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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 →

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Rent Control Board to discuss new fee for landlords

(File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî The Rent Control Board will discuss a proposal Thursday to close a half-million dollar gap in its budget by raising registration fees and, for the first time, forcing landlords to share in some of those costs. The measure would bring an annual registration fee levied on Santa Monica‚Äôs estimated... Read more →

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Realtors target small homes for redevelopment

File photo CITYWIDE ‚Ä Santa Monicans are being targeted by real estate agents representing developers looking to turn small homes in desirable neighborhoods into mini-mansions that can be sold for double the original asking price. The agents tend to single out older homes, often taking up a relatively small portion of the... Read more →

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Sisters take over local sweet spot

MONTANA AVE ‚Äî All Suzanne Kempf needed was a cake for a party, not having time to bake one herself. When a friend suggested she visit cake shop Nothing Bundt Cakes, little did she know that it would lead to a whole new career for her and her sister, Cindy Burger. Suzanne Kempf (pictured) and her sister Cindy Burger moved back to... Read more →

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Brief: Red Cross to shut down for renovations

File photo The Santa Monica Red Cross needs a transfusion of nails, lumber and labor ‚Äî stat. The branch will be closed for the month of May and into June for renovations. The goal is to make the branch more user friendly, said Julie Thomas, CEO of the Santa Monica branch. The location rejuvenation will include a customer... Read more →

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Rents to increase by 1%

File photo Landlords will be able to increase their tenants‚Äô rents by 1 percent this year, according to a release by the Rent Control Board. The increase, called a general adjustment, is effective Sept. 1, although the board will consider a cap on the total dollar amount of the rise at a public hearing on June 13. For the... Read more →

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Santa Monica Clock Tower sells for $34.3M

Santa Monica Clock Tower (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) An Italian real estate investment firm that has a love for historic buildings has purchased the Santa Monica Clock Tower in Downtown for $34.3 million, officials said. A private investor sold the 12-story, 53,465-square-foot office building at 221-225 Santa Monica Blvd. to the... Read more →

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Pier construction underway

SM PIER ‚Ä Construction began Thursday on a project to replace a large section of the Santa Monica Pier in an effort to preserve and maintain the historic structure. The $8.5 million job involves the demolition and replacement of 365 feet of the pier between the high tide line and the concrete westerly portion of the... Read more →

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Food trucks limited, pedicabs allowed

File photo Editor‚Äôs note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the second and final readings of ordinances approved by the City Council. Second readings are held without public comment, although the issues have been discussed, often at length, during prior City Council meetings.   CITY HALL ‚Äî The City... Read more →

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Council in favor of allowing group fitness classes in parks

CITY HALL ‚Äî The City Council moved to loosen proposed restrictions on private exercise instruction in public parks Tuesday night by allowing limited group trainings and heavier equipment in some parks and charging less for the privilege. The council requested that city officials return with an ordinance that would leave the door open... Read more →

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Santa Monicans develop app for sports drafts

HIGH TECH: Joe Sarafian and David Rabie show off their Draftpedia app for the iPhone. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî When the lights went down on the Superdome in New Orleans after the Super Bowl this February, football fans across the country went into spare rib-induced hibernation for about a week. Then speculation... Read more →

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Brief: City Hall dishes on signs

City Hall announced a new campaign Monday to educate businesses about the kinds of signs allowed in Santa Monica‚Äôs commercial districts. Beginning this week, city officials will send out letters and informational flyers to local businesses, business organizations and community partners to let people know what kinds of signs... Read more →

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Top 10 employers show stability, growth

A nurse administers a flu shot at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. (File photo) CITYWIDE ‚Äî A look at the top 10 employers in Santa Monica shows a stable economy shedding its old standbys of a decade ago to embrace its new moniker ‚Äî "Silicon Beach." The list used to include names like Specialty Labs, now in Los Angeles,... Read more →