• Santa Monica and other cities want to take charge of supplying green energy for residents. 
Photo illustration by Michael Kraxenberger, using a photograph 
by Jorge M. Vargas Jr. and a painting by Charlotte Vanhaecke.

    Green Power Independence

    Santa Monica joins the push for public control of renewable energy By Bonnie Eslinger Residents of Santa Monica and other Los Angeles County cities may soon be able to bypass private power suppliers and plug into a publicly man...
  • Justin Palmer in his Nissan Leaf
 Photo by Inae Bloom

    A highly charged arrest

    Santa Monica man trying to plug in his hybrid at Virginia Avenue Park says he doesn’t understand why police beat him up By Bonnie Eslinger Life changed for Justin Palmer one night last month as he tried to charge his…
  • Drugs at play in Venice boardwalk rampage trial

    Prosecutors argue man accused of running down pedestrians had been ripped off while trying to buy meth By Gary Walker For one of the final witnesses against the man accused of mowing down people with his car on the Venice…
  • Norman Ollestad, at home on the beach in Lower Topanga 
Photos by Hank Cherry

    Water in the Blood

    ‘Crazy for the Storm’ author Norman Ollestad spent a lifetime crafting his own identity, but he’s still his daredevil surfer father’s son By Joe Donnelly Editor’s note: This is the first installment of Sunday Driv...
  • The leaseholder for Fisherman’s Village has unveiled renderings for a proposed ground-up remodel. The foreground of the above image, looking west, shows a retail center and pedestrian promenade. The image below shows a food court and parking structure as it would look from Fiji Way.
Images courtesy of Studio One Eleven

    A Bigger, Busier Fisherman’s Village

    Hotel, environmental education center and waterfront promenade factor into overhaul plan By Gary Walker (Click here to see more renderings) A five-story hotel, a 30-foot waterfront promenade, a children’s playground and an en...
  • Jesse Martinez has been cleaning and maintaining the Venice Skate Park without compensation, and now friends say he needs help replacing his stolen truck in order to continue the work.
Photo by Mia Duncans

    The Keeper of Dogtown

    Jesse Martinez has selflessly maintained the Venice Skate Park for years, but now he could use a hand — and a paycheck By Bonnie Eslinger Early Sunday morning at Venice Beach, hours before the vendors, tourists, fitness buffs...
  • Vacation rental supporters rally outside Santa Monica City Hall on May 12
Photo by Robert Craig

    Airbnb Bites Back

    Vacation rental advocates say new regulations in Santa Monica go too far By Gary Walker Desiree Fenmore has lived in Santa Monica for 19 years. Once saddled with what she called “mountains of debt,” Fenmore was able to obta...
  • Del Rey Council Casts Off No-Shows

    Elected members get the boot for missing meetings By Gary Walker For the first time in recent memory, a Westside neighborhood council has voted to remove elected board members for failing to attend public meetings. On May 14, D...
  • The Blue Dolphins’ Saturday-night set was the final act for the WitZend

    The End of the WitZend

    Westside live music scene loses an anchor with popular venue’s sudden demise By Michael Aushenker With Malibu pop-rock duo The Blue Dolphins topping a bill that included Santa Monica-based groove band Vinyl Part, L.A. singer-...
  • No charges in Venice High sex assault case

    Prosecutors say there was insufficient evidence to proceed with charges By Gary Walker Los Angeles County prosecutors will not pursue criminal charges against the Venice High School boys who had been suspected of committing a s...
 This Week
The Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection contains several historic images of people enjoying the Inkwell / Bay Street beach in the 
1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s. (Images courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.)

Remembering Santa Monica’s Black Beach

When surf and sand was practically segregated, the Inkwell was both a slur and a badge of pride for African Americans By Alison Rose Jefferson During the 1900s-60s Jim Crow Era of racial restrictions, the Pacific shoreline dire...
Angelo Moore of Fishbone headlines Venice Spring Fling as alter ego Dr. Madd Vibe.
Photo by Keno Mapp
 Food And Drink
Steve Lanzarotto is still discovering new favorite pasta varietiesw 
Photo by Richard Foss

The Art of Pasta

Sorrento Italian Market import specialist Steve Lanzarotto knows his noodles By Richard Foss ( A century ago, pasta was disdained by middle-class Americans as the food of poor foreigners. But then a move...
The Moo Mì: braised short rib with mortar-pounded chili paste, lime, lemongrass, ginger and chili-mayo sauce served on a French baguette
Photo by Mike Ryan

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