Oceanfront Starbucks back before Landmarks Commission

    A new rendering shows the 23rd Starbucks coming to Santa Monica will be remarkably different from the rest. While the shop at the corner of Ocean Front Walk near the Pier will serve the same Frappuccinos and coffee-concoctions as the rest, the façade will retain the character of the Pier. “It reflects everything... Read more →


City reveals downtown plan years in the making

There was a surprisingly large turnout for a public policy event that didn’t include free food. At the end of the unveiling of Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan (DCP) Wednesday night, City leaders revealed the head count had reached about 150 people inside Civic Center Auditorium’s east wing. Many of the attendees were City... Read more →


NMS Properties says they are vindicated by City audit

A four-month long multi-department review of NMS Properties’ contracts with the City of Santa Monica failed to produce a smoking gun or even very much smoke. The audit spanned three departments: the City Attorney’s office, Planning and Community Development and Housing and Economic Development and looked at contracts, agreements and... Read more →


Local business owner upset with Under Armour

    Cary Williams has made a career out of combat. She opened a Santa Monica boxing club, The Stables, and developed a reputation as a professional boxing coach. Her latest bout pits her against a corporate heavyweight over the use of a social media marketing campaign. Williams is currently accusing well-known fitness and... Read more →


Local architect shaping Santa Monica’s modern look

When one of Santa Monica’s most influential architects talks about neighborhood density – the amount of neighbors piled into one building or one street corner - he uses a different word. Intensity. “I think it’s an exciting place to be,” Architect Gwynne Pugh said of the building boom happening in his city of more 30... Read more →