Clearing the roads

Dear EarthTalk Short of massive efforts to build a public transportation infrastructure, which doesn’t appear likely anytime soon, what is being done to address traffic congestion, which is reaching absurd levels almost everywhere? John Daniels Baltimore, MD Traffic congestion has gotten way out of hand — and not just in... Read more →

City Council

Council to consider funds for pier museum

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials are in the midst of a high stakes negotiation with billionaire Eli Broad to bring a multi-million dollar art museum to Santa Monica. But the battle for the Broad isn’t the only museum-related discussion that’s ongoing at City Hall. On Tuesday, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. will be... Read more →


Light rail a step closer to reality

DOWNTOWN — Transportation officials this week signed off on a plan to extend the Expo light rail line to Downtown Santa Monica, approving the project’s environmental review and selecting a route for the line’s Westside component. The decision by the Expo Authority’s board on Thursday paves the way for construction to... Read more →


Victim in hit-and-run recovering

DOWNTOWN — Family members of the 28-year-old Santa Monica woman who was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident on Main Street Monday said she is recovering, but doctors are still trying to determine the extent of her brain injury. Brittany Norton is currently in the Nuerointensive Care Unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center... Read more →


Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

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. Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7: 20 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard regarding a report of domestic violence.... Read more →


UCLA opens family wellness center

DOWNTOWN — New scientific studies routinely come out suggesting new ways for healthier living, but the gap between what researchers know and how most people live can be a wide one. Now, a new center started by UCLA in Santa Monica is aiming to bridge the divide by bringing classes and programs based on researchers’ work directly... Read more →


Thieves make off with $300K in jewelry

WILSHIRE BLVD — Police are searching for three men wanted in connection with a robbery in which $300,000 worth of jewelry was stolen, authorities said. The robbery occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 3 around 5 p.m. in a parking lot in the 2500 block of Wilshire Boulevard, said Sgt. Dave Hunscke with the Santa Monica Police Department. Two... Read more →

City Council

City Hall again delays museum vote

CITY HALL — After announcing a tentative deal in January to bring philanthropist Eli Broad’s proposed art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center, City Hall has delayed a required City Council vote on the agreement for the second time, several council members said this week. In an e-mail to the council obtained by the... Read more →


Food bank serves record number of Westsiders

22nd STREET — Roughly 90,000 people received some form of food assistance last year from the 65 pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters supplied by Santa Monica-based Westside Food Bank, officials with the nonprofit announced Wednesday. That is a 50 percent increase from 2005, said Bruce Rankin, executive director of the food... Read more →


Illustrating Earth Day

Students in grades K-12 are being asked to express what sustainable transit means to them in the form of a poster contest for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day sponsored by City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. This is the second year that City Hall has held the student poster contest. The intent is to raise... Read more →