• 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 On a recent postcard-worthy Sunday afternoon, an unusually vigoro...
  • 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...
  • Undercover Sting Targets Kombucha at Venice Spiritual Center

    By Gary Walker and Joe Piasecki Undercover agents with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control seized several containers of kombucha during a nonprofit fundraising event on Friday night at the Full Circle spirit...
  • Corey “C. R.” Gowan mourns friend Brendon Glenn, an unarmed homeless man shot by police, during a candlelight vigil last Thursday in Venice. Photo by Ted Soqui.

    A Death in Venice

    Police shooting of unarmed homeless man provokes grief and anger By Joe Piasecki and Gary Walker The fatal police shooting of an unarmed homeless man in Venice has touched off a public outpouring of grief and anger, with few an...
  • L.A. Poet Laureate Luis Rodriguez speaks about displacement 
of the poor during Thursday’s rally (Photo by Mia Duncans)

    Venice vs. the Poor

    Some fault gentrification, others blame government inaction for community tensions underlying the fatal police shooting of a homeless man By Joe Piasecki The march through Venice’s posh Abbot Kinney Boulevard last Thursday to...
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Marc Karzen and “Late Night” colleagues holed up for the weekend at the Berkshire Place Hotel to create this iconic Letterman bumper, one of several on display in Santa Monica

Bumper-to-Bumper Graphics

Marc Karzen’s career shooting stills for ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ and ‘Saturday Night Live’ began in Santa Monica By Michael Aushenker Last night the lights went out on David Letterman’s 33-year reign as la...
Jake La Botz returns to his L.A. roots this week, starting with a gig at Liquid Kitty
Photo by Zosia Krusberg
 Food And Drink
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

Imperialism’s Kitchen

The French occupation of Indochina forged what may be the perfect sandwich: the bánh mì By Mike Ryan ( Under the dark imperialist cloud of France’s occupation of Southeast Asia arose a silver-lined sa...
What might look like a dive bar from the outside (and on the inside many nights of the week) is more like a nightclub on Tuesday evenings when classes are in session

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