City Council

Dry cleaning regulations could pose problems

CITY HALL — Concerned about the environmental impact of harsh dry cleaning chemicals, city officials are considering developing regulations that would force local shop owners to use non-toxic solvents and green methods. The City Council on Tuesday requested its staff to explore dry cleaning alternatives and prepare an ordinance... Read more →

News

Sewer project keeps with the status flow

DOWNTOWN — It isn’t a sleek new office complex or colorful parking garage, but there’s something worth celebrating about the completion of a relatively unglamorous sewer system — the people performing dirty jobs. That’s exactly what a group of city officials did on Thursday when they gathered at the former Rand... Read more →

Education

Local man raises money for leukemia patients

ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — In 2007, Tyler Cordova went to the doctor with cold symptoms and was sent home. When he woke one night unable to breathe, he was rushed to the emergency room and the diagnosis changed. Six-year-old Tyler had non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a deadly blood cancer. Tyler and 10-year-old Kelly Delaney, who has leukemia,... Read more →

Crime

Caveman etiquette lands pair in jail

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, March 21, at 11:32 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1100 block of Second Street — the Huntley Hotel — regarding a... Read more →

News

Nordstrom reaches out to women, minorities

PICO BLVD — For upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom, diversity goes beyond the collection sitting on its racks or the faces of employees manning the floor. With construction expected to break ground on the Seattle-based department store’s second Westside location this summer, Nordstrom officials heading the Santa Monica Place... Read more →

City Council

Envisioning a city center

CITY HALL — When the Exposition Light Rail rolls into Santa Monica in the next six to eight years, the Downtown terminal is expected to swarm with several hundred passengers with each inbound train, squeezing an already impacted area. Such a scenario has raised some flags for city planning officials who are exploring traffic... Read more →

News

Fighting to survive

SM MOUNTAINS — These hills are under attack by foreign invaders. Fending off exotic plants, global warming and development are some of the challenges facing the park rangers stationed in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Luckily these rangers have some back up — students. Through the Parks as Classrooms... Read more →

Education

District considers increasing class sizes

SMMUSD HDQTRS — As school district officials continue to address a budget deficit caused by state funding cuts, one area likely to take a hit is class sizes. The teacher-to-student ratio is expected to increase at nearly every grade level and school starting in September, potentially saving the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School... Read more →

Briefs

Greenopia measures fast food restaurants

SUNSET PARK — Fast food isn’t always considered the healthiest option, but diners can now alleviate at least some of that guilt by eating green. Santa Monica-based Greenopia recently released a new rating system for the nation’s 23 most popular fast food restaurants, evaluating the eateries based on characteristics that... Read more →

City Council

City Hall considers building over freeway

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →

News

Number of affordable apartments drops

CITY HALL A decade after a controversial state law allowed rent-controlled units to be set at market rate once they were vacated, the rental housing market in Santa Monica has become more expensive. That’s according to a recently-released report by the Rent Control Board about the impact that vacancy decontrol, which was enacted in... Read more →

News

Celebrating green businesses

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will host the Sustainable Quality Awards luncheon on Wednesday to celebrate businesses who are taking steps to be more environmentally friendly. City Hall announced the 2009 award winners last week, doling out four SQA grand prize winners and six winners in the Excellence... Read more →

News

Man stands up against Ye Olde King’s Head

DOWNTOWN — He goes out nearly every weekend, carrying the same red and yellow double-sided sign, marching up and down the same block of Santa Monica Boulevard, handing out leaflets about his grievances against a local pub. Since November of 2007, F. Daniel Gray has been staging one-man weekend protests of Ye Olde King’s Head,... Read more →

Environment

Bumping up crops

Dear EarthTalk I want to start an organic vegetable garden in my yard and I would like to know how to combine crops to make better use of time and space. Val Thomason Denton, TX Most commercial farms concentrate on growing a few select crops to supply a wide variety of customers, but gardening at home is a different story entirely. Most... Read more →

News

A place to rest for the weary

FIFTH STREET — At 52 years old and living on his own, Craig Blasingane found himself in unfamiliar terrain. He might have in the past been an entrepreneur and owner of three houses, but when it came time to move into a single-room occupancy unit last month after spending eight years homeless, Blasingane just felt out of his element.... Read more →