Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:08 am
The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on Tuesday to approve modifications to a zoning plan aimed at protecting the Santa Monica Mountains, drawing praise from environmentalists and equestrians but protests from vineyard owners.
Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 9:02 am
The amber alert signs on local freeways and local media outlets have been informing everyone in Southern California of severe drought conditions up and down the state. At its Tuesday meeting, Santa Monica’s council members unanimously voted to declare what City staff described as a “Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage” and require a 20 percent reduction in water use as compared to last year.
Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 8:57 am
We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th Century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the ground water they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.
Posted Jul. 31, 2014, 8:34 am
As the drought worsens, the City of Santa Monica is urging its water customers, workers and visitors to step up their water conservation efforts in response to the statewide emergency water conservation regulations adopted yesterday by the State Water Resources Control Board.
Posted Jul. 30, 2014, 9:26 am
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to help fund the acquisition of 74 acres in Agua Dulce as part of a critical wildlife corridor connecting two major sections of the Angeles National Forest.
Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:20 am
The chorus of global warming deniers has not shrunk. Outcries claiming the entire issue is fraudulent are not going away.
Posted Jul. 8, 2014, 9:03 am
The Bay Foundation – a science-based organization that advocates for the Santa Monica Bay – appointed Tom Ford last month as its new Executive Director.
Posted Jun. 25, 2014, 9:20 am
Project Save Our Surf will host a beach clean-up this Saturday, June 28 at Santa Monica's beach tower 28. It will start at 10 am.
Posted May. 30, 2014, 2:11 pm
Restoration officials celebrating the first sighting in decades of an endangered steelhead trout in the Malibu Lagoon, which underwent a major overhaul
Posted May. 22, 2014, 8:01 am
Crews continued working to remove thousands of dead fish from a section of Marina del Rey, saying other marine life will be endangered as long as the decaying fish remain in the water.
Posted May. 18, 2014, 11:59 am
Several dead fish mysteriously rose to the surface at a section of Marina Del Rey, near Ballona Creek, the Sheriff’s Dept. said.
Posted May. 2, 2014, 6:25 am
The city of Santa Monica will receive $60,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a stormwater diversion system designed to reduce runoff, protect water quality and replace potable water used to irrigate parkland, it was announced Thursday.
Posted Apr. 26, 2014, 8:56 am
When a city like Carson, home to one large oil refinery and next-door neighbor to another, hard by the junction of two major freeways and site of both a Cal State campus and a Major League Soccer stadium, slaps a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing because of environmental questions, you know fracking of California’s vast oil and gas reserves is no sure thing.
Posted Apr. 25, 2014, 9:00 am
Local innovator and business leader Dr. Michael Crooke will be the keynote speaker at this Wednesday’s Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) luncheon at the Le Meridien Delfina Hotel in Santa Monica.
Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 7:29 am
A handful of Santa Monica organizations will come together to celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees within the community this Wednesday, April 23.
Posted Apr. 14, 2014, 9:16 am
The next front in California’s long-running water wars has already opened, and the reasons for it will sometimes be hard to see – but not always.
Posted Apr. 8, 2014, 9:47 am
Assemblymember Richard Bloom (Dem-Santa Monica) announced Monday that his legislation to ban plastic microbeads and reduce ocean debris passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on a 6-3 vote.
Posted Mar. 30, 2014, 6:00 am
The 5 Gyres Institute, the Santa Monica group leading legislation banning cosmetics containing tiny plastic beads, has launched an online video contest for those who want to experience a high seas “plastic garbage patch” firsthand.
Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:35 am
McKinley Elementary in Santa Monica has been named a finalist in L.A. County’s third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.
Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:21 am
In recognition of National Tsunami Preparedness Week, March 24-30, the Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management would like to remind those who live, work, and play in Santa Monica to take the time to check their emergency kits, update their family emergency plan, and be informed of the hazards that may exist in our community.
Posted Mar. 20, 2014, 8:30 am
The annual Tree Hugging Day public gathering in Santa Monica will once again take place today on the Spring Equinox at the Children's Tree of Life.
Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:55 am
As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) ongoing "We're for Water" campaign, this year's "Fix a Leak Week" encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than one trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year.
Posted Mar. 15, 2014, 8:50 am
“Drought, it’s got everyone’s attention and that’s a good thing. The storm we had at the beginning of March dropped two inches of rain. Normal rainfall in a year is about 14 inches and this two inches is the first rain we’ve seen,” said Gil Borboa, Water Resources Manager for the City of Santa Monica.
Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 7:08 am
More than 100 people participated in a coordinated rally and candlelight vigil on Monday evening in Santa Monica to protest against the construction of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.
Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 8:42 am
Santa Monica city officials are asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use 20 percent from 2013 usage in an effort for the community to become water self-sufficient and avoid a drought induced water crisis and mandatory water restrictions.