Past Stories
Vidiots saw revenue from movie rentals drop 24% in the past five 
months alone

After 30 years, Vidiots fades to black

The venerable Santa Monica video rental store announces April closure after a fundraiser with “Nightcrawler” filmmaker Dan Gilroy and star Rene Russo By Michael Aushenker And that’s a wrap. A fixture in Santa Monica for 3...


Vidiots to close

After 30 years of operation, eclectic Santa Monica video cassette and DVD rental store Vidiots is going out of business. Opened by friends Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber in 1985, Vidiots had managed to survive the transition o...


Santa Monica and West L.A. colleges get the nod for B.A. programs

By Gary Walker State officials granted initial approval on Tuesday for Santa Monica College and West Los Angeles College to develop bachelor’s degree programs and could begin to offer the degrees as early as this fall. The tw...



Santa Monica steps up bike, traffic patrols

Police in Santa Monica are staging extra traffic enforcement patrols on Friday in areas of the city where cars have previously struck bicyclists or pedestrians. In the past three years, Santa Monica officers have investigated 8...


Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Never say never

Passed over for 16 years, Kevin McKeown finally becomes mayor of Santa Monica on the strength of a new slow growth majority By Gary Walker   It may have taken him 16 years, but city council slow growth stalwart Kevin…


Get a B.A. at a J.C.?

Santa Monica and West L.A. college plan bachelor’s programs By Gary Walker West Los Angeles College and Santa Monica College may each begin offering highly specialized bachelor’s degrees as early as next year, pending appro...



Special Olympics World Games Global Messenger Debi Anderson and Culver City athlete Caelyn Griffith
Photo by Fabian Lewkowicz / Special Olympics

Santa Monica named Special Olympics host city

The 2015 games, the area’s biggest sporting event since the 1984 Summer Olympics, will bring a spike in tourism By Gary Walker Santa Monica will serve as a host city for global visitors attending the 2015 Special Olympics Wor...


TechWeek Los Angeles panel scrutinizing an industrywide gender imbalance

Women aren’t trending in tech

Gender equality lags in the male-dominated world of Silicon Beach, TechWeek panelists say By Michael Aushenker A dearth of women working in the booming Westside digital technology sector and in the nation as a whole was the foc...


Photo by Ted Soqui

Life lessons from the ballet bar

Actress Jenna Elfman, who trained at Westside School of Ballet, returns to preach the value of discipline learned through the classical arts By Shanee Edwards On TV’s “Dharma and Greg,” Jenna Elfman played a free-spirited...



Photo by Jorge M. Vargas Jr.

Rapper Hosts a During-School Special

Back in his elementary school days, rapper Chali 2na — the charismatic MC best known for his work with Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli — loved to draw. He’d spend lunchtime creating customized mini-comics to sell to his classmate...






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