Not long for this world?

Dear EarthTalk: Aren’t orangutans seriously threatened by the cutting down of forests? — Nick Chermayeff, Greenwich, CT Deforestation is indeed the primary threat to the orangutan, a species of great ape known for its keen intelligence and the fact that it’s the largest animal to live primarily in trees. A 2007 assessment... Read more →


City officials address noise at restaurant

WILSHIRE BLVD — A year since its opening, the complaints are still coming in from neighbors about SOUTH, bemoaning the noise and other general quality of life issues which they believe came with the popular restaurant. But while City Hall has responded to those grievances by informing affected residents that the Southern fusion... Read more →


A very painful payment

Moe Taheri, owner of Santa Monica Tobacco, rang up his customer’s order. It was the usual tub of American Spirit and rolling papers, a good mix for people who want to cut the chemical additives out of their cigarettes by rolling their own. When the total appeared in blocky green font on the cash register, the customer balked. “Oh,... Read more →


Cops nab couch potato

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, April 1, at 5:17 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 800 block of Woodacres Road regarding a report of a break-in. When officers... Read more →


In good health

Los Angeles County ranks among the top 10 healthiest counties in California when it comes to lung cancer, injuries, motor vehicle accidents and pre-natal care, but it is among the least healthy for heart disease and diabetes, according to a report released recently. “These findings demonstrate some of the real successes of local public... Read more →


SMC assault suspect pleads not guilty

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Malibu man accused of sexually assaulting a Santa Monica College student in the campus library pleaded not guilty to felony charges on Thursday. The L.A. County District Attorney’s Office charged Chase Guy Reynolds, 40, with two counts of sexual battery by restraint, one count of attempted sexual... Read more →

City Council

Council forms tree task force

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica Treesavers scored a victory on Tuesday when the City Council voted to establish a new task force that would advise on the development of an urban forest master plan. The new task force, joining the long list of boards and commissions that advise the council, will be responsible for helping city officials... Read more →


SM Baykeeper sues Malibu over Legacy Park project

MALIBU — Santa Monica Baykeeper is suing the city of Malibu over a planned park that would double as a stormwater treatment facility, claiming City Hall removed a key component of the project without allowing the public to comment. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, said the Legacy Park Project does not address... Read more →

City Council

Median takes center stage

CITY HALL — Whether it’s restricting street parking or prohibiting commercial use on the Fourth Street medians, city officials are exploring ways to address a long-standing concern by a group of homeowners over what many see as an outdoor public gym taking place in front of their properties. The City Council on Tuesday directed... Read more →

City Council

Council approves district funding agreement

CITY HALL — A three-year extension for a funding agreement funneling more than $7 million annually to the school district was approved by the City Council on Tuesday but the decision wasn’t made without concerns about the possible financial impact to city services. Before a unanimous decision was made to extend the Master... Read more →