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Santa Monica 'my-waste' mobile app puts reuse and recycling collection information on your smartphone.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Launches 'My-Waste' Mobile App To Help With Reuse, Recycling

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.

New Holiday Tree Collection Program Deemed A Success

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica's Holiday Tree Collection Program A 65 Ton Success

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.

Santa Monicans face big fines for water overuse under new citywide water-reduction policies that will go into effect April.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Stiff Penalties To Trickle Down For Water Overuse In 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.

Latest LADWP news and updates.

News, Environment, West Los Angeles, Ladwp

LADWP To Host Free Workshop In West L.A. Today On Solar Panel Installation

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.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom represents Santa Monica in the state's 50th District.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Assemblyman Richard Bloom Joins Lawmakers To Phase Out California Drift Gillnets

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.

News, Environment, Marina Del Rey

Groups Call For Halt To County Plans To Cut Down 650 Marina Del Rey Trees

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.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Announces New Holiday Tree Collection Program

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.

News, Environment, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Vigil On Dec. 23 To Remember Conservationist John Muir

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.

Santa Monica city water is now used at all city functions.

Environment, Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Water Quality & Santa Monica Water Independence

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.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Technology, Government

Finally, Right-Sized Solar Getting A Push

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.

OSE Staff and Mayor Pam O'Connor receive 2014 Cool Planet Award from The Climate Registry and Southern California Edison representatives.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Receives 2014 Cool Planet Award For Its Climate & Energy Policy

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.

News, Environment, Los Angeles

L.A. City Council Votes To Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline Ahead Of U.S. Senate Vote

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.

A City of Santa Monica vehicle with a 'Dirty Car Pledge' sticker.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Joins "Dirty Car Pledge" To Help Fight Drought

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.

Get water conservation tips and advice from experts regarding rain barrels.

News, Environment, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica To Host Sustainable Landscape & Rain Barrel Event Saturday

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.

News, Environment, Police Department, Pasadena

Update: 15 Hikers Found In Eaton Canyon Park In Pasadena Area

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.

Resident Jan Ludwinski will be part of the clean-up efforts Saturday morning along Lincoln Blvd.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, Lincoln Blvd

Gloves On For Lincoln Blvd. Clean-Up This Saturday In Santa Monica

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.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Santa Monica City Council Dedicates $400K To Water Incentives, Conservation

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.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Partial Solar Eclipse Visible In Los Angeles Area Today

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.

A selection of flowers snapped by Hot Flash columnist Barbara Bishop.

Environment, Santa Monica, Hot Flash

Hot Flash Universe: The Sexiest, Most Beautiful Flowers

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.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Environment, Business, Opinion, California, Columnist

Alas, Plastic Bag; We Knew Ye Well

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.

News, Environment, West Hollywood

Clean Up Continues From Massive Sunset Strip Water Main Rupture

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.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, History

Supervisors Urge Naming Of Santa Monica Mountains Peak After Milt McAuley

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.

News, Environment, Santa Monica

Vineyard Owners Protest Modifications To Zoning Plan In Santa Monica Mountains

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.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica

Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage Declared In Santa Monica

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.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Environment, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist

What We Don't Know About The Drought In California - Plenty

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.

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