News

Here comes the taxman — again

CITYWIDE — Business owners and shoppers across the city are gritting their teeth in anticipation of the sales tax increase going into effect today, raising Santa Monica’s rate to 9.75 percent. “It’s counterproductive to what the state wants to do,” said Pat Barrett, president of Barrett’s Appliances on... Read more →

Briefs

Fireworks warning

Santa Monica Fire Chief Jim Hone wants to remind everyone that lighting fireworks is illegal in Santa Monica, so instead of breaking the law, join him for the third annual Fourth of July Parade along Main Street. Hone will be the grand marshal for this year’s event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Civic Center on Independence Day.... Read more →

Briefs

Board names trustees

The Santa Monica Museum of Art recently appointed Bruce A. Samuels, MD, and Randi Malkin Steinberger to its board of trustees. Samuels is a cardiologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor of medicine at UCLA. He recently led an effort to provide uninsured and under-insured artists with access to... Read more →

City Council

Downtown structures to be demolished

CITY HALL — A pair of parking structures in Downtown Santa Monica could soon be reduced to a pile of concrete. The City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve a $195,000 contract with Morley Construction Company to design and build new garages on the 1200 block of Fourth Street and the 1400 block of Second Street where structures... Read more →

News

Levin, who broke voting registration records, dies at 91

DOWNTOWN — Sylvia Levin, a Santa Monica resident who set records registering Californians to vote, died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. She was 91. In the last 36 years Levin registered more than 47,000 California residents, an all-time high in the state of California. The Brooklyn native was born Sept. 14,... Read more →

Education

Teachers want cuts far from classrooms

SMMUSD HDQTRS — While the school district’s budget for the 2009-10 fiscal year was put to bed last week, the teachers union is continuing to raise concerns about the impact the cuts will have in the classroom, making its own recommendations on ways to save money. In a June 24 letter to the Board of Education, the Santa... Read more →

News

Suicides on the rise

DOWNTOWN — The number of people who have taken their own lives in Santa Monica so far this year has reached a level not seen in recent years, leaving some to wonder if the economic downturn is responsible. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 20 suicide attempts within the city, 10 of which have been fatal, according... Read more →

Environment

Fresh coat of insulation

Dear EarthTalk Do insulating paints actually insulate and save energy? If they do, are they environmentally friendly to use? Bob Dibrindisi Easthampton, MA Paint additives that claim insulating qualities have been marketed since the late 1990s, but energy research organizations have not confirmed their insulating value. For its part, the... Read more →

Environment

Zero-emissions truck rolls into Santa Monica

CITY HALL — A new truck is joining the Santa Monica fleet, a zero-emissions truck that will serve the Water Division. The first of its kind purchased in the United States, the ZeroTruck is the only all-electric truck on sale in the U.S. this year. All Santa Monica fleet vehicles are currently run on compressed natural gas, but the city... Read more →

News

Big sound, small bites

BROAD STAGE — In a world where the music is big, the action is intense and audiences crowd movie houses lives Yoav Goren. Silly movie references aside, Goren is the man behind the soundtracks of movie trailers. Not the music in the movie itself, but the compositions that can be heard in the background of thousands of movie trailers.... Read more →