Methane gas at nearby landfill concerns locals

STEWART STREET — A new issue is brewing in the neighborhood battle against a proposal to build a train maintenance yard in a historically working-class community, one that involves a giant decades-old pile of trash. The Pico Neighborhood Association recently raised concerns about the possible dangers of placing the maintenance facility... Read more →


Web site help cities go green

It’s not always easy being green, but with their new “Best Practices” Web site, Green Cities California (GCC) is working to make it a little easier. GCC is a collaborative of 10 of California’s most environmentally progressive jurisdictions, including Santa Monica. These jurisdictions teamed up to create the Web site,... Read more →


Experiencing the galaxy without leaving a seat

SMC — “I have two questions. One, how fast is Jupiter’s orbit? And two, have you heard anything about the L-Cross,” asked the bright-eyed, brown-haired astronomy enthusiast. Jim Mahon, who gives lectures on the cosmos at the John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College, answered the questions slowly and clearly so... Read more →

City Council

Senior housing project upsets area residents

CITY HALL — A proposal to build two affordable senior group housing projects along the I-10 Freeway is stirring neighbors who believe the developments are not only out of scale but don’t fit in with zoning standards for the area. A group of those residents, calling themselves the Pico Euclid Neighborhood Coalition, appeared... Read more →


Long-time SMC football coach Taylor dies at 64

SMC — A Westside football icon has passed. Robert Taylor, a man who coached football at Santa Monica College since 1984, mentoring countless young athletes along the way, died Thursday at the age of 64. Funeral arraignments have yet to be announced. Taylor, who had been on medical leave since being relieved as head coach after an... Read more →


Report finds major companies discharging toxins into bay

SM BEACH — A state environmental advocacy group is calling on federal officials to strengthen water quality regulations following the release of a report that found more than 232 million pounds of toxic chemicals have been dumped into the nation’s rivers, oceans and lakes, including large discharges into the Santa Monica Bay.... Read more →


Wiretaps help cops nab murder suspects

MAIN LIBRARY — After an intense, undercover investigation that involved the use of court-authorized wiretaps, Santa Monica police have arrested three suspected gang members for the 2008 slaying of Preston Brumfield, a resident who was beaten and left for dead on a busy street in the Pico Neighborhood. SMPD Chief Tim Jackman on... Read more →


Schools taking precautions against the flu

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Cough into the arm, don’t rub the eyes and for kids who are sick, just stay at home. Those are some of the tips that private and public school officials in Santa Monica are giving to parents, teachers and students as they attempt to protect campus populations against the spread of the seasonal influenza and H1N1... Read more →


Santa Monica Place goes for LEED

DOWNTOWN — When Santa Monica Place reopens late next summer with a new look, it will do so with the distinction of being one of the few certified environmentally-friendly shopping centers in the country. Parent company Macerich announced recently that it’s targeting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)... Read more →