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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...


Alix Hobbs has come full-circle to lead Heal the Bay
Photo by Nick Fash

Heal the Bay gets a new CEO

Alix Hobbs started at the Santa Monica nonprofit as a teenage volunteer By Gary Walker Alix Hobbs was a teenager when she began volunteering for Heal the Bay in the summer of 1993. On Oct. 1, the Santa Monica nonprofit’s…



Tom Kirlin lives it up with the beautiful undead after one of his Zombie Fashion Show events
Photo by Tony Hulse

How to have fun for a living

Santa Monica’s Tom Kirlin on turning his Pancakes & Booze art-and-music happening into a full-time job and a global phenomenon The premise is simple enough: a big party featuring a pop art group show and a lineup of local...


Mary and Norman Litvak, right, pose in front of their store — soon to become one the nation’s first exclusively homeopathic pharmacies — in 1950

A healthy choice brings many happy returns

Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy, one of the first drug stores to embrace natural medicine, celebrates its 70th anniversary on Wednesday By Coby Kindles In the days that ads proclaimed “more doctors smoke Camels than any oth...


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...


Janet Kathleen Watson Lilliott

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...






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