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Historic Ocean Avenue apartments targeted for demolition

Owners of Landmarked courtyard apartment buildings on Ocean Avenue want to tear them down, claiming economic hardship, and replace them with condominiums. The current buildings contain 16 units and were built in 1936. “The subject property is a very good example of the American Colonial Revival architectural style as applied to a... Read more →

Business

Yahoo leaving Santa Monica for Playa Vista

PENNSYLVANIA AVE — The search is over. Three years after Google announced it would leave Santa Monica for Venice, another search engine, Yahoo, says it will leave the city by the sea for an office in Playa Vista this fall. Yahoo signed a long-term lease for a 130,000-square-foot space, at the 6-acre Collective Campus in Playa Vista, which... Read more →

Development

Ashland Avenue apartments pass despite concerns

A city board approved a new two-story apartment in the Ocean Park neighborhood despite frustrations expressed by residents and some hesitance by board members. The developer is combining two lots, one on Lincoln Boulevard and the other on Ashland Avenue, to build a 10-unit apartment with an underground, 20-space garage. A handful of... Read more →

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Hines looking to reoccupy Papermate site

BERGAMOT AREA — The developer behind last year’s most controversial project is looking to reoccupy the site, which is currently dormant, according email exchanges obtained by the Daily Press. In February, City Council voted 4-3 to approve a project with Texas-based developer Hines that would have added 765,000 square feet of office,... Read more →

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New owners for historic comic book store

DOWNTOWN — In comic books, a lot can happen in 30 years. Batman died (and came back), Superman died (and came back), Captain America died (and came back), Wolverine died (and is still dead…for now), Spiderman kind of died (if you count having your memories and personality supplanted by an aging super-villain) and came back. The action... Read more →

Development

Council votes to close housing loopholes

CITY HALL — After a long discussion about some of the larger issues facing renters earlier in last week's City Council meeting, council tackled some smaller renters' issues later in the night. Council unanimously approved two pro-renter items — one aimed at protecting Section 8 tenants from discrimination and the other aimed at... Read more →

Non Profits

Affordable housing list is open

DOWNTOWN — While many shoppers are lining up for last-minute Christmas gifts, people will be lining up in hopes of getting an apartment from Santa Monica’s largest affordable housing provider. Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCSM) opened its doors to new applicants earlier this month, kicking off the long, competitive process for... Read more →

Business

Faces of Silicon Beach: Michael Carney

Michael Carney is a West Coast Editor at technology publication PandoDaily. Michael covers everything including venture capital, financial technologies, ecommerce, on-demand services, and the future of television, among other subjects. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Michael about how he became a journalist, the Silicon Beach... Read more →

Business

Faces of Silicon Beach: Zuma Ventures

Serial entrepreneur and angel investor, David Carter joined forces former Myspace exec Allen Hurff to start Zuma Ventures. Zuma is an early stage startup studio that helps form tech companies. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Allen and David about their paths to becoming entrepreneurs, Zuma Ventures and Santa Monica. Erik... Read more →

Development

Yearlong Incline closure could start in March

OCEAN AVE - The California Incline could close for construction as early as March and stayed closed for more than a year. The current incline — which connects Ocean Avenue, on top of the bluffs, to the Pacific Coast Highway, down below — does not meet seismic standards. It was built in the 1930s, according to city documents, and has... Read more →

Development

James Turrell’s “Mendota Hotel” may be landmarked

MAIN STREET — The Landmarks Commission will consider preserving the former studio of a world-renowned visual artist on Monday night. James Turrell, whose work was featured in a large Los Angeles County Museum of Art retrospective earlier this year, developed some of his first light projections - for which he is now known - at the brick... Read more →

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Zoning debate continues

CITY HALL — The process for revising Santa Monica's master zoning code continues to grind forward with residents reiterating opposition to the plan at the micro and macro level. Santa Monica's master zoning code has expired and development within the City is being governed by specific development agreements that provide unique... Read more →

Business

Faces of Silicon Beach: BloomNation

Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, follows up with Farbod Shoraka, David Daneshgar and Greg Wisstein of BloomNation after their series A funding.  Based in Los Angeles, BloomNation is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and send unique floral creations by local artisans across the country. Erik Huberman: How did... Read more →