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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 →

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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 — 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 of... Read more →

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Illegal vacation rentals still popular

File photo CITYWIDE — For a town that doesn’t 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 through... 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 — 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 — 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 — 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’s airy offices on Stewart Street near Olympic Boulevard. It’s not for hosting meetings or employee breaks. It’s for playing video games — very... Read more →

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Who cut the cheese?

MONTANA AVE — 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 know... Read more →

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Demands on developers safe

File photo CITY HALL — 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’s Office announced Thursday. The 5-4 decision, split along political lines, means... 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 →