Court dismisses Baykeeper suits against Malibu

MALIBU — City officials here can move forward with the construction of a new park that will also serve as a water treatment facility following a court ruling Tuesday which dismissed a pair of lawsuits filed by Santa Monica Baykeeper. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Thomas I. McKnew, a designated expert judge in environmental... Read more →


Recycle your old trees

Given our present economic and environmental concerns, recycling is the theme this holdiay season — from wrapping paper to regifting, and now, to Christmas trees. The city of Santa Monica is asking residents to recycle their trees the week following Christmas throughout the entire month of January. Collection will take place at four... Read more →


T.J. Maxx coming to Fourth Street

FOURTH STREET — Frugal shoppers looking for designer threads without breaking the bank will have another store to hit and Fourth Street will get a serious retail anchor to replace bankrupt Circuit City. T.J. Maxx, the largest North American off-price retailer, is trying to give competitor Ross a run for its money on the Westside,... Read more →


Not the most wonderful time of the year

CITYWIDE — “Merry Christmas, what can I get you to drink?” It’s a seemingly harmless phrase that’s been spoken countless times this month at gatherings and company holiday parties. While many people think of the holiday season as a time to indulge a little, for those who are recovering from alcohol or other... Read more →


Getting paid to lose weight

MID-CITY — It’s one of the most common excuses for why people don’t exercise: “I just don’t have the time.” For many of the nurses at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, that excuse is legitimate. Working 12-hour shifts leaves little time for working out, especially after spending... Read more →


Cops bust gunmen following robbery

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Monday, Dec. 21, at 9:22 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2300 block of Fourth Street — Budget Center Market — regarding an... Read more →


Shoppers turn out for deals

DOWNTOWN — With the holiday season winding down, shoppers were out for last minute deals this week. Yet, local retailers held out little hope for a substantial sales boost. Many shop managers were just thankful they’d survived the year. “Things have been slow, but people are still buying so I think we’ve had a decent... Read more →


Deal struck for solar power

One of California’s largest power companies, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), will buy energy from a 150 megawatt solar power plant built by a Santa Monica-based company under a long-term contract, officials with PG&E said Tuesday. California has a target to obtain a third of its electricity from renewable energy sources by... Read more →


BBB welcomes eco-friendly wonderland

DOWNTOWN — This holiday season, two local art students are showing commuters just how compatible recycling and art can be. Anyone waiting at the Big Blue Bus stop on Broadway just west of the Third Street Promenade can expect a view of the heavy construction on the new mall across the street. But Brooks Leonard, one of the 21... Read more →


City Council to consider SMO emission levels

SUNSET PARK — City Council in January could direct city staff to begin working with federal and state agencies to promote research on “ultrafine particles” — tiny pollutants generated by planes that some Santa Monica neighborhood groups have urged City Hall to deal with for years. The goal would be to play a role in... Read more →


Volunteers help deter crime

DOWNTOWN — As holiday shopping crowds have swarmed the Third Street Promenade in recent weeks, the Santa Monica Police Department has beefed up its Downtown presence, thanks in part to a handful of volunteers. Graduates of the department’s “citizens academy” have been staffing an information booth on the promenade... Read more →


‘Sesame Street’ star Alaina Reed-Amini dead at 63

MID-CITY — Alaina Reed-Amini, the Broadway star and TV actress best known for her long-running roles on “Sesame Street” and “227,” has died. She was 63. Publicist Billy Laurence says Reed-Amini died Thursday at St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica after a two-year battle with breast cancer. Previously... Read more →


Chess program loses home at Fairview library

FAIRVIEW LIBRARY — In many respects, the group’s members have little in common. They range in age from 3-and-a-half to 92 and speak a variety of different languages — Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Hindi, to name a few. Some are casual dabblers, others are master practitioners. But for the past five years, each Thursday... Read more →


Stimulus bucks help businesses go green

Dear EarthTalk I’ve been following reports about President Obama’s stimulus package and what it may mean for creating green jobs. Beyond that, are there programs in place to help businesses switch to greener raw materials and/or to green up operations overall? Diane via e-mail Even though the push to create green jobs is... Read more →


Ups and downs for Christmas tree lots

CITYWIDE — Even for families that are cutting down on holiday expenses, oftentimes a Christmas tree is something they simply can’t do without. As a cherished symbol of the season — and an often expensive luxury item — the Christmas tree market is a unique economic bellwether that can provide a special insight into... Read more →