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 — 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 Arizona... Read more →


Petition drafted supporting bigger buildings

CITYWIDE — 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 →


City Council pushes Downtown study to August

File photo CITY HALL — Letters flew, calls were made and speeches written on possible heights for the Downtown Specific Plan, but for all the hype Tuesday night’s 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 people signed... Read more →



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 — Santa Monica’s 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 these... Read more →

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Downtown Specific Plan raising hackles

ICONIC: The Downtown plan aims to cap heights to maintain the clock tower’s prominence. (File photo) CITY HALL — 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 →



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 →


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 →


Illegal vacation rentals still popular

File photo CITYWIDE — For a town that doesn’t sanction short-term vacation rentals, they sure are popular., 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 →