Past Stories
As seen last week, a migrating gray whale dives beneath the surface of Santa Monica Bay
Photo by Pat Reynolds

Whale-watchers delight

Gray whale sightings are happening in record numbers just off the L.A. coastline By Pat Reynolds There’s little I enjoy more than climbing into my boat and venturing off into the Santa Monica Bay to photograph wildlife. As I ...


LETTERS

Be careful what you vote for On March 3, Los Angeles voters will have the opportunity to reject a misguided charter initiative that will undermine term limits and extend the tenure of embedded elected officials an additional 18...


Joe McGovern and his dog Charlie are touring the country to learn what makes conservatives tick

Power to Speak: A journey to the other side

Tired of dead-end arguments, a liberal leaves Venice to explore conservative America and ends up finding common ground By Joe McGovern Yesterday I was sad because I didn’t talk to a Republican. Today I’m happy because I get...



The burgers at Brick + Mortar stand out as a delicious deal

A food truck without wheels

With its creative kitchen and a great happy hour, Brick + Mortar should have no trouble staying put By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) I’m generally not a fan of food trucks — I prefer restaurants that stay right whe...


LETTERS

Time to take measles seriously Re: “Outbreak: Low measles vaccination rates at many Westside schools put students at risk,” cover story, Feb. 12 We, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Health and Safety District...


The intruder who crashed through a glass door on Horizon Avenue covered the victim’s bathroom in his own blood as he ripped fixtures from the wall
Photo courtesy of Mark Ryavec

Power To Speak: Transient-related crime is no exaggeration

Five terrifying home invasions in 10 months underscore the dangerous reality facing Venice Beach residents By Mark Ryavec In response to “Venice Needs More Cops,” news, Jan. 22; and “Homelessness and the Big Lie,” opini...



Barbianca pairs a sleek, contemporary look with exceptionally warm service

Not just for tourists

Barbianca is a hotel restaurant that locals can love By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) If you live in L.A., this has probably happened to you. You are driving somewhere new and get within sight of your destination, but ...


Shiho Yoshikawa flavors her ice cream with unusual ingredients, including herbs and peas

The politics of ice cream

Sweet Rose Creamery founder Shiho Yoshikawa on serving a summer treat in February By Richard Foss (Richard@RichardFoss.com) It’s everybody’s favorite refresher in summer — ice cream, cool comfort food that drops your temp...


LETTERS

Lack of protest indicates approval Re: Letters to the editor, Feb. 5 M. Simon’s letter, “Missing the ball at Oxford Lagoon,” actually missed the ball by asserting that the small number of those picketing the Oxford Lagoon...



Vidiots

LaVidaSoCal: Death by Internet

Let’s be thankful Vidiots didn’t go the way of our favorite book and record stores By Tony Peyser Oct. 6, 1967, marks a major event in the tumultuous decade that was the 1960s.This one didn’t involve an assassination, a ...






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