Past Stories
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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
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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...


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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...


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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...



Sunday afternoon at Arlington West, Santa Monica Beach. Photo by Ted Soqui.

Living monuments

Post-9/11 vets fight new battles to transition back into civilian life By Joe Piasecki The rows of wooden crosses that line the sand north of Santa Monica Pier each Sunday are a rare public reminder that more than 6,800 militar...


Dominika Wolski, left, and Megan Prichard
Photos by Lavinia Pisani

Actress aims to PROVOKE debate

Dominika Wolski emulates TED Talks with social issue salons in Santa Monica that play to the Silicon Beach crowd  By Michael Aushenker To an upbeat soundtrack of 1980s pop, a youthful and sharply dressed crowd about 150 strong...


Civic

Santa Monica re-imagines the Civic

Plans for the venue range from a new arts and culture district to redeveloping the complex into retail and office space By Rebecca Kuzins The dormant Santa Monica Civic Auditorium can be reborn as a performing arts venue that w...



Santa Monica City  Mayor Pam O’Conno

Group accuses Santa Monica mayor of breaking city ethics law

Records show Pam O’Connor took campaign contributions from developers after voting to approve their projects, and Councilman Bob Holbrook may have done the same By Gary Walker A group of Santa Monica activists has accused May...






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