Past Stories
The Bay Foundation’s Victoria Ippolito helped volunteers remove more than 100 pounds of trash from waters in and around Marina del Rey last year and is ready to go another round on Saturday

No ordinary day at the beach

Volunteers draw a line in the sand in the fight against water pollution with Saturday’s 30th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day By Gary Walker Billed as “the biggest volunteer event on the planet,” the 30th annual Cali...


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Put a mural on it!

A DIY movement to transform neglected urban walls in Santa Monica and Venice into community assets through public art has now gone global as the Beautify Earth campaign By Michael Aushenker When Beautify Earth co-founders Evan...


A rendering of the Cal Arts Media Lab planned for Bergamot Station

Remaking Bergamot Station

A $92-million development plan calls for adding office space, restaurants and a hotel to the arts center By Joe Piasecki Call it an extreme arts center makeover. With the arrival of the Expo light rail line connecting Santa Mon...



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Homeless outreach worker killed by city contractor’s truck

A 62-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a city subcontractor’s landscaping truck on Aug. 22 near Crescent Bay Park in Santa Monica had worked tirelessly to assist the area’s homeless. Janet Kathleen Watson Lilliott...


Mayly Tao has reinvented DK’s Donuts as a foodie hotspot since taking over for her mother | Photo by Jorge M Vargas Jr.

Finding the sweet spot

Entrepreneurs compete for the hearts and appetites of local doughnut lovers By Michael Aushenker It’s the beginning of a new Friday, and DK’s Donuts & Bakery co-owner Mayly Tao, the self-appointed “Donut Princess” o...


SMC exec remembered as a mentor and listener

Randal Lawson, executive vice president and chief instructional officer at Santa Monica College, died suddenly on Aug. 19, college officials reported this week. He was 66. Lawson began his teaching career at SMC in 1979 in the ...



Photo by Greg Mitchell

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

These days there’s no escaping the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, a social media phenomenon that has people dousing themselves with ice water to raise awareness and donations for combating Lou Gehrig’s disease – an...


An endangered Pacific green sea turtle surfaces for air in the Santa Monica Bay, waters where the species was not known to travel.

Endangered sea turtle spotted in Santa Monica Bay

Whether a sign of El Niño or climate change, rare sighting is due to warmer waters By Pat Reynolds I have the good fortune of being friendly with Maddalena Bearzi, a local marine biologist who has been studying marine life&hel...


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Family seeks missing man

John Charles Chevalier, 51, has been missing since June 2 and family members believe he may be in the Culver City or Santa Monica areas. Chevalier, who is on the autism spectrum, is 6’1” with balding brown hair, likes to&he...



Paul Hekimian inspects a honeycomb forming in one of the hives behind his home

BEEHIVE HEROES

Backyard beekeepers work to save the local honeybee population from collapse Story by Rebecca Kuzins Most people who discover a beehive in their backyard would be glad to see it gone. Paul Hekimian is not like most people. Afte...






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