The OPEN Daily » Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com Essential Guide to L.A. Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:37:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer Visits Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/community/u-s-senator-barbara-boxer-visits-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/community/u-s-senator-barbara-boxer-visits-santa-monica#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 01:12:11 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125615 U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) met with Big Blue Bus Director of Transit Services, Ed King, on July 18 in Santa Monica to discuss Big Blue Bus’ (BBB) Expo Integration Plan.
While taking a tour of the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Station, King briefed Senator Boxer on the BBB service integration plan named, “Evolution of Blue.” The new plan will inaugurate six new routes, 53,000
new annual revenue service hours, install over 230 new stops and expand
the BBB fleet. These improvements are necessary to ensure that BBB provides first-last mile connectivity to the seven new Expo Line stations in its service area. King adds, “The Senator
was very interested in learning how the new Big Blue Bus service was going to integrate with the Expo Line and how the first-last mile connections were being made.”
Senator Boxer also reviewed a newly wrapped Big Blue Bus promoting BBB’s clean fuel campaign message and highlighting the fact that all BBB buses are now fueled with Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) called Redeem™. Redeem™ is rated 90% cleaner than diesel and is considered the cleanest
transportation fuel available. Redeem™ is non-fracked methane harvested
from organic waste in landfills.
Senator Boxer called on Santa Monica to support her proposal named Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, S.1647. DRIVE is a six-year Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill
which would increase funding above current levels and would help address the nation’s massive infrastructure investment backlog.

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2 Seriously Injured In Motorcycle Crash On PCH In Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/community/2-seriously-injured-in-motorcycle-crash-on-pch-in-pacific-palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/community/2-seriously-injured-in-motorcycle-crash-on-pch-in-pacific-palisades#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 00:02:14 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125607 (credit: CBS)

The crash occurred in the 17600 block of PCH around 11:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson Brian Humphrey.

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Santa Monica cultural groups feel squeeze from airport rent hikes http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-cultural-groups-feel-squeeze-from-airport-rent-hikes http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-cultural-groups-feel-squeeze-from-airport-rent-hikes#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 07:25:24 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125500 A pair of arts organizations in Santa Monica are facing rent hikes after the city renegotiated leases for all of the businesses and organizations occupying land at the Santa Monica Airport.

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LA County Beaches Re-Opened Following Severe Weather Warnings http://www.theopendaily.com/community/la-county-beaches-re-opened-following-severe-weather-warnings http://www.theopendaily.com/community/la-county-beaches-re-opened-following-severe-weather-warnings#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 14:08:08 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125446 (credit: CBS)

Lifeguards could be seen driving up and down the beaches making sure no one was in the water and everyone was off the beach.

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Lifeguards Clear All LA County Beaches Due To Lightning Strikes http://www.theopendaily.com/community/lifeguards-clear-all-la-county-beaches-due-to-lightning-strikes http://www.theopendaily.com/community/lifeguards-clear-all-la-county-beaches-due-to-lightning-strikes#comments Sat, 18 Jul 2015 17:28:27 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125411 (CBS)

The Los Angeles County Fire Department issued an alert about weather conditions shortly after 8 a.m.

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Police Investigate Threat Of Suspicious Package In Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/community/police-investigate-threat-of-suspicious-package-in-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/community/police-investigate-threat-of-suspicious-package-in-santa-monica#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:05:28 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125385 Police Thursday investigated the circumstances surrounding a suspicious package in Santa Monica.

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‘Unusual’ lightning storm expected at SoCal beaches this weekend http://www.theopendaily.com/community/unusual-lightning-storm-expected-at-socal-beaches-this-weekend http://www.theopendaily.com/community/unusual-lightning-storm-expected-at-socal-beaches-this-weekend#comments Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:05:05 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125351 lifeguard beach lightning

Tropical Cyclone Dolores will move from Baja California and up the SoCal coast this weekend, where it’s expected to lose much of its momentum. Still, it could bring thunderstorms and lightning to beach areas, the National Weather Service said Thursday. The service has issued a beach hazard warning.

The thunderstorm threat comes from the tropical moisture pooling in from the south, said Robbie Munroe, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He said coastal communities can expect to see lightning Saturday, Sunday and possibly Monday.

“It’s a bit unusual for this time of year,” Munroe said. “It’s something for beachgoers to be very wary of, because they’re very exposed on the beaches to the lightning threat.”

Going to the beach this weekend? Be prepared to seek safe shelter if a thunderstorm approaches. #laweather #cawx http://pic.twitter.com/dyHQAeuAYv

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) July 16, 2015

Other hazards include elevated surf and rip currents.

Munroe said the hazard should be over by early next week, when Dolores will be pushed east, leaving SoCal to resume its usual July pattern.

Continue reading: Latest News | 89.3 KPCC

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Santa Monica nonprofit pushing Google for ‘Right to be Forgotten’ http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-nonprofit-pushing-google-for-right-to-be-forgotten http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-nonprofit-pushing-google-for-right-to-be-forgotten#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 04:45:58 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125301 Nonprofit Consumer Watchdog is pushing to have search engines remove hurtful or embarrassing material linked to people who have died as part of a concept called the “Right to be Forgotten.”

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Showers Won’t Be Shut Off At L.A. County Beaches After All http://www.theopendaily.com/community/showers-wont-be-shut-off-at-l-a-county-beaches-after-all http://www.theopendaily.com/community/showers-wont-be-shut-off-at-l-a-county-beaches-after-all#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 02:04:02 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125282 Showers Won't Be Shut Off At L.A. County Beaches After All 

Despite state requirements that showers at state beaches be shut off this Wednesday, visitors to L.A. County beaches will still be able to rinse off the salt and sand.

Continue reading: LAist

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Musician Beck’s latest release is a Santa Monica house he bought in February http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/musician-becks-latest-release-is-a-santa-monica-house-he-bought-in-february http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/musician-becks-latest-release-is-a-santa-monica-house-he-bought-in-february#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 05:55:35 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125222 Beck and his wife, actress Marissa Ribisi, have sold a Santa Monica house they bought in February for $2.9 million.

Continue reading: latimes.com – Los Angeles Times

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Belcampo aims to turn Santa Monica into carnivore land http://www.theopendaily.com/business/belcampo-aims-to-turn-santa-monica-into-carnivore-land http://www.theopendaily.com/business/belcampo-aims-to-turn-santa-monica-into-carnivore-land#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:44:52 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125218 Have you heard about Belcampo Meat Co.? Because it is an impressive operation, with its own slaughterhouse and half a dozen restaurants/butcher shops scattered around California. There’s an organic 12,000-acre ranch near Mt. Shasta, and photographs of the cows grazing underneath the snow-topped…

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1 Injured In Motorcycle Collision With Vehicle On PCH http://www.theopendaily.com/community/1-injured-in-motorcycle-collision-with-vehicle-on-pch http://www.theopendaily.com/community/1-injured-in-motorcycle-collision-with-vehicle-on-pch#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:43:20 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125238 (File Photo)

Emergency personnel was called to the 17300 block of West Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades around 2:30 p.m.

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Beach Shower Stations Shut Off At Dozens Of State Beaches To Conserve Water http://www.theopendaily.com/community/beach-shower-stations-shut-off-at-dozens-of-state-beaches-to-conserve-water http://www.theopendaily.com/community/beach-shower-stations-shut-off-at-dozens-of-state-beaches-to-conserve-water#comments Sat, 11 Jul 2015 06:46:06 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125172 (credit: CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

Some California surfers and sunbathers will have to shake off a lot more sand after a shower shutdown at dozens of beaches.

Continue reading: CBS Los Angeles

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Delphi Santa Monica Summer Camp is in Full Swing http://www.theopendaily.com/family-fun/summer-camps/delphi-santa-monica-summer-camp-is-in-full-swing http://www.theopendaily.com/family-fun/summer-camps/delphi-santa-monica-summer-camp-is-in-full-swing#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 06:05:21 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125121 Research has shown that most students lose academic progress over summer break. Academic enrichment programs and camps, like the one offered at Delphi Santa Monica have been proven to counteract this summer slump.

The Delphi Academy of Santa Monica provides a summer camp every year at the local private school. In addition to traditional day camp activities such as swimming, games and field trips, the program focuses on fun academic exploration. Campers, ages 4 through 10, have the opportunity to discover new passions and keep their love for learning alive, without losing any motivation.

A variety of special classes are offered from which campers can choose. This helps them pursue new interests. Some of the courses available this summer include creative writing, science, math skills and one-on-one reading instruction. The private school also has a very successful Early Reading Program that thrives during summer camp. It is not uncommon to see the youngest campers read for the first time in a Delphi Santa Monica classroom.

The hands-on-learning approach from the Delphi Program presents a more interactive experience for each student. With fewer lectures, the educational aspect of the camp is still fun. “It was cool when we made the levitation car in science class this summer. We tried it a bunch of times before we got it to work. We had to use out math to figure it out and make it go,” says a camper.

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Tongva After Dark Community Hip Hop Dance Lesson This Wednesday http://www.theopendaily.com/arts-entertainment/tongva-after-dark-community-hip-hop-dance-lesson-this-wednesday http://www.theopendaily.com/arts-entertainment/tongva-after-dark-community-hip-hop-dance-lesson-this-wednesday#comments Mon, 06 Jul 2015 21:21:51 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125083 Tongva Park invites people of all ages and levels to participate in a high-energy hip hop dance class that will include a blend of street styles.

This Wednesday, July 8, from 7:30 pm to 9 pm, Tongva After Dark presents a dynamic introductory lesson with Antics, a hip hop dance theater company based in Los Angeles under the artistic direction of Amy
“Catfox” Campion.

 Antics’ style incorporates breakdancing, krumping, locking, popping, Capoeira, DJ’s, spoken word, theater, and film into hand-clapping, foot-stomping performances. 

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Most Californians may have to pay $10 more per month for electricity http://www.theopendaily.com/community/most-californians-may-have-to-pay-10-more-per-month-for-electricity http://www.theopendaily.com/community/most-californians-may-have-to-pay-10-more-per-month-for-electricity#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:08:13 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125062 California Power Grid Strained By Heat WaveIf you get your power from Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric or Pacific Gas and Electric, get ready to fork over more money to cover your electricity bills — that is, unless you use a lot of energy already.

Friday, the California Public Utilities Commission voted to raise rates for most people who get their power from so-called investor-owned utilities. At the same time, the board lowered rates for the biggest energy users. They also did it on a day when most people weren’t looking due to the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

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Man stung by stingray at Venice Beach Pier http://www.theopendaily.com/community/man-stung-by-stingray-at-venice-beach-pier http://www.theopendaily.com/community/man-stung-by-stingray-at-venice-beach-pier#comments Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:15:42 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=125044 A man suffered minor injuries after being stung by a stingray at the Venice Beach Pier early Saturday morning.

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Santa Monica’s Bike Share Rides Could Start at $6 Per Hour http://www.theopendaily.com/health-fitness/santa-monicas-bike-share-rides-could-start-at-6-per-hour http://www.theopendaily.com/health-fitness/santa-monicas-bike-share-rides-could-start-at-6-per-hour#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 03:59:58 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=124738 Santa Monica is way ahead of Los Angeles in the quest to bring a bike share program to the city—it’ll launch a pilot program for their project, to be operated by a firm called Cyclehop and called Breeze, within…

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Shark expert warns of growing population along SoCal coast http://www.theopendaily.com/community/shark-expert-warns-of-growing-population-along-socal-coast http://www.theopendaily.com/community/shark-expert-warns-of-growing-population-along-socal-coast#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:44:36 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=124698 After two North Carolina kids were attacked by sharks on Sunday, a shark expert wants to warn Southern California residents that a shark population is growing along the coast.

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Bryant Ng’s Cassia Quietly Debuted in Santa Monica Over the Weekend http://www.theopendaily.com/business/bryant-ngs-cassia-quietly-debuted-in-santa-monica-over-the-weekend http://www.theopendaily.com/business/bryant-ngs-cassia-quietly-debuted-in-santa-monica-over-the-weekend#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 21:45:08 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=124651 After lots of waiting in the dark, then lots more white-hot anticipation, Santa Monica’s Cassia quietly opened its doors over the weekend. 

Instagram has been flooded with friends and family meals for the past couple of weeks, but none other than Toddrickallen hit the scene over the weekend to show off the interior and talk about the soft public opening.

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Short-term rental hosts, who use sites like Airbnb, on borrowed time in Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/community/short-term-rental-hosts-who-use-sites-like-airbnb-on-borrowed-time-in-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/community/short-term-rental-hosts-who-use-sites-like-airbnb-on-borrowed-time-in-santa-monica#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 22:51:55 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=124657 Santa Monica home sharing

Santa Monica’s crackdown on short-term rental operators — one of the strictest in the country — officially starts today. 

City leaders have said they won’t start enforcing the new law right away and will instead focus on educating hosts before writing tickets. 

But that’s cold comfort to some short-term rental operators. They’re anxious not knowing how much more time they have before the city starts citing offenders.

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Estate, a Santa Monica Restaurant With Global Plates and Eclectic Vibes http://www.theopendaily.com/business/estate-a-santa-monica-restaurant-with-global-plates-and-eclectic-vibes http://www.theopendaily.com/business/estate-a-santa-monica-restaurant-with-global-plates-and-eclectic-vibes#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:00:05 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=124600 Estate takes over the former Parlor space along 1519 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica with a huge, expansive dining room chock full of exposed incandescent bulbs and plush seating. 

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Santa Monica accelerates passage of higher minimum wage http://www.theopendaily.com/community/santa-monica-accelerates-passage-of-higher-minimum-wage http://www.theopendaily.com/community/santa-monica-accelerates-passage-of-higher-minimum-wage#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 02:00:56 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=124519 Santa Monica Pier

Stirred by the Los Angeles City Council’s decision to raise the city’s minimum wage, the Santa Monica city council decided Tuesday night to start drafting a higher minimum wage ordinance for their city.

“Frankly, I think Los Angeles moved a bit faster than we thought, and while they didn’t flesh out their ordinance entirely they certainly spurred us to move more quickly,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown.

Los Angeles and Santa Monica both embarked on a minimum wage hike in September of 2014. Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti proposed a $13.25 minimum wage on Labor Day, and Santa Monica’s city council voted in September to study what effect a higher wage would have on their town. That report was due back at the end of this year, which Mayor McKeown says is too far down the road.

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Santa Monica Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf attack suspect photo released http://www.theopendaily.com/community/santa-monica-coffee-bean-tea-leaf-attack-suspect-photo-released http://www.theopendaily.com/community/santa-monica-coffee-bean-tea-leaf-attack-suspect-photo-released#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2015 01:57:54 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=124539 Santa Monica police released photos of the woman wanted in the brutal beating of a tourist at a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

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City of Santa Monica Announces Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival http://www.theopendaily.com/family-fun/city-of-santa-monica-announces-paddleboard-race-and-ocean-festival http://www.theopendaily.com/family-fun/city-of-santa-monica-announces-paddleboard-race-and-ocean-festival#comments Wed, 03 Jun 2015 23:21:55 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=124349 The event will be held at the Santa Monica Pier June 6.

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