Tourism bureau looks to hotels for more funding

A family from Wisconsin checks into Loews Hotel. (File photo) CITY HALL — The Convention & Visitors Bureau has requested a new tax on hotel stays that would raise cash to allow the marketing organization to compete with other cities by promoting Santa Monica in new international markets. The proposal would create an assessment... Read more →


AFM returns to town

Movie posters line the lobby of Loews Hotel during a previous American Film Market. (File photo) DOWNTOWN — If you see a bunch of strangers walking the streets over the next week, don’t be alarmed. They’re just guests of the American Film Market, the world’s largest where thousands of movie industry leaders from 70 countries... Read more →


Saint John’s nurses ratify contract

MID-CITY — Registered nurses at Saint John’s Health Center voted to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement in secret ballot voting Friday and Saturday, union officials said. Key to the agreement are provisions that the nurses say will enhance patient protections, as well as economic gains, no reductions in nurses’ health... Read more →


Wine and fracking don’t mix, say vineyard owners

The hillside vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water’s edge. Now winery owners are worried about the prospect of a grittier kind of economic development: gas drilling. Some grape growers fear that if shale gas drilling, or fracking, is allowed in... Read more →


Council moves to block large house parties

CITY HALL — Neighbors looking for immediate relief from large parties held at a luxury mansion on La Mesa Drive were disappointed Tuesday night when a divided City Council voted to give the owners leeway to police their large events rather than shutting down the operation. The City Council failed to pass an emergency ordinance that would... Read more →


Saint John’s nurses, officials reach labor deal

MID-CITY — Registered nurses at Saint John’s Health Center have reached a tentative labor agreement with hospital officials following more than a year of contentious negotiations that included threats of a walkout and lockout, officials with the California Nurses Association said Wednesday. Key to the agreement are provisions nurses... Read more →



Chez Jay parcel may shrink

IN PROGRESS: A man exits Chez Jay, which is currently surrounded by the construction site for the Palisades Garden Walk, on Tuesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) OCEAN AVE — The landmark designation for the land around the Chez Jay restaurant is under fire from city officials who are trying to change the boundaries of the landmarked... Read more →



PYFC gets windfall from philanthropist

PICO BLVD — The Pico Youth & Family Center received a $1.615 million donation from the estate of a local philanthropist, money that could not have come at a better time for the nonprofit at risk of losing its grant with City Hall. The money came from the estate of Peggy Bergmann, a former resident of Pacific Palisades, and will... Read more →


Beware of phony fire inspectors

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The Santa Monica Fire Department is warning business owners to be on the lookout for fake fire inspectors. People have been posing as fire inspectors, complete with official-looking uniforms, offering to conduct an inspection of local businesses, officials said this week. Typically they come uninvited to a... Read more →

After The Bell

Taxes won’t change much for most

A hot topic of conversation at the moment is whether or not it will make any difference to either the economy, or to our taxes, if one or the other candidate becomes president. As to the economy, I think it takes about five years for actions by the president to have a significant effect on the economy. When President Bush spent a trillion... Read more →


District partners with Samohi grads to rent venues

SMMUSD — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is partnering with a start-up company founded by two Santa Monica High School graduates to rent out auditoriums and other spaces and bring in new revenue to the district. The district agreed to list 12 spaces across eight different schools and facilities on, a new... Read more →


No AIDS Walk Los Angeles ads on BBB in 2012

CITY HALL —  A United States District Court Judge sided with City Hall Wednesday and refused to grant a motion that would have allowed noncommercial advertisements to run on the sides of the Big Blue Bus as a lawsuit on the matter continues. Judge R. Gary Klausner denied a temporary restraining order that would have put a long-standing... Read more →



Pedicab company wants to roll in Santa Monica

JUST RIDE: A pedicab operator pedals along the San Diego coast. A business wants to set up a similar operation in Santa Monica. (Photo by Abe Wischnia/WordPress) DOWNTOWN — Those who are familiar with Santa Monica’s streets know that at certain times of the day it can be frustrating to get from point A to point B. Now consider... Read more →


Letts talks housing, the future of Santa Monica

Sarah Letts (right) with Shardae Williams (Photo by Ashley Archibald) DOWNTOWN — The Community Corporation of Santa Monica celebrated its 30th birthday in September, and like many people hitting the big 3-0, its leadership is being forced to take a long look at its future. CCSM, Santa Monica’s largest affordable housing provider,... Read more →