Business

Council moves to reform development agreement process

COMING UP: The construction at St. Monica Catholic Church was the result of a development agreement with City Hall. Pictured: A crew covers building materials on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL — The City Council Tuesday night took early steps to reform its process for allowing large developments, which became... Read more →

Business

A rundown on federal, state and local tax changes in 2013

CITYWIDE —  On Dec. 31 as people across the country rang in the new year, tax professionals had one eye on the festivities and a nervous eye on Washington D.C. where lawmakers were scrambling to finalize changes to the federal tax code. If they failed to come to some kind of deal, the United States would go over the much-trumpeted... Read more →

Business

Shangri-La asks for retrial in discrimination suit

The scene of the alleged discrimination. (File photo) SM COURTHOUSE — The Muslim owners of a Santa Monica luxury hotel are asking for a new trial in a discrimination case in which a jury found they had shut down a group’s event because they were Jewish. Attorneys for Shangri-La Hotel owner Tehmina Adaya held in a Dec. 24 filing that... Read more →

City Council

Residents vie for spot on Planning Commission

CITY HALL — As of Friday at 4:30 p.m., eight civic-minded souls had put themselves up for consideration for a single vacancy on the Planning Commission, a role that offers up long hours, little recognition and a huge amount of influence on land use decisions in Santa Monica. That role is only magnified this year as Santa Monica continues... Read more →

Business

Fun in the suds

BROADWAY — Ever since Beth Rich moved to California a few months ago, all she’s done is drink craft beers. While others would call that a problem, she calls it research. “I love good beers and I want to get to know the local ones,” Rich said. It makes sense given that Rich, her son and his father are now the owners of a new pub in... Read more →

Briefs

Brief: Haggis sells NOMA pad for $5.25M

Oscar award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis and his wife, actress Deborah Rennard, have sold their home in Santa Monica for its asking price of $5.25 million, according to the L.A. Times. The East Coast-inspired traditional house sits on nearly a third of an acre of grounds with mature trees, lawn and formal gardens. The home features... Read more →

Business

Artists bring new life to Lincoln

A mural covers a wall situated in the parking lot of Ameci Pizza on Lincoln Boulevard. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LINCOLN BLVD — Lincoln Boulevard south of Interstate 10 makes an impression on those that traverse it, just not a positive one. “It’s a street you don’t want to get stuck on in traffic,” said Amelia Drake, an... Read more →

Business

City Hall seeks new owner for mobile home park

Cris McLeod sits in front of a vacant lot at Mountain View Mobile Home Park on Friday afternoon. He is one of a handful of residents who have filed a $121 million claim against City Hall for allegedly failing to maintain the park and treat tenants fairly. (Brandon Wise brandonw@smdp.com) CITY HALL — City Hall has made it clear over the... Read more →

Business

Santa Monica Pier an Instagram hot spot

The Santa Monica Pier made Instagram's top 10 list of places people took pictures of in 2012 using the smartphone app. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) SM PIER — The iconic Santa Monica Pier ranks with the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland and Times Square when it comes to the most popular places in the world in 2012 to take pictures with the... Read more →

Business

Planners grapple with nonprofits near homes

CITY HALL —  Discussions about what to build where got real Wednesday night when the Planning Commission grappled with one of Santa Monica’s most difficult questions: How to allow services that people want and need while protecting neighborhoods and those that live in them? The five-hour conversation wound its way through some of the... Read more →

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City Attorney halts tenant harassment investigation

FOURTH STREET — Santa Monica’s City Attorney’s Office has put on ice an investigation into tenant harassment claims at a local apartment building until the owner, property manager and tenants can meet with a mediator, according to a document released to the Daily Press. If, however, nothing comes out of the mediation by Jan. 31, the... Read more →

Business

Fiscal cliff, tax changes raise concerns in nonprofit world

CITYWIDE — Wrangling in Washington D.C. over the national budget has left nonprofits in fear that they will suffer a one-two punch between the now-infamous fiscal cliff and proposals to limit the amount of charitable donations that people can deduct from their federal income taxes. Nonprofit organizations depend on private donations and... Read more →