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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 →

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Officials give thumbs up to hotel near homes

A notice regarding a pending conditional use permit is displayed in front of Palihouse. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) THIRD STREET — City officials disappointed neighbors of a luxury hotel on Third Street Monday, declaring that there was no evidence that the business had violated any laws despite residents’ concerns to the... Read more →

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Developer reverses stance on own project

CITY HALL —  Santa Monicans are used to seeing developers come before the Planning Commission and ask for the sky, or possibly a tower that scrapes it. Wednesday night’s meeting, however, showed a sharp role reversal, with the developer at the podium requesting the ability to shrink their own project in response to community... Read more →

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Housing affordability changes put developers on edge

CITY HALL —  A small wording change in a recently approved law lowering rent and income limits on Santa Monica’s affordable housing supply may make a big difference for developers with housing projects working their way through the public process, developers say. The City Council passed an ordinance on June 11 that would lower the... Read more →

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Malibu puts rehab centers on notice

MALIBU — City officials are gearing up for a major crackdown on drug and alcohol treatment centers in Malibu, many of which they claim operate with little scrutiny from the state and a brazen disregard for local law, all in the name of increasing head counts and maximizing profits. Passages, which treats those struggling with drug and... Read more →

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Post office to close at end of June

A new U.S. Postal Service office will open at its facility on Seventh Street on July 1. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) FIFTH STREET — The historic post office on Fifth Street will shutter its doors at noon on June 29 and a new location across town will open the following Monday, it was announced Thursday. The release marks the end of a... Read more →

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PYFC’s funding, role cut in proposal

PICO BLVD — The Pico Youth & Family Center will stay open for another year on city funds as a drop-in and referral center under a proposal that will go before the City Council Tuesday night. The center would get $225,000 to remain accessible to its clients through the 2013-14 year, almost $100,000 less than the funds for which it... Read more →

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Youth center in line for continued funding

Pico Youth & Family Center (File photo) CITY HALL — The Pico Youth & Family Center has at least another year of funding if the City Council signs off on the proposed budget Tuesday night. Officials had recommended that the City Council pull funding from the youth center twice in the past year, citing poor management practices... Read more →

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Race card played in Miramar Hotel fight

The owners of the Miramar Hotel sent this flyer to local homes last week. (Image courtesy Ocean Avenue LLC) DOWNTOWN — A union organizer is helping opponents of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel redevelopment wield the race card in a battle to put the project on ice, according to e-mails received by the Daily Press. Rohnda Ammouri, a former... Read more →

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Silicon Beach Fest comes to Santa Monica

Photo courtesy ROC DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica is showing off its tech cred this week with Silicon Beach Fest, a four-day series of panels, networking and parties meant to bring together and celebrate the unique blend of technology, entertainment and capital that gravitate to the beachfront town. The event, which kicks off in Santa... Read more →