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A museum in Venice is born

VENICE — The Venice Neighborhood Council Board of Officers approved a recommendation from the Venice Heritage Foundation to support a proposed museum that would showcase Venice’s unique cultural history. The council approved the location of the museum, next to the Centennial Library, during its March meeting, said Marc Saltzberg,... Read more →

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Right price for anti-smoking kits

DOWNTOWN — While they’ll still have to spend time enforcing the law, restaurant owners will not have to spend a dime on materials meant to help keep their patios and dining areas free of cigarette smoke. That’s because City Hall is distributing hundreds of “tool kits” to business owners — with a focus on... Read more →

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Young artists leave mark on waste center

CITY YARDS — Education through art, constructive collaboration and balance are uncommon priorities for a public works organization, but the Santa Monica Household Hazardous Waste Center makes a point of investing in each. The center, which will be celebrating its 20th year of service on Thursday, has commissioned the assistance of... Read more →

Environment

Eliminating greenhouse gas one tree at a time

OCEAN PARK BLVD — A newly planted pine tree will be the center of a ceremony today celebrating Earth Day and National Arbor Day. City officials and students and faculty from the Art Institutes of California at Los Angeles and Hollywood are attending this public event. “This celebration is a way for us to officially launch the... Read more →

City Council

Rideshare participants drop out

CITY HALL — A significant number of employees are no longer participating in a rideshare program that provides free transit passes to those who choose not to drive to work, according to figures released by City Hall. The reason: an ongoing criminal investigation that has already identified three Big Blue Bus employees as having... Read more →

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Water conservation efforts create cushion

CITYWIDE — A plan to reduce the amount of water delivered to Santa Monica and other cities across the region by 10 percent this summer should have no significant impact on residents and businesses here thanks to aggressive conservation efforts that have reduced demand, city officials said. By cutting back on the amount of water used... Read more →

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Sweatworking

DOWNTOWN — While it may not be the ideal situation in which to meet a future love interest or your next employer, fitness fanatics are falling for Function Runs, networking events that unite bring the gym and the nightclub together for one sweaty night of conversation. It’s not networking, it’s sweatworking. Instead of the... Read more →

City Council

What the future may bring

CITY HALL — Facing a tight deadline to get financing matters in order, city officials have released a prioritized list of major construction projects that could receive a chunk of redevelopment money. The extensive list of projects, which was presented to the City Council last week, contains everything from affordable housing to the... Read more →

Environment

Parity at the pump

Dear EarthTalk I don’t understand why there are many European diesel cars with very high mileage ratings that are not available in the U.S. Can you enlighten? John Healy Fairfield, CT Different countries do have differing standards in regard to how much pollution gasoline and diesel automobile engines are allowed to emit, but the... Read more →

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‘Books’ and ‘readers’ swap stories

When you read a book, the experience is always uniquely your own. No matter the author, what you get is always your interpretation of the language on the page. But at Santa Monica Public Library’s Living Library event, when an individual “checks out” a “book,” the circumstances are tremendously... Read more →