Being wood wise

Dear EarthTalk: Which woods are OK to purchase, and which are not, in the interest of preserving forests and not harming those who depend upon them? Jon Steiner, Boise, ID Deforestation continues to be one of the world’s biggest environmental problems, especially in fast developing regions like South America, Southeast Asia and Africa.... Read more →

City Council

Council ponders lifting beekeeping ban

CITY HALL — Santa Monica could take a step toward repealing its beekeeping ban on Tuesday, as the City Council is set to discuss a proposal that also calls for setting up a bee sanctuary on City Hall-owned land. The plan has the ardent support of the Los Angeles-area beekeeping community, members of which have criticized Santa Monica... Read more →


New retailers come to Santa Monica Place

DOWNTOWN — As summer nears, Santa Monica Place emerged from its two-year renovation to announce the addition of 14 new retailers to its already robust line-up of shopping and dining attractions. In addition to brands like Burberry, Hugo Boss, and Swarovski, the property revealed on Thursday that Betsey Johnson, Barneys Co-Op,... Read more →


Another shade of green

ALTA AVE — Although Santa Monica is generally an environmentally friendly town, one couple and contractor are taking green living to a new level with what they say is the city’s first carbon-neutral, 100-percent waste diversion house. As contractor Sean King, president of SMK Construction, transforms an old Alta Avenue bungalow... Read more →


Malibu parents pushing for charter school

MALIBU — Concerned that the state budget crisis and declining enrollment at Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School could prompt the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to close the award-winning campus, a coalition of parents and teachers at the campus want permission to operate it under an independent charter. Leaders of... Read more →


Step Up goes Hollywood

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica-based homeless services provider Step Up on Second is expanding its presence outside of its home base with a plan to open a new housing facility for the chronically homeless in Hollywood. The non-profit, which operates three housing projects in Santa Monica, has acquired the former Galaxy Hotel on Vine Street... Read more →


Deli not long for promenade

BROADWAY — In a move that almost certainly spells the end of the line for the venerable Broadway Deli, the Planning Commission on Wednesday granted the restaurant’s landlord, Promenade Gateway LLP, a permit it needs to move ahead with plans to replace the deli with two new, higher paying tenants. The land owner wants to subdivide... Read more →


Santa Monica’s unsung heroes

DOWNTOWN — Some heroes are closer to home than most people realize. Eight community members were recognized Thursday as this year’s recipients of Santa Monica Human Relations Council’s Community Heroes awards. These stand-out citizens represent a broad spectrum of volunteer organizations to which they have made significant... Read more →


Gardening event helps newbies

CITYWIDE — If you’ve always wanted to grow your own produce but your tomatoes just end up dead on the vine, fret no longer. The volunteers of the Westside Permaculture Group are here to show you how it’s done. Members of the club are holding their second annual “Gardens of Gratitude” event this weekend with the... Read more →


Paddling toward history

SM BAY — Restoring a decades-old tradition, the Santa Monica Pier and Honolua Surf Co. will kick off the summer of 2010 with the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race, featuring up to 250 contestants, a dory competition and a paddle gear exhibition. The race will be held Saturday, June 12, organizers said. “Santa Monica and the... Read more →


City Hall explores a valet program

DOWNTOWN — Aiming to cut down on the number of drivers cruising Downtown and nearby residential streets in search of parking, City Hall is considering getting into the valet business. While still in the early stages, city officials are studying whether or not a centralized valet system with multiple drop-off and pick-up points would... Read more →


Deal for SMC Malibu campus moves forward

MALIBU — A plan to bring a Santa Monica College satellite campus to Malibu moved a step closer to reality on Tuesday as the Malibu Public Facilities Authority approved the outline of a deal to build the campus on Los Angeles County-owned land in the city’s Civic Center. The vote by the four-member panel, which is composed of two... Read more →


Beach House is golden

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY — Parts of the Annenberg Community Beach House date to the 1920s, but when it comes to environmental sustainability, the public club is very much of the 21st century. The beach house on Tuesday received recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council for meeting the organization’s Gold LEED standard... Read more →


Celebration of Mother Earth continues

While the past weekend was filled with events celebrating Earth Day, this week holds even more opportunities to celebrate the planet. The Center for Environmental and Urban Studies and Sustainable Works is having an open house Wednesday, April 21, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., where anyone can come and learn about its contributions and what they can... Read more →


Cops searching for hit-and-run suspect

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Police Department needs the public’s help in locating a vehicle used in a felony hit-and-run collision that left a 53-year-old woman with significant injuries. Police said witnesses described the car as a late model Mitsubishi Eclipse, two-door sedan that is black in color. The driver was described as... Read more →