Local doctor organizes Walk to Africa event

SIERRA LEONE — A trying week had just ended and Dr. Robert Hamilton was ready to go home. The trip to Sierra Leone had been an overwhelming experience to the small team of volunteer American doctors and nurses led by the Santa Monica pediatrician to the war-torn country, fully expecting devastation following a more than decade long... Read more →


Radio station launches three iPhone apps

KCRW now offers three applications for 99 cents each on the Apple App Store. The KCRW Radio app provides live streaming of the on-air, music and news channels with real time playlists and an events calendar. The In Studio and Good Food apps give users the ability to “watch” radio -- offering video highlights from performances on... Read more →


Kids tell parents ‘just say no’

GRANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — Usually it’s the job of parents to warn their children about the risks of smoking, but for Santa Monica’s elementary students the roles have been reversed. Fifth graders throughout the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District were offered the chance to compete in an art contest to raise... Read more →


Judge: Simpson ‘acquittal suit’ to stay in storage

SM COURTHOUSE — O.J. Simpson’s former manager has been ordered by a Santa Monica judge to keep the former football star’s so-called acquittal suit in storage until it is determined who rightfully owns it. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg heard Monday from a lawyer for Fred Goldman, who is seeking to sell... Read more →


Residents target vacant lot for community garden

DELAWARE AVENUE — There’s an undeveloped piece of land that lies unnoticeable in the shadow of Woodlawn Cemetery, sitting largely vacant except for a scattering of trash and a decrepit sofa. It is on that corner of 16th Street and Delaware Avenue where a group of residents are calling on city officials to build a community... Read more →


War and the gorilla

Dear EarthTalk: Has the recent violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo threatened the populations of lowland gorillas? How many are left? — Glenn Hammond, San Francisco, Calif. The short answer is yes, dramatically. Not to be confused with Western Lowland Gorillas, which are thriving in significant numbers in neighboring Congo... Read more →

City Council

Board approves 1 percent rent increase

CITY HALL — An economic downturn that has driven up the unemployment rate and jeopardized housing for many will push rents up by 1 percent this fall, the lowest since 1999 when city officials authorized an increase by the same amount. The Rent Control Board on Thursday adopted a general rent adjustment of 1 percent effective Sept. 1,... Read more →


The world is yours

Radio station KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is partnering with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 11th season of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, kicking off on June 21. Highlights of this year’s line up include performances from Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, soulful... Read more →


New vice president selected

Robert “Bob” Isomoto, who has had 35 years of experience in community colleges in counseling and administrative posts, has been named vice president of business and administration at Santa Monica College. Currently vice president of administrative services at East Los Angeles College, Isomoto, who succeeds Jeanine Hawk, will begin... Read more →


A Latin revival for the masses

AERO THEATRE — Whoever says Latin is dead has not heard of “Pacifica,” a resucitation of sorts from Santa Monica High School’s Latin department in the form of a teen drama. “Pacifica” is a four-episode teen soap opera done all the ancient language, created by students in Luke Henderson’s Latin class... Read more →


Cops make arrest for attempted murder

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. Wednesday, June 10, at 8:36 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a report of a possible assault with a deadly weapon that occurred at an... Read more →

City Council

City Hall looking to regulate paparazzi

CITY HALL — The days of paparazzi crowding sidewalks, standing on top of cars and swarming near a local preschool to get candid shots of celebrities with their children could be numbered. The City Council on Wednesday directed its staff to investigate “intrusive and invasive” activities of celebrity photographers and... Read more →


Reserving the right

WILSHIRE BLVD — Catherine Roscart was busy making drinks one day at a local Starbucks when she was approached by a man complaining that his order for tea had been refused at the register. “This is ridiculous,” the man reportedly said. “Would you turn Jesus away?” Roscart agreed to ring up the drink order for... Read more →


Top that

Santa Monica and Malibu high schools are some of the nation’s best, according to Newsweek, which released its list of the top 1,500 U.S. public schools. Newsweek ranked Santa Monica High School at number 251 and Malibu High School at number 313. The rankings were based on the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or... Read more →


Pedestrian struck in crosswalk

A woman was struck by a motorcycle while walking in a crosswalk at the corner of 18th Street and Wilshire Boulevard around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The motorcycle rider noticed the pedestrian and jumped off the bike, hoping to have it slide to a stop before hitting the woman, but the plan failed, police said. The bike slid and... Read more →