Brief: CVB opens office in Chicago

The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is charged with promoting the city by the sea as a premiere destination for foreign and business travelers, is opening a satellite office in Chicago, representatives announced Thursday. Lauren Rogers, the director of sales and services for the nonprofit, will manage the office... Read more →



Photo: CCSM officially opens new housing complex

(Photo by Daniel Archuleta) Community Corporation of Santa Monica Executive Director Sarah Letts (right) cuts the ribbon for the newly-opened High Place West Apartments on Thursday. The CCSM-developed housing complex features 47 affordable homes for families earning 35 percent to 60 percent of the area median income. The three-story... Read more →



Saint John’s tries to reduce parking — again

A car exits the Saint John's Health Center parking structure on Arizona Avenue on Monday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) MID CITY — A parking study commissioned by Saint John’s Health Center suggests that the facility will have enough parking to cover its needs, even if it loses hundreds of spaces it leases from a private... Read more →


Locals helping vets find jobs

CITYWIDE — When Robert Contreras separated from the U.S. Navy in 2010, he had hoped to leave the service with a job waiting for him in the civilian world. He spent the last three months of his career as an operations specialist looking for work. Although he landed a few interviews, there was nothing definite. “I was starting to get... Read more →


Brief: New Directions, Wells Fargo partner up for vets

On Wednesday, New Directions, a veterans service agency, and Wells Fargo will announce a $100,000 partnership to support those who served in the armed forces. The money will be donated in the form of a grant to New Directions for services such as assistance in providing long-term transitional housing, substance abuse treatment, mental... Read more →


City Hall offers reprieve to unlicensed businesses

CITYWIDE — The Finance Department will launch a program in early April to encourage new businesses operating without a business license to get one before more stringent enforcement measures take effect. Under the “business license amnesty program,” a business that has never before applied for a license in Santa Monica may do so and... Read more →



Love, hate relationship with Gehry hotel

A rendering of the proposed hotel and condominium project designed by famed architect Frank Gehry for the corner of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. (Gehry Partners, LLC) MAIN LIBRARY — A Frank Gehry-designed hotel proposed for the heart of Downtown got mixed reviews at its public debut Thursday night, with many happy for a... Read more →


Malibu company uses hawks for pest control

Master falconer Nricco Iseppi and Maya, one of three Harris Hawks he owns, near his house in Malibu. (Knowles Adkisson COLORADO AVENUE — It’s a hazy Saturday at an office park in Santa Monica, and passersby skirting a large artificial pond in the park’s courtyard can’t help but notice master falconer Nricco Iseppi... Read more →


Local service offers dogs a home away from home

CITYWIDE — For pet owners who would rather leave their little critters in the comfort of a home rather than a kennel during their work day or when they travel, there is a scarcity of options in Santa Monica. Local company DogVacay is looking to change all that. The company allows users to find, schedule and book appointments with a... Read more →