Development

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203K-square-foot office planned at former Hines site

New plans for the site of arguably the most controversial Santa Monica development in recent years include reoccupation and an addition, totaling 203,816 square feet of office space, according to documents filed with City Hall earlier this month. Hines, the Texas-based developer whose larger project included nearly 375,000 square feet of... Read more →

Non Profits

Meals on Wheels West growing to meet increased need

A few weeks ago, national Meals on Wheels president Ellie Hollander said, a volunteer in Texas delivered food to a senior citizen on a Friday, then returned the following Monday to find the client lying helplessly on the floor with a fractured hip, unable to get up. “Unfortunately, this is not uncommon,” said Hollander, who spoke... Read more →

Development

Privately run arts center favored at Civic site

Throwing around ideas for what the Civic Auditorium complex should feature was easy. Channeling those ideas through spatial and financial constraints was decidedly less so. Of the 1,698 people who attended the recent Civic Working Group seminar or used online software to grapple with the future of the dormant building and its surroundings,... Read more →

Development

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Holdout residents at Village Trailer Park dwindling

Evictions have begun at Village Trailer Park and after years of disputes between residents, developers and the city, it appears only one embattled resident remains on site. Two residents were evicted from a unit earlier last month, said Jack Waddington, another holdout who said he's ready to settle with developer Millenium Santa Monica... Read more →

Business

Where ideas get their reality checks

A couple weeks ago, just hours after giving a lecture about injury prevention, local fitness trainer Kappel LeRoy Clarke saw the footage: Professional basketball player Brandon Jennings had suffered an excruciatingly painful Achilles' tendon injury on a routine play with minimal contact, placing undue burden on his heel as he stepped backward... Read more →

City Council

Development agreements scrutinized by Council

Several members of City Council expressed concern that a large development has failed to hold up its end of the bargain for two years in a row. Agensys, which works to develop new cancer therapies, is allowing more employees to drive to and from work than it is permitted under the development agreement (DA) it signed with City Hall in... Read more →

Briefs

Beloved Santa Monica video store Vidiots saved by donors

A beloved Santa Monica video store will remain open for the foreseeable future thanks to a last-minute rally by donors to avoid its closure. The legendary Vidiots is getting a donation from film producer Megan Ellison and longtime customer Dr. Leonard Lipman. "This all this just happened, and we are beyond thrilled," said co-owner Cathy... Read more →

Business

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Santa Monica

It's the matchup America has been waiting for. It's the Pats against the Hawks, East against West, the alleged deflaters against the gregarious haters, the ruling dynasty versus the reigning champions, the mastermind QB against the menacing D. The storylines, if not the tradition, will have millions of people tuning in as the New England... Read more →

Business

Fake-out? Vidiots might stay open

Vidiots might not close after all. The store announced its closure earlier this week but by the end of the week, the closure appeared less certain. One of the store’s co-founders, Cathy Tauber, confirmed the announced closure but then referred all additional media inquiries to BeBe Lerner of IDPR, a public relations company that... Read more →

Business

Iconic movie rental store Vidiots closing

Vidiots will close on April 15. The movie rental store has provided entertainment options since 1985 and over it's 30-year history, the business became more than just a video store. It became part of Santa Monica's social fabric, contributing to countless family movie nights, providing course material to thousands of SMC students and hosting... Read more →

City Council

Agensys development out of compliance again

One company is out of compliance with its agreement with City Hall for the second year in a row. Agensys, which works to develop new cancer therapies, has too many commuters driving to its 1800 Stewart St. campus, according to a recent report from City Hall. Last year, Agensys was the only development whose agreement with City Hall was... Read more →