News

Morning commute to be impacted by bluff construction

PCH — Those who drive north along Pacific Coast Highway will have one less lane to use for the next six months. Work will start Oct. 26 to stabilize 1.6 miles of the historic Palisades Bluffs in Santa Monica, forcing construction crews to close the northbound lane nearest to the bluffs between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday... Read more →

News

Whiskey enthusiasts unite at the Civic

CIVIC CENTER — Whiskey lovers from across the globe and right here at home will take over the Santa Monica Civic Center Tuesday for one of the world’s largest brown liquor tastings. Whiskey Live, billed as the whiskey tasting event and sampling event of the year, will feature over 30 exhibitors, each pouring fingers worth of some... Read more →

Environment

Geothermal gains steam

Dear EarthTalk How are heating, cooling and electricity produced by geothermal energy? I don’t understand how it works. Delano Stewart Wyandanch, NY The term “geothermal” is derived from the Greek words for Earth (geo) and heat (therme). In essence geothermal energy is power harnessed from the Earth itself. Heat from the... Read more →

Education

School board disagrees over equity fund

SMMUSD HDQTRS — It’s a program that gives both socio-economically disadvantaged and academically struggling students a reason to believe in their future, getting a taste of the college life as a high school student. While there’s unanimous support on the Board of Education for the two-year-old Young Collegians program,... Read more →

News

Setting the right lighting

DOWNTOWN — When City Hall installed thousands of LED lights along Second and Fourth streets, illuminating the collection of ficus trees with greens, blues, purples, reds and yellows, visitors to Downtown almost immediately began voicing their opinions for and against the change. There were those who thought the decorative lighting,... Read more →

News

Samohi students aim for car-free day

SAMOHI — Students are improving upon a Santa Monica High School bicycling tradition, using the Web and free bikes to spark interest. For several years, the Samohi Bike Coalition and the Samohi Solar Alliance clubs have hosted school-wide bike days every few months. The usual bike days involved a few hundred students using pedal power to... Read more →

Crime

Suspected bike thief busted

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. Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:35 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the 100 block of Ocean Avenue when they saw a bike rider commit a... Read more →

Briefs

Beginning of a new era

Hoping to create a new era of collaboration between landlords and their tenants, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office is hosting a public workshop at the Annenberg Community Beach House Wednesday, Oct. 21. “We all agree that it’s time for something new,” said Deputy City Attorney Eda Suh. “The old model of... Read more →

Business

Festival honors female filmmakers

DOWNTOWN — When director, producer and writer Patricia DiSalvo Viayra began working on her first film, she sent out an advertisement searching for a cinematographer. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of people she contacted, only one woman responded amid scores of men. “I just thought it was unusual that there were no other women... Read more →

City Council

Residents to weigh in on public safety facilities

CITY HALL — After an extensive search for a public safety storage facility to house reserve emergency equipment for the fire and police departments, officials have finally narrowed the list down to about a half dozen locations. Those candidates, which include three in and around the Santa Monica Airport, will be presented to the... Read more →