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Bergamot Area Plan gets decent reviews from residents

CITY HALL — Santa Monica residents found something to like Tuesday night in the Bergamot Area Plan, a draft document meant to guide development in the mixed-use district envisioned to grow around the city’s first light rail stop. The plan, over two and a half years in the making, lays out explicit standards for business types, building... Read more →

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Brief: Getting feedback on PYFC

Pico Youth & Family Center (File photo) The Pico Youth & Family Center is holding a community forum today, Thursday, to discuss the nonprofit’s program plan and define its model of best practices in the areas of case management, academic support, college readiness, music production training, gender specific support groups, job... Read more →

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Brief: Saint John’s, Mathis bring in funds

Johnny Mathis (Photo courtesy Saint John's Health Center) Saint John’s Health Center raised $100,000 for its gastrointestinal department last month with the help of crooner Johnny Mathis at a private event in Los Angeles. The hospital held a dinner for just under 100 donors at the Mullin Automotive Private Collection on Feb. 23... Read more →

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Brief: Late actor’s condo sells for $5M

Everyone knows that it costs a pretty penny to purchase property in Santa Monica, so it came as no surprise that the late actor Larry Hagman’s top-floor penthouse in Santa Monica sold for $5 million. The two-bedroom, three-bathroom pad is in a 10-story building constructed in 1963 that includes 3,029 square feet of living space,... Read more →

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Downtown hotel gets new name

The Holiday Inn at Colorado Avenue in Downtown is now a Wyndham Hotel. (File photo) DOWNTOWN — The Holiday Inn proposed for a facelift in Downtown can expect a change of name now, as well. The hotel, owned by FelCor Lodging Trust Inc., is one of eight Holiday Inn properties that converted to the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts brand as of... Read more →

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Consultant refuses to remove ‘NIMBY’ comment

Jeffrey Tumlin CITY HALL — A transportation and planning consultant who brought on the ire of residents by calling them NIMBYs in an online biography backed off of his two-year-old comments last week, saying that they accurately described a moment in Santa Monica’s history regarding development that is now past. Despite the angry... Read more →

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Frank Gehry-designed hotel proposed for Ocean Avenue

The hotel proposal, now referred to as the “Ocean Avenue Project,” includes 125 hotel rooms and 22 condominiums as well as two stories of groundfloor restaurants and retail where Ocean Avenue meets Santa Monica Boulevard. (Rendering courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP) OCEAN AVE —  A local developer submitted plans Thursday for a 22-story... Read more →

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Developers asked to pay transportation fees

CITY HALL —  The City Council approved a new fee on development Tuesday night meant to raise $50 million over the next 20 years to fund transportation infrastructure improvements meant to cut down on traffic and improve circulation in Santa Monica. The fee amount applies mainly to new development and varies in amount based on how much... Read more →

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Brief: Pico Youth & Family Center holds fundraiser

PYFC's 2010 Art for Hearts fundraiser. (File photo) The Pico Youth & Family Center will hold its fourth annual Art for Hearts fundraiser Thursday in an effort to raise $7,000 to keep the center’s doors open. The evening will include a silent auction of uniquely-crafted hearts made by youth as well as established artistis like... Read more →

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Judge dismisses Axl Rose case against Activision

'Guitar Hero' (Image courtesy Activision) LOS ANGELES — A judge has ruled that Activision Blizzard Inc. did not violate an agreement with Axl Rose to prevent the inclusion of guitarist Slash in a “Guitar Hero” video game and has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Guns N’ Roses frontman. Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer... Read more →