Education

Edison recognized for academic achievement

KANSAS AVENUE Some students may come from families with a steady income, others from households where the next rent payment is in doubt, but all pupils at one elementary school are showing that achievement in the classroom is possible regardless of their economic background. Edison Language Academy was named this week as one of 200... Read more →

News

Santa Monicans wet, not wrecked

DOWNTOWN While law enforcement all across Los Angeles were dealing with 240 non-fatal traffic accidents, police here had an easier time during the recent storm that dropped more than 2.5 inches of rain on Santa Monica. As of 3:15 p.m. Monday, SMPD Sgt. Renaldi Thruston reported three minor traffic collisions with no injuries, one of which... Read more →

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Measure R had roots in Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN, LA The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was buzzing with energy, not in anticipation of a religious service, but for what some would consider a divine discussion on how to financially tackle the area’s transportation shortfall. More than 350 people packed inside the cathedral, representing a rarely-seen mix of leaders from... Read more →

Education

New signs give Samohi clearer identity

SAMOHI Richard McKinnon laughs when he remembers the day a Domino’s Pizza deliveryman was an hour late dropping off an order for a few Santa Monica High School tennis players, not because of traffic, but rather confusion as to how to enter the campus. But when McKinnon tells the story, he doesn’t do it with a tone of ridicule,... Read more →

Briefs

Rain brings warning

Because of current rainfall, county public health officials are cautioning residents who are planning to visit local beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers. Bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are... Read more →

News

Locals help rescue plane crash victims

MALIBU Mike Dwyer ran as fast as he could, panting and splashing sand as he darted toward the sunset, the image of a plane plummeting into the water fresh in his mind as he dove into the ocean. Jason Sandoval frantically paddled across the water on his surfboard, fighting the waves as he followed the wreckage, hoping to find survivors in a... Read more →

Environment

New definition of eco-responsibility

Dear EarthTalk I’ve followed the trends in “eco-homes” now for many years. Are there equally encouraging things happening in the world of condos? Charlie Anderson Seattle, WA Believe it or not, condominiums may be some of the most environmentally responsible housing out there today, especially since more and more... Read more →

Crime

Detectives ask for help in solving Pico murder

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating three suspects wanted for questioning in connection with the brutal murder of a Santa Monica man who was beaten severely and left for dead on a Pico Neighborhood sidewalk back in May. Preston Brumfield, unconscious, was found by police in the 1900 block of... Read more →

News

Transit, housing hit hard by California budget cuts

DOWNTOWN Spending cuts to the recently approved state budget have several local agencies scrambling to make up the funding gap. Transit and housing are particularly hard hit, leading local leaders to look to alternative avenues for funding for next year’s pending fiscal crisis. Where Santa Monica is concerned, the Los Angeles County... Read more →

News

Claiming a little stimulus

DOWNTOWN While a tough economy is leaving many people struggling to balance the soaring costs of gas, food, and healthcare, more than 133,000 Los Angeles-area residents, including nearly 1,800 Santa Monicans, have failed to take advantage of their economic stimulus rebate, leaving an estimated $40 million unclaimed. Nearly 70 percent of those... Read more →