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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 →

Business

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 →

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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 ‚Äî 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... Read more →

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Petition drafted supporting bigger buildings

CITYWIDE ‚Äî 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 →

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City Council pushes Downtown study to August

File photo CITY HALL ‚Äî Letters flew, calls were made and speeches written on possible heights for the Downtown Specific Plan, but for all the hype Tuesday night‚Äôs 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... Read more →

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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 ‚Äî Santa Monica‚Äôs 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... Read more →

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Downtown Specific Plan raising hackles

ICONIC: The Downtown plan aims to cap heights to maintain the clock tower‚Äôs prominence. (File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî 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 →