January 23, 2000 |
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.
August 3, 2003 |
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 |
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.
January 1, 1988 |
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.
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September 9, 2004 |
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.
October 29, 1998 |
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.