Culture Watch: Amazement and amusement

TOO COOL: Louis Pearl, The Amazing Bubble Man, will play the Edgemar Center for the Arts. (Photo courtesy Peter Day) Don’t you love to suspend your disbelief for a few minutes every now and then? There are two immediate opportunities to do so right here in Santa Monica, with the magic show “Insomnia” by prestidigitator Derek Hughes... Read more →


Brief: Breaking the record

A record 21 businesses are confirmed finalists for the 19th annual Sustainable Quality Awards, a collaboration between the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, the nonprofit Sustainable Works and City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. The awards were created to recognize local businesses working toward making significant... Read more →

City Council

City Council agrees to save ‘Chain Reaction’

CITY HALL — After being on the chopping block, the future of “Chain Reaction” looks secure. The City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night in favor of accepting more than $100,000 in donations and restoring the aging, three-story sculpture resembling a nuclear mushroom cloud. That includes spending as much as $75,000 to complete a study of... Read more →


Veteran heartbroken over lost service bird

OLD BUDDIES: Peter D’Amico holds a picture of his missing parrot Mac at his apartment complex on California Avenue on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta WILMONT — Peter D’Amico named Mac after Capt. Daniel G. McCollum. After D’Amico, a former military pilot, broke his neck — he was broadsided by a van as he drove... Read more →


Brief: Pain down below?

UCLA researchers are seeking women aged 18 to 55 who have been diagnosed with vulvodynia or vestibulodynia, a chronic pain condition that affects the vaginal area and often occurs without an identifiable cause or visible pathology. The purpose of the study is to help physicians understand the physiology and genetic makeup of this... Read more →


Brief: Inside government

Stop sitting on the sidelines and get to know how your government works. Santa Monica City Hall is encouraging residents to sign up for The People’s Academy, a behind-the-scenes look at local government operations, partnerships and innovations. It is a free course that mixes local government basics  with information relevant in everyday... Read more →


Homelessness down across board

A homeless man sleeps on a bench in Palisades Park on Monday. A recent count has the number of homeless on the decline. (Paul Alvarez Jr. CITYWIDE — Homelessness is down 5 percent in the city by the sea, rebounding after two years of increases, according to City Hall’s annual homeless count. There were 742 homeless... Read more →

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Water app tops consent

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →



Activists gather referendum signatures

A woman signs a petition during the citywide referendum signing party outside of Surf Liquor on Saturday. Activists are seeking to nix a City Council approval of a major development on Olympic Boulevard. (Paul Alvarez Jr. CITYWIDE — How many signatures have been gathered on the petition to fight off Hines’ Bergamot... Read more →