City prepping for a quieter Glow event

SM PIER — Get ready for a quieter, tamer Glow. Instead of the all night music at the Santa Monica Pier that turned the inaugural event in 2008 into a dance party, this year’s Glow will take place without DJs and will shut down earlier, at 3 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. “It’s not a party, it’s not a rave, it’s... Read more →


Remedies on the brink

Dear EarthTalk When we talk about “endangered species” we usually think of animal species, but someone recently told me that there was a worldwide crisis pertaining to the extinction of plants. Can you enlighten? Max Blanchard East Islip, NY We may not realize it, but the health of the plant kingdom is crucial to the health of... Read more →


Toward kinder, gentler streets

CITYWIDE — It just may be the holy grail for the eco-friendly, active transportation-minded Santa Monica commuter. And yes, it’s European. In Dutch it’s called a “woonerf” — a city street where children are encouraged to play freely, bicyclists and pedestrians get priority over cars and vehicle traffic is... Read more →


Chase suspect who jumped off pier pleads, sentenced

DOWNTOWN — A 27-year-old Los Angeles man pleaded no contest Friday to first-degree burglary in connection with a May high-speed chase that ended when he abandoned the stolen Range Rover he was driving and jumped off the Santa Monica Pier. Gerjuan Deshon Harmon was immediately sentenced by Airport Superior Court Judge Mark Windham to... Read more →

City Council

City Hall employees want more of the same in November

CITY HALL — An anti-incumbent backlash could be about to sweep the nation, but if it does, the municipal employees of Santa Monica won’t be going along for the ride. The Coalition of Santa Monica Employees, which represents the interests of some 1600 workers, this week issued a vote of confidence in the status quo by endorsing all... Read more →


Endangered species sighting in NOMA

NOMA — Republicans are rumored to exist in the liberal bastion of Santa Monica, and this week strong evidence surfaced that supports this theory. Devout Democrat and dog walker David Mayhan was out for a stroll Thursday morning when he spotted something strange and unsettling at the corner of 18th Street and Carlyle Avenue. Someone... Read more →


Residents step up fight against Ocean Avenue condos

OCEAN AVE — In an effort to block the development of high-end condos here, a group of residents has filed an appeal with the City Council, calling on elected officials to force the developer to conduct a report on the project’s environmental and social impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. The group, led by resident Dish... Read more →


Say good-bye to Tide Ride

CITYWIDE After years of lackluster ridership numbers, the Big Blue Bus will officially retire the Tide Ride shuttle on Monday, Sept. 6 despite objections from business owners and residents in Ocean Park. The Tide Ride, which is partially paid for by five local hotels as part of a development agreement with City Hall, was originally... Read more →


School board approves solar panel deal

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Nine schools in Santa Monica and Malibu could be generating solar power by early next year, after the school board on Wednesday gave its final approval to install solar panels. Ralph Mechur, vice president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board, said the deal could save the district as much as $5... Read more →


Trouble by the beach

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. Friday, Aug. 27, at 10:55 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Bay Street regarding a robbery that just occurred. When officers arrived, they... Read more →


Trees get website

  If a tree falls in cyberspace, does it make a sound? City Hall and the Urban Forest Master Plan Task Force are trying to make some noise with a new website dedicated to Santa Monica’s trees. Located at the aptly-named url, the site provides a central location for information about caring for and... Read more →


Excellent chairs

Santa Monica College journalism professor and student newspaper Corsair advisor Saul Rubin has been named the winner of the newly established SMC Foundation president’s circle chair of excellence in communication. In addition, three professors have been selected for previously established chairs of excellence: Mark Trujillo in fine... Read more →


Brownley’s bag ban fails

CITY HALL — A day after a proposal to bar grocery stores and other retailers from handing out free, single-use plastic bags in California failed to pass the state Senate by a 14-21 vote, local backers of the ban blasted Sacramento lawmakers and said they would move ahead quickly with a local version of the law. “The oil... Read more →


High-tech teaching

Santa Monica College Monday opened its first Digital Learning Studio, a cutting-edge classroom equipped with new technology to improve learning through collaboration. Modeled after the “Hyperstruction Studio” at the University of California at Riverside, which began in January, 2008 as a teaching experiment, the “classroom... Read more →