Flying the cleaner skies

Dear EarthTalk Can airplanes be run on cleaner fuels or be electric powered? Are there changes afoot in the airline business to find cleaner fuels? Reema Islam Dhaka, Bangladesh Given air travel’s huge contribution to our collective carbon footprint — flying accounts for about three percent of carbon emissions worldwide by some... Read more →


Gold company investigated by City Attorney

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s office last week confirmed that a local gold company is under investigation after receiving complaints that the business was possibly scamming customers. The company, Superior Gold Group (SGG), is apparently based in Nevada although it also operates out of an office on Wilshire... Read more →


Minority students suspended at higher rates

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The suspension rate fell in 2009 compared with the year before, but minority students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District continued to account for a disproportionate percentage of suspensions, according to a district report released this month. The suspension rate declined at each district secondary school... Read more →


Police ask for help locating witnesses to officer shooting

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police are asking for the public’s assistance to locate two people they believe may have witnessed the shooting of a Santa Monica Police officer early Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred May 18 at about 1:40 a.m. in the 1900 block of Lincoln Blvd. when officers stopped a suspected drunk driver. A... Read more →


SMPD admits tickets given by mistake

OCEAN PARK — A number of people received parking tickets for violating street sweeping restrictions in error last week while Ocean Park Boulevard was being repaved, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler. Because the city sent a notice saying street sweeping restrictions would not be enforced while Ocean Park Boulevard was being... Read more →


Venice Art Walk kicks off with party

Charlotte Bjorlin D’Elia and her husband, Robert D’Elia have been building lofts for close to 10 years. Their most recent development “Dogtown Station” — named to pay homage to the famous Venice skateboard community of years past — is comprised of 35 live/work lofts located on Main Street and is also the... Read more →

City Council

Smoking ban may expand

CITY HALL — Santa Monica’s already strict anti-smoking laws could get even tougher. Responding to residents’ complaints that the existing ban on smoking in the common areas of apartments and condos doesn’t go far enough, City Council members Gleam Davis and Kevin McKeown are asking their colleagues to support a... Read more →


Stick ’em up

Stick ’em up 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. Saturday, May 15, at 9:05 p.m., Officers responded to the corner of Second Street and Pier Avenue regarding a report of an armed... Read more →


City acquires more Downtown real estate for development

DOWNTOWN — Today it’s the site of a couple of drab bank buildings, but City Hall officials say the southeast corner of Fourth Street and Arizona Avenue could be much more. The City Council last week agreed to pay $42.5 million for the 52,500-square-foot property, a purchase that officials said will complement 67,500 square feet of... Read more →


More additions to Santa Monica Place

On the heels of announcing the addition of a new and improved Disney Store, Santa Monica Place is adding nine more stores to the mix of nearly 60 retailers and restaurants already scheduled to open. The new additions cover every floor of the shopping center, slated to open Aug. 6. Ever, Kenneth Cole, and Ugo Cafe will call the mall’s... Read more →


Pot bust raising questions

SM AIRPORT — Federal law enforcement officials earlier this month found more than 300 pounds of marijuana on a plane that departed from Santa Monica Airport, raising questions about security at small, general aviation facilities. Authorities said two men and a woman were arrested after landing at the Pontiac Municipal Airport in... Read more →


Name of suspect in shooting released

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have released the name of the man suspected of opening fire on officers, wounding one, during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning on Lincoln Boulevard. Dante Glenn Leverette, 32, of Los Angeles is expected to be booked on suspicion of trying to kill a police officer, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay... Read more →

City Council

Residents and chamber spar over LUCE

CITY HALL — In a preview of an expected showdown before the City Council next month, accusations between neighborhood groups and the Chamber of Commerce are flying over City Hall’s long-studied general plan update known as the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE). The document, which sets out a vision for growth in Santa Monica... Read more →

City Council

Fighting for the right to vote

CITY HALL — Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet says he will vote on the annual “general adjustment” — the maximum rent increase the board allows — despite a finding by California’s Fair Political Practices Commission that doing so would violate the state’s Political Reform Act. In a... Read more →


Like a fish

The inaugural Pier-to-Pier Challenge, a 12.6-mile swimming race from the Manhattan Beach Pier to the Santa Monica Pier, will be held Oct. 16, organizers announced Monday. Races will also be held at 1.2, 2.4 and 4.8 miles, along with relays. “We hope this event will inspire people to challenge themselves,” said Alan Morelli, chief... Read more →