Environment

Staying local

Dear EarthTalk I know that local food has health and environmental benefits, but my local grocer only carries a few items. Is there a push for bigger supermarkets to carry locally produced food? Maria Fine Somerville, MA By eating locally sourced foods, we strengthen the bond between local farmers and our communities, stay connected to the... Read more →

News

L.A. Marathon will return to SM

DOWNTOWN — It looks like the L.A. Marathon’s “Stadium to the Sea” route is here to stay. The only details in doubt are some of the finer points of the massive race’s finish line and end-of-route festival. Santa Monica city and marathon officials said this week that the finish line may be pushed further north from... Read more →

News

Cody’s road to recovery

It’s sunny out, but Cody Williams is lying on a bed in Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s rehabilitation unit instead of enjoying his summer with friends. He moves slowly, deliberately, as a therapist helps him stretch one side of his body, then the other. He shouldn’t be here. If Williams had his way, he would be... Read more →

City Council

Investigation tackles local gold companies

CITY HALL — An investigation launched in May by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office into the business practices of a local gold company has been expanded to include another more well-known company based in Santa Monica: Goldline International, city officials said. Santa Monica Deputy City Attorney Adam Radinsky said his... Read more →

Crime

Sex offender spotted on promenade, pier

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A convicted sex offender who sometimes dresses in a Spider-man costume and poses for photographs with children has been recently seen walking along the Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, police said. Roger Montgomery, 51, a transient, is described as a male white, 6 feet, 2 inches with red hair... Read more →

Crime

Shouting match leads to pot bust

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, July 24, at 10:20 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2900 block of Delaware Avenue regarding a report of domestic violence.... Read more →

City Council

Windscreen rules dropped on Ocean Ave.

CITY HALL — Restaurants on Ocean Avenue have one fewer regulation to worry about. The City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of scrapping an ordinance that had prohibited the seaside eateries that lease outdoor dining space from City Hall from using drop-down curtains to shield patrons seated on their sidewalk patios from the cold. City... Read more →

News

New parking restrictions near Adelaide stairs

ADELAIDE DRIVE — Aiming to curb pedestrian traffic and overcrowding near two public staircases that have become ultra-popular workout spots, City Hall officials this week announced new weekend parking restrictions near Adelaide Drive and Fourth Street. In the past, parking on Adelaide has been by permit only from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. but... Read more →

Briefs

Online help for the disabled

Residents and visitors with disabilities can now go online to access information about services in Santa Monica. Santa Monica’s Human Services Division and Disabilities Commission this week launched Accessible Santa Monica, City Hall’s new disability resources web portal at www.smgov.net/accessiblesm. The site is a one-stop shop... Read more →

City Council

Council bans smoking on patios and balconies

CITY HALL — Smokers who enjoy an occasional drag out on their patios better light up while they still can. That’s because the City Council on Tuesday voted to strengthen Santa Monica’s already strict anti-smoking laws, adding a restriction that bars people from lighting up within 25-feet of a door or window in any... Read more →

Environment

Local beaches some of the most polluted in California

OCEAN AVENUE — Santa Monica continues to have some of the most polluted beaches in California, with the Santa Monica Pier failing to meet clean water criteria nearly half the time, according to an annual study released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a news conference in Santa Monica on Wednesday, Noah Garrison,... Read more →

Briefs

Praise for phasing out Polystyrene

City Hall was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Waste Prevention Award from the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) for its “ground breaking” take-out food container program, city officials announced this week. Santa Monica’s ban on Polystyrene, in place since Feb. 9, 2007, protects the beaches and bay by prohibiting... Read more →

City Council

Holbrook pondering two-year council bid

CITY HALL — In a move that could have big implications for November’s City Council election, five-term incumbent Bob Holbrook has announced he may run for a two-year seat on the council instead of a full four-year term as previously expected. Holbrook said he pulled papers to run for one of two available two-year seats on Monday... Read more →

Crime

Robbery suspect held

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have arrested a suspect in an alleged strong-arm robbery that took place July 24 in the 200 block of Georgina Avenue. The suspect, Gregory Lamont Archie, 28, allegedly approached a female victim as she was preparing to go jogging and asked for directions. During the conversation, the suspect allegedly... Read more →