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 →

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 →

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 →


City Council increases landing fees, promises change at SMO

PREFLIGHT: Justice Aviation instructor Jordan LaMotte inspects one of the company's planes. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Äî The City Council voted unanimously to approve a sharp hike in landing fees Tuesday night that pro-aviation opponents call a thinly-veiled attempt to shutter Santa Monica Airport. The increase in fees... Read more →

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 →


Poll predicts development ‘boom’ in beach cities

CITYWIDE ‚Äî Investors are looking for a safe ‚Äî preferably lucrative ‚Äî place to park their cash these days, which some believe may be one factor at the root of a recent explosion of development seen in Santa Monica in the last six months. A poll released this week by investment giant Morgan Stanley of 1,000 U.S. investors... Read more →

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 →


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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →


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 →

Organic butcher promises cuts above

It seems the butcher is back. After decades of slicing in obscurity, butchers are regaining respect in the food chain as carnivores become more concerned about their meat, particularly how the animals slaughtered are raised. Aside from more high-end supermarket chains, it can be tough to find a quality butcher. Eddy Shin is aiming to... Read more →

Two eateries get alcohol permits, new hours

CITY HALL ‚Ä The Planning Commission struggled Wednesday to balance business interests with community concerns in the face of two restaurant applications that would pave the way for late-night alcohol service and events near neighborhoods. Commissioners ultimately gave the go-ahead to both 1519, the successor to the now-infamous... Read more →

Fate of Fresh & Easy in Santa Monica uncertain

WILSHIRE BLVD ‚Ä The parent company of Fresh & Easy announced Wednesday its intentions to withdraw from the United States, but the grocery chain maintains there are no plans to close any of its stores yet. Tesco ‚Äî a British company that claims to be one of the world‚Äôs largest retailers with 6,700 stores in 12... Read more →