Education

SMC recognizes alumni

SMC — Former Mayor Nat Trives, known around town as “Mr. Santa Monica,” and world champion surfer and expert on coral reefs Dr. Richard Grigg will receive the 2009 SMC Alumni Recognition Award from the Santa Monica College Foundation. Both will be recognized at commencement, which will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at... Read more →

News

Former students help teacher publish book

MONTANA AVENUE — Steve Reifman recently received an e-mail from the mother of a young girl in Chicago who was writing a book report about a newly published children’s story that has generated a lot of buzz 2,000 miles away in Santa Monica. For the third grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, the letter was an indicator of... Read more →

News

LAHSA selects new director

DOWNTOWN, L.A. — The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission on Wednesday announced the appointment of Michael Arnold as its new executive director. Arnold has served as LAHSA’s chief operating officer since 2007. In this capacity, he played an integral role in transforming the formerly troubled agency into an... Read more →

City Council

City officials hope increased fees bridge budget gap

CITY HALL — The economic downturn could force higher parking citations and overdue library book fines in Santa Monica. Those are just some of the measures that city officials have incorporated into a roughly half billion dollar budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year, hoping to weather the storm through raising the fees for certain programs... Read more →

Education

Celebrity trainer helps kids get healthy

OLYMPIC HIGH SCHOOL — Hunter Irons’ face slowly turns the shade of a tomato, his forehead covered in small beads of sweat as he tries to remain focused on the task at hand for just a little bit longer. Facing him inside the humid makeshift gym at the Olympic High School cafeteria is world renown trainer Michael Thurmond who... Read more →

City Council

District moves to restrict private events at schools

CITY HALL — Aiming to protect itself from liability and recoup the costs incurred from allowing various groups to hold events on school property, the district last week unveiled a revised permitting policy for the use of facilities on all campuses. District officials for the past year have been working to overhaul the existing permit... Read more →

City Council

Pawn shop finds new home

<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 →

Environment

Microwaves light (energy) eaters

Dear EarthTalk How does the microwave compare in energy use, say, to using a gas or electric stove burner to heat water for a cup of tea? Tempie Dexter, MI The short answer is that it depends upon several variables, including the price of electricity versus gas, and the relative efficiency of the appliances involved. Typically, though, a... Read more →

News

In memory of

Memorial Day is much more than a three-day weekend that marks the beginning of summer. To many people, especially the nation's thousands of combat veterans, this day, which has a history stretching back all the way to the Civil War, is an important reminder of those who died in the service of their country. Memorial Day was originally known... Read more →

News

Library tracks down missing materials

MAIN LIBRARY — The days of duping the librarian without consequence are over. Most people who have ever checked out a library book have had to deal with some sort of overdue penalty at least once in their lives, but very few have had the pleasure of dealing with Unique Management Services, Inc., a collection agency, representing the... Read more →