Planning Commission OKs greater density for arts center

Artist Joyce Pensato works on a site-specific piece on for her recent show 'I Killed Kenny' at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, which is located at the Bergamot Station Arts Center. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL —  The debate over appropriate heights and densities for Santa Monica has been heated, to put it mildly, but the... Read more →



Mournful Rent Control Board votes against trailer park

CITY HALL —  “Yes, and may God forgive me.” Rent Control Board member Todd Flora’s statement encapsulated much of the tenor of Thursday night’s Rent Control Board meeting in which the board unanimously agreed that the Village Trailer Park could close. It brings to an end almost seven years of public process that began when... Read more →


Clinics tapped to help with Obamacare

CITYWIDE — Two local health clinics received federal grants this week to educate community members about their options under the new healthcare law, pieces of which will come into effect at the beginning of next year. Westside Family Health Center and Venice Family Clinic each won grants from the Department of Health and Human Services... Read more →



Panel selects Downtown development team

NEW: This rendering depicts a development being proposed for the corner of Fourth Street and Arizona Avenue in Downtown. (Courtesy Metropolitan Pacific Capital) CITY HALL — A team led by Metropolitan Pacific Capital won approval from a selection committee to take its proposal to develop the city-owned site at Fifth Street and Arizona... Read more →


Petition drafted supporting bigger buildings

CITYWIDE — A petition calling for greater flexibility on heights and densities for eight development sites in Downtown has slowly gained traction over the past several weeks, with a diverse group of signatories asking for open dialogue on the issue. The petition was started by Scott Schonfeld, a managing partner with Centennial Real... Read more →


City Council pushes Downtown study to August

File photo CITY HALL — Letters flew, calls were made and speeches written on possible heights for the Downtown Specific Plan, but for all the hype Tuesday night’s City Council meeting fizzled into 90 minutes of public testimony with all hope of a decision on critical heights and densities pushed to mid-August. Over 60 people signed... Read more →



Surf instructors battle pirates on beaches

Learn to Surf L.A. students learn the basics of surfing during this spring class. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) SM BEACH — Santa Monica’s summer is in full swing, and with it come millions of people in search of thrills on its idyllic beaches and gentle ocean waves. But locals and visitors be warned: There are pirates in these... Read more →

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Downtown Specific Plan raising hackles

ICONIC: The Downtown plan aims to cap heights to maintain the clock tower’s prominence. (File photo) CITY HALL — Community groups called on the City Council Monday to postpone a decision on an environmental analysis of development in Downtown until after a plan for the area has been finished and more council members are... Read more →



A peek behind the planning curtain

Santa Monica City Hall (File photo) CITY HALL — Cities like Santa Monica do not just form, they are planned and in the city by the sea, much of that planning is happening right now. City officials have begun to add details to the Land Use and Circulation Element, or LUCE, a document that lays out the policies by which Santa Monica... Read more →