News

Study: Elevated pollution levels near SM Airport

SM AIRPORT — People who live and work near the Santa Monica Airport are being exposed to unusually high levels of air pollution, a significant health concern that has been largely associated with major commercial airports such as LAX, according to a new study by UCLA researchers. The study, published Wednesday in the journal... Read more →

Crime

SMFD welcomes dispatch operators

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Just a few weeks before its dispatch center goes live for the first time in nearly three years, the Santa Monica Fire Department on Wednesday welcomed the people who will be responsible for fielding the emergency calls for the city. The first class for the reactivated center includes a communications supervisor... Read more →

News

Late officer gives students school assist

OLYMPIC BLVD — A late Santa Monica Police Officer who died fighting overseas is giving economically-disadvantaged teens the tools to go to college. The Santa Monica Police Activities League recently launched a new program that puts freshmen and sophomores on a path to higher education, guiding them through a college preparatory... Read more →

Briefs

Don’t drink and drive

Cops will be on the lookout for drunk drivers this Friday, Nov. 20, holding a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Michigan Avenue. Police officers will be contacting drivers to confirm sobriety and check their driver’s license status. This will be the first of a series of checkpoints that will... Read more →

Briefs

Buckle up

The Santa Monica Police Department is among dozens of police agencies in the Southland and statewide getting a slice of more than $3 million in traffic-safety grants intended for “Click It Or Ticket,” enforcement efforts, the California Office of Traffic Safety announced Tuesday. The SMPD’s share amounts to $22,270. The... Read more →

Briefs

Fundraiser brings in big bucks

Over 300 supporters raised $250,000 earlier this month during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless individuals gain self-sufficiency through employment. The participants in the event gathered at the Fairmont Miramar not only to raise money for the organization through a live and... Read more →

News

Santa Monica, Beverly Hills battle for Broad museum

CIVIC CENTER — Today it is nothing more than a paved lot, sandwiched unnoticeably between the Santa Monica Courthouse and Civic Auditorium, serving the parking needs of visitors to both. But soon the 2.5 acres that sit in this up-and-coming area could welcome a new museum housing some of the world’s finest collections of... Read more →

Environment

Cost of cotton

Dear EarthTalk Can you enlighten on the environmental impact of the fashion industry? As I understand it, the industry overall is no friend to the environment. Tan Cheng Li Malaysia According to the non-profit Earth Pledge, today some 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used throughout the world to turn raw materials into textiles.... Read more →

Environment

Done talking, now walking

When thinking about my new goal to become more efficient in every aspect of my life, I was taken by a sudden realization: my new iPhone is the center of my universe. Completely plugged into the world 24/7, thanks to this invention, I do ridiculous things in the name of multi-tasking. Exhibit A: I e-mail while running on the elliptical.... Read more →

News

Astronaut goes from beach to space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The more you talk with Santa Monica astronaut Randy Bresnik, the more opportunities you get to hear his amazing stories. Bresnik is one of six NASA astronauts scheduled for launch today on STS-129 Atlantis. The 11-day space shuttle flight to the International Space Station will help outfit the outpost with... Read more →