Residents praise design, blast height of planned hotel

A rendering of the proposed Wyndham Hotel remodel that would include three buildings, that tallest being 195 feet, or 15 stories. The hotel is located at the corner of Colorado and Ocean avenues. (Rendering courtesy Felcor Lodging Trust) MAIN LIBRARY— Residents voiced opposition to the height and the inclusion of condominiums, but... Read more →

Brief: Lookin’ gorgeous, Santa Monica

DRESSING UP: Katie Braden consults with her mother Brooksie Braden while shopping on Montana Avenue. (File photo) Santa Monica was rated No. 1 on a list of the 10 best dressed small cities in America, according to a blog from real estate website www.movoto.com. Santa Monica beat nine other cities including: Boca Raton, Fla.; Newport... Read more →

County wants restaurants to downsize

COUNTYWIDE — The county Department of Public Health is using the carrot, not the stick, to get restaurants to offer healthier options. “Choose Health LA Restaurants,” a program introduced earlier this month, highlights establishments offering smaller portions, healthier children’s meals and free chilled water. “Almost... Read more →

Center catering to autistic kids opens

We Rock the Spectrum Santa Monica owner Debra Davis plays with Finley Rossi on Monday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) SANTA MONICA BLVD — For two weeks last month, Christian Rossi saw colorful signs for a kid-themed center opening on Santa Monica Boulevard as he walked back and forth to his daughter’s school. Both he and his... Read more →

Brief: Yoga app releases for Android

File photo Global yoga directory YogaTrail has released an Android version of their popular “Yoga Poses Around the World” application. The app allows yogis to photograph themselves anywhere in the world and upload their images to a map pinpointing the exact locations and names of their poses — Santa Monica, Venice and Culver City... Read more →

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VIDEO: Viewpoints, Episode 3: Downtown Height and Density

To say that development in Santa Monica is a hot topic would be the understatement of the year. No issue in recent memory has elicited such emotion, such division within the community. The acrimonious debates are reminiscent of the fights over whether or not to build luxury hotels along the oceanfront, or enact a living wage law, or tear down... Read more →

Local company makes drink that drives off dehydration

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monican Cameron Killeen was in Las Vegas last summer for his job in finance when he noticed a co-worker, who had been out drinking the night before, sipping a brightly colored liquid out of a square bottle. “He said it was a baby drink and if you drink it, you feel completely better,” Killeen said. The liquid with... Read more →

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Design, open space issues over Bergamot project

HIP? The Bergamot Transit Village Center includes retail and office space as well as residences. (Rendering courtesy City of Santa Monica) CITY HALL — Planning Commissioners voiced concerns Wednesday night on overall project design, architecture, open space and height for a proposed “transit village” near the incoming Bergamot... Read more →

Buy Local Expo comes to promenade

LOCAL: A survey of shoppers conducted by the Buy Local Campaign steering committee showed that the majority of residents believe it is important to shop locally but Santa Monica needs more stores like Target or K-Mart. Pictured: Shoppers make their way down the Third Street Promenade. (File photo) PROMENADE —  Shop local. Eat local.... Read more →

U.S. court delays $8.2B Vivendi-Activision deal

SANTA MONICA — A U.S. court has delayed the $8.2 billion sale of Vivendi’s majority stake in Activision Blizzard Inc. back to the video game maker and an investor group led by CEO Bobby Kotick and co-chairman Brian Kelly. Activision said Wednesday that the Delaware Court of Chancery said the deal required a vote by non-Vivendi... Read more →