Recycling a messy business

Dear EarthTalk Why can’t plastics of all types, instead of being initially sorted, simply be melted together to be separated later? It must be a monumental and error-prone task to separate truckloads of plastics. L. Schand, via e-mail The reason plastics aren’t typically melted together and then separated later is a matter of... Read more →


Gang member’s conviction upheld in Moose Lodge murders

LOS ANGELES — A state appeals court panel on Friday upheld a gang member’s conviction for the shooting deaths of two men at a private party at the Moose Lodge on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica more than six years ago. The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Jose Mojarro... Read more →


Santa Monicans weigh in on bike share

CIVIC CENTER — A gray sky and a sprinkling of summer mist were not enough to keep some curious Santa Monicans from catching a glimpse of City Hall’s proposed bike sharing plan earlier this week. At the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, city officials and representatives from Global Green USA introduced a solar-powered bike sharing... Read more →

City Council

Palisades Garden Walk rename stalls

CITY HALL — A move to give an official name to the 6-acre park being built across the road from City Hall stalled at the Recreation and Parks Commission Thursday night amid concerns that the decision was being rushed. The Recreation and Parks Commission was the first public agency to get a crack at recommending a name for what is now... Read more →


Environmental group celebrates Santa Monica bag ban

SM PIER — Santa Monica and 10 other cities and counties have taken bold strides to reduce their environmental impact by banning plastic bags, but other municipalities need to step up their game. That was the message put forth by Mayor Richard Bloom and Environment California, a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting California’s... Read more →


Bill would pre-empt local circumcision bans

SAN FRANCISCO — Two California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would pre-empt local governments from passing laws banning male circumcision and limit the enacting of such legislation to the state. Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, said Thursday the bill came in response to recent efforts at the local level, including a... Read more →


Ed board stuck on flavored milk ban idea

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Incensed parents clashed with school district staff Wednesday night in a showdown over whether or not to serve non-fat chocolate milk to kids in local schools. The fight centered on the relative nutritional value of getting kids to drink milk versus the dangers of too much extra sugar in their diets, which parents fear... Read more →


City Manager selects new BBB director

CITY HALL — Ed King, the executive director of the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, has been named the new director of the Big Blue Bus, city officials announced Thursday. King, who will receive a base salary of $182,040, will oversee a department of 419 employees and an annual budget of $58.9 million. The BBB system... Read more →


Cyclists busted for allegedly peddling drugs

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 16, at 2:36 a.m., Santa Monica police officers on routine patrol in the 2500 block of Ocean Front Walk made contact with two bicyclists and... Read more →


Throw your troubles away, or shred them at the City Yards

Dispose of your personal documents and electronic waste materials at the third Community Shred and Electronics Recycling event this Saturday. Hosted by City Hall’s Resource, Recovery and Recycling Division, the shred and disposal event will take place at the Fire Training Tower at the City Yards from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Certified shredders... Read more →


Graffiti, tagging on the rise in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — It can be found on street signs, bus benches, bathroom stalls and the Santa Monica Pier. Graffiti, it seems, is making a comeback and city officials are left scratching their heads as to why. While vandalism — which can include everything from slashed tires and broken windows to salt-damaged lawns — is on the... Read more →


Moving on up

Andrew Thomas, who served as director of operations for Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. for 10 years, announced his resignation Wednesday. After his last day on the job next Friday, he will jump into his new gig as executive director of the Westwood Village Improvement Association on Aug. 1. As director of operations for Downtown Santa Monica... Read more →