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February 24, 1998
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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.
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.
November 6, 2008 | Martha Groves, Groves is a Times staff writer.
Westside voters delivered a somewhat mixed message on development in Tuesday's election, leaving the fate of a hotel-and-condo project in Beverly Hills too close to call and defeating a proposed cap on commercial construction in Santa Monica. In Beverly Hills, supporters and opponents split the vote almost equally on whether to allow expansion of the Beverly Hilton complex. As of Wednesday, the anti-Measure H side had edged out the pro side by 68 votes.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 21, 2008 | Stuart Pfeifer, Times Staff Writer
The body of a popular Santa Monica High School teacher washed ashore Sunday at a Panamanian beach, three days after a wave swept him away while he waded in shallow water, his mother said. A fisherman found Joey Lutz at Playa Wizard, a beach town in the Bocas del Toro islands in northern Panama, where Lutz had been vacationing. The discovery ended the diminishing hopes of family and friends that he had survived Thursday's freak accident.
July 17, 2008 | Elina Shatkin
LOS ANGELES has long been known for its stars, both corporeal and celestial, but for one night, its oceanfront sibling hopes to shine as the West Coast's own City of Light. Santa Monica, taking a page from Nuit Blanche, an all-night cultural festival that premiered in Paris in 2002 and has since spread to more than a dozen cities around the world, will host the Glow festival, a dusk-to-dawn celebration of temporary public art.
April 25, 2008 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
Santa Monica officials on Thursday suspended a ban on high-speed jets at the city's airport until a federal court decides whether the controversial restrictions are legal. The city had planned to begin enforcing the ban Thursday morning for jets that have approach speeds of between 139 and 191 mph. They include aircraft popular with executives, such as the Gulfstream IV, Bombardier Challenger 604 and Cessna Citation X.
February 29, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
The fight over the fate of the 54 ficus trees in Santa Monica isn't exactly over, but a judge's decision Thursday will probably lead to their removal within a few weeks. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ann I. Jones dismissed a lawsuit that sought a trial to determine whether the city could remove the ficus trees along 2nd and 4th streets in downtown Santa Monica as part of an $8-million beautification project.
February 22, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta
Santa Monica city officials and activists are headed to court to argue the fate of 54 ficus trees previously set for removal. A hearing scheduled for today was moved to Thursday because a new judge was recently assigned to the case and needed more time to review the arguments, officials said. The city agreed to extend its previous promise to not remove any of the trees in question until after next week's hearing, said Tom Nitti, an attorney representing Treesavers, the informal group of residents and visitors concerned with protecting the city's trees.
January 29, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
With its storefront tributes to Southern California's surfing culture and L.A.'s hipster elite, the leafy dinosaur topiary and gleaming signs that promise multiple movies, Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade is a popular destination for tens of thousands each week. In the middle of the night, it is a destination of another sort for a smattering of the city's chronically homeless. It is those inhabitants whom social workers hoped to encounter early Monday.
I was feeling pretty decadent as I pulled up to the valet at Viceroy, the new luxury hotel in the former Pacific Shore building on Ocean Avenue. After all, published rates start at $255 for a standard room. Parking is $22 per night. At these prices, travelers may want to head straight from reception to the bar--and that will cost you too. But I'm a sucker for things related to design. And its proximity to the beach aside, the hotel's biggest selling point is ambience, of which it has plenty.
April 1, 1999
A coalition of officials pledged their support--and in some cases money--Wednesday to fight Mayor Richard Riordan's plan to expand Los Angeles International Airport. "For Mayor Riordan or anybody to persist in the face of this kind of opposition is absolutely foolhardy," said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), who represents Inglewood and the unincorporated community of Lennox.
January 17, 2008 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
The ficus crisis in Santa Monica appears to be headed to court. For the last several months, local activists and city officials have sparred over the planned removal of 54 ficus trees along 2nd and 4th streets, part of an $8-million beautification project. On Monday, Santa Monica's Landmarks Commission voted 6 to 1 to deny landmark status to those trees -- and 99 others -- in the downtown area near Third Street Promenade.
December 13, 2007 | Martha Groves
The City Council has ordered the city attorney to write an ordinance that would make business owners criminally liable for knowingly allowing customers to smoke in outdoor dining areas. The recommendation was made after the city got complaints from nonsmoking patrons and restaurant employees that many owners were allowing, and sometimes encouraging, smoking on their patios in spite of the city's year-old policy that makes those areas smoke-free. -- Martha Groves
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