The OPEN Daily » Santa Monica Essential Guide to L.A. Wed, 28 Sep 2016 09:09:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tesla’s Santa Monica Shop Sells for $15.6M Wed, 28 Sep 2016 05:10:40 +0000 Tesla Motors’ sleek storefront on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade has sold for about $15.6 million, or roughly $5,200 a square foot.

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State wants to use crystals and traffic jams to generate renewable energy Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:40:51 +0000

Los Angeles drivers spend up to 81 hours each year sitting in traffic, and as a state, California has plenty of gridlock to go around. Consequently, state officials are trying to make the best of a bad situation and turn some of those slowdowns into a source of renewable energy.

As the Associated Press reports (via, the California Energy Commission will set aside $2 million for a study on whether the state’s roads can be engineered to harness untapped energy from motor vehicles with the addition of piezoelectric crystals.

According to a 2014 report analyzing the feasibility of the project, these crystals generate electricity when stress is applied—stress that could come from cars passing over them or from the vibrations of vehicles idling in bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The idea was first proposed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto in 2011, apparently inspired by a similar project underway in Israel at the time. Unfortunately, as the AP reports, the project eventually flopped as costs got out of hand. Informed by the AP of this development, Gatto said, “Hearing these details for the first time—obviously, they’re not heartening.”

Still, Gatto is hopeful the idea will yield better results in California. A 2014 report estimates the system could produce energy at a cost of between eight and 18 cents per kilowatt hour. In Sacramento, utility costs run at almost 15 cents per kilowatt hour.

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Donald Sterling Settles with Manager of His Santa Monica Apartment Building Over Wrongful Termination Suit Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:49:35 +0000 The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The 80-year-old manager said Beverly Hills Properties fired her because of her age.

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An Explosion of Creativity at BAM Fest in Santa Monica Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:49:09 +0000

Hot chicks with fake hipster moustaches were a thing at last year’s BAM Fest

Hot chicks with fake hipster moustaches were a thing at last year’s BAM Fest

Riot Grrrl punk, experimental art installations and draughts of more than 100 craft beers collide this Saturday for the 7th annual Beer, Art & Music Festival — BAM Fest for short — to raise funds for the nonprofit 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

First, the beer. BAM keeps the party flowing with the help of more than 40 breweries — including Angel City, Golden Road, Firestone Walker, El Segundo Brewing Co., Santa Monica Brew Works and Three Weavers — each of donating the amber nectar needed to make the fundraiser possible.

Why raise money? For the arts, of course. As part of its 28-year mission “to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art-making,” 18th Street Arts Center operates a program of five different residencies to support local and international artists in creative risk-taking.

Artists-in-residence are opening their studios to let festivalgoers get an intimate look at the creative process, with resident artist Hao Ni also hosting a pop-up group show. Before taking it up to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles art collective Lucky Dragons is debuting a new interactive performance called “User Agreement,” which explores new possibilities for international conflict resolution.

But BAM Fest would just be BA without the music, and this year it’s all about Grrrl Power. The punk rock lineup pairs celebrated L.A. artist and activist Alice Bag’s infectious howls and cutting lyrics with Sex Stains, a fierce five-piece fronted by two high-velocity vocalists.

In Sex Stains, choreographer Mecca Vazie Andrews and writer Allison Wolfe (formerly of Bratmobile) team up to serve a mean punch of riot grrrl realness matched with large scoop of cacophonous post-punk.

“Sex Stains and Alice Bag are like sibling bands. Sometimes we even jump on each other’s stages!” says Wolfe.

True to the DIY spirt of punk, festivalgoers can get their hands dirty at a “Crafternoon” workshop or strike a pose at any of several artist-inspired photo booths. Local brewers are also hosting crash-courses on home brewing and pairing food with beer.

Naturally, leaving the car at home is encouraged. Organizers recommend taking the new Expo light rail line from the nearby 17th Street / Santa Monica College stop, and the city is putting up plenty of bike racks for the event.

BAM Fest is from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $45 in advance; $50 at the door. Visit for more info.

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Magical Music of Disney by the Samohi Orchestras Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:46:42 +0000 As a reprise to last year’s widely successful fall musical
extravaganza, the Samohi Orchestra’s will once again present the Magical
Music of Disney on Friday, October 7, 2016. Young and old will be
transported to the world of Disney for a wonderful night of music and
fun.The “The Magical Music of Disney II” will feature the
sights of Disney animation coupled with the sounds of the Samohi
Orchestras.This vibrant community-wide event celebrates the
performing arts programs in the Santa Monica/Malibu school district.
Emceed by actor and Samohi Orchestra parent, Robb Brown, this event will be held
at the historic Barnum Hall located on the Santa Monica High School campus.
Doors open at 6:30 pm.There will be food, dessert and beverages
available outside of Barnum and many photo opportunities. Feeling inspired?
Come dressed as your favorite character and be part of the Disney-themed
costume contest that will be held that evening. And don’t forget to bring your
mouse ears!
“The first symphonic music many of us were introduced to as children was from
Disney.” commented Joni Swenson, director of the SAMOHI Orchestras.
“We’re excited to perform some of those cherished tunes. We look
forward to welcoming the community and if you attended last years’ concert,
there will be new surprises.”
“The Magical Music of Disney” concert is open to the public and reserved seat
tickets are available for purchase in advance online
. Tickets are priced as follows: adults $20; students $10;
adults 65+ $10. If still available, tickets can also be purchased at the
door that evening
Proceeds from the concert benefit the many efforts of the Samohi Orchestras
program including music coaches for all orchestras levels, scholarships for
students without access to private lessons, and the Samohi Orchestra Tour
Scholarship Fund. The tour provides students not only a perspective on the rich
history of music but also gives them the opportunity to play in some of the
world’s historical music halls.


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Santa Monica Municipal Airport begins evicting aerospace corporations in effort to reduce air pollution and improve safety Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:31:22 +0000 Two aviation companies at Santa Monica Municipal Airport asked the federal government this week to halt their pending evictions, which are part of the city’s strategy to reduce aircraft operations and eventually close the facility.

Atlantic Aviation Inc. and American Flyers — private firms that…

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Santa Monica’s Pico Blvd. to host LA’s first “Fitness Crawl” Thu, 22 Sep 2016 02:49:47 +0000 The Pico Improvement Organization is producing the first Fitness Crawl in the LA area. 

Sixteen fitness businesses along 2.5 miles of Santa Monica’s Pico Blvd. will hold 10-minute workouts, every 20 minutes on Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 8AM – 11AM.

All Crawlers will receive a free gift bag and giveaways. 

Tickets are $5.

Crawlers will run, jog or walk from workout-to-workout, which includes traditional favorites, like CrossFit, Zumba®, Pilates®, Gyrotonic®, yoga, and karate and “totally LA” workouts, like professional dance choreography onstage at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, resistance training at the Original Muscle Beach, surf instruction on the sand at Santa Monica beach, belly dancing on the lawn at Virginia Avenue Park, virtual golf and virtual ski instruction.

Santa Monica’s Pico Blvd. has over a hundred of Yelp’s highest ranked, most reviewed and longest reviewed businesses on the west side, in all categories.

 It is home to some of the LA area’s most prestigious fitness businesses.

 The participating fitness businesses are:

  • 34° North (Gym)
  • Altus Sports Institute (Gym)
  • Bands and Body Fitness (Resistance training at the Original Muscle Beach)
  • CLARE Foundation/NAAM Yoga (Yoga)
  • CrossFit Reflex (Gym)
  • Goju Ryu Karatedo Seiwa Kai USA (Karate)
  • Good Body Pilates® (Pilates®)
  • Gyrotonic® (Core training)
  • Learn to Surf (Surf instruction on the beach)
  • Morgan-Wixson Theatre (Choreography)
  • Pilates on Pico (Pilates®)
  • Players Club Golf (Virtual golf)
  • Restore Muscle + Movement (Pilates®)
  • Sa’eeda (Belly dancing on the lawn at Virginia Avenue Park)
  • Venice Family Clinic (Zumba®)
  • Virtual Snow (Virtual skiing)

For tickets and reservations, go to:
Sponsored by the Pico Improvement Organization; City of Santa Monica; Santa Monica Buy Local; Virginia Avenue Park; CLARE Foundation, Avon Rent-A-Car, ZICO Coconut Water; Health-Ade Kombucha; Trader Joe’s; Gibbons Media and California Nightlife.

Virtual Snow (Virtual skiing);
For tickets and reservations, go to:

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Free Movie Screening: THE TRUE COST 9/29/16 Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:05:21 +0000
The City of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability & the Environment along with Sustainable Works and American Cinematheque present documentary film, The True Cost

The True Cost is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Location: The Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave. Santa Monica, 90403

The film will be followed by a panel discussion including:

– Taryn Hipwell, CEO of EcoDivas and Founder of Beyond the Label;

– Lorrie Ivas,Professor of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Santa Monica College;

– Plus other experts in the field to be announced

*Screening is free to Santa Monica residents, high school and college students with valid ID, and Sustainable Works members

Anyone else interested can purchase tickets online:


This is a sustainable event

-Free bike valet

-Bring your own reusable water bottle, water provided by City of Santa Monica

-Zero-waste event

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Surfrider Foundation launches nationwide ‘Long Live The Beach’ campaign Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:53:49 +0000 A rip current off a California beach. Photo courtesy National Weather ServiceThe Surfrider Foundation Thursday announced the launch of a nationwide “Long Live the Beach” campaign in conjunction with International Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday.

“‘Long Live The Beach’ is a rallying call to protect our ocean, waves and beaches for today, tomorrow and the future,” said Chad Nelsen, CEO of the Surfrider Foundation, which was founded in Malibu in 1984.

“The campaign celebrates the protection and enjoyment of our coast and ocean, gives a salute to those who are making a difference every day, and encourages every one of us who love the beach to get involved and make a difference,” he said.

The nonprofit foundation is hoping that International Coastal Cleanup Day brings out thousands of coastal “defenders” nationwide.

In 2015, more than a half-million volunteers came together for the one- day event to pick up more than 16 million pounds of trash over 12,000 miles of coastlines.

One of the clean-ups will be in Santa Monica, where Surfrider will partner with Parley for the Oceans. Plastics collected will be upcycled by Parley to create new products.

According to the Surfrider Foundation, plastic pollution and marine debris is a global crisis, with recent studies estimating that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

“We sometimes assume our oceans are pristine, healthy and accessible and they’ll just stay that way,” said big wave surfer and Surfrider ambassador Greg Long. “Our beaches face very real threats and the more people who are aware of the problem can be part of the solution. Together, we can help to ensure that the ocean and beaches we love will be protected, preserved and respected for generations to come.”

To learn more about Long Live The Beach and how to help protect the coastline, visit

–City News Service

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As Venice booms, some residents wonder whether L.A. is holding them back Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:34:11 +0000 There are few places so ingrained in the identity of Los Angeles as Venice — the quirky artistic vibe, the bustling boardwalk and the designer real estate.

For decades, the beach district has served as a cultural touchstone for the larger city, from the days of beatniks, Jim Morrison and the Z-Boys…

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Burning Man Comes to Venice on Thursday and Friday Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:46:50 +0000 Charlie the Unicorn, an art car with attitude

Swirling lights, a sea of people and fake flowers on neon fire — it wasn’t an acid trip, but it probably was the closest thing I’d experienced to getting high while stone cold sober.

It was the Venice Afterburn, a block party of revelers kicking off the dust of Burning Man (or pretending to be there) that took over Rose Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets during last year’s Venice Art Crawl.

As The Argonaut’s cub arts and entertainment reporter, it was a wild first assignment.

A ‘60s-style outdoor living room seemed to spill out from the insides of a van made to look like the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. An artist tinkered with his LED contraption, an orb of spinning turquoise lights. Afterburners danced on a double-decker art car capped by a giant unicorn head, called “Charlie the Unicorn.” The whole experience was surreal, like walking through a psychedelic dream.

My senses only snapped to reality when a partygoer stumbled over my toe, leaving it purple and bruised. (Word to the wise: wear close-toed shoes). Though I left Afterburn with a limp, my curiosity for Venice’s whimsical art world had been piqued.

Well, here we go again. Following Thursday’s Venice Art Crawl, Afterburn returns for not one but two days of free-spirited fun.

Venice Afterburn producer Daniela Ardizzone became taken with the art of Burning Man 13 years ago during her first visit to the weeklong art and music festival in Nevada’s remote Black Rock Desert, which culminates in the burning of a giant wooden effigy.

“What really struck me from the first time I went to Burning Man was this amazing art, without being really pretentious, like it is in an art gallery,” she recalls, describing the large-scale, architectural art cars that mosey around the festival like outlandishly decorated parade floats. (Imagine the tricked-out cars from the movie “Mad Max: Fury Road” with a little less fury and a little more whimsy.)

“They were amazing and majestic and playful,” recounts Ardizzone.

These vibrant art cars inspired her to bring a slice of Burning Man to Venice Beach three years ago for the first Venice Afterburn to help wean “burners” off the emotional highs of the Burning Man experience. It also acquaints those who’ve never been to the festival with its values: uninhibited self-expression, generous sharing, the de-commodification of goods and services, leaving no trace after the festival concludes, and self-reliance.

In a way, Afterburn keeps the spirit of Burning Man alive beyond its desert environs.

“By doing these kind of decompressions — or Afterburns, in our case — people kind of bring that vibe,” says Ardizzone. “They bring it to their real life.

“… Or try to get over that nostalgic feeling of missing the playa,” she adds, referencing the 7-mile stretch of desert flatland on which the festival takes place.

This year’s Venice Afterburn happens over two days on an actual playa — along the Venice Boardwalk, just off Windward Plaza.

“[It’s] not the harsh environment of the playa, with the dust and the wind and the bad weather,” says co-producer and deejay Eduardo Manilla (a.k.a. LoboMan). “But we’re going to be right on the beach and we’re going to have our best friends and friends of friends in costumes dancing, running around, doing some art, creating experiences. It’s basically like a little taste: the closest you can get to Burning Man without leaving the 90291 zip code.”

For the event, Manilla has curated a lineup of local and global deejays, including KCRW’s Jason Bentley and Jeremy Sole, Venice’s own Marques Wyatt, and divaDanielle, Henry Pope, 2tight, massio, Erik Nelson, MC Everyman + Michael Vincze, Naira Hart and Ferdie Torres.

Art cars from this year’s Burning Man are a big part of the Afterburn, including a car called “Giant Cock” (referencing a rooster, that is), which showcases a feathery peacock

plumage and a car with a flying magic carpet theme.

There may also be a light up piano car with a playable electric piano and spaceship-style car, but their appearance at the Afterburn really depends on one thing: “whichever art cars survive Burning Man,” says Ardizzone.

“They’ll be lots of last-minute entries, so come and be surprised,” adds Afterburn co-organizer and Venice Art Crawl President Sunny Bak.

She encourages attendees to wear their best “dusty playa clothes” — in other words, the zany costume you wore to Burning Man that’s caked in dust (or what you would have worn had you gone).

“Expect a lot of dancing, a lot of good vibes and a community at its best,” Manilla says. “Every year that we do this, it makes us realize this is why we live in Venice: because this community does embrace the Burning Man principles, and it values this Burning Man culture, and we are so lucky that we get to do it in Venice.”

The Venice Art Crawl is from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at various locations throughout Venice. The Afterburn happens from 2 to 10 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 10 p.m. Friday (Sept. 15 and 16) at Windward Plaza. Visit for updates.

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Plug into an Electric Future at the AltCar Expo in Santa Monica Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:45:28 +0000

AltCar Expo will host the first public test drives of the new Honda Clarity

The 2006 documentary film “Who Killed the Electric Car?” opens with a comically somber scene: a General Motors EV1 sits in a cemetery, draped in a black sheet, while mourners place funeral flowers atop its hood. “We are here today to say goodbye to an idea,” a man says, as bagpipes play.

One year earlier, GM crushed and discontinued their entire electric vehicle fleet, a seeming death knell for the budding alternative fuel movement. Hundreds of eco-minded Californians protested the decision, their dreams of zero-emission freeways slipping further out of reach.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Who Killed the Electric Car?” — but one decade later, a different question has emerged: How mainstream can the electric car get?

At this weekend’s 11th annual AltCar Expo, the public can take part in the transportation revolution.

Attendees can test-drive the newest electric, hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell cars, like the BMW i3, the Chevy Spark and the Nissan LEAF; pedal down Pico Boulevard on emission-free electric bicycles; or hear panels of experts discuss the future of clean-energy transportation.

As of January, more than 400,000 people across the country are driving plug-in electric vehicles, and more than 45% of those drivers are Californians, according to the California Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative.

Two percent of cars in and around Santa Monica, the AltCar Expo’s host city, are fully or hybrid electric vehicles, says Garrett Wong, the city’s lead sustainability analyst for climate and energy problems.

While that percentage may seem small, Wong estimates it will increase fivefold over the next few years as more and more locals switch to green cars. That exponential uptick is likely for a few reasons: a growing number of competitively priced models, more enticing state rebates, and the surging trendiness of EVs.

“I think what Elon Musk has done with the electric vehicle is similar to what Steve Jobs did with the computer — that is, make something that’s desirable and cool and fun and sleek,” Wong says.

Musk’s Tesla Model 3 —a slick, relatively affordable, fuel-free sedan — has garnered as much hype as a new iPhone. After unveiling it in March, the car racked up more than 373,000 reservations in less than two months.

Beyond their futuristic design and growing cachet, emissions-free cars are a massive boon for the environment. To Wong, who rides his bike to Santa Monica past gas-guzzlers and fuel cells alike, that impact is palpable.

“I’ve realized that the [gas-fueled] car is violent, in a way. There’s lots of noise that it creates; there’s lots of smells. … But when you’re next to an electric vehicle, it’s calm. It’s quiet. It’s clean. You don’t have to turn away to breathe. It’s a lot more sensitive,” he says.

In 1996, Santa Monica city officials started replacing their outdated natural gas fleet with electric alternatives. To encourage citizens to do the same, they’ve installed 62 public EV charging ports across the city over the past decade.

In the next six months, 30 more charging ports will pop up in parking structures, surface lots, parks and libraries, according to Wong. After that, the city will start experimenting with on-street charging by retrofitting streetlights to include EV ports.

As part of Saturday’s AltCar Expo event lineup, Wong is leading a community discussion on how to maximize the effectiveness of public chargers and build an even stronger civic support system for EV usage.

Those who find themselves curious about electric vehicles can check out the dozens of options on display — including the West Coast debut of the 2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid — or get behind the wheel of the Honda Clarity Fuel Cell before it hits car dealerships later this year.

Kids without driver’s licenses can try out an array of two-wheeled rides, like the Air33, billed as the world’s lightest, foldable electric bicycle, or the URB-E, an electric scooter made by hand in Pasadena.

The AltCar Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St, Santa Monica. Admission and test drives are free, but registration for Friday’s industry conference is $60. Find more  

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Good Samaritans help recover purse snatched in Santa Monica Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:58:03 +0000 Two Good Samaritans were seen on camera jumping out of their car and helping chase down a purse snatcher on the street in Santa Monica.

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Santa Monica Pier’s Final Light Show Wednesday Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:33:12 +0000 Conserve Energy SoCal’s final solar-powered light show will be held tomorrow at Santa Monica Pier.
During these last few months, avoiding energy shortages was top of mind and
residents responded to local efforts from movements like Conserve Energy SoCal that worked to raise awareness for energy

Teaming up with local restaurants and specialty shops like Claudine and DK Donuts, along with partners like Escape Room LA and Discovery Cube, Conserve Energy SoCal worked to give residents endless reasons to turn off their AC, use less energy and reduce the risk of outages by getting out and enjoying summer.
“As a thank you to SoCal residents for helping conserve, we’re hosting our final “Conserve Energy SoCal” light show on the Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier tomorrow,” organizers said.

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Front Porch Cinema, A Free Film Series, Returns To The Santa Monica Pier Every Friday From Sept. 30-Oct. 21, 2016 Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:10:42 +0000

Movie lovers rejoice! Back by popular demand, the iconic Santa Monica Pier presents Front Porch Cinema, a free community movie experience under the stars every Friday night starting Sept. 30. For four consecutive weeks, The Pier will transform into a cozy front porch environment, providing the perfect setting for a night of movies, food and drinks with a variety of films for all ages. Parking will be available in the lot north of the pier at…

Time:September 30, 2016 from 6pm to 7pm
Location:Santa Monica Pier

Street:200 Santa Monica Pier

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Man Stabbed Santa Monica Pier Employee, Chased Two Others With Knife Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:03:39 +0000


A man has been charged for allegedly stabbing an employee of a restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier, and then chasing two other people down with a knife.

According to City News Service, 34-year-old Calvin Earl Gullett entered the Pier Burger establishment at about 10:50 a.m. on Wednesday and “demanded” free food. He was denied. Instead of leaving, however, Gullett headed for the kitchen, where, police say he stabbed one of the restaurant’s employees, and chased two others outside. The stabbing victim, who was struck “several times”, was treated at the scene, and is recovering in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

KTLA reports that the knife used by Gullett was stolen from another retail store earlier that day.

According to a statement from the Santa Monica Police Department, Gullett fled the restaurant, but was found on the sand just north of the Pier. Police had to use a Taser in the arrest.

Officials said that Gullett has been charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and petty theft. If convicted, he could face up to 48 years in prison. Gullett is currently being held, with bail set at $2.1 million.

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Forecasters predicting perfect weekend beach weather Sat, 10 Sep 2016 21:14:05 +0000 Photo by John Schreiber.

Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles area can expect near perfect late summer beach weather this weekend with highs in the mid 70s and light winds.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Oxnard expect sunny conditions on both Saturday and Sunday after low clouds and fog burn off.

Temperatures will range from the low to mid 70s at the beaches to the low to mid 80s inland. West winds will reach 15 mph in the evenings.

The fog will linger longer in coastal Orange County, but it will still be sunny in the afternoon, with highs in the mid to upper 70s on both days.

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Heading to the beach on the Expo Line? So is everyone else Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:29:57 +0000 Crowds of beachgoers next to the histori

Crowds of beachgoers next to the historic Santa Monica Pier.; Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images

If you’re planning on taking the Expo Line to the beach this Labor Day weekend, you’ll have plenty of company.

Officials say ridership has boomed on the extension connecting downtown L.A. to Santa Monica since it debuted in May.

Last June, 16,000 people rode the Expo Line on Sundays. In June 2016, that number jumped to 36,000 people — a 125 percent increase.

Kim Upton with Metro tells KPCC the extension’s popularity has exceeded Metro’s expectations.

To meet demand during Labor Day Weekend, Expo Line trains will run at their usual schedule — every 12 minutes — but an additional car will be added to each train. (Trains will run with three instead of two cars.)

“The trains will arrive every 12 minutes,” Upton says. “So if a train pulls into the station and it looks crowded, patrons may decide they want to wait for the next train. But since they’re arriving every 12 minutes it would be just a short wait anyway.”

Upton, who says she may take the Expo Line out to the beach this weekend, advises buying both your getting-there fare and your return fare at the same time. That way, you’ll avoid waiting in the long lines that sometimes build up at ticket kiosks at the beach station in the afternoons.

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Jennifer Lawrence ditches her modest Santa Monica condo Sun, 04 Sep 2016 01:03:05 +0000

She bought the place before she was famous

In 2006, before we all fell in love with Jennifer Lawrence, she purchased a very average Santa Monica townhouse for $879,000. Four years later, she got her big break with Winter’s Bone. But even after she moved on and into a 5,550-square-foot Beverly Hills house with an in-home gym and koi pond and went onto become the highest paid actress in Hollywood, she held onto her Santa Monica pad—until this month.

Luxury Listings NYC reported last week that she sold the townhouse for $1.15 million. Variety says it has a modest two bedrooms, a small patio, and is 20 blocks from the beach. Lawrence purchased her Beverly Hills mansion in October 2014, so Variety says, “it’s probably safe to say” she hadn’t occupied the Santa Monica place since then.

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FlyAway ending LAX-Santa Monica bus shuttle service Sat, 03 Sep 2016 07:42:39 +0000 FlyAway shuttle bus service. Image via lawa.orgFlyAway airport shuttle-bus service between LAX and Santa Monica will be discontinued immediately after Labor Day weekend.

The Santa Monica service will stop running at midnight Tuesday.

Airport commissioners voted earlier this summer to end service for the Santa Monica route due to low ridership, according to Los Angeles World Airports spokesman Charles Pannunzio.

FlyAway service will still operate out of Westwood, Long Beach, Hollywood, Union Station, Van Nuys and the Orange Line’s Woodley Station.

FlyAway shuttle schedules are available here.

— City News Service

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After Lawsuits and Allegations, Santa Monica’s Rogue Joan’s on Third Is No More Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:15:54 +0000

The inconspicuous new name is HB Daisy

The time has finally come for that bootleg Joan’s on Third in Santa Monica to shuffle off, as a tipster writes in to say that the restaurant is now in the process of flipping into something new. What’s that going to look like? It’s a bit unclear at the moment, but the new name is going to be HB Daisy.

You won’t find much on HB Daisy at the moment, as things are still very much in flux. But give a call to the old Joan’s on Third Santa Monica number and you’ll hear a stock recording rattling off the new name of the place. You’ll also hear about the proposed reopening date, which is scheduled for the end of September under the new banner. As for the old Joan’s on Third Santa Monica website and Facebook page? Those have been scrubbed from the scene.

Mostly, based on this brand new Facebook page and some other sleuthing around, it seems that HB Daisy will be much in the vein of the former restaurant iteration. That means lots of baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and the like, plus a catering wing for Westside parties as needed.

So perhaps all that will come of the changeover is a new title and some reformatted menu items. It would likely be enough to keep ownership out of all the legal trouble they’ve fallen into, as their franchising agreement with the original Joan’s on Third fell on hard times. Expect HB Daisy to spring to life by the end of the month.

HB Daisy
1755 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA

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Santa Monica Police Sgt. honored with Hero Award Thu, 01 Sep 2016 19:29:21 +0000 Photo by John Schreiber.A Santa Monica Police sergeant will receive the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Hero Award, it was announced Thursday.

Sgt. Austin Brown will be honored on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the AFSP Greater Los Angeles Chapter office, 333 Olympic Drive. National Suicide Prevention Week is Sept. 5-11.

On March 8, Brown saved the life of a man who was “in the midst of a suicide attempt in front of the Santa Monica Courthouse,” said Traute Winters of AFSP.

“He acted quickly and heroically to save a life, and has brought greater awareness of suicide prevention through his continued efforts as a member of the department’s Crisis Negotiation Team, and as one of the founding members of the department’s (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program,” Winters said.

“For his lifesaving work, and longstanding dedication to suicide prevention education and training, Sgt. Brown is being recognized with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Hero Award.”

AFSP’s Hero Award is given to a first-responder personnel, such as paramedics, firefighters, police officers, or other emergency service workers who have “demonstrated longstanding dedication to preventing suicide through conversation, education, physical action, or by providing lifesaving aid to someone in crisis,” Winters said.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 25-34 in California. On average one person dies by suicide every two hours in the state. It is the 11th leading cause of death overall in California.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide.

AFSP has local chapters in all 50 states with programs and events nationwide. Learn more about AFSP in its latest Annual Report, and join the conversation on suicide prevention by following AFSP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

—City News Service

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California Incline Set To Reopen In Santa Monica Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:27:29 +0000 SANTA MONICA ( — The California Incline will reopen Thursday with a daylong party celebrating the iconic Santa Monica landmark’s rebirth.

A Santa Monica Big Blue Bus is expected to drive through a banner at 9 a.m. to celebrate the incline’s return.

The celebration will be cleared so vehicles can use the incline starting at 5 p.m., officials said.

The original three-lane bridge was built in 1929 and was closed in April 2015 for demolition and reconstruction.

It was supposed to reopen in late May, but city officials pushed that back to reconstruct a pedestrian overpass above the incline itself.

The new bridge sits on 96 deep concrete piles, and the dirt cliffs have been stabilized with more than 1,000 “soil nails,” according to the city.

The old footbridge has been replaced by a concrete spiral.

The bridge traversed from the beach to the top of the palisades in northern Santa Monica, linking its downtown with the Pacific Coast Highway.

The $17 million project was funded by the federal government.

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Santa Monica Pier Installation Helps Public Visualize Climate Change Thu, 01 Sep 2016 03:42:41 +0000 A new public engagement tool installed
on the Santa Monica Pier will be the first use of virtual reality for
understanding the impacts of climate change in Southern California. The
freestanding viewers, named the Owl by manufacturer Owlized, Inc. offer
visitors an immersive virtual reality display showing panoramic views of Santa
Monica Beach.
Inside the Owl, the public will be able to see how the beach
and infrastructure will flood due to sea level rise coupled with a large
coastal storm. The Owl will also display potential solutions or “adaptation
measures” being considered by the City of Santa Monica. The Owl will be
available 24/7 and includes an interactive element that lets viewers share
their opinions.
“Sea level rise is a slow moving crisis that’s hard to see,
and harder to get people energized around, but this technology will help bring
it home in a very tangible way,” says Dean Kubani, Chief Sustainability Officer
for the City of Santa Monica. “Seeing firsthand how the change will impact us
will be a very powerful experience for all of our beach lovers.”
By 2050, sea level rise in Southern California could
increase by 5-24 inches and by 17-66 inches by 2100. As the sea level
increases, the water line will move up the beach, permanently eroding the
beach. While the day to day impact may be mild, a further inland tide line can
mean more impacts from major coastal storms, according to research being
conducted by the City’s project partners, USC Sea Grant and the US Geological
“From Malibu to the Port, sea level rise will impact local
communities differently,” says Elizabeth Bar-El, City of Santa Monica Senior
Planner. “Future scenarios are informed by complex modeling, which are then
incorporated into local plans to reflect the reality of climate change. It is
very important to reach out in creative ways to help the community understand
what it all means.”
Bar-El is the project manager for the update of Santa
Monica’s Local Coastal Program, which will incorporate future sea level rise
into coastal zoning. Another City effort, the Climate Action & Adaptation Plan,
will develop measures to adapt to risks and hazards posed to existing buildings
and infrastructure.
The Owl viewfinders will be located on the north side of the
Pier, west of Bubba Gump Restaur

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FAA threatens to retaliate against Santa Monica for shutting down the city airport in 2018 Wed, 31 Aug 2016 15:53:05 +0000 The Federal Aviation Administration has threatened legal action against Santa Monica over its effort to reduce flight operations at the city’s airport, force out aeronautical tenants and close the historic facility within two years.

In a strongly worded letter Monday, the FAA reminded Mayor Tony…
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