Hope left for Friday night games in Malibu

MALIBU — The lights might not be off for good for those popular Friday night high school football games. Following the California Coastal Commission’s denial earlier this month of a request by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to permit temporary field lights at Malibu High School, city officials said they are now... Read more →


Local family holds a special memorial tradition

DOWNTOWN — L.A. Monica Moore’s family has a special way of cherishing the memory of her grandmother, Rose Caruso, who passed away in 2001 with Alzheimer’s disease. Every year, Moore rallies her family to participate in the Alzheimer’s Association’s Memory Walk to fight the disease. “I have two teams,”... Read more →


Staying safe on Halloween

The Santa Monica Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children want to remind parents to play it safe on Halloween night, offering tips on how to protect their young ghouls and goblins. • Be sure older children take friends and younger children are accompanied by a trusted adult when trick or treating.... Read more →


Cops apprehend murder suspect

DOWNTOWN — A suspect in the brutal beating of Santa Monica resident Preston Brumfield is in police custody after spending more than a week on the run, police said Wednesday. Jason Eddie Coleman, 27, of Santa Monica, was arrested by patrol officers from the LAPD’s 77th Division in South Los Angeles on Sunday night and transferred... Read more →

City Council

Council bans cat declawing

CITY HALL — A controversial veterinary procedure to clip the claws of feline paws can no longer be performed in Santa Monica after the City Council voted on Tuesday to ban the practice that animal rights advocates have described as amputation. The ordinance, which will take effect 30 days after a second and final reading next month,... Read more →


Going back in time gets easier

The years 1875 through 1913 of the Santa Monica Outlook, Santa Monica’s former newspaper of record, are now accessible via the Santa Monica Public Library’s Web site at Internet surfers can browse through individual issues of the paper or search for news articles, and even ads, containing specific words or... Read more →


City Hall explores parking validation

DOWNTOWN — Parking in public garages is expected to come at a higher cost soon, but shoppers hoping to stay longer hours without paying significantly more money might be able to do so with a new ticket validation system. It’s one of several changes that city officials are exploring as they develop a new parking rate plan for... Read more →


Flu vaccine demand exceeds supply

COUNTYWIDE — Los Angeles County public health officials, who have administered about 60,000 free swine flu vaccines since Friday, were urging people not included in priority groups to stay home for the time being. Demand exceeds supplies, according to the county’s top doctor, and people 25-64 years old without underlying health... Read more →


Study: Housing the homeless is cost effective

DOWNTOWN — It might seem counterintuitive in an expensive real estate market but housing the homeless can cost taxpayers less than keeping them on the streets. That’s according to a recent study by United Way of Greater Los Angeles which followed four homeless individuals — including one from Santa Monica — as they... Read more →


A smoother ride for Santa Monica Blvd

SANTA MONICA BLVD. — The bumpy ride along one of the most heavily traveled roads in the city will soon get a lot smoother. Fresh pavement is planned for a nearly one-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard from Cloverfield Boulevard to Centinela Avenue as part of a federally-funded project that will include repairing sidewalks and... Read more →


Come and get it

DOWNTOWN — Aside from the upscale and critically-acclaimed restaurants at the new Santa Monica Place will be an old favorite that was popular with budget-minded shoppers and local workers before the resurrection of the mall. Macerich Co. announced this week the lineup of nine fast-food eateries that will occupy the enclosed food... Read more →


Veterans heal through sewing

WESTWOOD — When Vietnam veteran Fred L. Stanley visits the 99 Cent Store, he does with pride for he carries with him a reusable grocery bag. Not only does he feel good about protecting the environment by using fewer plastic bags, Stanley also loves the attention he gets when people ask him about his bag, which features the logo of the... Read more →


Food labels don’t disclose everything to consumers

As the food supply is increasingly altered by controversial practices like liberal use of antibiotics, genetic engineering and irradiation, food labels take on greater significance as shoppers’ only link to how products are produced. Depending on what issues matters most to consumers, what labels do not say can be more meaningful than... Read more →


Butts are bad for the environment

Dear EarthTalk Has anyone ever studied the environmental impact of discarded cigarettes? I’m constantly appalled at the number of drivers I see pitching their butts out their car windows. Ned Jordan via e-mail It’s true that littered cigarette butts are a public nuisance, and not just for aesthetic reasons. The filters on... Read more →


Methane gas at nearby landfill concerns locals

STEWART STREET — A new issue is brewing in the neighborhood battle against a proposal to build a train maintenance yard in a historically working-class community, one that involves a giant decades-old pile of trash. The Pico Neighborhood Association recently raised concerns about the possible dangers of placing the maintenance facility... Read more →