Past Stories
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...

A rendering of the planned Expo Line terminus in downtown Santa Monica

All Aboard the Love Train

Santa Monica officials await Expo line’s spring 2016 arrival with bated breath By Gary Walker The arrival of the Metro Expo Line in Santa Monica will open a plethora of transportation opportunities for thousands of Westsiders...

This restored Craftsman-style home is one of four buildings on Sunday’s tour
Photos by Benjamin Ariff

Take a Walk through History

Santa Monica Conservancy leads Third Street Historic District tour By Rebecca Kuzins The history and architecture of one of Santa Monica’s oldest neighborhoods goes on display this Sunday, when the Santa Monica Conservancy pr...

A city-commissioned artist’s rendering imagines a revitalized Wilshire Boulevard 
that would have taller buildings and pedestrian enhancements
Image: City of Santa Monica

A New Front in the Fight for Santa Monica’s Future

Residocracy and Santa Monica Forward do battle over a city plan to change building height and housing density restrictions By Bonnie Eslinger Two Santa Monica political action groups and a divided city council went head-to-head...

The Santa Monica Urban Runoff Recycling 
Facility cleans and repurposes wastewater for irrigation and other uses. Photo by Ted Soqui.

The drought gets real

With water rationing imminent, Westsiders get serious about conservation By John Conroy Within an hour of Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 announcement mandating a 25% cutback in water use statewide, Marilee Kuhlman’s phone began...


Interview: Divided We Stand

Actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith examines the conflicts that bind us in an MLK-inspired show at The Broad Stage A stereotype of playwrights has them conjuring characters from air in solitary quarters. In contrast, Ton...

A scene from Ralph Bakshi's "Lord of the Rings" | Image courtesy of Bakshi Productions

The Aero celebrates Ralph Bakshi

America’s first ‘mature’ animator appears in person Friday and Saturday for screenings of some of his best work By Michael Aushenker As a conversation with Ralph Bakshi winds down, the exasperated, no-nonsense, Brooklyn-b...

City officials will likely discontinue pony rides at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market later this year
Photo by Brittany Soo Hoo

Animal rights battle heads to court

Santa Monica Farmers’ Market pony rides operator is suing the activist who campaigned to shut the rides down By Gary Walker A yearlong battle between an animal rights activist and the pony rides operator at the Santa Monica F...

Photo by Ted Soqui

Think globally, drink locally

Peek inside the Westside’s first true brick-and-mortar craft brewery By Rebecca Kuzins The north side of Santa Monica Bay is known for world-class beaches, restaurants and other entertainment options … but not for making gr...

Harrison Ford’s vintage plane came to rest near the eighth hole 
at Penmar Golf Course
Photo by Mia Duncans

Harrison Ford’s plane crash stokes calls for airport closure

Aviation boosters praise Ford’s handling of engine failure, but many living under the flight path are tired of worrying By Gary Walker For Carlos Gomez, actor Harrison Ford’s crash-landing in Venice was a little too close f...

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