Five more apply for Planning Commission seat

The Planning Commission is tasked with handling development in Santa Monica. (File photo) CITY HALL — An additional five people have applied for a single seat on the Planning Commission, leaving the City Council with a crowded field from which to select at its meeting Tuesday night. The Planning Commission is a seven-member board... Read more →

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Auto dealer project throws neighborhood for a loop

AS IT STANDS: A new development is planned for this property at 1802 Santa Monica Blvd. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) SANTA MONICA BLVD —  Residents are getting their hackles up about a proposed development on Santa Monica Boulevard that went from a mixed-use development to an auto dealership with little warning or public process. The... Read more →

Commission landmarks parts of Fairmont Miramar

HISTORIC: The Palisades Building at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel has been given landmark status by the Landmarks Commission. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL — The Landmarks Commission met the hospitality industry halfway Monday night by agreeing to give protected status to pieces of a luxury hotel, but ignoring a compromise that... Read more →

They’ll smoothie things over

Tanya Chen, owner of the Pulse Cafe on Montana Avenue, decided to put healthy living on the forefront after her mother died of pancreatic cancer. (Photo by Michael Ryan) One year after Tanya Chen’s mother died of pancreatic cancer she decided to put healthy living on the forefront and in the storefront. With help from her daughter Yu,... Read more →

Boys & Girls Club to open two new branches in CCSM buildings

GAME ON: A pair of kids play foosball during the opening in December of a Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica branch in a Community Corp. of Santa Monica building on Broadway. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE — Slowly but surely, a new low-income apartment complex is taking shape on Pico Boulevard right across from Santa Monica... Read more →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →