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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 →

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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 →