Business

Rent Control Board divided on landlord fees

CITY HALL ‚Äî The Rent Control Board is sure that it wants to raise registration fees on rent-controlled apartments to close its yawning budget gap, but how much and who should shoulder the burden is still up in the air. The five member board went 20 rounds on the subject Thursday night, running through a wide range of ways to divide... Read more →

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Two-day worker walkout ends at UC hospitals

Health workers strike outside of Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LOS¬†ANGELES ‚Äî A two-day strike by hospital workers ended on Thursday, with both sides claiming victory even though there was no resolution to a contract dispute involving staffing and pensions. The University of... Read more →

Business

Main Street uses crowdsourcing to fund SOULstice

2012 Main Street Summer SOULstice (File photo) MAIN STREET ‚Äî The Main Street Business Improvement Association is using When You Wish, a Venice-based crowdsourcing website, to raise $35,000 to fund this year‚Äôs Supreme Summer SOULstice. The series of events includes "fests" in music, dance, food, fashion, juice and fitness,... Read more →

Arts

Brief: Art for a cause

The seventh annual ART for CLARE event will be held at Bergamot Station on Sunday, June 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The charity event will include an art action with works by Ed Ruscha, Kim McCarty and actor Anthony Hopkins; a silent auction with items ranging from luxury vacations to sports memorabilia; live music and food from some of the... Read more →

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New rules proposed for Farmers’ Markets

Kris Gean shows off the products he sells at the Downtown Farmers' Market. (Photo by Paul Alvarez Jr.) THIRD STREET PROMENADE ‚Äî Prepared food vendors may have to toe a finer line if new rules at the Farmers‚Äô Market come into effect that would require them to pay for their space on days they don‚Äôt make it to the... Read more →

Business

Brief: Santa Monica Place wins award

Santa Monica Place (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) Santa Monica Place won the 2013 Best-of-the-Best VIVA Global Design and Development Award, real estate investment company Macerich announced Saturday. Macerich purchased the once-indoor mall in 1999 to renovate it and make it "better tie into the adjacent Third Street Promenade," chairman... Read more →

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Hospital continues back-and-forth over parking

Saint John's Health Center (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) MID CITY ‚Äî Officials at Saint John‚Äôs Medical Center have 99 concerns, but parking, they hope, isn‚Äôt one. As rumors about the future of the hospital swirl and offers to purchase it from its owners, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, percolate,... Read more →

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Housing prices less than lovely, report shows

CITYWIDE ‚Äî News flash: Apartment and house rentals on the Westside are (still) expensive. Data released by Lovely, a web aggregator of rental information, estimates that the average renter can plan to spend $3,400 per month for housing in Santa Monica, with one bedroom units hitting $2,900 and two and three bedroom units averaging... Read more →

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Civic Center will have to learn new tricks to survive

MAIN LIBRARY ‚Äî The Santa Monica Civic Center Auditorium can survive past its planned June closure, but it will have to revolutionize its layout, amenities and management structure if it plans to compete with other entertainment facilities in Los Angeles, a team of policy experts told residents Friday afternoon. Members of the Public... Read more →

Business

Santa Monica tourism industry focuses on foreign flavor

Tourists watch as Santa Monica street performer Zhang Hong Cao creates artistic representations of their names at the Pier on Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Brandon Wise) PICO BLVD ‚Äî Roughly 7.3 million visitors from outside Los Angeles County pumped $1.5 billion into the local economy in 2012, an almost 10 percent increase over the... Read more →

Business

UCLA Family Commons to close doors

People attend the opening of UCLA Family Commons in 2009. (File photo) SECOND STREET ‚Äî A family wellness center known for its unique blend of mental health services and family coaching announced last week that it would close its doors after three years in the Santa Monica community. The UCLA Family Commons, located on the 1200... Read more →

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After 49 years, Norms to close in July

EATERY SET TO MOVE ON: The Norms on Lincoln Boulevard is slated to close in July. (Photo by Alex Vejar) LINCOLN BLVD ‚Äî Seniors who love their early-bird specials and late-night revelers fond of soaking up suds with a plate of hot cakes have to find a new place to dine. Executives with Southern California restaurant chain Norms... Read more →

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Community divided over Downtown’s future

A woman walks by Fred Segal on Tuesday. The location is considered an 'opportunity site' for redevelopment by city planners. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CIVIC CENTER ‚Ä Nearly 300 people Monday packed a town hall meeting at the Civic Auditorium to discuss future development in Downtown, a conversation that showed a community... Read more →