SMC to reduce course offerings

PICO BLVD — While the economic downturn is forcing an upturn in enrollment at Santa Monica College, it’s also cutting into the number of available classes to those new students. After eliminating about 193 sections — or about 6 percent — from its course offerings in the spring semester, administrators with SMC said... Read more →


Leaf blower enforcement upsets some SM residents

CITYWIDE — Using a leaf blower within the city limits has been off limits since 1991, but a daytime walk through most neighborhoods would seem to suggest otherwise, and some residents are steamed. “You can walk around Santa Monica on any day of the week and see people using leaf blowers,” said one resident who lives near... Read more →


There is such a thing as a free lunch

Concerned about people on fixed incomes and their ability to make ends meet during the economic downturn, WISE & Healthy Aging is offering free, nutritional lunches at five locations across the city for those who are 60 years of age or older and for those with disabilities. The lunches are served each weekday. “Good nutrition is... Read more →


Coming in first

Over 130 entries were received, more than 4,000 people voted, and now Rachel Malovany has been declared the winner of the 2009 Twilight Dance Series Poster Contest. Her winning poster entitled “100 Years of Memories” features a photo collage depicting various images of the Santa Monica Pier with a background of wooden planks and... Read more →



SUNSET PARK Containing a leak Roughly 500 gallons of raw sewage flowed from a pipe clogged by tree roots near 23rd and Navy streets Sunday, but none of it reached the Santa Monica Bay, city officials said. The sewage was diverted to the city of Los Angeles’ Hyperion Treatment Plant via a storm water diversion system at Rose Avenue... Read more →


Concerns revolve around daycare center

26TH STREET — Rosemary Esparza appreciates the peace and quiet of retired life in her Sunset Park home, enjoying lunches outdoors and afternoon naps on the hammock. But there’s worry that the tranquility will be disturbed if a large, family daycare center that’s currently operating on the north side of town is permitted... Read more →


Putting on a parade

MAIN STREET — A growing, popular, local tradition celebrating America’s birthday continues this summer as a coalition of neighborhood groups team up once again to put on the Fourth of July Parade for a third straight summer. Organizers predict the event will draw even more participants and spectators this year since the holiday... Read more →


Science team places fourth in national competition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Defending champion Santa Monica High School finished fourth in the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C., and North Hollywood High finished in the top 16, it was announced Monday. The 19th annual academic slugfest — held at the National Building Museum — was won by a team... Read more →


Dust in the wind

Dear EarthTalk I run a sorting machine at the post office, and am worried about all the paper dust swirling around the building. I asked both management and our union if this was a health or safety problem and both said no, but I’m not sure they really know. Can you set the record straight? J.G. Eddins Phoenix, AZ One of the drawbacks... Read more →


SMC to award posthumous degree

I-405 — Freeway An exciting evening awaited Luke Dunphy as he jumped on a motorcycle and headed home to Santa Monica to prepare for a barbecue and viewing of a Red Sox game with friends. The single father of a 4-year-old son was on top of the world, holding two jobs he enjoyed — one of which was at a local motorcycle shop —... Read more →


Samohi students become young marine biologists

SAMOHI — Every Wednesday morning while his peers are still rolling out of bed and rubbing the crust from their eyes, Raphael Mawrence is at the beach, not hitting the waves, but rather learning about the marine environment. The 11th grader is among more than a dozen Santa Monica High School students who for the past seven weeks have... Read more →


Slew of affordable housing in works

BROADWAY — An old nursing home that’s been put out of commission sits quietly on a corner here, mostly shielded from the public’s eye through a chain-link fence that’s covered in a green mesh canvas. Some might view the former facility as an eyesore, with boarded up windows and outdated white awnings, but the... Read more →


You thought you had bad neighbors

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. Friday, April 24, at 10 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 100 block of Broadway regarding a report of a possible burglary. When officers... Read more →


Local pleads guilty to funding terrorism

SANTA ANA — Seven individuals, including one Santa Monica resident, pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The seven allegedly raised funds for the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), an Iranian-dissident group that was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by... Read more →

City Council

Residency requirement for cemetery may be lifted

CITY HALL — A 112-year-old cemetery where more than 60,000 Santa Monica residents have been laid to rest could soon be open to outsiders. City officials plan to change an old ordinance that limits interment at Woodlawn Cemetery to only current residents or former Santa Monicans who lived in the city for at least five years, making... Read more →