Beloved Santa Monica video store Vidiots saved by donors

A beloved Santa Monica video store will remain open for the foreseeable future thanks to a last-minute rally by donors to avoid its closure. The legendary Vidiots is getting a donation from film producer Megan Ellison and longtime customer Dr. Leonard Lipman. "This all this just happened, and we are beyond thrilled," said co-owner Cathy... Read more →


Where to watch the Super Bowl in Santa Monica

It's the matchup America has been waiting for. It's the Pats against the Hawks, East against West, the alleged deflaters against the gregarious haters, the ruling dynasty versus the reigning champions, the mastermind QB against the menacing D. The storylines, if not the tradition, will have millions of people tuning in as the New England... Read more →


Fake-out? Vidiots might stay open

Vidiots might not close after all. The store announced its closure earlier this week but by the end of the week, the closure appeared less certain. One of the store‚Äôs co-founders, Cathy Tauber, confirmed the announced closure but then referred all additional media inquiries¬†to BeBe Lerner of IDPR, a public relations company that... Read more →


Iconic movie rental store Vidiots closing

Vidiots will close on April 15. The movie rental store has provided entertainment options since 1985 and over it's 30-year history, the business became more than just a video store. It became part of Santa Monica's social fabric, contributing to countless family movie nights, providing course material to thousands of SMC students and hosting... Read more →

City Council

Agensys development out of compliance again

One company is out of compliance with its agreement with City Hall for the second year in a row. Agensys, which works to develop new cancer therapies, has too many commuters driving to its 1800 Stewart St. campus, according to a recent report from City Hall. Last year, Agensys was the only development whose agreement with City Hall was... Read more →



State of the City focuses on unity, growth

WILSHIRE BLVD ‚Äî In a State of the City address following a contentious year for local politics, the event‚Äôs two most significant speakers shared some beliefs and differed on others. The city‚Äôs new Mayor Kevin McKeown and outgoing City Manager Rod Gould expressed a similar desire for fact-based community dialogue and an... Read more →



Historic Ocean Avenue apartments targeted for demolition

Owners of Landmarked courtyard apartment buildings on Ocean Avenue want to tear them down, claiming economic hardship, and replace them with condominiums. The current buildings contain 16 units and were built in 1936. "The subject property is a very good example of the American Colonial Revival architectural style as applied to a... Read more →


Yahoo leaving Santa Monica for Playa Vista

PENNSYLVANIA AVE ‚Äî The search is over. Three years after Google announced it would leave Santa Monica for Venice, another search engine, Yahoo, says it will leave the city by the sea for an office in Playa Vista this fall. Yahoo signed a long-term lease for a 130,000-square-foot space, at the 6-acre Collective Campus in Playa Vista,... Read more →


Ashland Avenue apartments pass despite concerns

A city board approved a new two-story apartment in the Ocean Park neighborhood despite frustrations expressed by residents and some hesitance by board members. The developer is combining two lots, one on Lincoln Boulevard and the other on Ashland Avenue, to build a 10-unit apartment with an underground, 20-space garage. A handful of... Read more →



Hines looking to reoccupy Papermate site

BERGAMOT AREA ‚Äî The developer behind last year‚Äôs most controversial project is looking to reoccupy the site, which is currently dormant, according email exchanges obtained by the Daily Press. In February, City Council voted 4-3 to approve a project with Texas-based developer Hines that would have added 765,000 square feet of... Read more →



New owners for historic comic book store

DOWNTOWN ‚Äî In comic books, a lot can happen in 30 years. Batman died (and came back), Superman died (and came back), Captain America died (and came back), Wolverine died (and is still dead‚Ķfor now), Spiderman kind of died (if you count having your memories and personality supplanted by an aging super-villain) and came back. The... Read more →


Council votes to close housing loopholes

CITY HALL ‚Äî After a long discussion about some of the larger issues facing renters earlier in last week's City Council meeting, council tackled some smaller renters' issues later in the night. Council unanimously approved two pro-renter items ‚Äî one aimed at protecting Section 8 tenants from discrimination and the other aimed at... Read more →

Non Profits

Affordable housing list is open

DOWNTOWN ‚Äî While many shoppers are lining up for last-minute Christmas gifts, people will be lining up in hopes of getting an apartment from Santa Monica‚Äôs largest affordable housing provider. Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCSM) opened its doors to new applicants earlier this month, kicking off the long, competitive... Read more →


Faces of Silicon Beach: Michael Carney

Michael Carney is a West Coast Editor at technology publication PandoDaily. Michael covers everything including venture capital, financial technologies, ecommerce, on-demand services, and the future of television, among other subjects. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Michael about how he became a journalist, the Silicon Beach... Read more →