Fence gives rise to controversy at 5th/Arizona site

If good fences make good neighbors, then questionable fences apparently create 4-hour City Council hearings. City Council on Tuesday heard an appeal of the proposal to reoccupy the former post office building at the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue. However, the vast majority of the hearing focused on how a fence around the property... Read more →

Santa Monica realtor puts marketing in motion

Real estate agents seem to have several standard modes of advertising: headshots and phone numbers plastered on bus benches, logo-printed notepads and pens dropped on doorsteps, branded household items handed out at community events. Damon Kronsberg uses a different vehicle to get his name out — namely, a vehicle. The longtime Santa... Read more →

Edmunds puts new spin on old digs for 50th anniversary

Rotating above the reception area at the new, souped-up Edmunds headquarters in Santa Monica are two Chevrolet Corvette sports cars, one from 1966 and one recently purchased 2016 edition. They’re the shining centerpieces of the car information and shopping network’s fully renovated, 143,000-square-foot offices at the Colorado Center,... Read more →

Caffe Luxxe celebrates 10 years in Santa Monica

By Lea Yamashiro Daily Press Intern On Montana Avenue, businesses come and go quickly due to the expensive and competitive fight for the spotlight in this center of high-end demand. Caffe Luxxe, however, has managed to comfortably survive 10 years in the industry, while keeping firm to their initial principles and international... Read more →

4 Santa Monica businesses that have stood the test of time

By Emanuela Boisbouvier Daily Press Intern The City of Santa Monica has gone through many alterations since its founding in the late 1800s. Street names have changed, and buildings have been built. While numerous companies have disappeared through the years, some businesses have survived and have become landmarks and key parts of the city... Read more →

Santa Monica restaurants wanted for charity fundraiser

By Roberto Luna Jr. Daily Press Intern Santa Monica residents and visitors will be able enjoy a meal while contributing to local charity at select restaurants throughout the city on Oct. 15. Prix Fixe Consulting firm is organizing its inaugural Eat2Give event, a day when Santa Monica businesses will donate a percentage of their sales to a... Read more →

New Santa Monica bike tours put ‘joy’ in Joy Ride

By Avery Yang Daily Press Intern Injuries plagued Michelle Greco — UCLA woman's basketball standout, WNBA champion and three-time Italian Serie A1 champion — often during the course of her playing career. Through her injuries, being at the Santa Monica beach and, especially, riding her bike along the beach's bike path had been a mental... Read more →

House Beer cultivates a homegrown appeal

Every time Keegan Gibbs cracked open a cold one, he felt he was making a compromise. When he grabbed a heritage-brand lager, he was compromising on taste. When he opted for a speciality craft product, he sacrificed drinkability. As far as as the Crossroads School alumnus was concerned, the best of both worlds had yet to be... Read more →

Locally launched app connects kids through music

If the transcendent power of music hadn’t yet dawned on Nicolle Ruetz, it certainly did as she and her Iraqi taxi driver bonded over the Shakira song playing through the car stereo. “We laughed,” said Ruetz, a Peru-born composer and inventor who has traveled around the world. “Music crosses borders.” The idea that people of... Read more →

Santa Monica businesses up for compliance inspections

By Jeong Park Daily Press Intern State inspectors will be visiting Santa Monica businesses starting in July to check if they are complying with the state regulations. Eight representatives from the California Board of Equalization's Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program will inspect retail businesses in the 90403, 90404 and 90405 ZIP... Read more →

Santa Monica minimum wage rules take effect

As of today, July 1, Santa Monica has one of the country’s strongest minimum wage laws. Santa Monica's rules are now officially on the books and the impact on workers will be similar to the rules in Los Angeles City and the County. The minimum wage will begin at $10.50 an hour this year and increase to $15 an hour by 2020. Santa Monica's... Read more →

Cancer victim honored through Mia La Maven Med Spa

Late in her battle with a rare form of cancer, Mia Sidaros flew to New York for a photo shoot with Vogue magazine. The publication had connected with the fashion-forward teenager through her blog, and they wanted to meet her for a feature about women dealing with hair loss. “Beauty to me was about fitting in,” she was quoted as saying... Read more →

Santa Monica Brew Works seeks approval for tasting room

Santa Monicans might be able to drink a Santa Monica beer in Santa Monica if the Planning Commission approves an application from Santa Monica Brew Works for a tasting room at the company's existing Colorado Avenue production facility. The brewery has requested a Conditional Use Permit to allow for a 112-seat indoor beer sampling area with... Read more →

Video doorbell company Ring expanding in Santa Monica

At 9:35 p.m. May 29, Santa Monica police were notified of a burglary on a quiet cul-de-sac off San Vicente Boulevard. At 11:39 a.m. June 2, authorities responded to the 2300 block of Montana Avenue regarding an attempted burglary. They’re the kinds of calls that convince Jamie Siminoff his locally based company, Ring, is... Read more →