Posted Feb. 28, 2015, 8:53 am
If you are one of the growing number of people who have a smartphone or tablet, you can download a City of Santa Monica App that puts recycling, special waste collection details and more at your fingertips.
Posted Feb. 17, 2015, 8:27 am
More than 65 tons – or about 130,000 pounds – of used holiday trees were collected between Dec. 29 and Jan. 23 across Santa Monica.
Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:19 am
Fines of up to $10,000 could face Santa Monicans who don’t toe the water-reduction line following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting where new citywide water-reduction policies were adopted.
Posted Jan. 10, 2015, 8:31 am
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will host a pair of workshops today on the installation of solar photovoltaic panels.
Posted Dec. 27, 2014, 6:25 am
With the full support of Turtle Island Restoration Network, OCEANA, and other marine conservations organizations, California Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael), Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay), Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) this week called on the Pacific Fisheries Management Council and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service to transition away from deadly California drift gillnets.
Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:09 am
Environmental and community groups, working together as "Friends of Oxford Lagoon," called today for a halt to county plans to cut down 650 trees surrounding a marshy flood basin next to the Marina City Club towers.
Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:54 am
The City of Santa Monica is moving to a more convenient holiday tree collection plan: residents no longer need to cart their holiday tree to a City park.
Posted Dec. 15, 2014, 9:48 am
John Muir, the renowned conservationist and Sierra Club founder who passed away 100 years ago, will be remembered and honored at a public 'John Muir 100th Anniversary Memorial Candlelight Vigil' in Santa Monica.
Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 9:09 am
Water is the issue. We are in an extended drought. The City is focused on water. The goals are setting and meeting water conservation standards, creating opportunities for public reuse of stormwater through regulations, incentives, and rebates, meeting the Council mandated requirement for water self-sufficiency by 2020, and water quality.
Posted Dec. 13, 2014, 9:02 am
When ex-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made their way onto a hot and sunny alkali flat just west of the Interstate 15 freeway between Barstow and Las Vegas in late 2010, they were opening an era of giantism in solar electricity.
Posted Dec. 8, 2014, 9:46 am
In recognition of its innovative leadership in the area of climate and energy policy, Santa Monica has received the 2014 Cool Planet Award.
Posted Nov. 15, 2014, 9:15 am
The Los Angeles City Council took an official stance Friday opposing the proposed construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline -- ahead of a vote by the U.S. Senate expected next week -- with one member challenging leaders from other cities to take similar steps to press Congress and potentially President Barack Obama to jettison the project.
Posted Nov. 13, 2014, 9:31 am
The City of Santa Monica is partnering with Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s “Go Dirty for the Drought” campaign to raise awareness and conserve water during California’s worst drought in history.
Posted Nov. 11, 2014, 9:54 am
The City of Santa Monica will host a Sustainable Landscape and Rain Barrel Event dubbed as a one-stop shop for equipment, expert help, and cash rebates this Saturday, Nov. 15.
Posted Nov. 10, 2014, 9:12 am
Search and rescue teams today found 15 missing members of a church group who failed to return as scheduled from a hike in Eaton Canyon Park in the Pasadena area, and they appeared to be OK, authorities said.
Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:14 am
Volunteers with brooms to the ready are preparing for operation Clean Sweep on Lincoln Blvd. Saturday morning as part of an on-going push to make the Santa Monica strip more visually appealing.
Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:47 am
The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night advanced the City’s call for immediate water conservation and dedicated an additional $400,000 towards incentive and conservation programs.
Posted Oct. 23, 2014, 8:44 am
A partial solar eclipse will be visible in the Los Angeles area today, and the Griffith Observatory will be offering telescopes for residents to catch the celestial event.
Posted Oct. 15, 2014, 9:46 am
I love to take photos of flowers. I started about a year ago when I bought a decent camera to really capture the amazing details of nature. I feel like I go into another world when I am doing it, and I’ve taken some amazing shots.
Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 9:42 am
Maybe at the top here we can agree that there are two general categories of environmental legislation. First, there’s a kind of proper ‘Boy Scout’ action that has a wonderful quality of engaging the public and offering high visibility while it is enforced.
Posted Sep. 27, 2014, 9:03 am
A 36-inch water main installed nearly 100 years ago ruptured in West Hollywood on Friday, flooding streets and closing a section of Sunset Boulevard.
Posted Sep. 9, 2014, 1:48 pm
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today voted to urge federal officials to name a peak in the Santa Monica Mountains in honor of the late hiker, author and conservationist Milt McAuley, who died in 2008.
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.