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February 24, 1998
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April 20, 2013 | Charles Fleming, Fleming is the author of "Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles."
This beach-and-bluffs walk in Santa Monica is a great way to soak up some scenery, take in some salty air and learn a little local history. It can be a gentle walk or a generous workout -- depending on whether you use any (or all!) of the four massive staircases that connect the top of the walk to the bottom. 1 Start your walk from the top of the Santa Monica Pier, at the corner of Ocean and Colorado avenues. Join the tourists walking onto the pier, toward the vintage carousel, where Paul Newman worked in "The Sting.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2003 | Joel Rubin, Daren Briscoe and Mitchell Landsberg, Times Staff Writers
An 86-year-old man drove his car the length of the Santa Monica Farmers' Market early Wednesday afternoon, apparently reaching freeway speeds as he plowed through a crowd of terrified summer shoppers, killing at least nine people, including a 3-year-old girl. More than 50 people were hospitalized, 15 of them with critical injuries, after George Russell Weller of Santa Monica sped for 2 1/2 blocks through a market renowned as one of the region's culinary treasures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2010 | By Martha Groves
Federal prosecutors Wednesday filed criminal charges against a Santa Monica sushi restaurant and one of its chefs, alleging they had sold meat from an endangered whale. The Hump, a hip hangout at Santa Monica Airport, immediately said through attorney Gary Lincenberg that it accepted "responsibility for the wrongdoing charged by the U.S. attorney" and would pay a fine and resolve the matter in court. Named in the complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, were Typhoon Restaurant Inc., owner of the Hump, and chef Kiyoshiro Yamamoto, 45, of Culver City.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2009 | Martha Groves
Wealthy families have played volleyball and paddle tennis on the sands of Santa Monica's Jonathan Club for generations, but the private social club played its own game of hardball recently when it looked as if it might lose three chunks of public beach property. With leases set to expire this year on three publicly owned beach parcels, the club threatened to sue Santa Monica if the city failed to renew lease agreements for 10 more years. The city acquiesced last month, after the Pacific Coast Highway club agreed to pay a significant increase in rent and contribute money for annual beach improvements.
BUSINESS
December 3, 2007 | Jessica Guynn, Times Staff Writer
Found: geeks on the beach. Google Inc. has spread out like a beach towel in Santa Monica. What started in 2003 with a few dozen employees has grown into the company's fourth-largest office and fourth-largest engineering center in the U.S., with 300-plus employees in three buildings. "We have the best weather of any office in Google," said Thomas Williams, the engineering director who heads the office.
TRAVEL
January 23, 2000 | SUSAN SPANO, TIMES TRAVEL WRITER
Sometimes you have to stand back to see something right in front of your eyes, like the way this pretty city of 87,000 on Santa Monica Bay has emerged as a top tourist destination. That should surprise no one because Santa Monica's attractions are obvious: a beautiful broad white beach, a recently renovated 1909 pier with a vintage carousel, the festive Third Street Promenade and now an unprecedented four luxury hotels right on the sand.
TRAVEL
August 3, 2003 | Craig Nakano, Times Staff Writer
In the urban symphony that is Santa Monica, second fiddle doesn't sound so bad. Take hotels. Amid the squawking sea gulls and rattling roller coasters on the pier, you can practically hear the heavy thud of hard cash being plunked down by visitors for a night at such top-tier resorts as Shutters on the Beach, Casa del Mar, Le Merigot and Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel -- $260 to $400 on the weekend of my recent trip. That's for one night, in the most basic room, no ocean view.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2005 | Cecilia Rasmussen, Times Staff Writer
When 17-year-old Verna Deckard and her fiance, 21-year-old Arthur Lewis, visited Santa Monica in 1924, Inkwell Beach was the only place they could spread a blanket. "All the rest of the beach ... you couldn't go there unless you belonged to a club, and we couldn't belong to a club" because of racial restrictions, she recalled in a four-hour interview for the Los Angeles Public Library's Shades of L.A.
NEWS
January 1, 1988 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
Ten of Santa Monica's 12 massage parlors have been forced to close, police and city officials said, after masseuses hired by the parlors flunked a new 125-question mandatory competency test. The closings are not obligatory, police say, but the masseuses cannot start working again until they retake and pass the test, one of several requirements masseuses and masseurs must meet to obtain licenses in Santa Monica.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 23, 2010 | By CHRISTOPHER HAWTHORNE, Architecture Critic
Santa Monica is lucky to have landed James Corner. That was my immediate reaction to the news that Corner and his New York-based landscape architecture firm, Field Operations, won a high-powered design competition for a new 7-acre park in Santa Monica's civic center. Corner, who collaborated with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the High Line, the elevated park in Manhattan that opened to great acclaim last year, is among the most creative talents in his field, with a knack for incorporating community input into his designs without blunting their ambition or effect.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2010 | By Martha Groves
It may well be the tamest jail-related riot ever. Two mundane relics from Santa Monica's Depression-era lockup have sparked a frenzy of interest from architectural buffs and home hardware aficionados. In the two weeks since the city announced that it would give away two doorknobs from the shuttered jail, more than 20 people have tried to stake claim to them. By all accounts, the competition is fierce. The lockup, a Moderne-style building that was completed in 1939, was designed by two Los Angeles architects and featured Gladding, McBean ceramic tiles and Stanton Macdonald-Wright murals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2010 | By Martha Groves
Even brand new, it was little more than a shack, albeit one with an occasional gingerbread flourish. Its very nickname -- shotgun house -- evoked a Wild West spirit. And when the simple wood-frame structure was assembled in what is now the Ocean Park section of Santa Monica in the late 1800s, the area was a breezy, bucolic retreat where inland residents could escape the heat and relative bustle of Los Angeles. After years of deterioration and dislocation, the landmark shotgun house, regarded as the last remaining intact structure of its type in Santa Monica, will be rehabilitated by the Santa Monica Conservancy as its headquarters and "preservation resource center."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2010 | By Mike Boehm
The Santa Monica City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on an "agreement in principle" that could hasten Eli Broad's plan to create a museum next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium to house his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. City Manager P. Lamont Ewell has recommended approval of the preliminary pact, which spells out both sides' basic obligations but doesn't constitute a final go-ahead. That would have to await reviews of the final design of the $40- to $60-million building and its environmental impact on the surrounding Civic Center area.
FOOD
November 25, 2009 | By David Karp
The Santa Monica Pico farmers market on Saturdays has a lower profile than the big Wednesday venue on Arizona, but it's an excellent market in its own right. It's in an attractive location, the recently renovated Virginia Park, and it's substantial in size, with 35 produce vendors, and seven prepared food stalls. Most important, Ted Galvan, who has managed the market since its establishment in 1992, vets the farmers to make sure they actually grow what they sell. Many managers don't bother or don't have the time to conduct farm inspections, but Galvan -- whose family used to own a local chain of Mexican restaurants named Hacienda Galvan -- has visited virtually all of his growers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 2009 | Martha Groves
Wealthy families have played volleyball and paddle tennis on the sands of Santa Monica's Jonathan Club for generations, but the private social club played its own game of hardball recently when it looked as if it might lose three chunks of public beach property. With leases set to expire this year on three publicly owned beach parcels, the club threatened to sue Santa Monica if the city failed to renew lease agreements for 10 more years. The city acquiesced last month, after the Pacific Coast Highway club agreed to pay a significant increase in rent and contribute money for annual beach improvements.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2004 | Sarah Grausz, Times Staff Writer
Moviemakers have long been drawn to the edge of Santa Monica to capture on film the picturesque pier, Palisades Park and the blue ribbon of the bay. But Santa Monica offers its own offbeat angle on the beach scene. It's called the camera obscura. Stashed in an upper floor of the Senior Recreation Center just off Ocean Avenue, the 105-year-old optic device lets tourists observe the bustling beachfront outside from the seclusion of a pitch-black, closet-sized theater.
NEWS
October 29, 1998 | JOHN L. MITCHELL and JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
William Henry Juarez grieved over the shooting deaths of his two sons in, of all places, Santa Monica, with its reputation as a city comfortably safe from the gang wars around it. But despite its reputation, Juarez had seen the danger lurking in Santa Monica and nearby areas. "I moved to [Cayucos in] San Luis Obispo [County] to get away from the violence," he said, sitting in his mother's apartment in Santa Monica. "My sons were wonderful boys, they were not affiliated with any gangs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 2009 | Carla Hall
Under a large shade umbrella in a Santa Monica courtyard, Lucie and Estella nibbled on cherry tomatoes and greeted moviegoers at a film festival screening Sunday morning. As film festival guests go, they were unusual -- they're chickens. Even for chickens, they are exotic -- Belgian bearded d'Uccles. Lucie is a deep orange hue speckled with black and white. Estella is black and white. And as befits a turn in the spotlight at a film festival, their feathered feet gave the appearance that they were shod in elaborate pairs of Christian Louboutin shoes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2009 | Martha Groves
Finally, the L.A. Marathon will make it to the Pacific. The new "Stadium to the Sea" route has received the imprimatur of the cities along the course, ensuring that runners next March 21 will have the point-to-point route they and organizers have favored. On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council approved the plan to end the race at the ocean.
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