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City Hall says all but 1 development in compliance

CITYWIDE — Only one of the 14 completed developments reviewed by city officials is not honoring its contract with City Hall. 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. The project was finished a year ago with a... Read more →

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SMRR board says can the Hines project

EVEN WORSE? Traffic stacks up on Tuesday afternoon at the corner of 26th Street and Olympic Boulevard. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) BERGAMOT AREA — Santa Monica’s most influential political party is asking City Council to reject a major development next week. The Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) steering... Read more →

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Brief: Post office building sold for $25M

File photo The United States Postal Service made $25 million off the sale of the old Fifth Street post office building last month, USPS officials said. There’s no word what the new owners, SkyDance Productions, want to do with the 1937 building. The producers of films like “True Grit” and “World War Z” expressed a desire to... Read more →

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Production company buys old post office

File photo DOWNTOWN — The producer of “True Grit” and “World War Z” now owns the old post office building. SkyDance Productions purchased the building in late December, United States Postal Service (USPS) officials said Tuesday. They could not immediately confirm the price of the sale. USPS shuttered the New Deal-era... Read more →

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ArcLight Cinemas inks deal with Santa Monica Place

FUTURE LOOK? ArcLight currently operates theaters around the Los Angeles area. (Photo courtesy ArcLight) DOWNTOWN — ArcLight Cinemas announced Tuesday it has an agreement in place with the owners of Santa Monica Place to build a 14-screen movie theater on the mall’s third floor, bringing a desperately needed new theater to... Read more →

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Brief: Hotel makes donation to conservancy

(L-R) Georgian Hotel owner, Ted Broedlow;  Carol Lemlein, Santa Monica Conservancy president; Kay Pattison, leader of the Santa Monica Conservancy’s Downtown Walking Tours; Georgian Hotel General Manager Juan Viramontes. The historic Georgian Hotel on Ocean Avenue has donated $7,200 to the Santa Monica Conservancy, money raised from... Read more →

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Second helping of Eat Well Week

SKILLS: Al Mare on the Santa Monica Pier is participating in this year's Eat Well Week. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITYWIDE — One down, 51 to go. If your New Year’s resolution is to eat healthier, then Santa Monica’s Eat Well Week will help you cross a couple more days off the calendar. Fourteen restaurants will... Read more →

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Construction projects approved near faults

DOWNTOWN — The cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica have approved more than a dozen construction projects over the past decade on or around two faults without seismic studies to find out whether the buildings could be destroyed in an earthquake. The Los Angeles Times reports city officials could have done further work to determine... Read more →

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Hollywood struggles against new film meccas

LOS ANGELES — In the old days, filmmakers flocked to Hollywood for its abundant sunshine, beautiful people and sandy beaches. But today a new filmmaking diaspora is spreading across the globe to places like Vancouver, London and Wellington, New Zealand. Fueled by politicians doling out generous tax breaks, filmmaking talent is migrating... Read more →

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One less restaurant Downtown

Yankee Doodle’s will not be returning to the Third Street Promenade. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Yankee Doodle’s is officially not coming back to town. Restaurant owner Herb Astrow dropped an appeal, allowing the owner of the Third Street Promenade property, Bill Tucker, to continue with plans to convert the... Read more →

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Fairmont Miramar hotel selects architect

Fairmont Miramar Hotel (File photo) WILSHIRE BLVD — The owners of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows have their architect. Pelli Clarke Pelli, an internationally recognized firm, will take the design reigns of the project envisioned for the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Cesar Pelli and his son, Rafael... Read more →

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How small is too small for a development agreement?

File photo CITY HALL — Planning commissioners want to vet development projects smaller than the trigger numbers proposed by city planners, but they’re not sure exactly how small. Commissioners Wednesday debated several items in the Zoning Ordinance Update draft, including day cares, the appeals process and neighborhood... Read more →

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Looking back on 2013’s small business challenges

NEW YORK — Small business owners are probably glad to put 2013 into the books. For many, it was a frustrating year of waiting. Waiting to learn about the new health care law. Waiting for lawmakers to solve budget disagreements. And waiting for the economy to improve. Many put off big decisions like purchasing equipment and hiring as they... Read more →