Past Stories
County workers snake a sand-clogged drain on the beach
Photo courtesy of Public Works

Plugged Storm Drains Cause Flooding in Playa del Rey

Two clogged storm drains flooded streets in downtown Playa del Rey with as much as three feet of water during Saturday’s rainstorm and forced the temporary closure of Caffe Pinguini Italian Restaurant. “Our crews unblocked ...


The 35-footer washed ashore after breaking loose from its mooring
Twitter photo / @LACoLifeguards

Heavy Seas Beach Dead Whale in Santa Monica, Sailboat in Playa del Rey

The 35-footer washed ashore after breaking loose from its mooringTwitter photo / @LACoLifeguards The remains of a 10-foot, 1,200- to 1,400-pound newborn gray whale washed ashore Tuesday afternoon on Santa Monica Beach between ...


Winds Blow Out Power in Playa del Rey

L.A. Department of Water and Power officials are blaming powerful winds for a power outage on Sunday evening that left 1,429 utility customers in Playa del Rey without power for more than two hours. The outage was traced to the...



Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks with Hyperion workers during a tour of the plant

Hyperion Treatment Plant Goes Green

Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks with Hyperion workers during a tour of the plant The Hyperion Treatment Plant in Playa del Rey will soon be turning the gaseous byproduct of treated sewage into enough renewable, steam-powered electr...


The owner of a vacant lot at the corner of Esplanade and Argonaut streets wants to build an apartment complex as high as 56 feet — nearly 20 feet taller than any other building on Esplanade
Photo by Ted Soqui

Building Opposition

The Playa del Rey Guardians Society draws a line in the sand to hold back the tide of growth By Gary Walker The owner of a vacant lot at the corner of Esplanade and Argonaut streets wants to build an…


A Threat from Below

State water officials ask the EPA’s Superfund program for “emergency assistance” to address toxic plume underneath Playa del Rey By Gary Walker Citing “potential substantial risks to human health,” the Los Angeles Reg...



After Ruth Lansford, left, told Lucy Han about the damage that previous El Niño storms had done 
in Playa del Rey, Han campaigned hard to build 
a protective sand berm
Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Holding the Line on El Niño

Playa del Rey residents broke down communication barriers to build a wall against winter storms By Gary Walker After Ruth Lansford, left, told Lucy Han about the damage that previous El Niño storms had donein Playa del Rey, H...


Some 200 pounds of bio-waste washed up at Dockweiler last week
Photo by Neil Budde

Biohazard Beach

Medical waste that washed up at Dockweiler may be a sign of bigger problems to come during El Niño By Gary Walker Some 200 pounds of bio-waste washed up at Dockweiler last weekPhoto by Neil Budde Local water quality scientis...


Playa del Rey is Making Noise about an Increase in LAX Flyovers

An uptick in the number of LAX-bound flights passing directly over their homes has Playa del Rey residents — usually out of the airport’s flightpath — and L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin crying foul. LAX received 34 noise...



No Fast Track to Safety

Five deaths have Playa del Rey calling for safer streets, but cures could mean more congestion By Gary Walker Dozens of car crashes over the past eight years — at least five of them fatal — have Playa del Rey…