Business

Faces of Silicon Beach: Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson joined commercial real estate brokerage, rsf LA at its inception. Kevin represents both Landlords and Tenants, tech startups, institutional investors, and everything in-between. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Kevin about rsf LA, being an entrepreneur and Santa Monica. Erik Huberman: How did you become an... Read more →

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Twitter opening office in Santa Monica

PICO BLVD - Twitter, the short-form social networking service, is opening an office on Pico Boulevard at Main Street. City Hall issued the company a business license for 150 Pico Blvd. back in June. It lists the company's start date as Aug. 1. The business type is listed as “Sales Marketing And Engineering.” "Not sharing anything else... Read more →

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Tech survey targets Silicon Beach

If you're reading this story online, chances are the City wants you to participate in their new outreach survey. Santa Monica has launched an online questionnaire targeted at workers in the technology industry, locally known as Silicon Beach. According to Jennifer Taylor, Economic Development Administrator for the City of Santa Monica, the... Read more →

Development

D.A.’S should be D.O.A.

SMART COLUMN — Santa Monica is undergoing a period of sustained growth. Why are we at a crossroads where even bus shelters can’t be designed successfully. We have a city budget driving development, and codes allowing Development Agreements (D.A.s) that exceed our zoning codes. It has become the standard for developers to request... Read more →

Business

Council aims to fight gentrification

CITY HALL - City Council implemented what one member called “a temporary restraining order” on large residential development in two neighborhoods last week. As the Planning Commission grapples with a controversial project in the Pico Neighborhood that, if approved, could replace 15 rent controlled units with 21 new apartments, council... Read more →

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Village Trailer Park replacement project chugging along

MID-CITY - The project set to controversially replace a 109-space trailer park is slowly gaining approval from city officials. The Architectural Review Board (ARB) — in this case the last stop in City Hall's development agreement process - asked developers to refine their plans for the Village Trailer Park land a second time but noted that... Read more →

Business

The Cottage is restored, open for business

OCEAN AVENUE — After years of red tape, Santa Monica’s last remaining beach-facing cottage can be enjoyed by moneyed visitors. The historic yellow cottage at 2219 Ocean Ave. took on its first short-term rental earlier this summer. The owners have another renter lined-up for later this year. They are asking $3,500 per night for the... Read more →

Business

Council to consider extending private beach leases

THE BEACH - City Council is considering changes to a lease agreement with a private beach club that could result in an increase of about $330,000 per year paid to Santa Monica. When the Beach Club first leased sand from City Hall in 1990 they were paying about two cents per square foot annually. This time around, with City Council's... Read more →