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A peek behind the planning curtain

Santa Monica City Hall (File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî 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... Read more →

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Brentwood Art Center back in action

Student Billie Udko (left) looks on as instructor David Lloyd examines her work during an abstract painting class at the Brentwood Art Center on Tuesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) NOMA ‚Äî Almost one year ago, the Brentwood Art Center, its staff and its students were staring down the very real possibility that the school, a bastion... Read more →

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Illegal vacation rentals still popular

File photo CITYWIDE ‚Äî For a town that doesn‚Äôt sanction short-term vacation rentals, they sure are popular. Flipkey.com, a site that helps people rent their private pads to visitors, ranked Santa Monica the fifth most-chosen destination in Southern California, attracting 5.7 percent of all vacations in the southland booked... Read more →

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Car services get hit in L.A.

Uber Car driver Sam Pevzner prepares Thursday to be dispatched to a call for a ride near the company's office on Sixth Street. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE ‚Äî Santa Monica city officials may not want to take on car services like Uber, but the City of Los Angeles has no such problem. The city of angels declared war on the... Read more →

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New Miramar flyer targets dwindling city funds

The latest flyer from the owners of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. CITYWIDE ‚Äî Leadership at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel fired off another round against the Huntley Hotel Friday morning with a flyer accusing its competitor of conspiring to deprive Santa Monica of $20 million in revenue by opposing new Downtown developments. The flyer... Read more →

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For professional gamers, a dress rehearsal

EASTSIDE ‚Äî Past desks covered with extreme sports magazines and refrigerators stocked with energy drinks, a small isolation booth has been erected smack dab in the middle of Red Bull‚Äôs airy offices on Stewart Street near Olympic Boulevard. It‚Äôs not for hosting meetings or employee breaks. It‚Äôs for playing video games... Read more →

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Who cut the cheese?

MONTANA AVE ‚Äî It is a fine thing indeed when we happen upon such a glorious creation as cheese. Perhaps divine intervention played a hand the day a young traveler decided to pack an animal intestine full of milk before traveling what was probably several hundred miles on muleback enduring hot temperatures. Learn all you need to... Read more →

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Demands on developers safe

File photo CITY HALL ‚Äî City officials do not expect that Santa Monica will be hard hit by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that redefined what government entities can ask from developers in the course of approving their projects, the City Attorney‚Äôs Office announced Thursday. The 5-4 decision, split along political... Read more →

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Brief: Venue change for forum on building height

A forum discussing whether Santa Monica should increase the maximum building height in the city has changed venues, event organizers announced Thursday. The event, to be held on June 29 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., will take place at Cafe Bizou at the Water Garden at 2450 Colorado Ave. Santa Monica residents will discuss whether the City... Read more →

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Officials give thumbs up to hotel near homes

A notice regarding a pending conditional use permit is displayed in front of Palihouse. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) THIRD STREET ‚Äî City officials disappointed neighbors of a luxury hotel on Third Street Monday, declaring that there was no evidence that the business had violated any laws despite residents‚Äô concerns to the... Read more →

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Developer reverses stance on own project

CITY HALL ‚Ä Santa Monicans are used to seeing developers come before the Planning Commission and ask for the sky, or possibly a tower that scrapes it. Wednesday night‚Äôs meeting, however, showed a sharp role reversal, with the developer at the podium requesting the ability to shrink their own project in response to... Read more →

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Housing affordability changes put developers on edge

CITY HALL ‚Ä A small wording change in a recently approved law lowering rent and income limits on Santa Monica‚Äôs affordable housing supply may make a big difference for developers with housing projects working their way through the public process, developers say. The City Council passed an ordinance on June 11 that would... Read more →

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Malibu puts rehab centers on notice

MALIBU ‚Äî City officials are gearing up for a major crackdown on drug and alcohol treatment centers in Malibu, many of which they claim operate with little scrutiny from the state and a brazen disregard for local law, all in the name of increasing head counts and maximizing profits. Passages, which treats those struggling with drug... Read more →

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Post office to close at end of June

A new U.S. Postal Service office will open at its facility on Seventh Street on July 1. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) FIFTH STREET ‚Äî The historic post office on Fifth Street will shutter its doors at noon on June 29 and a new location across town will open the following Monday, it was announced Thursday. The release marks the end... Read more →