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New Montana business touts “facials for the people”

The latest skincare store to open its doors on Montana Avenue has brought a lofty goal to the upscale shopping district: the democratization of facials. “It’s your face! It’s what the world sees every day. Why shouldn’t it be part of your regular schedule?” said Face Haus cofounder Jennifer Worley. Worley says the concept for... Read more →

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Rent control increase capped at $60

The rent control board has capped rent increases $60 a month following a brief hearing last week. Increases for rent-controlled units are subject to two caps: a percentage and a fixed dollar amount. The percentage is mandated by the city’s rent control rules and is determined by a fixed formula that yielded at 2.9 percent increase for... Read more →

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Causing conflict to create peace is a bad policy

On Tuesday, City Hall will debate a new Labor Peace Agreement rule for the City of Santa Monica and while an LPA sounds innocuous, it’s actually a monumentally bad decision that covers all the bases of bad government including being totally unnecessary, creating conflict in a currently peaceful market and hurting the kind of small... Read more →

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Russell Gordon Sherman, The Titanium Man

Santa Monica has a plethora of pioneers of industry within its borders. Actors, producers, directors, tech bros, all shaping culture, the city, and how we live.  One longtime resident’s innovations reached far beyond the city, the country and even the planet, but don’t butter him up too much-- for titanium savant Russell Gordon Sherman,... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On June 14, 2018 at about 8:22 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Sephora – 1244 3rd Street Promenade – regarding a theft suspect in custody.  Upon arrival, officers met with Loss Prevention Staff.  Officers learned Loss Prevention Staff monitored a female subject that entered the store and selected several items... Read more →

City Council

Council to debate development measure Tuesday

Tuesday the City Council will consider placing a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot to require a super-majority Council vote to increase density in the city’s building guidelines: the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) and Downtown Community Plan (DCP). The two documents set maximum height and density throughout the city. If passed by... Read more →

Crime

32-year sentence expected for violent robbery suspect

A violent criminal will be sentenced to 32 years in prison for a string of Santa Monica assaults pending approval of a plea deal in July. Brian Noah Morgan pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted murder and two counts of second-degree robbery this week. His admission included a special allegation of using a knife during the crimes... Read more →

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Review: Pattinson elevates the melancholy western ‘Damsel’

Pitiful men pin their hopes on delusions of romance in David and Nathan Zellner's clever and melancholy western "Damsel," an offbeat odyssey about the foolhardiness of believing in the "damsel in distress." The Zellner brothers' last film, "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," was based on an urban legend about a Japanese woman who, believing the... Read more →

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Structure fire on Marguerita

The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a structure fire at about 1:20 p.m. today at 130 Marguerita Ave. A two-story apartment complex had fire in the walls from the first to the second floor and fire in the attic area. Firefighters had the incident under control 1:55 p.m. No injuries were reported and 30 Firefighters were on... Read more →

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Southern California is heating up, just in time for summer

Southern California is heating up, just in time for summer. The National Weather Service says a strong upper-level ridge moving in Wednesday will boost inland temperatures up to 12 degrees above normal. Forecasters say valley areas around Los Angeles could see triple digits. Downtown LA temperatures will reach into the 80s. Coastal... Read more →

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$2.3 million public potty price tag gives Council pause

The controversy over two, new public bathrooms at Clover Park had been swirling long before it reached the City Council this month. Several commissioners say they complained about the $2.3 million price tag for two buildings to house toilets long before Santa Monica’s most powerful unelected official found himself defending the... Read more →