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 →


One house gone

The Board of Education on Thursday voted to cut one house from Santa Monica High School’s celebrated House System, effectively transferring one principal to Malibu High School and reducing several other positions. The board did elect to keep two advisers and one outreach specialist for at least another school year, a change from the... Read more →


Ambassadors come to Downtown

DOWNTOWN — Gino Marcello Adina always enjoyed playing the part of the helpful local, directing inquiring visitors to their destination and answering questions about the city. So when the Santa Monica resident and writer saw an advertisement that the Bayside District Corp. was looking for a group of friendly people to staff its new... Read more →

City Council

Community Briefs

CITY HALL Keeping an eye on the cash City Hall has a new financial watchdog. After a nationwide search, Marty Kolkin was selected as the new internal audit manager for City Hall. He began working for the city on June 1. “I am delighted to have Marty on our team,” said Carol Swindell, director of finance for City Hall.... Read more →


Conviction upheld in deadly Farmers’ Market crash

LOS ANGELES — A state appeals court panel on Thursday upheld the conviction of an elderly man whose car plowed through the Wednesday Farmers’ Market in July 2003, killing 10 people and injuring 68 others. The three-justice panel from the Second District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s claim that errors were made in... Read more →


Using art to protect Mother Earth

The spirit of Earth Day will carry on through July in Airport Park with a new temporary art exhibition, “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet.” The collection of whimsical yet informative globes was conceived in Chicago in 1997 as a community arts project similar to the “Cows on Parade” exhibitions popular... Read more →


Affordable housing project draws mixed bag

PICO BLVD — A proposal to build a new affordable housing development on the east side of town met a mixed reaction from neighbors during an unveiling of its preliminary designs on Wednesday, raising concerns that the project might be out of scale with the neighborhood and bring in more traffic. Community Corporation of Santa Monica,... Read more →


Citations of riders on the decline

DOWNTOWN — It wasn’t too far back when an already contentious relationship between Critical Mass and the Santa Monica Police Department reached a boiling point, cyclists alleging they were unfairly being targeted during their monthly rides, authorities countering that they were simply trying to ensure everyone’s safety.... Read more →


Suspect down in the dumps

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. Thursday, May 28, at 3 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Wilshire Boulevard — MacMall —regarding a suspect who... Read more →