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Green Living

365 Things to do in Santa Monica – The Santa Monica Library is a LEED Certified Building

by WestsideDB April 25, 2011 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

As a Santa Monica GREEN certified Realtor, and confessed tree hugger, I love that my fair city, Santa Monica has taken initiatives towards sustainability and green building.  The downtown Santa Monica Library is a wonderful example of a healthy building that was completed just a few years ago.  I went there recently to pick up [...]

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Want Money Back from the City to Upgrade your Home? Energy Upgrade California is launching in Santa Monica

by WestsideDB April 24, 2011 Community Issues

Hey Santa Monica homeowners! There’s a great new program coming out for Santa Monica homeowners interested in being Green and saving money in the long run – Its being hosted by EcoMotion at the Santa Monica Main Library on the evening of Tuesday, April 26th.  It is a kick-off event for the Energy Upgrade California [...]

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Single Bag Ban ENFORCEMENT coming soon – Will it be Martial Law in Santa Monica?

by WestsideDB March 14, 2011 Green

Santa Monica City Council unanimously passed a new law to prohibit single use plastic and paper bags in Santa Monica on February 8, 2011. I think it’s a pretty good idea and now, they’re planning on ENFORCING the law starting September 1, 2011. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been bringing my bags to [...]

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#18 – 365 Things to Do in Santa Monica and the Westside – Recycle your Christmas Tree!

by WestsideDB January 4, 2011 365 Things to do in Santa Monica

Santa Monica real estate is typically pretty slow around the holidays, so I went away on vacation with the family and grew a beard in the process (more on that later). I really wanted to rent a living tree and got out-voted this year, so we went for the small version to keep the kids [...]

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Do You Bike in Santa Monica? Bicycle Action Plan Community Meeting on Dec 13th

by WestsideDB December 4, 2010 Community Issues

I love riding my bike in Santa Monica – bike lanes rule and so does being environmentally conscious and healthy.  The Santa Monica transportation division is having a community meeting for their Bicycle Action Plan and I would encourage you to attend. All the details are just below – See you there!

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10 Best Things About Living at 4144 Baldwin Ave, Culver City Home for Sale

by WestsideDB November 8, 2010 Culver City Information

Have you been looking for houses for sale in Culver City? Well, I’ve got one and it’s a doosy.  I spent some time with the sellers of this Culver City home for sale at 4144 Baldwin Ave and have a top ten list, much like David Letterman.  If I were only the showman that he [...]

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Santa Monica Based “Good Life” Has a New Project Sure to Fly Off the Shelves

by WestsideDB August 13, 2010 Events

If you are looking for a deal in Mar Vista, look no further.  The good folks at Good Life Enterprises have a new project and again, have hit it out of the park.  4333 Coolidge Ave in Mar Vista!  This incredibly well priced home is for sale at $695,000. Its a 4 bedroom, 2 bath [...]

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Electronics Recycling Event at Mount Olive in Sunset Park

by WestsideDB August 7, 2010 Community Issues

FREE ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION Recycle your unwanted electronic waste in an environmentally sound way. Mt Olive Lutheran Church in partnership with California Recycles, Inc. will be offering FREE ELECTRONIC WASTE COLLECTION On Sunday, August 15, 2010 You may drop off as early as Friday, August 13th at: 1343 Ocean Park Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 [...]

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I Want One of These! How Cool Are These Folks?

by SM mom February 24, 2010 Events

I was out meeting people in the neighborhood and found this incredible placard on someone’s house.  And you know what? It made me want to get one too.  I have no idea what it takes to be a part of the group – but I’m about to find out. Any one know these folks [...]

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Environmental Affairs

by WestsideDB February 8, 2010 Community Issues

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Environmental Affairs Committee met on Wednesday (Feb. 3), and some interesting information was presented. I’m on the committee, reprsenting Green Building Solutions, Inc., a Chamber member. Sustainable Works ( coordinates Santa Monica’s Green Business Certification program and their residential greening program, as part of their mission to foster a [...]

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The Fight Against Leafblowers in Santa Monica

by WestsideDB January 7, 2010 Community Issues

I just read about this new site where you can report about leaf blowers in Santa Monica (after all, the gas powered polluting kind are illegal). The Santa Monica Daily Press wrote about it and you can check out the site for yourself at I once knew a guy who owned a gas powered [...]

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Eradicate Christmas tree deforestation guilt by going green and recycling your tree!

by WestsideDB January 3, 2010 Community Issues

The City of Santa Monica Solid Waste Division is offering free Christmas tree recycling for the entire month of January. Residents with curbside recycling service may place their cut-up tree in their yard waste collection container.  Please remove tinsel, ornaments, and stands from the tree. It is unlawful and a fire hazard to leave trees [...]

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Ride Blue – Go Green

by WestsideDB December 18, 2009 Community Issues

Our friends over at have a great article about the green movement in Santa Monica and how you and Big Blue can make our city of Santa Monica more sustainable. Go check it out

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Parking – everyone’s favorite pastime

by SM mom November 24, 2009 Community Issues

Cool article about the fate of vacant buildings in Santa Monica that have been slated to be developed into parking structures.  Do we really need more parking structures or just better management of existing ones?

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What? Pollution due to the Santa Monica airport?

by SM mom November 18, 2009 Community Issues

Finally.  Someone is making a story about this and presenting some facts.  Sunset Park residents have been up in arms about the airport forever, and especially active are the Friends of Sunset Park.  If you are concerned about your health and you live in Sunset Park or Ocean Park, take a read. Click here for [...]

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How to have an 8 dollar electricity bill in Santa Monica – I did it, so can you.

by SM mom October 29, 2009 Green Living

With very little effort involved, I have a cheap electric bill and am doing something good for the planet at large.  It’s easy and you can do it too.  Here’s how: My family and I purchased a great home in Sunset Park a few years ago and one of the selling points was that it [...]

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Buy Local – October 3rd is the day you celebrate saving money

by WestsideDB September 28, 2009 Green Living

Not only is October 3rd my birthday, but it’s Super Saturday in Santa Monica where a week long sustainability drive and a part of the Buy Local campaign is underway.  Bring in a canvas bag or even mention Buy Local to over 40 businesses, and you will receive free stuff and discounts. Its the people’s [...]

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Great FREE Efficiency Program for Santa Monica Homeowners

by WestsideDB August 20, 2009 Events

Efficiency  Workshops Do you want to learn how to weatherize your house and save some cash on your utility bills?  Santa Monica has Do-It-Yourself Weatherization Demonstrations for home owners and renters! Learn how to install caulking and weather stripping Participants receive a FREE Energy Efficiency starter kit! Learn about energy saving programs available through Southern [...]

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A Free Green Living Workshop

by WestsideDB August 10, 2009 Events

Are you concerned about how to make your world a little greener?  It all starts with some small steps and the City of Santa Monica is offering a great workshop.  This one day, three hour workshop provides an overview of the six week series.  Green Living 101 is perfect for the those who want to [...]

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Green Business Networking

by WestsideDB August 1, 2009 Events

Are you interested in the green movement and Santa Monica?  Think you have something to share to the green business world?  Next Tuesday is an opportunity to network with other green Santa Monica based businesses. The Ambrose Hotel at 6pm – 9 pm Location:  The Ambrose Hotel 1255 20th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404 Cost [...]

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