Spreading sustainability across globe

CITY HALL — Delegates from Gumi, South Korea visited Santa Monica Tuesday as part of a seven-day sustainability tour of some of California’s greenest cities. The delegates hoped to observe and learn green policies and programs while sharing some environmental ideas of their own. The industrial city of Gumi — 95 percent of... Read more →


Senator seeks cadmium ban

State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) has introduced a bill that would ban cadmium use in children’s jewelry in California. Pavley previously authored the nation’s first ban on using lead in children’s jewelry. She created the new bill after learning manufacturers are using cadmium in place of lead. The U.S. Centers for... Read more →


UC signs $147M deal to rent local medical facility

MID-CITY — The UCLA Hospital System is expanding its presence in Santa Monica with a 30-year deal to occupy a new outpatient surgery facility to be built on 16th Street. The three-story, 45,000 square-foot project is planned for a parking lot across the street from the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital and... Read more →


Bank failure means new name for local branch

DOWNTOWN — On Monday morning Santa Monicans who deposit their checks at First Regional Bank were in for a surprise. The bank, which had a branch at 501 Santa Monica Blvd., was seized by federal regulators over the weekend and quickly sold off to Raleigh, N.C.-based First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Its failure was blamed on... Read more →


Volunteers needed for tours

The Santa Monica Conservancy is seeking volunteers for a new docent training class for the Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific Coast Highway. The conservancy, in partnership with the city of Santa Monica, trains docents to give guided tours of the site, which opened to great acclaim last spring.  The Annenberg Community Beach... Read more →


Board set to decide on tax for schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — School board members have already decided to ask Santa Monica and Malibu residents to pay more to offset lower state spending on public education. Tonight, they’ll decide how much to ask voters to fork over. Facing at least a $12 million budget gap, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board is aiming... Read more →


The land of wasting food

Dear EarthTalk What are the environmental implications of all the food we throw away here in the United States? Mike Schiller Cambridge, MA Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially in light of the growing divide between the profligate rich and the hungry poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Loss... Read more →


Teaching young dogs new tricks

DOWNTOWN — Glyn Judson is one proud parent — even though his kids are a little hairy and might drool sometimes. Judson raises puppies for Guide Dogs of America, the national group that trains companion dogs for blind people. He takes in puppies from the GDA school in Silmar, Calif. when they are about seven weeks old, and... Read more →


SM Place adds three more shops

DOWNTOWN — Real estate developer Macerich this week announced three new tenants at Santa Monica Place, its revamped outdoor mall just south of the Third Street Promenade scheduled to reopen in August. The retailers are: women’s clothing store Tory Burch, women’s shoe seller Charles David and Ben Bridge Jeweler. Randy Brant,... Read more →


After more than 20 years, SMC returns to Malibu

MALIBU — For the first time in more than two decades, Santa Monica College will offer courses for credit here as part of a pilot program that will help develop a plan for a permanent campus in the Civic Center, something which the college is required to do as part of a 2004 bond measure, officials with SMC announced Friday. The... Read more →