Giving wind a boost

Dear EarthTalk I heard that some wind farms use fossil fuels to power their generators when the wind won’t. Doesn’t that defeat their whole renewable energy purpose? Why not let the wind power it or not? Also, I’ve heard that the low-frequency sounds generated by these turbines can harm people and animals. Is this true? Ryan... Read more →


Website showcases local green practices

MONTANA AVE — Juan Beltran’s helicopter crashed after losing its tail rotor during a test flight while deployed as an U.S. Army pilot in Iraq, leaving him a quadriplegic. Instead of sulking about his new disability when he came home, Beltran used the money he received from a settlement with the helicopter manufacturer to start a... Read more →


City officials weigh in on Exposition Light Rail stations

DOWNTOWN — When riders of the long-awaited Exposition Light Rail hit the end of the line and descend on the corner of Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue, what should they see? Should the final station by the sea feature a mixed-use development with ground-floor commercial and apartments on top, or would a more minimalist design better... Read more →


School district adds new faces

The school board has appointed three administrators to fill key positions throughout the district. Debra Washington was selected as the new assistant superintendent of human resources, replacing Mike Matthews, who left this spring to become superintendent of Manhattan Beach schools. Steven Richardson was appointed the new principal at Will... Read more →

City Council

Broad sweetens deal with L.A. for new museum

CITY HALL — While all signs are pointing to billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad building a new museum in Downtown Los Angeles to house his expansive art collection, city officials remain confident that Santa Monica is still his best option. Broad said this week that he is willing to pay the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency... Read more →


Fate of schools tied to sales tax measure

SMMUSD HDQTRS — In the spirit of collaboration, not competition, the school board Wednesday decided to cease all discussions of placing another parcel tax measure on the ballot after the Santa Monica City Council earlier this week agreed to ask voters in November to approve a sales tax increase to help fund education and other essential... Read more →


Stop that car!

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. Monday, July 5, at 12:13 a.m. Santa Monica officers were at the corner of Ocean and Bicknell avenues talking to a resident when they heard a vehicle... Read more →


Win $500 by helping a tourist

CITYWIDE — A British socialite is visiting Santa Monica, and she’s offering $500 to help her plan a trip around the city. The only thing is, she’s a mannequin. To celebrate the impending re-opening of the Santa Monica Place mall on Aug. 6, the Santa Monica Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has created an online contest... Read more →


Beach gets splash of color

Neon-colored fish, flowers and other shaped panels will now don 38 lifeguard towers along Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica as part of Portraits of Hope’s latest public art project, “Summer of Color.” Installation on the 1,216 panels was completed Monday with the help of locally headquartered construction company... Read more →

City Council

Renter protections may reach ballot

CITY HALL — In addition to a proposed sales tax measure, Santa Monica voters may also be asked to amend the City Charter and grant more protections to renters. The City Council, with a 6-1 vote, ordered city staff to draft a proposed ballot initiative that would give tenants more time to respond to minor violations before they are... Read more →


eHarmony finds partner in SM

DOWNTOWN — It could be a match made in heaven. eHarmony, one of the world’s leaders in online dating, is moving its corporate headquarters from Pasadena to Santa Monica, officials with the company confirmed Tuesday. The company, which was launched in 2000 and now claims over 20 million registered users, plans to occupy a... Read more →

City Council

Election season begins

CITY HALL — Campaign season officially kicked off this week in Santa Monica as those interested in running for public office are now allowed to start asking registered voters for the 100 signatures needed to qualify for November’s ballot. The fall election is expected to draw considerable interest given that five of the seven... Read more →


Sales tax increase goes to voters

DOWNTOWN — If you have plans to purchase an expensive 3-D television or a new hybrid vehicle, you might want to do it now or risk paying more next year. That’s because the City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to place on the November ballot a half-cent sales tax increase, with half of the proceeds most likely headed to the... Read more →


St. Joseph Center receives grant

St. Joseph Center recieved a $25,000 renewal grant from the William H. Hannon Foundation in support of its Family Center and Food Pantry Program. “My late uncle, our foundation’s founder, was a strong supporter of St. Joseph Center. Today, given the continued difficult economic climate, our support is even more critical,”... Read more →


Wells Fargo gives $264K to local nonprofits

In 2009, Wells Fargo & Company awarded 43 grants totaling $264,250 to nonprofit organizations and schools in Santa Monica. The company, combined with Wachovia Corporation, and its team members gave $20 million to Los Angeles-area nonprofit organizations and schools. Nationwide, Wells Fargo gave $202 million in grants in 2009. Wells Fargo... Read more →