Serving up new Downtown restaurants

An 800 Degrees pizza parlor is planned for this space at 120 Wilshire Blvd. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Rustic Canyon restaurateurs are adding two new establishments to their current four with an Asian-fusion bistro and a wine bar/store on Seventh Street at Arizona Avenue. Conditional use permits were issued at the... Read more →

Proposed SM Place theater could be first of many Downtown

COMING ATTRACTION: A movie theater may be coming to the third floor of Santa Monica Place. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) SANTA MONICA PLACE — A theater proposed for the third level of the Santa Monica Place mall is just the beginning, city officials hope. Mall owner Macerich Co., one of the largest mall developers in the... Read more →

Commissioners give hotel developer list of demands

GOING AWAY? This building on Colorado Avenue is slated to be replaced by a hotel. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Developer OTO can’t build their hotels at Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue unless they agree to pay workers $15.37 an hour, give $1 million for street enhancements, and adhere to stringent water usage... Read more →

Public gets look at Memorial Park plan

A worker leaves the construction site of the Expo Light Rail Line at the corner of 17th Street and Colorado Avenue on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CROSSROADS — Memorial Park Neighborhood planners are looking to spruce up Colorado Boulevard while adhering to the density and height restrictions of the Land Use and... Read more →

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Senior lunch changes working

GOOD STUFF: Kathy Osburn prepares meals for seniors at WISE earlier this year. (File photo) DOWNTOWN — A decision to turn down county funding and charge out-of-town seniors is paying off at WISE & Healthy Aging. In September, WISE served 28 more Santa Monica residents at its free and reduced-price lunch program than it did the... Read more →

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Crossfit gym proposed for Edgemar

File photo MAIN STREET — A Crossfit gym could be opening in the Edgemar Center in January. Plans for the oft-criticized franchise were approved by the Planning Commission in June. Edgemar neighbors are appealing the decision through the City Council. Crossfit is a group-based, high-intensity training program currently practiced at... Read more →

Brief: Senior service provider gets $50,000 grant

Santa Monica-based senior service provider WISE & Healthy Aging has received a $50,000 project continuation grant from social services nonprofit Archstone Foundation, said WISE President and CEO Grace Cheng Braun. The funds will be used to maintain and improve the outreach capabilities of WISE Connections, a membership-based virtual... Read more →

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PYFC to get $1.6M gift after legal battle

Pico Youth & Family Center (File photo) PICO BOULEVARD — After a nearly yearlong legal battle, a $1.6 million gift from the Peggy Bergmann estate has been released to the Pico Youth & Family Center. Amid internal strife over the mission of the organization and accusations of financial mismanagement, former PYFC board chair... Read more →

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Voters don’t want development says Huntley-funded poll

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel was targeted in a poll of Santa Monica voters paid for by the rival Huntley Hotel. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITYWIDE — The Santa Monica electorate doesn’t want more construction, according to a recent survey paid for by The Huntley Hotel and performed by Lake Research Partners. A slight... Read more →