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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 CITY HALL — City Hall has made it clear over the... Read more →


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 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 →


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 →



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 →


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 →

Non Profits

CLARE unveils newest facility

Councilmember Gleam Davis (center) talks to community members as they gather to celebrate the dedication ceremony of the CLARE Foundation's new women's treatment facility on Pico Boulevard on Thursday morning. (Photo by Brandon Wise) PICO BLVD — One year ago, Andreau walked through the CLARE Foundation’s door with a bag on her back... Read more →



Village Trailer Park clings to life

Village Trailer Park (File photo) CITY HALL — The City Council narrowly voted to toss back a development agreement that would have replaced the Village Trailer Park with high-end condominiums and apartments because it did not meet local affordable housing requirements. The 4 to 3 vote sends city staff and part-owner Marc Luzzatto... Read more →


Competing hotels differ over landmark status

Fairmont Miramar Hotel (File photo) CITY HALL — Local property owners rarely get involved in landmark proceedings except in an attempt to evade them, but a move to designate a portion of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel has proven the exception to the rule. In an unusual move, the ownership of the 85-year-old hotel requested a landmark... Read more →


Opinions wanted on Lincoln Boulevard

A man walks by the Pacific Coast Highway sign on Lincoln Boulevard. (File photo) LINCOLN BLVD — Residents and merchants along Lincoln Boulevard are being encouraged to participate in two surveys to help transform the bustling street into an attractive, pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood-serving street that reflects the needs of those who... Read more →