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Jorge Casuso

A Wilmont neighbor grins after a June 18 meeting canceled by one faction is uncanceled by another.; Credit: PHOTO BY JASON ISLAS

Michael Dell's Miramar-Geddon?

Sometime next year, partial demolition may begin at the storied Fairmont Miramar Hotel, where Greta Garbo once lived, for an expansion that will create stunning condos for the very rich, luxuriously appointed hotel staterooms and even a little affordable housing. Santa Monica city fathers are drooling over the prospect of......

Bellflower Water Bills Skyrocket

You could say Bellflower is obsessed with water. The town of 72,000 sandwiched between Lakewood and Downey claims four water companies and half a dozen stores t...

Proposition T: The Most Divisive

Santa Monicans may disagree bitterly over whether Proposition T will help curb the Westside’s egregious congestion, but they do agree that the Residents’ Initia...

Farce in Carson

VIDEO CLIPS FROM CITY COUNCIL meetings don't usually achieve cult status, but Carson isn't just any city and its council may be one of the most dysfunc...

Bike Dislike

TWILIGHT HAS SETTLED on Palisades Park, and more than 100 bicyclists have gathered at the foot of the Santa Monica Pier, when Alex Thompson, wearing a heavy Arm...

Tarmac Rage

IT’S 5 P.M. ON LABOR DAY, and Virginia Ernst has already recorded 45 jet flights on her “Jet Emission and Excessive Noise Log.” Ernst has grown so proficient, s...

Soul at Sea

In a city that‘s looking more and more like a faceless, upscale suburb lined with brand-name chain stores and restaurants, the Boathouse on the Santa Monica Pier is not just another victim of rising rents. In recent weeks, with city officials poised to boot it from the worn-out wooden structure......

Maybe Politics Doesn’t Pay

When Santa Monica voters handily approved a Ralph Nader–backed anti-political-corruption initiative last November, the town’s reform-minded city government — which boasts one of the strictest campaign-finance laws in the state — found itself in an awkward predicament. Instead of embracing Proposition LL, the liberal City Council balked at enacting the......