Environment

Do touch that dial

Dear EarthTalk What are some simple low cost improvements I can do to my home to make it greener? Stefan Lonce via e-mail According to consumer advocate Remar Sutton, there are many ways to save energy and other resources around the home without spending a lot of money. And taking action sooner rather than later will lead to ongoing savings... Read more →

News

Artists protest boardwalk’s loss of originality

VENICE BEACH — The Venice Beach boardwalk has a history of eclecticism with merchants hawking handmade goods and street performers speaking out in the name of political activism, but a group of local artists is now protesting what they say is a loss of the strip’s originality. This Saturday at 9 a.m. these artists plan to parade... Read more →

Education

Will Rogers principal dies

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Irma Lyons, the principal of Will Rogers Learning Community and 17-year veteran of the school district, died on Thursday at the UCLA Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. Lyons began her career as a teacher at Will Rogers and was later promoted to assistant principal and then principal, replacing Maureen... Read more →

City Council

State to take $21M from RDA funding

CITY HALL — While city officials just last month celebrated the upgraded bond ratings for two local redevelopment zones, the mood has changed substantially in the days following the state’s budget adoption. The Santa Monica Redevelopment Agency (RDA), which finances neighborhood revitalization projects, is expected to take a... Read more →

Briefs

Saint Anne best of the best

Saint Anne School, a local Catholic school, has been selected for the 2009 Best of Santa Monica Award in the Religious Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The award, given annually to small businesses throughout the country, recognizes companies that have achieved exceptional success, while maintaining a high quality of... Read more →

Briefs

Jazz it up on the lawn

With August comes Jazz on the Lawn. The free concert series presented on the City Hall lawn offers residents a chance to kick back in their favorite beach chairs for a picnic with cool breezes and the smoothest jazz, with a lineup that features Tony Award nominee Valarie Pettiford and composer and saxophonist Geoff “Double G”... Read more →

News

Two years of toking it up

CITYWIDE — Since Measure Y took effect in July, 2007, the Santa Monica Police Department has not issued any citations for offenses involving the adult, personal use of marijuana inside private residences. Supporters of the “lowest law enforcement priority” measure said that means it’s served its purpose. Bill... Read more →

News

Getting their caffeine fix

MAIN STREET — A woman hops out of a black car as it pulls over outside the Edgemar building on Main Street. It’s 9 a.m., and she’s in a hurry to get to work. One important errand comes first, however. Inside Peet’s Coffee and Tea, her foot twitches as she waits in line. Finally, she hurries to the counter. “How... Read more →

News

Jeweler aids in recovery of stolen necklace

DOWNTOWN — It was like any other negotiation, the seller starting with their asking price, countered with an offer by the buyer, parting ways if neither can agree. That’s exactly how it was for Michael Kurt when two women walked into his Wilshire Boulevard store earlier this month to sell a necklace and matching bracelet set... Read more →

Crime

Jury deliberating in Juarez murders

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The fate of two imprisoned gang members charged with murdering two brothers at a Santa Monica clothing store 10 years ago is now in the hands of a jury. Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon in the murder trial of David Robles and Jessie Garcia, who face two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder,... Read more →