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Levin, who broke voting registration records, dies at 91

DOWNTOWN — Sylvia Levin, a Santa Monica resident who set records registering Californians to vote, died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. She was 91. In the last 36 years Levin registered more than 47,000 California residents, an all-time high in the state of California. The Brooklyn native was born Sept. 14,... Read more →

Education

Teachers want cuts far from classrooms

SMMUSD HDQTRS — While the school district’s budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year was put to bed last week, the teachers union is continuing to raise concerns about the impact the cuts will have in the classroom, making its own recommendations on ways to save money. In a June 24 letter to the Board of Education, the Santa... Read more →

Environment

Fresh coat of insulation

Dear EarthTalk Do insulating paints actually insulate and save energy? If they do, are they environmentally friendly to use? Bob Dibrindisi Easthampton, MA Paint additives that claim insulating qualities have been marketed since the late 1990s, but energy research organizations have not confirmed their insulating value. For its part, the... Read more →

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Suicides on the rise

DOWNTOWN — The number of people who have taken their own lives in Santa Monica so far this year has reached a level not seen in recent years, leaving some to wonder if the economic downturn is responsible. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 20 suicide attempts within the city, 10 of which have been fatal, according... Read more →

Environment

Zero-emissions truck rolls into Santa Monica

CITY HALL — A new truck is joining the Santa Monica fleet, a zero-emissions truck that will serve the Water Division. The first of its kind purchased in the United States, the ZeroTruck is the only all-electric truck on sale in the U.S. this year. All Santa Monica fleet vehicles are currently run on compressed natural gas, but the city... Read more →

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Big sound, small bites

BROAD STAGE — In a world where the music is big, the action is intense and audiences crowd movie houses lives Yoav Goren. Silly movie references aside, Goren is the man behind the soundtracks of movie trailers. Not the music in the movie itself, but the compositions that can be heard in the background of thousands of movie trailers.... Read more →

Education

District votes to purchase homes through eminent domain

SMMUSD HDQTRS — District officials on Thursday voted to acquire two homes through eminent domain for the expansion of Edison Language Academy after months of negotiations with the property owners failed to yield results.  The Board of Education adopted a resolution to begin a process that through court-authority gives government... Read more →

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Locals react to possible loss of mail delivery

CITYWIDE — “A major inconvenience.” “It wouldn’t affect me.” “The economy would be hurt even further.” Santa Monica residents and business owners appear to be split on the threat of losing Saturday mail — an option that’s “on the table” along with various other cost... Read more →

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Free lunches for kids

DOWNTOWN — Kids who work up an appetite over the summer months will be able to chow down on some healthy grub for free under two federally-funded programs that provide nutritious meals for students whose families may be struggling to put food on the table. Nearly 2,900 locations across the state, including three in Santa Monica, will... Read more →

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Local Iranians calling for peace

CITYWIDE — Nima Ghalehsari was excited as he sat watching the news on the evening of June 12. The Iranian student at Santa Monica College was looking forward to hearing the results of the presidential election in Iran, but when the television anchor announced the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he was shocked. “It was... Read more →