Volunteers needed for county-wide beach cleanup

SM BAY — Santa Monica-based environmental watchdog Heal the Bay is calling on those concerned about the region’s waterways to volunteer for the 21st annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The effort will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, organizers with Heal the Bay said Tuesday. Tens of thousands of Southland residents are expected to... Read more →


Measure BB projects underway

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Nearly four years after voters overwhelmingly approved Measure BB, a $268 million bond issue to repair and renovate public school facilities, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students saw some of the first visible evidence of their parents’ dollars at work as they returned to school on Tuesday. Several... Read more →


BBB riders mixed on fare hike

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Patiently waiting for the Line 10 Freeway Express bus, Emilee Kerns quietly counts her cash. A manager at Pacific Sunwear and a host at Monsoon Cafe, Kerns works in Santa Monica six days a week. Like many Third Street employees, Kerns rides the bus to avoid having to deal with the hassles of finding parking.... Read more →


City prepping for a quieter Glow event

SM PIER — Get ready for a quieter, tamer Glow. Instead of the all night music at the Santa Monica Pier that turned the inaugural event in 2008 into a dance party, this year’s Glow will take place without DJs and will shut down earlier, at 3 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. “It’s not a party, it’s not a rave, it’s... Read more →


Toward kinder, gentler streets

CITYWIDE — It just may be the holy grail for the eco-friendly, active transportation-minded Santa Monica commuter. And yes, it’s European. In Dutch it’s called a “woonerf” — a city street where children are encouraged to play freely, bicyclists and pedestrians get priority over cars and vehicle traffic is... Read more →


Remedies on the brink

Dear EarthTalk When we talk about “endangered species” we usually think of animal species, but someone recently told me that there was a worldwide crisis pertaining to the extinction of plants. Can you enlighten? Max Blanchard East Islip, NY We may not realize it, but the health of the plant kingdom is crucial to the health of... Read more →

City Council

City Hall employees want more of the same in November

CITY HALL — An anti-incumbent backlash could be about to sweep the nation, but if it does, the municipal employees of Santa Monica won’t be going along for the ride. The Coalition of Santa Monica Employees, which represents the interests of some 1600 workers, this week issued a vote of confidence in the status quo by endorsing all... Read more →


Endangered species sighting in NOMA

NOMA — Republicans are rumored to exist in the liberal bastion of Santa Monica, and this week strong evidence surfaced that supports this theory. Devout Democrat and dog walker David Mayhan was out for a stroll Thursday morning when he spotted something strange and unsettling at the corner of 18th Street and Carlyle Avenue. Someone... Read more →


Say good-bye to Tide Ride

CITYWIDE After years of lackluster ridership numbers, the Big Blue Bus will officially retire the Tide Ride shuttle on Monday, Sept. 6 despite objections from business owners and residents in Ocean Park. The Tide Ride, which is partially paid for by five local hotels as part of a development agreement with City Hall, was originally... Read more →


Chase suspect who jumped off pier pleads, sentenced

DOWNTOWN — A 27-year-old Los Angeles man pleaded no contest Friday to first-degree burglary in connection with a May high-speed chase that ended when he abandoned the stolen Range Rover he was driving and jumped off the Santa Monica Pier. Gerjuan Deshon Harmon was immediately sentenced by Airport Superior Court Judge Mark Windham to... Read more →


Residents step up fight against Ocean Avenue condos

OCEAN AVE — In an effort to block the development of high-end condos here, a group of residents has filed an appeal with the City Council, calling on elected officials to force the developer to conduct a report on the project’s environmental and social impacts on the surrounding neighborhood. The group, led by resident Dish... Read more →


Trouble by the beach

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. Friday, Aug. 27, at 10:55 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Bay Street regarding a robbery that just occurred. When officers arrived, they... Read more →


School board approves solar panel deal

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Nine schools in Santa Monica and Malibu could be generating solar power by early next year, after the school board on Wednesday gave its final approval to install solar panels. Ralph Mechur, vice president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board, said the deal could save the district as much as $5... Read more →


Excellent chairs

Santa Monica College journalism professor and student newspaper Corsair advisor Saul Rubin has been named the winner of the newly established SMC Foundation president’s circle chair of excellence in communication. In addition, three professors have been selected for previously established chairs of excellence: Mark Trujillo in fine... Read more →