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Fireworks show could have environmental impacts

SM PIER — When the fireworks are launched in one week into the dark evening sky, celebrating 100 years of the city’s most recognizable landmark, there could be an environmental price to pay. That’s according to a recent city staff report that explored possible issues related to the highly anticipated pyrotechnics display... Read more →

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Here comes the taxman

DOWNTOWN — There’s a trio of former Santa Monica businesses that are on a list of the state’s most wanted, accused not of committing heinous crimes but rather skirting hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax payments. The California Board of Equalization announced recently it added 19 new businesses to its list of the... Read more →

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Local firefighters respond to Station fire

DOWNTOWN — As the nearly week-long Station fire continues to burn its way through the Angeles National Forest, scorching more than 105,000 acres and threatening a half-dozen communities, a group of local firefighters and volunteers are joining the battle. The Santa Monica Fire Department on Saturday deployed a team of seven fire... Read more →

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Issues surround locality of vendors

MAIN STREET — With the launch of a citywide campaign this year to urge consumers to buy from local businesses, one merchant association is hoping the neighborhood Santa Monica Farmers’ Market also follows the same philosophy. On the list of about a dozen non-agricultural vendors at the Main Street Farmers’ Market, selling... Read more →

Environment

The ecology of cell phones

THE LANDFILL — aIt’s not much of a stretch to liken America’s relationship with cell phones to a once sizzling romance that ends in good-bye. Fated love affairs typically begin with inflamed passion before reality sets in, cooling the embers enough to allow more guarded, sometimes less attractive aspects of the self to... Read more →

Environment

Breast milk vs. formula

Dear EarthTalk What are the pros and cons of feeding babies formula versus breast milk? And if I purchase formula, should I spend the extra money on the organic variety? Suzy W. via e-mail It is generally acknowledged within the medical community that breast milk is the ideal first food for babies, though modern formula brands can get the... Read more →

Environment

Sustainability and the bottom line

As a new-to-town resident, I have found fewer things more refreshing than the weather. (I came from Fresno, in the Central Valley of California, with averages topping 100 degrees during the summer months.) That said, it is amazing to find that the issues surrounding environmental sustainability are woven into the framework of this place. A... Read more →

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The last days of recreation

WILMONT — As hundreds of hikers head out to their favorite trails this weekend, they would be wise to stop and smell the roses, or whatever foliage is around, for the hike could be their last — in the state park that is. Faced with devastating budget cuts totaling $53.6 million, the California Department of Parks and Recreation... Read more →

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Promenade food carts expected back this fall

DOWNTOWN — Out of all the parts that make up the Third Street Promenade, from the artists to retail carts to the merchants that line the strip, there’s one that’s been absent for the past few years. That missing piece of the puzzle — food carts — is due to return this fall. There was a time when shoppers on the... Read more →

City Council

Only one applicant for Rent Control Board

CITY HALL — There once stood a stack of more than two dozen applications from residents who were interested in replacing late Councilman Herb Katz after he died in January from cancer, making up a larger pool of candidates than in the election just a few months prior. It’s been a different story for the vacancy on the unsung Rent... Read more →