Many major Los Angeles landmarks, including some in Santa Monica, will be turning blue this month to raise awareness about prostate cancer.

Starting Sept. 12, businesses Downtown, including Fred Segal and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows, will use lights to turn their buildings blue. On Sept. 16, the Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will light up as well.

The lights are part of a September campaign that is a partnership between the Prostate Cancer Foundation, a Santa Monica-based philanthropic organization, and Blue September, an international organization designed to education men about prostate cancer.

Dan Zenka, senior vice president of communication at the foundation, laments the lack of awareness about prostate cancer.

“We are grateful to the city of Los Angeles, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., local property owners and Blue September for their support in this effort,” he said.

For more information about the campaign, and things you can do to raise awareness, visit

— Colin Newton


SM groups receive settlement cash

Heal the Bay and Santa Monica Baykeeper are among some of the groups that are receiving money from a $2.9 million settlement with the owner and operator of SA Recycling LLC, an Anaheim-based metal recycler that shreds automobiles, household appliances and other metals.

SA Recycling and Sims Metal West were investigated by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control after being accused of violating hazardous waste and air pollution laws in 2007.

In May 2007, an explosion at the company’s Port of Los Angeles facility destroyed its air pollution control system. The facility was accused of continuing to operate for about 120 days without the system.

The complaint also charged that shredder residue was stored on the site beyond the time permitted, and that the company illegally disposed of hazardous waste.

A Los Angeles County judge accepted a settlement agreement resolving the complaint. Part of the settlement will go to various academic, environmental, community and research organizations — $20,000 will be awarded to Heal and the Bay, and $25,000 will go to Santa Monica Baykeeper.

— CN


CVB launches mobile visitor center

Don’t be too mystified if you see a candy-striped car bearing a familiar phrase around Santa Monica in the months to come. That car is the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “I Love Santa Monica” Mobile Visitors Center, which was launched this week.

The Mobile Visitor Center was designed to bring SMCVB’s tourist services to key locations throughout the year, such as Farmers’ Markets, outdoor concerts and holiday events.

“Taking our services on the road will allow us yet another opportunity of extending the visitors’ stay,” said Misti Kerns, president and CEO of SMCVB.

The Mobile Visitor Center, a Ford Escape Hybrid brightly branded with the organization’s logo, was provided by Santa Monica Ford.

The hybrid vehicle was chosen for environmental and sustainability reasons, Kerns said.

— CN

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