ArcLight files plans for second Santa Monica theater

Construction of an ArcLight movie theater on the third level of the Santa Monica Place mall is underway but plans for a second theater, with 14 screens and about 2,400 seats, to replace Parking Structure 3 on Fourth Street, were filed with City Hall earlier this month. City Council voted last year to enter negotiations with ArcLight over... Read more →



Santa Monica brewery comes out swingin’

Around this time last spring, the thought entered Scott Francis’ mind while he was watching a baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Santa Monica Brew Works hadn’t sold any beer — it hadn’t even opened its doors or begun brewing — but the thought was too perfect for Francis to keep to himself. “I turned to the guy I was with and... Read more →



203K-square-foot office planned at former Hines site

New plans for the site of arguably the most controversial Santa Monica development in recent years include reoccupation and an addition, totaling 203,816 square feet of office space, according to documents filed with City Hall earlier this month. Hines, the Texas-based developer whose larger project included nearly 375,000 square feet of... Read more →

Non Profits

Meals on Wheels West growing to meet increased need

A few weeks ago, national Meals on Wheels president Ellie Hollander said, a volunteer in Texas delivered food to a senior citizen on a Friday, then returned the following Monday to find the client lying helplessly on the floor with a fractured hip, unable to get up. “Unfortunately, this is not uncommon,” said Hollander, who spoke... Read more →


Privately run arts center favored at Civic site

Throwing around ideas for what the Civic Auditorium complex should feature was easy. Channeling those ideas through spatial and financial constraints was decidedly less so. Of the 1,698 people who attended the recent Civic Working Group seminar or used online software to grapple with the future of the dormant building and its surroundings,... Read more →



Holdout residents at Village Trailer Park dwindling

Evictions have begun at Village Trailer Park and after years of disputes between residents, developers and the city, it appears only one embattled resident remains on site. Two residents were evicted from a unit earlier last month, said Jack Waddington, another holdout who said he's ready to settle with developer Millenium Santa Monica... Read more →


Where ideas get their reality checks

A couple weeks ago, just hours after giving a lecture about injury prevention, local fitness trainer Kappel LeRoy Clarke saw the footage: Professional basketball player Brandon Jennings had suffered an excruciatingly painful Achilles' tendon injury on a routine play with minimal contact, placing undue burden on his heel as he stepped backward... Read more →

City Council

Development agreements scrutinized by Council

Several members of City Council expressed concern that a large development has failed to hold up its end of the bargain for two years in a row. Agensys, which works to develop new cancer therapies, is allowing more employees to drive to and from work than it is permitted under the development agreement (DA) it signed with City Hall in... Read more →


Beloved Santa Monica video store Vidiots saved by donors

A beloved Santa Monica video store will remain open for the foreseeable future thanks to a last-minute rally by donors to avoid its closure. The legendary Vidiots is getting a donation from film producer Megan Ellison and longtime customer Dr. Leonard Lipman. "This all this just happened, and we are beyond thrilled," said co-owner Cathy... Read more →


Where to watch the Super Bowl in Santa Monica

It's the matchup America has been waiting for. It's the Pats against the Hawks, East against West, the alleged deflaters against the gregarious haters, the ruling dynasty versus the reigning champions, the mastermind QB against the menacing D. The storylines, if not the tradition, will have millions of people tuning in as the New England... Read more →