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 →

Business

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State of the City focuses on unity, growth

WILSHIRE BLVD — In a State of the City address following a contentious year for local politics, the event’s two most significant speakers shared some beliefs and differed on others. The city’s new Mayor Kevin McKeown and outgoing City Manager Rod Gould expressed a similar desire for fact-based community dialogue and an opinion that... Read more →

News

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Historic Ocean Avenue apartments targeted for demolition

Owners of Landmarked courtyard apartment buildings on Ocean Avenue want to tear them down, claiming economic hardship, and replace them with condominiums. The current buildings contain 16 units and were built in 1936. “The subject property is a very good example of the American Colonial Revival architectural style as applied to a... Read more →

Business

Yahoo leaving Santa Monica for Playa Vista

PENNSYLVANIA AVE — The search is over. Three years after Google announced it would leave Santa Monica for Venice, another search engine, Yahoo, says it will leave the city by the sea for an office in Playa Vista this fall. Yahoo signed a long-term lease for a 130,000-square-foot space, at the 6-acre Collective Campus in Playa Vista, which... Read more →

Development

Ashland Avenue apartments pass despite concerns

A city board approved a new two-story apartment in the Ocean Park neighborhood despite frustrations expressed by residents and some hesitance by board members. The developer is combining two lots, one on Lincoln Boulevard and the other on Ashland Avenue, to build a 10-unit apartment with an underground, 20-space garage. A handful of... Read more →

Development

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Hines looking to reoccupy Papermate site

BERGAMOT AREA — The developer behind last year’s most controversial project is looking to reoccupy the site, which is currently dormant, according email exchanges obtained by the Daily Press. In February, City Council voted 4-3 to approve a project with Texas-based developer Hines that would have added 765,000 square feet of office,... Read more →

Business

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New owners for historic comic book store

DOWNTOWN — In comic books, a lot can happen in 30 years. Batman died (and came back), Superman died (and came back), Captain America died (and came back), Wolverine died (and is still dead…for now), Spiderman kind of died (if you count having your memories and personality supplanted by an aging super-villain) and came back. The action... Read more →

Development

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Water Woes

S.M.A.R.T. — By now everyone knows about the drought, although some people seem to be in denial about the problem it presents.  For those who haven’t heard yet, there is a 20 percent reduction in water use proposed for residents and businesses. However, new developments – some of them especially water-intensive – continue to... Read more →

Development

Council votes to close housing loopholes

CITY HALL — After a long discussion about some of the larger issues facing renters earlier in last week's City Council meeting, council tackled some smaller renters' issues later in the night. Council unanimously approved two pro-renter items — one aimed at protecting Section 8 tenants from discrimination and the other aimed at... Read more →

Non Profits

Affordable housing list is open

DOWNTOWN — While many shoppers are lining up for last-minute Christmas gifts, people will be lining up in hopes of getting an apartment from Santa Monica’s largest affordable housing provider. Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCSM) opened its doors to new applicants earlier this month, kicking off the long, competitive process for... Read more →

Business

Faces of Silicon Beach: Michael Carney

Michael Carney is a West Coast Editor at technology publication PandoDaily. Michael covers everything including venture capital, financial technologies, ecommerce, on-demand services, and the future of television, among other subjects. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Michael about how he became a journalist, the Silicon Beach... Read more →

Business

Faces of Silicon Beach: Zuma Ventures

Serial entrepreneur and angel investor, David Carter joined forces former Myspace exec Allen Hurff to start Zuma Ventures. Zuma is an early stage startup studio that helps form tech companies. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Allen and David about their paths to becoming entrepreneurs, Zuma Ventures and Santa Monica. Erik... Read more →

Development

Yearlong Incline closure could start in March

OCEAN AVE - The California Incline could close for construction as early as March and stayed closed for more than a year. The current incline — which connects Ocean Avenue, on top of the bluffs, to the Pacific Coast Highway, down below — does not meet seismic standards. It was built in the 1930s, according to city documents, and has... Read more →