Past Stories
As a state senator, Rep. 
Ted Lieu called a hearing on aviation fuel pollution

Airport Debate Takes Flight in D.C.

Rep. Ted Lieu will have locals speak directly to the FAA about SMO By Gary Walker A select group of Santa Monica and Venice residents will be traveling to the nation’s capital next week to meet with federal lawmakers and…


SMO Countdown Begins

Advocates for closing Santa Monica Airport throw a party on July 1, the date they believe marks the end of federal control over SMO By Gary Walker Activists pushing to convert Santa Monica Airport into a public park are planni...

Movie producer Steve Tisch

Silicon Valley, Meet Silicon Beach

A cross-section of the tech community attends IDEAS Los Angeles in Santa Monica today By Michael Aushenker In Judaism, the number 18 (and multiples thereof) is considered lucky. So perhaps it’s no accident that American Frien...

Now a historic landmark with an uncertain future, the 1958 Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was a striking cultural venue in its heyday.
Photo courtesy of the Santa Monica History Museum

Saving the Civic: Does Community Input Really Matter?

Residents have made their desires for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium clear, but its fate ultimately hangs on the City Council’s shoulders? By Michael Aushenker On Saturday morning, the Civic Working Group (CWG) — a group...

Chiu L. Tsang is returning to Northern California after nearly a decade 
as president of Santa Monica College
Photo by Mia Duncans

Interview: Going Out on Top

Retiring Santa Monica City College President Chui L. Tsang reflects on nearly 10 years of raising expectations, lowering barriers At the end of June, Santa Monica College President Dr. Chui L. Tsang will retire after nearly a d...

Spillwatch 2015

Santa Monica Bay may not be immune to oil in Santa Barbara waters By Gary Walker State wildlife officials and local environmental groups are unsure whether the recent Santa Barbara oil spill will directly impact the Santa Monic...

Rick Cole to be Santa Monica’s next city manager

Rick Cole to become Santa Monica City Manager

L.A. Deputy Mayor for Budget and Innovation previously managed Ventura and Azusa, was mayor of Pasadena Santa Monica City Council members have chosen Rick Cole to be Santa Monica’s next city manager, filling a position left v...

Santa Monica and other cities want to take charge of supplying green energy for residents. 
Photo illustration by Michael Kraxenberger, using a photograph 
by Jorge M. Vargas Jr. and a painting by Charlotte Vanhaecke.

Green Power Independence

Santa Monica joins the push for public control of renewable energy By Bonnie Eslinger Residents of Santa Monica and other Los Angeles County cities may soon be able to bypass private power suppliers and plug into a publicly man...

Justin Palmer in his Nissan Leaf
 Photo by Inae Bloom

A highly charged arrest

Santa Monica man trying to plug in his hybrid at Virginia Avenue Park says he doesn’t understand why police beat him up By Bonnie Eslinger Life changed for Justin Palmer one night last month as he tried to charge his…

Vacation rental supporters rally outside Santa Monica City Hall on May 12
Photo by Robert Craig

Airbnb Bites Back

Vacation rental advocates say new regulations in Santa Monica go too far By Gary Walker Desiree Fenmore has lived in Santa Monica for 19 years. Once saddled with what she called “mountains of debt,” Fenmore was able to obta...

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