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The Politics of Pastrami: Fromin's Celebrating 40 Years, Signs Lease for the next 20 years

If you live in Santa Monica, you know Fromin's. Whether you're a regular at the deli or someone who simply drives past the restaurant on the way to work, you have most likely heard of this Wilshire...

Rising Actor's Scuffle at The Victorian Leads to Battery Charge

At 6'2" and 170 lbs, stuntman Jacob Tandy is not a guy you want to pick a bar fight with. On January 5, 2018, rising actors Tandy and Zach Chitwood entered into a bar fight in the Santa Monica based...

Report: Australia's immigration detention 'more and more like prison' increasingly using restraints, such as handcuffs

Canberra (dpa) - Australia's onshore immigration detention is becoming "harsh and restrictive" and "more and more like prison" with the average stay longer than any other developed country, the...

Samohi Alum Pursue Dream, Release Game Changing Board Game

A group of seven friends who grew up in California and met in high school and college have gotten together to design a board game. Samohi alum Bobby Butchko, Justin Golden, and Vincent Nagoshi as...

City to Fund $669K in Improvements to Samoshel Tent after 25 Years of Neglect

Thanks to community advocacy, City Council approved $669K in funding for improvements to Samoshel - an interim housing facility located on City property, leased and operated by OPCC dba The People...

DoorDash, Postmates and Uber Eats Have Emptied Local Restaurants, some staff say

Yogi Berra reportedly once said about a particular New York restaurant, "no one goes there anymore. You can never get a seat it's so crowded." The opposite is apparently true at some local eateries:...

Classic Book "The Diary of Anne Frank" Retold From a Feline Perspective

In 1996 Steven Rubin had the idea for retelling this tale in another media. His friend David Miller was a knowledgable of children's literature, had a poetic nature and they worked well together....

A Devout Muslim Advocates for Gender Equality, Freedom of Conscience and Expression. And People Hate Him

Normally, there is one security guard standing outside the door of Kehillat Ma'arav Synagogue in Santa Monica. For this Sunday morning lecture, however, there were two guards. The reason: the speaker...

The Biggest sporting event in the world just took place over the weekend and it was a thriller!

Move over FIFA, Wimbledon, Basketball, American Football and the rest. The biggest sporting event in the world, which took place over the weekend, is none of these, but actually a Cricket match...

Oh the Places You'll Go: 670 seniors graduate at Samohi

With shouts of "19" echoing across the stage, the Santa Monica High School Class of 2019 flipped their tassels from right to left and exuberantly took their final steps as high school students. This...

The Downfall of Art: An Interview with Seidman Gallery's Cathy Seidman

Having been in the art and framing business for 25 years, Cathy Seidman has witnessed the downfall of art. Cathy, and her sister, Connie, own the Seidman Gallery in Culver City. When asked how she...

Article 34: California Voters to Decide Against their Right to Decide

A bill proposed by Santa Monica's State Senator Ben Allen would repeal Article 34 of the California State Constitution. On June 4, Allen's bill was approved unanimously by the California State...

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