Dawn of ‘green chemistry’

Dear EarthTalk So many chemicals in everyday products are harmful to our health and the environment. Why aren’t we developing safer alternatives? Donna Langston, Asheville, NC Researchers today are beginning to question the safety of many chemicals used in consumer products. Studies have linked Bisphenol A (BPA), flame retardants,... Read more →


Perez achieving the dream

SAMOHI — Consuelo Perez looked every inch the consummate professional that she is when she approached the podium to deliver her report on the English Learners’ Advisory Committee (ELAC) to the Board of Education. In her native Spanish, she eloquently made the case for keeping whole the funding for Spanish-language classes... Read more →

City Council

Council approves $20K settlement

CITY HALL — A three-vehicle collision cost City Hall $20,000, with more on the horizon as the City Attorney’s Office settled one injury case and approaches settlement on a second. The accident took place on March 12 at approximately 1:30 p.m. between a Big Blue Bus route 3 and two other cars on Lincoln Boulevard just before... Read more →


Smart meters coming to Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — These days, it seems like you can check just about anything from your smartphone. And by the end of 2011, you’ll be able to check on how much energy you’re using at home from just about anywhere. In an effort to help the environment, and help their customers save money and energy, Southern California Edison is... Read more →


Rubin rallies support for ‘Chain Reaction’

CIVIC CENTER — Twenty years ago, Santa Monica resident and activist Jerry Rubin advocated to get “Chain Reaction,” a sculpture created by Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist Paul Conrad, accepted for the front lawn of the Civic Center. It was a contentious battle that split the 1991 City Council down the middle,... Read more →


Fireworks illegal in SM

As people get ready to celebrate America’s birthday on Monday, the Santa Monica Fire Department is reminding the public that all types of fireworks are illegal in the city by the sea. That includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which may not be used in Santa Monica, even if they are legal in the city they were... Read more →


Council agrees to drop taxi rates to LAX

CITY HALL — Alert: Beginning Friday, if you pay more than $35 for a taxi ride from anywhere in Santa Monica to LAX, you’ve paid too much. The City Council voted Tuesday to drop the rates from locations south and north of Interstate 10 respectively as part of a package of motions revisiting different aspects of the citywide... Read more →


Bulger’s apartment drawing interest

THIRD STREET — The simple Santa Monica apartment where James “Whitey” Bulger hid from the FBI for more than a decade could soon be one of the hotter properties in the city’s rental market. The door to unit 303 remains sealed with police tape as FBI agents continue to pick the place apart, but a line of would-be renters... Read more →


Panhandlers allegedly involved in turf war

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, June 25, at 9:41 a.m., Santa Monica police officers located a suspect in the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade who was wanted in... Read more →

City Council

Threat to palm trees sparks renewed protest

CITY HALL — Once again, the dog fight over trees in Santa Monica has flared up, and once again, the focus of disagreement is the Canary Island date palm. Residents stormed public meetings this week with petitions against the designation of sycamores and Torrey pines as replacement trees for the aging palms in a draft document created by... Read more →

City Council

Council considers smoking ban in apartments, hotels

CITY HALL — Carol Riel and her 6-year-old daughter Griffin lived in a rent-controlled apartment in Santa Monica immediately above another unit inhabited by heavy smokers. Conditions got so bad that Carol had to move the asthmatic Griffin from room to room in the middle of the night to try to keep her away from the toxic secondhand... Read more →


Feds, defense spar over future of Bulger case

BOSTON — Prosecutors and James “Whitey” Bulger’s attorney sparred in court papers Wednesday about whether the government should be allowed to drop one of two pending federal cases against the former mob boss or whether those cases should be consolidated. Bulger’s attorney, Peter Krupp, said prosecutors are trying... Read more →