Green movement gets younger

VENICE — It was just a few years ago that Jayshawn English was running into trouble with the law, placed on probation after he was convicted of being an accessory to burglary. Today the 21-year-old from West Los Angeles is thinking of a career in green construction, hoping to one day own a wind turbine business to power communities.... Read more →


Budget woes force BBB to make cuts

CITYWIDE — Looking to be more reliable during rush hour traffic and cut costs because of the budget fiasco in Sacramento, public transportation officials are adjusting their bus schedules, with changes to go into effect Feb. 15. The City Council last week approved the changes that will add some additional buses to the most crowded... Read more →


Residents want bridge with a view

OCEAN PARK — It may not be the million dollar ocean view seen from Palisades Park, but residents in this neighborhood believe that the one from the Fourth Street bridge is just as picturesque, speeding cars and all. The bridge, which crosses Ocean Park Boulevard and connects the south and north parts of the neighborhood, could soon... Read more →


Moose Lodge murder trial set

DOWNTOWN L.A. — Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the trial of two suspected 18th Street gang members charged with the murders of Hector Bonilla and Jonathan Hernandez, who were shot and killed in 2005 during a birthday party at the Moose Lodge in Sunset Park. Jose Mojaro and Eric Nuñez, a.k.a. Ector Hugo Sanchez,... Read more →


Study finds right-of-way best for Expo

DOWNTOWN — When it comes to routing the Exposition Light Rail from Culver City to Santa Monica, utilizing the old right-of-way could be the right way to go. Such was the conclusion of a draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) that was recently released for the second phase of the light rail project, finding that routing the train on... Read more →


Artists feel the squeeze

DOWNTOWN — For most local artists, actors, and musicians the slumping economy isn’t an abstraction. As art patrons and collectors are seeing their assets dwindle away, they are more reluctant to spend money on shows and pieces. This leaves artists struggling for a way to keep their studios and stages open through these tough... Read more →


Down the drain?

Dear EarthTalk: Are any major brands of disposable tissues, paper towels, napkins and toilet paper yet using recycled content and chlorine-free bleaching? — Sylvia Comstock, Montpelier, VT Not many. In fact, some of the biggest names in disposable paper products are the worst offenders. According to the nonprofit Natural Resources... Read more →


Super goes from interim to permanent

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Tim Cuneo, a former education consultant who arrived here last summer to take over a district that had gone through a series of major personnel changes and challenges, is expected to be named the next superintendent. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District announced on Friday that the Board of Education will... Read more →


Pico improvements stalled — again

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — The long-awaited project to aesthetically revitalize a barren stretch of 20th Street and Cloverfield Boulevard will have to wait a while more. About a decade after residents first approached City Hall about sprucing up the two corridors from the I-10 Freeway to Pico Boulevard, the City Council earlier this week... Read more →


Billboards get held in check

CITYWIDE — As the debate on billboards in Los Angeles drags on, activists are using Santa Monica as the shining star of municipal sign policy. Los Angeles stemmed a growing flood of visual clutter in 2002 when the City Council passed a billboard moratorium, banning the construction of new billboards. It was immediately attacked by... Read more →