Environment

Killer heat

Dear EarthTalk: Has anyone been tracking whether climate change is causing more loss of human life as it gets more pronounced? — Gordon Gould, Compton, CA Researchers believe that global warming is already responsible for some 150,000 deaths each year around the world, and fear that the number may well double by 2030 even if we... Read more →

Education

SMC’s financial future in hands of voters

SMC — To help balance their check book and avoid cuts, Santa Monica College trustees need voters to support every single proposition on the special election being held May 19. That’s a direct order from SMC President Chui Tsang, who earlier this week presented a tentative budget to trustees for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The... Read more →

News

Angel Flight pilots help families stay close

SM AIRPORT — Dana Harvey knows there is no stronger bond than the one between a mother and her children. With four of her own and a nonprofit in Oakland to run, Harvey can’t imagine being away from home for too long. But having been diagnosed with breast cancer last year, Harvey was forced to travel to Los Angeles for... Read more →

Education

Special ed director, take two

SMMUSD HDQTRS — District officials are looking for a new field of candidates to repair a troubled special education department after the first round yielded no viable prospects. The position of special education director is one that is believed to be the first major vacancy in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District since the... Read more →

Crime

Getting personal: Stop, don’t shoot

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — In all of my visits to interview law enforcement authorities for articles, never did I imagine the tables would one day be turned. But there I stood in the lobby of the Santa Monica Police Department on a Friday night, filing a report and answering questions describing every detail of an incident that had just... Read more →

Briefs

City hosts alternative building expo

Santa Monica will host the Sixth Annual AltBuild Expo this weekend to display the best of green building practices and design. AltBuild, which stands for the Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo, will include speakers and noted exhibitors within the green community. The Expo is a much-anticipated event that brings together members... Read more →

News

Development slowing down

DOWNTOWN — The once pervasive sounds of drilling, sawing and hammering are quieting. In a city where residents frequently complain about the amount of construction activity and waged an unsuccesful campaign to restrict development, the recession is pulling the plug on many projects. The number of applications requesting new... Read more →

Crime

Going the wrong way

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, April 29, at 11:55 p.m., A Santa Monica police officer in a marked vehicle was parked along the curb at the corner of Pico Boulevard and... Read more →

Briefs

Applicants for oversight committee needed

Santa Monica College is accepting applications for fill three volunteer positions on its Citizens Bond Oversight committee, which oversees the use of funds raised by bonds passed by Santa Monicans to improve the college. Those chosen will oversee funds from Measure U, a $160 million bond passed in 2002, Measure S, a $135 million bond passed... Read more →

News

Partying with a purpose

CLOVER PARK — Residents will be asked to “revel with a cause” this Saturday at the 18th Annual Santa Monica Festival, one of the city’s largest gatherings in which people of all ages and backgrounds celebrate the rich cultural history of the city by the sea, its businesses and the environment with the goal of inspiring... Read more →