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Sustainability comes with a nice discount

DOWNTOWN — It’s usually only good for transporting groceries and helping the environment but carrying a reusable bag could also score discounts. More than 40 businesses will offer special deals to customers who bring in the eco-friendly bags during the Buy Local Santa Monica Super Saturday on Oct. 3, ranging from samples to... Read more →

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Sewage spill at Saint John’s creates a stink

MID-CITY — More than 120 gallons of raw sewage flowed onto a street near Saint John’s Health Center Wednesday night, with some of that sewage making its way into the storm drain system but most likely not to the Santa Monica Bay, city officials said. The spill — reported to be 125 gallons — stemming from the hospital... Read more →

Briefs

Bringing gardeners together

As popular as gardening is in Santa Monica, 8 square miles cannot accommodate gardens for all 94,000 residents. As a result, the city has created a garden sharing registry to meet everyone’s needs. The registry matches homeowners with yard space but no time for gardening to experienced or interested gardeners with no space for... Read more →

City Council

Declawing law may be clipped

CITY HALL — A controversial surgical procedure that animal lovers have dubbed as an amputation on cats could face restrictions in Santa Monica. The City Council on Tuesday directed its staff to draft an ordinance that would ban the veterinary practice of declawing cats, limiting the procedure only to cases in which it would be in the... Read more →

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BBB maintenance facility opens doors

COLORADO AVENUE — On time and under budget. Those were the words that city officials proudly repeated multiple times in celebrating the new Big Blue Bus maintenance facility during its grand opening on Wednesday, praising a project team that managed to bring the 66,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure to completion at $60... Read more →

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Beach closure

WILL ROGERS STATE BEACH Foul smell causes closure The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has posted warning signs advising swimmers and surfers to avoid the ocean for a half-mile north and a half-mile south of the storm drain located at Will Rogers State Beach, near Pacific Palisades. The warning will be in effect until at... Read more →

Briefs

Tons of trash removed in cleanup

More than 14,000 Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers in Los Angeles County removed a record 150 tons of trash from regional watersheds last weekend, according to environmental watchdog Heal the Bay, which organized the effort. Some 14,038 community members — also an all-time high number — scoured beaches, parks, alleys, creeks,... Read more →

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Trees get a lot of love on Tree Hugging Day

PALISADES PARK — Marcy Miller rested her head gently on the California palm tree, tears welling in her eyes as she embraced the trunk, memories of her now deceased father, once a worker in a lumber yard, flooding back. “I have hugged trees before but it did not have the same impact,” she said. The environmentalist drove... Read more →

Briefs

UCLA experts offer tips to protect against the flu

As flu season approaches, medical professionals warn against both seasonal influenza and H1N1, also called swine flu. “H1N1 is a new virus and people lack immunity to it,” said Dr. David Pegues, epidemiologist, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and professor of infectious diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.... Read more →