School community in the wake of the tragic suicide of freshman Matthew Mezza. The meeting, led by a panel of suicide-prevention experts, was called to support students and parents in light of the recent alarming incident involving the 14-year-old,... Read more →

City Council

More developments subject to council approval

CITY HALL — More real estate projects will now be subject to the City Council’s approval after the body on Tuesday approved a temporary zoning law that requires a greater level of public scrutiny for planned buildings 32 feet and higher. The plan means projects, especially in Downtown, that previously could have received routine... Read more →


Police looking for suspects in attempted kidnapping

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police are on the hunt for two men who tried to abduct a 17-year-old girl who was walking to school Monday morning. SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler said the teenager was walking on the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue when a man approached her and tried to engage her in a conversation. The girl ignored the man and... Read more →


Company targeted in probe sponsors chamber event

DOWNTOWN — What does the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce have in common with Fox News host Glenn Beck? Both, it turns out, have been sponsored by the company Goldline International, a locally-based seller of gold coins that is under investigation by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office and county prosecutors for allegedly... Read more →


Bowling for a cause

Over 550 bowlers representing various businesses, social service agencies and local government will compete Feb. 4 SuperBowl-A-Thon XV, a fundraiser benefiting the Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition. The event takes place at AMF Bay Shore Lanes from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. This bowling marathon brings the private and public sectors together... Read more →