Shots ring out near Virginia Avenue Park

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a car used in a drive-by-shooting Tuesday night, hoping that information leads to those responsible for the attack. SMPD Lt. P.J. Guido said two people — one male adult and one male juvenile — ran into Wine Barrel Liquor in the 2100 block of... Read more →


Top that

Santa Monica and Malibu high schools are some of the nation’s best, according to Newsweek, which released its list of the top 1,500 U.S. public schools. Newsweek ranked Santa Monica High School at number 251 and Malibu High School at number 313. The rankings were based on the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or... Read more →


Pollution lingers near I-10 Freeway

DOWNTOWN — Air pollutants generated by those traveling on Interstate 10 in Santa Monica extend more than 1.5 miles from the source in the hours before sunrise, exposing more residents to traffic-related pollution than previously thought, increasing the risk for developing asthma and other respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease... Read more →


Summer school musical

With many schools across the state being forced to cancel summer school, parents are scrambling to identify other options. Saint Anne School hopes it can fill the gaps. The private Catholic school on Colorado Avenue is offering a two-week session of summer music camp. Saint Anne’s Summer Music Campapalooza 2009 offers music... Read more →


City drops charges against electric car enthusiast

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica resident who was accused of illegally building electric cars following a sting operation last year walked out of court a free man on Tuesday after city officials decided to drop all charges. During the hearing, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge that Paul Pearson, a... Read more →


Keep it clean

For the next few months those who are unemployed and can prove it will be able to get their dry cleaning done for free so that they can look sharp during job interviews. Flair Cleaners, which has a location on Montana Avenue, announced Tuesday that through Sept. 2, those who bring their most recent unemployment pay stub and a photo ID can... Read more →


Council to examine protecting children from paparazzi

DOWNTOWN — A circus-like atmosphere began unfolding at the First Presbyterian Nursery School, the source of chaos coming not from crying children, but rather a group of two dozen photographers snapping away from behind a fence. They hooked their cameras into the fence, some even climbing up the divider erected between the playground and... Read more →

City Council

New buses for Big Blue, sidewalks to be repaired

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →

City Council

City employees vote to give up bonuses

CITY HALL — Hundreds of city employees voted in favor of forgoing performance bonuses this fiscal year, an action that is expected to save City Hall $1.3 million. City Manager Lamont Ewell approached three bargaining units earlier this year and asked them to give up $2.3 million in bonuses in an effort to prevent cuts to services and... Read more →


Something in the water

Dear EarthTalk Is there any truth to the rumor about high levels of birth control chemicals being found in some cities’ drinking water? If so can these be filtered out? Elizabeth Yerkes Via email It is true that trace amounts of birth control and other medications — as well as household and industrial chemicals of every stripe... Read more →