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Getting the lead out

Environmentalists score a victory against toxic airplane exhaust in Westchester and Santa Monica By Gary Walker Anti-pollution activists are trumpeting a recent legal settlement with aviation fuel companies that lowers the max...


Vidiots gets a sequel

Here’s a plot twist we didn’t see coming. After the owners of Vidiots announced last week that they would end the Santa Monica video rental store’s 30-year run due to flagging revenue, donors have stepped in to save it. M...


Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown speaks at the SGI-USA Auditorium
photo by Michael Aushenker

Santa Monica’s State of the City 2015

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual State of the City address on Jan. 20 at SGI-USA Auditorium, 606 Wilshire Blvd. Under the theme “Game Changers,” the program included a string of award presentations to ...



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...






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