Calling all artists

The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. once again invites talented student, amateur and professional designers to submit entries for its annual poster contest. The winning design becomes the primary communications piece for the 25th Annual Twilight Dance Series, used in display advertising, posters, flyers, banners and more. This year is... Read more →

Rejection is an everyday thing for missionaries

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — The way people treat them, you would think they were begging for loose change instead of trying to bring peace and love to the world. These missionaries with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification have heard it all. Some they approach politely decline to participate, while others get angry and... Read more →

SMMUSD prepares to weather hard times

SM LIBRARY — The good news is Santa Monica and Malibu students continue to excel in the classroom, posting high marks on state tests and winning national academic awards. But the bad news is the school district that boasts these achievements is expected to take a significant hit from the state economic crisis, hurting its ability to... Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →