Hines gets the go-ahead on Bergamot

CITY HALL — City Council couldn’t wait to approve the Hines project at Tuesday night’s meeting. To avoid delaying the proposal for several more weeks, council opted to approve the Bergamot Transit Village in a 4 to 3 vote with only a few changes. The project planned for a 7-acre plot of land at 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard... Read more →


Hot Dog on a Stick owner files Chapter 11

OCEAN FRONT WALK — The owner of Hot Dog on a Stick has filed for bankruptcy protection. HDOS Enterprises says its total debt ranges from $1 million to $10 million and it estimates assets between $10 million and $50 million. The Los Angeles Times reports the Chapter 11 filing was made Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles.... Read more →



Cheerleader for the cheerleaders

SAMOHI — A few years ago Diane Todd didn’t even like cheerleading. “Our next door neighbor came up and asked my daughter if she’d want to try it,” Todd said. “I was like ‘oh god.’ I'm thinking boys and I'm not really excited about it.” Today, she’s leading a national movement on behalf of professional cheerleaders.... Read more →


Brief: Landlord forced to pay up

A Santa Monica landlord has agreed to pay tenants more than $18,000 and lower their rent by more than half after he was accused of illegally charging market-rate rent, officials with the Rent Control Board said Monday. The Rent Control Board sued the landlord after he evicted a long-term tenant so that his disabled mother could move into... Read more →


Brief: Health center offers flu shots

The Westside Family Health Center is offering flu shots for $20, Monday through Friday. The center, located at 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., offers the shots daily from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m. Call (310) 450-2191 to make an appointment or walk in during operating hours. The best way to prevent becoming ill with the flu is to get a yearly flu... Read more →


Brief: Residents rally against development

A group of community activists is organizing a rally against a proposed development at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street, asking the City Council to vote down the controversial project that would include office space, housing and retail. Groups, including Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights and Santa Monica Coalition for a... Read more →


Startup connects seniors with caregivers

Photo courtesy HomeHero CITYWIDE — Santa Monica — along with the rest of the nation — is trending older and a local startup is using new technology to make aging easier. HomeHero, based in the Downtown office of startup incubator Science Inc., lets seniors and their loved ones find and manage caregivers all from their mobile... Read more →


Lowest paid city workers may get raise

SAFETY: Crossing guards are among the city employees who may be in line for raises. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL— Minimum wage for City Hall workers could get a little less minimal. City Council is considering a living wage increase to $15.37 per hour that would impact at least 225 workers employed by City... Read more →


Beach cities’ real estate still hot

CITYWIDE — Los Angeles-area investors might still be leery about the future of California’s economy, but when it comes to Santa Monica real estate, they are bullish, according to a poll released by Morgan Stanley. Image-based advertising firm GumGum, Inc. recently signed a five-year office lease valued at $1.35 million with real... Read more →



Council delays Hines development vote

CITY HALL — City Council ran out of time to make a decision about the controversial Hines housing and office development at Tuesday night’s meeting. More than 125 people requested to speak and public comment lasted more than three hours, running into early Wednesday morning. A rendering of a courtyard planned for Hines' Bergamot... Read more →