Past Stories
A recent in-progress photo of the California Incline and Idaho Trail Pedestrian Crossing
Photo courtesy of the City of Santa Monica

Up, Up and Away

A safer, stronger and wider California Incline reopens Sept. 1 By Gary Walker A recent in-progress photo of the California Incline and Idaho Trail Pedestrian CrossingPhoto courtesy of the City of Santa Monica After nearly 17 ...


Photo by Michael Lamont

The Bard Goes to College

Employing military veterans, students and at-risk youth, the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles finds a new home at SMC By Evan Henerson Photo by Michael Lamont In the third act of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” the coun...


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Cash for Keys

To get around rent control, Santa Monica landlords are paying tenants to leave By Bonnie Eslinger When a housing market heats up, homeowners have an opportunity to cash in on the equity of their houses — if they are willing&...



Pablo Carlos Pineda’s SMPD booking photo

Santa Monica Serial Rape Suspect Arrested

Pablo Carlos Pineda’s SMPD booking photo A homeless man accused of raping multiple women in Santa Monica and other Westside neighborhoods is behind bars after an exhaustive search by Santa Monica, Los Angeles and Beverly Hil...


Vocalists Loire Cotler (left) and Maeve Hoglund (right) sing about the news in a multimedia opera by JacobTV (center)

Not Quite ‘Fair and Balanced’

Finding inspiration (and terror) in Fox News, a Dutch composer rips an opera from the headlines Vocalists Loire Cotler (left) and Maeve Hoglund (right) sing about the news in a multimedia opera by JacobTV (center) By Christin...


Sebastian Junger says combat veterans return home to “profound alienation”

Living outside the ‘Tribe’

War correspondent Sebastian Junger explains why civilian life often fails returning combat veterans By Bliss Bowen Sebastian Junger says combat veterans return home to “profound alienation” Sebastian Junger’s widely com...



Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a high-energy speech from a stage erected on the Santa Monica 
High School football field.
Photo by Maria Martin

Call to Action

Bernie Sanders brings his populist message to Santa Monica By Gary Walker Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered a high-energy speech from a stage erected on the Santa Monica High School football field. Pho...


Guests at the Santa Monica-Malibu Wine Auction, including parents from Edison Language Academy

Inaugural Santa Monica-Malibu Wine Auction Nets $115,000 for Schools

Guests at the Santa Monica-Malibu Wine Auction, including parents from Edison Language Academy The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation’s inaugural Santa Monica-Malibu Wine Auction raised more than $115,000 to help fund ...


An Expo Line train pulls into the new 
Downtown Santa Monica Station during a test run last week. Photo by Ted Soqui.

Manifest Destiny

Can the Expo Line fulfill the promise of mass transit in L.A.? By Gary Walker An Expo Line train pulls into the newDowntown Santa Monica Station during a test run last week. Photo by Ted Soqui. Forty-seven minutes. That’s h...



Magician and actor Albie Selznick 
Photo by Courtnay Robbins Bragagnolo

Magic Missionary

Santa Monica’s Albie Selznick spreads the gospel of illusion By Evan Henerson Magician and actor Albie SelznickPhoto by Courtnay Robbins Bragagnolo Your kid has been pestering you for more ever since that birthday party whe...






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