News

City Hall goes light on some code violations

CITY HALL — Bicyclists who break Santa Monica law by riding on the sidewalk caught a break of their own last week, as the City Council agreed to reduce the penalty for that offense, and several others, from a misdemeanor to an infraction. The change came in response to a complaint City Hall received from a cyclist who had been given a... Read more →

Environment

Trading trays

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that New York City schools are trying out “Trayless Tuesdays” in their cafeterias in order to reduce waste. Why are trays such a big issue? And how can cutting them out on one day a week really make a difference? — Mark, Brooklyn, NY Unlike the old days when many school cafeterias... Read more →

Education

SMC defends professor accused of unethical campaigning

SMC — Is it unethical for a college instructor to give class credit to students who help promote one of their instructor’s favorite causes? That’s the question that was raised at Santa Monica College this week after Stanley Epstein, an attorney and student in an emeritus class at SMC, objected to a long-standing part of the... Read more →

Crime

You can’t sleep here

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. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were checking on a property in the 2300 block of Wilshire Boulevard after the owner told... Read more →

News

Businesses get new marketing tool

DOWNTOWN — For local businesses looking to draw in new customers with special offers, there’s a new online option in town that’s locally operated and geared exclusively toward Santa Monica companies. Launched by Josh Miller, a 20-year-old Santa Monica High School grad and current Princeton student, it’s called Spree... Read more →

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Hertz, Enterprise add SM-based CODA to EV fleet

BROADWAY — Two major rental car companies will offer Santa Monica-based CODA Automotive’s all-electric sedan next year. The four-door, five-passenger vehicle can plug into standard outlets and gets 90-120 miles per six-hour charge. A shorter, two-hour charge can give it 40 miles of driving. Last month, Enterprise and CODA... Read more →

News

Looking for the next Scorsese

The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the sixth annual festival on April 30 and May 1, 2011. It is open to filmmakers ages 12 to 18 and will accept any film in any genre from 30 seconds to 30 minutes in length. Submission deadline is Friday, March 4 at 5 p.m. Festival producers accept out-of state and even... Read more →

News

An extra bed for the holidays

The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB), with the help of its hospitality partners, is helping residents celebrate the holidays by launching the Extra Bedroom Program, which offers deep discounts to local residents and their visiting friends and families. The program allows locals to enjoy the city with their families and... Read more →

News

City signs off on Expo line ‘buffer zone’

CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to a land swap involving Santa Monica College and the Expo Metro Line Construction Authority that paves the way for the creation of a “buffer zone” to shield Pico Neighborhood residents from some of the impact from a rail maintenance yard planned for 2900 Exposition... Read more →

News

Mixing up the music

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present an eclectic mix of concerts in December — from opera to jazz to percussion — all of which will be held at The Broad Stage or Edye Second Space at the SMC Performing Arts Center, located on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street, officials with the college said. The lineup... Read more →

News

Sheraton Delfina sells for $102.8M

PICO BLVD — The Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel has been purchased for $102.8 million by a Maryland real estate investment trust with plans to spend another $9 million to refurbish guest rooms and common areas. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust said earlier this week that it bought the upscale, 310-room hotel on Pico Boulevard across the... Read more →

City Council

A new mayor for Santa Monica?

CITY HALL —  After an election that saw Santa Monica’s City Council incumbents sweep their way back into office, don’t expect any policy shifts in 2011. But be prepared, observers say, for some early contention on the dais. Once members are sworn in for their new terms Dec. 7, the council’s first order of business... Read more →

News

UCLA opens new allergy center

Aiming to provide state-of-the-art testing and treatment for food and drug allergies, UCLA Health System this month announced the opening of a new allergy center in Santa Monica. The facility, located at 1245 16th St., provides a variety of unique services in allergy care, including skin testing for penicillin allergy. It’s also the... Read more →

Crime

SMPD searches for sexual assault suspect

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police are searching for a suspect in an alleged sexual assault that took place Nov. 17, a press release stated. The victim, who came forward the next day, alleges that a cab driver sexually assaulted her shortly after picking her up in the 300 block of Arizona Avenue. She told police officials... Read more →

Environment

Why no recycling law?

Dear EarthTalk Given the environmental and economic benefits, why doesn’t the U.S. have a federal law mandating recycling nationwide? N. Koslowsky Pompano Beach, FL The U.S. government has historically relied on state and local governments to handle waste management in all of its forms, including recycling. Although there have been a... Read more →