Council aims to fight gentrification

CITY HALL - City Council implemented what one member called "a temporary restraining order" on large residential development in two neighborhoods last week. As the Planning Commission grapples with a controversial project in the Pico Neighborhood that, if approved, could replace 15 rent controlled units with 21 new apartments, council opted... Read more →


Village Trailer Park replacement project chugging along

MID-CITY - The project set to controversially replace a 109-space trailer park is slowly gaining approval from city officials. The Architectural Review Board (ARB) ‚Äî in this case the last stop in City Hall's development agreement process - asked developers to refine their plans for the Village Trailer Park land a second time but noted... Read more →

The Cottage is restored, open for business

OCEAN AVENUE ‚Äî After years of red tape, Santa Monica‚Äôs last remaining beach-facing cottage can be enjoyed by moneyed visitors. The historic yellow cottage at 2219 Ocean Ave. took on its first short-term rental earlier this summer. The owners have another renter lined-up for later this year. They are asking $3,500 per night for... Read more →

Council to consider extending private beach leases

THE BEACH - City Council is considering changes to a lease agreement with a private beach club that could result in an increase of about $330,000 per year paid to Santa Monica. When the Beach Club first leased sand from City Hall in 1990 they were paying about two cents per square foot annually. This time around, with City Council's... Read more →


Elected officials kickoff Flyaway service in Santa Monica

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor attended the kick off of the new Flyaway service on Monday. (Matthew Hall) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Santa Monicans going to and from Los Angeles International Airport now have access to a direct shuttle with the commencement of a Flyaway shuttle in the city. Regional dignitaries... Read more →

Faces of Silicon Beach: Chris Brereton

Chris Brereton Erik Huberman: E: What made you decide to be an entrepreneur? What about your childhood, your upbringing, anything? ‚Ä¢ Chris Brereton: I‚Äôve always been just sort of independent anyway and, oh, I grew up playing in a rock and roll band as the lead singer and basically managed the band and learned a lot about... Read more →


Renters could pay less, landlords more

CITY HALL - City Council will consider green-lighting a ballot measure that would allow the Rent Control Board to increase costs for landlords and decrease fees for renters. If approved by council and then by voters in November, registration fees for rent-controlled apartments could shoot up to $288 per unit annually, from $175 last year.... Read more →


Planning Commission to consider Fred Segal plot

City Hall ‚Äî Just weeks after the Planning Commission considered developments on plots of land previously occupied by Norms and currently occupied by Denny's, they'll take a look at a seven-story development slated for the land where Fred Segal sits. The applicant, DK Broadway LLC, hopes to knock down the building that was for years... Read more →


Faces of Silicon Beach: Adam Koral

Adam Koral Erik Huberman: So to start just tell us about what got you to be an entrepreneur? What was your inspiration to go and do your own thing? ‚Ä¢ Adam Koral: Alright well the inspiration to become an entrepreneur basically because I really didn‚Äôt know ‚Ķ. I knew what I was good at. My skill set was having people... Read more →

MINI dealership on the table Tuesday

CITY HALL ‚Äî City Council will consider approving a MINI dealership on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard at 14th Street. The 33,400-square-foot, 35-foot-tall building would replace a vacant lot that was once a gas station. The dealership would also include a 500-square-foot caf√©, 21 services bays, 6,000 square feet of sales... Read more →

Main Street institution closes after 30 years in business

Susan Lieberman (Daniel Archuleta) MAIN STREET ‚Äî Collectors, dreamers, brides-to-be and costume directors will have to search elsewhere for some of their most sought after dresses as longtime Santa Monica boutique Paris 1900 is closing. Owner Susan Lieberman said the store will be liquidating its inventory in the coming weeks and... Read more →

Half of new multi-family apartments affordable last fiscal year

Affordable housing development High Place East was just recently completed. (Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Äî Redevelopment agency or no redevelopment agency, Santa Monica managed to add 246 affordable multi-family residences in fiscal year 2012-13. It was the second most in the city‚Äôs recorded history (which dates back to... Read more →

Local architects win additional awards

In the wake of winning the top award for the Ace Hotel in the hospitality category of the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards earlier this month, Santa Monica-based Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA) garnered five more awards at the recent Pacific Coast Builders Conference. This time, the Ace Hotel snagged a Grand Award in... Read more →


Faces of Silicon Beach: Hero to the elderly

Santa Monica ‚Äî along with the rest of the nation ‚Äî 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 devices or computers. Between 2000... Read more →