Planning Commission OK with pot shops

CITY HALL — Medical marijuana dispensaries had wide approval from the Planning Commission Wednesday night. Despite recommendations against the pot shops made by Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks and city planners, five of the six present commissioners supported allowing two within a district near the city’s two hospitals. Chair... Read more →


Brief: Have a heart for youth center

The work of more than 40 local artists will be featured in a silent auction to benefit services for local youth who attend the Pico Youth & Family Center in Santa Monica. PYFC will host its Fifth Annual Art for Hearts Benefit on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery located at 1431 Ocean Ave. Art for Hearts... Read more →


City Hall takes on gold, silver dealer

CITY HALL — One of the nation’s largest precious metals dealers is being sued by City Hall for allegedly engaging in a nationwide “bait and switch scam” by using false, deceptive and aggressive sales tactics to trick customers into buying heavily marked-up collector coins instead of gold or silver bars. The Consumer Protection Unit... Read more →


Sony leaving Santa Monica for Playa Vista

Santa Monica Studios (which will keep the name despite the Playa Vista address) is responsible for popular games like 'Kinetica' and 'God of War.' (Image courtesy Sony) MID-CITY — A big player in Sony’s video game division is leaving the city and taking our name with it. Santa Monica Studios, owned by Sony Computer Entertainment,... Read more →


International tourism continues to rise

THE SPOT: Tourists and locals seek cool waters at the beach to fight the heat. (File photo) CITYWIDE — More than half the tourists who visited Santa Monica this past fall were from another country. International tourists made up 56 percent of the total share, up from the fall of 2012, according to Santa Monica Convention and Visitors... Read more →


Development opponents prepare for fight

CITYWIDE — If you think of the public outcry over the Hines development project as a storm, we are likely in the eye of it. Santa Monica’s City Council approved the 765,000-square-foot project for the corner of Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street in a 4 to 3 vote earlier this week despite a large protest against the project held on the... Read more →



Planning officials say no to pot shops

CITY HALL — Planning officials are harshin’ Santa Monica’s mellow. The Planning Commission will soon consider adding medical marijuana dispensaries to the upcoming zoning ordinance, which regulates how city land can be used, but city planners are recommending against it. In a report for next week’s commission meeting, planning... Read more →



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 →