News

Swine flu breeds caution locally

DOWNTOWN — As cases of swine flu continue to be reported around the globe, Santa Monica residents are taking appropriate precautions, but are for the most part feeling healthy and safe, they said. Though there was some concern on Tuesday morning that the virus had reached Southern California, reports confirmed that swine flu was not the... Read more →

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City Hall settles fatal shooting

WILSHIRE BLVD — The family of a Los Angeles man who was shot and killed nearly three years ago by Santa Monica Police during a brief pursuit has received a $250,000 settlement from a wrongful death lawsuit filed against City Hall. The settlement, approved by the City Council earlier this month, concludes a two-year battle by the family... Read more →

Briefs

Race for the bay

The Los Angeles Marathon Group and Heal the Bay are teaming up to host three races on Sunday, combining running with environmental awareness. The fourth annual Santa Monica Classic includes two 5K races at 7:30 a.m. (one for runners under 21) and a 10K race starting at 8 a.m. The proceeds of the event go to Heal the Bay. In the past, the... Read more →

Briefs

Cinco de Mayo on wheels

Music, food and cars are the heart of Sunday’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta celebrating Mexican culture. Attended last year by over 2,000 people, the celebration is free and lasts from 1 p.m. — 5:30 p.m. The entertainment line-up includes Mariachi Estrella de Jalisco, a 10 piece salsa band called Bomba Chante and ballet folklorico... Read more →

Crime

Police release sketch of gunman

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY —Detectives released a composite sketch Monday of the man suspected of opening fire at three women north of Montana avenue, wounding two of them. The women were standing behind an apartment building Friday night on San Vicente Boulevard near Palisades Park when they were approached by a gunman in a black-hooded... Read more →

Education

Second forum on special education

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School district will be hosting its second Special Education Spring Forum on Saturday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the John Adams Middle School cafeteria. Per recommendations from the forum held in the fall, the meeting’s discussion will focus on level-to-level transitions for special education... Read more →

Briefs

Cutting a rug could help you feel better

WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, in partnership with City of Hope, is conducting a 12-week pilot study on the lingering physical and mental effects of treated disease on cancer survivors. With funding from the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the “Mindful Movement Program for Breast Cancer Survivors” is designed... Read more →

Environment

A monument to longevity

Dear EarthTalk What is the status of Hawaiian monk seals and how will the new national monument designation in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands affect them? Polly LaBarre New York, NY Easily exploited by hunters, whalers and fishermen in the 19th century, Hawaiian monk seals essentially never recovered. As early as 1976, the Hawaiian... Read more →

News

Life’s a beach

SM BEACH — Standing next to a massive Victorian sand sculpture, Claudia Freire stared across the sand at the families dancing to the Beach Boys’ “Don’t Worry Baby” in celebration of the grand opening of the Annenberg Community Beach House, known for years simply as 415 PCH. “This is beautiful,” she... Read more →