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Hotels continue tussle

LOOK OF THE FUTURE? Rendering of the proposed Fairmont Miramar Hotel expansion. (Courtesy MSD Capital) CITY HALL ‚Äî Fairmont Miramar Hotel representatives stand by statements about the Huntley Hotel and its owner despite threats from the Huntley‚Äôs attorney, according to a letter from the Miramar‚Äôs lawyer. The missive... Read more →

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Early funeral preparation comes with benefits

OPTIONS: Annette Smith, with Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors, discusses the benefits of being buried in a wicker casket on Tuesday. She said that the wicker models appeal to people who are concerned about the environment. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) ARIZONA AVENUE ‚Äî I list off my favorite songs, colors... Read more →

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Website makes booking appointments a cinch

Kourosh Gohar CITYWIDE ‚Äî In 2011, Santa Monica resident Kourosh Gohar was trying to schedule a much-needed haircut but couldn‚Äôt get an appointment because the salon was too busy. He was frustrated and felt there had to be an easier way to book appointments. He mentioned an idea of an online scheduling platform to his wife,... Read more →

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Resident invokes law to stop trailer demolition

Village Trailer Park (File photo) DOWNTOWN L.A. ‚Äî A new Santa Monica law meant to empower citizens to protect the rights of nature missed its first day in court after a resident of a local trailer park used it in a failed attempt to put a stop to the demolition of 16 trailers. Brenda Barnes, a former attorney and current resident... Read more →

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Taking the temperature of development

File photo DOWNTOWN ‚Äî On May 6, a crowd of over 300 people gathered in the east wing of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The atmosphere was charged with emotion as resident after resident spoke without the constraint of the normal three-minute time limit about their fears, concerns and anger with a planning process that they... Read more →

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New fee for parks passes first hurdle

CITY HALL ‚Ä Developers may be faced with another fee on projects in Santa Monica, this time to pay for future parks that many believe will be necessary to support new people attracted by the apartments, shops and offices coming online. As proposed, the fee would tack $7,636 onto the cost of a single family home. Studios and one... Read more →

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First pedicab company launches in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE ‚Äî Resident Susan Scarafia was at Washington and Ocean avenues last Thursday carrying a heavy picnic basket and a beach chair to attend the Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Concert Series when she saw two pedicabs. She said she recalled pedicabs may be coming to town. "So when I saw them, I flagged them down and I said ‚ÄòI... Read more →

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City settles tenant harassment complaints

FOURTH STREET ‚Äî An owner and manager of a 60-unit apartment complex in Santa Monica accused of harassing tenants agreed to stop allegedly abusive behaviors or risk reopening an investigation, the City Attorney‚Äôs Office announced Thursday. The settlement requires owner M West Holdings, LLC., and property manager Scott Properties... Read more →

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Taking toxins out of manicures

COLORFUL: Candice Kim, with the Coalition for Clean Air, stands in front of a display of non-toxic nail polish at Cute Nails on Tuesday. The coalition was on hand for the kick-off of the Healthy Nail Salon Program co-sponsored by Santa Monica‚Äôs Office of Sustainability and the Environment. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LINCOLN BLVD... Read more →

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Huntley lawyers demand retraction from Miramar

Huntley Hotel (File photo) SECOND STREET ‚Äî Lawyers for the Huntley Hotel demanded Tuesday that owners of a rival hotel rescind what they consider defamatory statements about the Huntley‚Äôs owner and shut down a slam website within a week. Rick Zbur, an attorney with Latham & Watkins, which represents the Huntley Hotel,... Read more →

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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 ‚Ä The debate over appropriate heights and densities for Santa Monica has been heated, to put it mildly, but... Read more →

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Mournful Rent Control Board votes against trailer park

CITY HALL ‚Ä "Yes, and may God forgive me." Rent Control Board member Todd Flora‚Äôs statement encapsulated much of the tenor of Thursday night‚Äôs 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... Read more →

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Clinics tapped to help with Obamacare

CITYWIDE ‚Äî 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... Read more →