Briefs

Sand bags available to residents

With a series of winter storms currently pounding the area, the Public Works Department has made sand bags available to residents to help divert storm water. To request bags, call (310) 458-4991. The Public Works Street Maintenance Division is located at 2500 Michigan Ave. in Santa... Read more →

Briefs

Price hike for getting hitched

Those looking to tie the knot will have to pay a little more for a marriage license come February. Dean Logan, the Los Angeles County clerk/registrar-recorder, announced this week that effective Feb. 1 the public marriage license fee will be $90, while the confidential license will cost $85. The price hike was authorized on Dec. 22, 2009... Read more →

News

BBB proposes big fare increases

BBB HDQTRS — The price of a trip on a Big Blue Bus could triple for elderly riders and double for most others by this summer under a plan being proposed by transportation officials. Reduced spending on transportation from Sacramento, lower tax revenue and higher fuel costs have all contributed to a $6 million deficit for the... Read more →

News

Lease signed for historic shotgun house

DOWNTOWN — The house finally has a home. City Hall and the Santa Monica Conservancy on Tuesday agreed to a 20-year, renewable lease for the historic, turn-of-the-century “shotgun” house that was saved from demolition. The shotgun house — so named because a blast fired through the front door would travel through each... Read more →

City Council

Council to approve $3.35M for credit card processing

CITY HALL — These days you can pay for just about any city service with a credit card, but while it may be convenient, there’s a hidden cost attached. Processing payments made with plastic is expected to cost City Hall $3.35 million over the next five years, under the terms of a contract with TransFirst Health and Government... Read more →

Briefs

Calling all artists

SM PIER — Once again the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. is inviting talented student, amateur and professional designers to submit their vision for the 26th annual Twilight Dance Series in the form of a poster. The winning design becomes the primary communications piece for the concert series, used in display advertising, posters,... Read more →

News

Paying tribute to King’s legacy

SGI AUDITORIUM — On a rainy Monday morning when students, government workers and many others were free to sleep in, several hundred Santa Monica residents instead were at Soka Gakkai International Auditorium to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was the 25th annual commemoration put on by The Rev. Dr. Martin... Read more →

Environment

Nitrogen additive has side effects

Dear EarthTalk Since nitrogen oxide compounds are components of smog and are common water pollutants, does nitrogen-enriched gasoline create additional pollution? Rick Oestrike Poughkeepsie, NY It might seem like adding nitrogen to gasoline is all the rage among oil companies today, but the idea has been around for years. The U.S.... Read more →