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 →

News

Big Blue Bus city’s biggest liability

CITY HALL — Lawrence Powell had just gotten off the Big Blue Bus and was crossing Santa Monica Boulevard at Ocean Avenue. As he stepped into the crosswalk, the bus he’d been riding on started to turn right, cutting into the crosswalk. Pedestrians yelled at the driver to stop but it was too late. The bus ran over Powell, breaking... 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 →

City Council

City Hall to take first step on freeway capping plan

CITY HALL — Today it’s the traffic clogged intersection of the I-10 Freeway and Pacific Coast Highway, but City Hall officials think they can turn it into a green open area that will help revitalize the Civic Center. City Council is set to approve on Tuesday the first step in an ambitious, multi-year proposal to enclose the I-10... Read more →

News

Hybrid truck maker to ink deal with Port of L.A.

SUNSET PARK — Forced to dramatically reduce emissions, the Port of Los Angeles plans to purchase hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid-electric trucks from a Santa Monica-based firm. The heavy-duty-big-rigs from Vision Industries (www.visionmotorcorp.com), which moved to Sunset Park earlier this month, will be tested to evaluate their durability... Read more →

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Locals come together to aid Haitians

DOWNTOWN — Doctors and nurses with Santa Monica-based International Medical Corps are on the ground in Haiti providing treatment to the thousands who were injured during the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the island nation Tuesday. The International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team is in Port-au-Prince assisting... Read more →

Education

School board to put tax on ballot

SMMUSD HDQRTS — Voters in Santa Monica and Malibu will be asked in May to approve an “emergency” parcel tax to help district schools cope with reduced support for education from the state government. Facing a $12 million projected deficit and having already reduced this year’s budget by $4.5 million, the Santa... Read more →

News

In relief of Haiti

A pair of local eateries have agreed to host fundraisers to assist the Red Cross’ ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of a major earthquake in Haiti. The Pourtal Wine Bar is donating 25 percent of its wine tasting sales to the Santa Monica chapter of the American Red Cross Haitian relief effort on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. until... Read more →

City Council

Ready, set, Glow

CITY HALL — Planning is underway for the second installment of Glow, Santa Monica’s signature, dawn-to-dusk art event that drew roughly 200,000 people to the Santa Monica Pier and beach in the summer of 2008 to experience exhibits that lit up the night sky. Jessica Cusick, City Hall’s cultural affairs manager, said she... Read more →

Crime

Sears still popular with shoplifters

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. Sunday, Jan. 10, at 5:43 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding a theft suspect... Read more →