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 →

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Paying tribute to King’s legacy

SGI AUDITORIUM — On a rainy Monday morning when students, government workers and many others were free to sleep in, several hundred Santa Monica residents instead were at Soka Gakkai International Auditorium to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was the 25th annual commemoration put on by The Rev. Dr. Martin... Read more →

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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 →

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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 →

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CIty takes steps to curb pier pigeons

SM PIER — For pigeons, the Santa Monica Pier has long been something akin to easy street, where even the beta males seem to get fat and happy off discarded pizza crust and fallen churros. But the times are changing and Santa Monica is taking a more aggressive stand against the birds, which studies have shown contribute to poor water... Read more →

Environment

City buys electric car from former adversary

CITY HALL — The man who was once targeted by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office for allegedly selling electric cars without permission is now doing business with City Hall, and last month delivered a fully electric pickup truck for use in the city’s fleet. Last year, City Hall lawyers spent about six months trying to... Read more →