Fundraiser brings in big bucks

Over 300 supporters raised $250,000 earlier this month during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless individuals gain self-sufficiency through employment. The participants in the event gathered at the Fairmont Miramar not only to raise money for the organization through a live and... Read more →


Late officer gives students school assist

OLYMPIC BLVD — A late Santa Monica Police Officer who died fighting overseas is giving economically-disadvantaged teens the tools to go to college. The Santa Monica Police Activities League recently launched a new program that puts freshmen and sophomores on a path to higher education, guiding them through a college preparatory... Read more →


Santa Monica, Beverly Hills battle for Broad museum

CIVIC CENTER — Today it is nothing more than a paved lot, sandwiched unnoticeably between the Santa Monica Courthouse and Civic Auditorium, serving the parking needs of visitors to both. But soon the 2.5 acres that sit in this up-and-coming area could welcome a new museum housing some of the world’s finest collections of... Read more →


Done talking, now walking

When thinking about my new goal to become more efficient in every aspect of my life, I was taken by a sudden realization: my new iPhone is the center of my universe. Completely plugged into the world 24/7, thanks to this invention, I do ridiculous things in the name of multi-tasking. Exhibit A: I e-mail while running on the elliptical.... Read more →


Astronaut goes from beach to space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The more you talk with Santa Monica astronaut Randy Bresnik, the more opportunities you get to hear his amazing stories. Bresnik is one of six NASA astronauts scheduled for launch today on STS-129 Atlantis. The 11-day space shuttle flight to the International Space Station will help outfit the outpost with... Read more →


Know before you go

Parking Structures 1-6 Façade Improvement Project Artwork installation work is ongoing in parking structure no. 5. Expect delays upon exit. Annual Street Improvement Project Sidewalk replacement is taking place at the following locations: on Montana Avenue, between Ninth and 12th streets; on Euclid Street, between 1tth and 12th... Read more →


Cost of cotton

Dear EarthTalk Can you enlighten on the environmental impact of the fashion industry? As I understand it, the industry overall is no friend to the environment. Tan Cheng Li Malaysia According to the non-profit Earth Pledge, today some 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used throughout the world to turn raw materials into textiles.... Read more →


Festival features films by locals, for local patrons

DOWNTOWN — Filmmakers, locals, and the international community will be coming together to showcase and celebrate the power of film during the Santa Monica International Film Festival taking place Saturday. The festival is a competition that screens features, documentary, and short films from all over the United States and around the... Read more →


More homeless housed; work still not done

CITY HALL — There were more than 400 homeless people who found permanent supportive housing and nearly 500 who landed and maintained stable jobs last year, getting off the streets of Santa Monica and taking the first steps toward achieving self sufficiency. Those were just a couple of figures presented at the City Council meeting on... Read more →


Reliving the good times

MAIN STREET — The music was loud, the drinks were cheap, and there was never a cover. From the 1960s through the early ‘90s, the Oar House Bar & Buffalo Chips Restaurant was the place to go on Main Street for a night of debauchery and all around good times. While the old haunt has long since gone and been replaced by... Read more →


Baby delivered in laundromat bathroom

PICO BLVD — Amid the tumbling of the dryers and the water spraying from the washers were the screams of a woman in labor, the cry of a newborn baby and then the sigh of relief from the Laundromat employee who was there for the delivery. It was all over before the spin cycle even began. The bathroom at Clean People Coinless Laundry... Read more →


P&G to pay City Hall $68 million

26TH STREET — Water contamination caused by a former pen-making facility will cost Proctor & Gamble a hefty sum after the company agreed to a $68 million settlement with City Hall. The City Council on Tuesday approved the settlement in which the Gillette Co., which was purchased by Proctor & Gamble in 2005, also promised to... Read more →


City Hall earns top digital honors

The Center for Digital Government has awarded City Hall top honors in the 2009 Digital Cities Survey. City Hall placed first in 2007 and third in 2004 and 2008. The award is based on a comprehensive analysis of how cities are using technology to create a seamless environment between local government and constituents. Santa Monica has been... Read more →


Tenants demand tougher anti-smoking laws

DOWNTOWN — There are many days warm or cool when the windows to Mike Horelick’s Santa Monica apartment remain shut, keeping out ocean breezes, the fragrance of a neighbor’s dinner and cigarette smoke. It’s the latter that forces the local screenwriter to often seal his home, protecting his asthmatic 3-year-old... Read more →


City staff identifies measures to curtail paparazzi

DOWNTOWN — Paparazzi who swarm a local preschool — a favorite among celebrities — can expect to see more police officers and security guards as they snap away shots of children and their famous parents. Those are just a couple of measures suggested by city staff in a recent report to the City Council about the steps that... Read more →