Greenbacks for going green

Santa Monica College on Tuesday received two rebate checks totaling more than $217,000, the result of a 10-month pilot project intended to cut down on electricity usage. College officials said the pilot project involved retrofitting the control system for 54 fume hoods in the Science Building, a move that is estimated to save the college... Read more →


Safe waste

Residents with old motor oil, prescription drugs, computers, batteries and other hazardous waste can now call City Hall and have those items picked up for free. City Hall has launched Santa Monica’s first door-to-door household hazardous waste collection program, a pilot effort that is intended to cut costs while cutting down on carbon... Read more →


Shop owners renew push for sidewalk signs

MAIN LIBRARY — Placing a sidewalk sign in front of a business to advertise sale items or a restaurant’s daily specials can be a great way to draw in customers. It’s also illegal in Santa Monica. Now, a group of merchants that has been pushing to overturn City Hall’s ban on the A-frame or sandwich board signs for more... Read more →


District hailed for adopting environmental curriculum

JOHN MUIR ELEMENTARY — Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District could soon be getting an extra dose of environmental awareness in their science, history and social studies courses, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Sempra Energy Foundation and a new curriculum developed by the California Environmental... Read more →


No-smoking signs leave some puzzled

SM PIER — Money may not grow on tree branches, but, at least in Santa Monica, it sometimes turns up in places that are just about as unlikely. Namely, at the bottom of ashtrays. That’s right. It’s only been a few months since the City Council banned smoking on the Santa Monica Pier, but in that time at least $80 has been... Read more →


Teen injured during escape from blaze

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A teenager was injured when she jumped from the second floor of an apartment building to escape a fire Saturday on Pearl Street. Santa Monica firefighters responded to the scene at 8:40 a.m. where they doused the flames. They transported the teenager to a local hospital for treatment. The American Red Cross... Read more →


Actress Pressly charged with drunken driving in Santa Monica

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Prosecutors have charged Jaime Pressly with misdemeanor drunken driving. The 33-year-old “My Name is Earl” co-star was arrested Jan. 5 after Santa Monica police say she was stopped for a traffic violation. She was released after posting $15,000 bail. Deputy City Attorney Melanie Skehar says Pressly... Read more →


Celebrating Rosie’s Girls

Rosie’s Girls, a program designed to teach girls some of the finer points of manual labor, will celebrate its 10th year in Santa Monica on Saturday at the Main Library. The event will feature speakers and information about upcoming sessions of the program. The next session begins in April. In the past, Rosie’s Girls have used... Read more →

City Council

Downtown area braces for construction crush

CITY HALL — Bulldozers could soon be the new Priuses in Downtown Santa Monica. A slate of projects in the city’s commercial core and adjacent Civic Center planned for the next five years promises to transform the most iconic parts of the city — and to pose some serious challenges for businesses, their customers and City Hall... Read more →


Global warming in pictures

A traveling photography exhibit and program highlighting global climate change, developed by the Swiss government, is making a stop in Santa Monica this week. The "ThinkSwiss Climate Trail & Polar Wonders: Photographs From the End of the World" event will provide a unique opportunity to get an artistic and scientific impression... Read more →


Pledge for people

Dear EarthTalk: Global population numbers continue to rise, as does the poverty, suffering and environmental degradation that goes with it. Has the U.S., under Obama, increased or at least restored its family planning aid to developing countries that was cut when the Bush Administration first took office? T. Healy , via e-mail The... Read more →


Winter’s bounty at the Farmers’ Market

DOWNTOWN — There’s a winter nip in the air. Southern California has endured one of the colder winters on record. But don’t despair. Toss on a warm sweater and head to the Farmers’ Market. This is the time of year when root vegetables, apples and nutrient filled mushrooms are harvested, and make their appearance. That... Read more →


Consultants seek input in superintendent search

SMMUSD HDQTRS The team of consultants charged with finding the next superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu-Unified School District is asking for the community’s help. Peggy Lynch and Michael Escalante of Leadership Associates, the firm chosen by the school board to find a replacement for Tim Cuneo, who is retiring in June, are... Read more →


Widow of struck pedestrian asks City Hall for safer streets

DOWNTOWN — The widow of a 66-year-old man who was struck by a car and killed while he was walking in a Santa Monica crosswalk last month is calling on City Hall to do more to promote pedestrian safety. In a letter to City Manager Rod Gould this month, Ana Herceg said she hopes the collision at Wilshire Boulevard and 10th Street that... Read more →


Two arrested for stealing $6K in plastic crates

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. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 12:46 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 3200 block of Pico Boulevard ‚Äî Trader Joe‚Äôs ‚Äî... Read more →