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 →

News

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 →

News

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 →

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 →

Briefs

Getting a boost

Santa Monica College has received a $2.1 million, two-year federal grant for a comprehensive pilot program targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander students with academic need and other low-income students. The two-year program, whose target is to serve 300 students, will include specialized tutoring, counseling, establishment of an... Read more →

News

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 →

News

A new way to spend money in Santa Monica

MAIN STREET — There’s a plethora of currencies traveling in the wallets of tourist-heavy Santa Monica, from dollars to euros to yen. Local business owner Janabai Amsden hopes to soon add a new type of exchange to the mix. The environmental advocate and owner of natural foods restaurant Euphoria Loves Rawvolution recently put... Read more →