SMFD welcomes dispatch operators

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Just a few weeks before its dispatch center goes live for the first time in nearly three years, the Santa Monica Fire Department on Wednesday welcomed the people who will be responsible for fielding the emergency calls for the city. The first class for the reactivated center includes a communications supervisor... Read more →


Study: Elevated pollution levels near SM Airport

SM AIRPORT — People who live and work near the Santa Monica Airport are being exposed to unusually high levels of air pollution, a significant health concern that has been largely associated with major commercial airports such as LAX, according to a new study by UCLA researchers. The study, published Wednesday in the journal... Read more →

City Council

City Council pursues Broad museum

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to launch formal negotiations with art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad to secure the museum he intends to build on the Westside for his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. City Manager Lamont Ewell was given permission to initiate negotiations with the... Read more →


Buckle up

The Santa Monica Police Department is among dozens of police agencies in the Southland and statewide getting a slice of more than $3 million in traffic-safety grants intended for “Click It Or Ticket,” enforcement efforts, the California Office of Traffic Safety announced Tuesday. The SMPD’s share amounts to $22,270. The... Read more →


Don’t drink and drive

Cops will be on the lookout for drunk drivers this Friday, Nov. 20, holding a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Michigan Avenue. Police officers will be contacting drivers to confirm sobriety and check their driver’s license status. This will be the first of a series of checkpoints that will... Read more →


Fundraiser brings in big bucks

Over 300 supporters raised $250,000 earlier this month during the celebration of the 25th anniversary of Chrysalis, a nonprofit organization that helps homeless individuals gain self-sufficiency through employment. The participants in the event gathered at the Fairmont Miramar not only to raise money for the organization through a live and... Read more →


Late officer gives students school assist

OLYMPIC BLVD — A late Santa Monica Police Officer who died fighting overseas is giving economically-disadvantaged teens the tools to go to college. The Santa Monica Police Activities League recently launched a new program that puts freshmen and sophomores on a path to higher education, guiding them through a college preparatory... Read more →


Santa Monica, Beverly Hills battle for Broad museum

CIVIC CENTER — Today it is nothing more than a paved lot, sandwiched unnoticeably between the Santa Monica Courthouse and Civic Auditorium, serving the parking needs of visitors to both. But soon the 2.5 acres that sit in this up-and-coming area could welcome a new museum housing some of the world’s finest collections of... Read more →


Astronaut goes from beach to space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The more you talk with Santa Monica astronaut Randy Bresnik, the more opportunities you get to hear his amazing stories. Bresnik is one of six NASA astronauts scheduled for launch today on STS-129 Atlantis. The 11-day space shuttle flight to the International Space Station will help outfit the outpost with... Read more →


Cost of cotton

Dear EarthTalk Can you enlighten on the environmental impact of the fashion industry? As I understand it, the industry overall is no friend to the environment. Tan Cheng Li Malaysia According to the non-profit Earth Pledge, today some 8,000 synthetic chemicals are used throughout the world to turn raw materials into textiles.... Read more →


Done talking, now walking

When thinking about my new goal to become more efficient in every aspect of my life, I was taken by a sudden realization: my new iPhone is the center of my universe. Completely plugged into the world 24/7, thanks to this invention, I do ridiculous things in the name of multi-tasking. Exhibit A: I e-mail while running on the elliptical.... Read more →


Know before you go

Parking Structures 1-6 Façade Improvement Project Artwork installation work is ongoing in parking structure no. 5. Expect delays upon exit. Annual Street Improvement Project Sidewalk replacement is taking place at the following locations: on Montana Avenue, between Ninth and 12th streets; on Euclid Street, between 1tth and 12th... Read more →


Festival features films by locals, for local patrons

DOWNTOWN — Filmmakers, locals, and the international community will be coming together to showcase and celebrate the power of film during the Santa Monica International Film Festival taking place Saturday. The festival is a competition that screens features, documentary, and short films from all over the United States and around the... Read more →


Baby delivered in laundromat bathroom

PICO BLVD — Amid the tumbling of the dryers and the water spraying from the washers were the screams of a woman in labor, the cry of a newborn baby and then the sigh of relief from the Laundromat employee who was there for the delivery. It was all over before the spin cycle even began. The bathroom at Clean People Coinless Laundry... Read more →


More homeless housed; work still not done

CITY HALL — There were more than 400 homeless people who found permanent supportive housing and nearly 500 who landed and maintained stable jobs last year, getting off the streets of Santa Monica and taking the first steps toward achieving self sufficiency. Those were just a couple of figures presented at the City Council meeting on... Read more →