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Rick Cole to be Santa Monica’s next city manager

Rick Cole to become Santa Monica City Manager

L.A. Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation previously managed Ventura and Azusa, was mayor of Pasadena Santa Monica City Council members have chosen Rick Cole to be Santa Monica’s next city manager, filling a position left v...


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-...






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