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 →


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 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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →