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Council approves trailer park development

Residents of the Village Trailer Park staged a hastily organized protest late last year to stop the demolition of unoccupied trailers. The City Council Tuesday voted in favor of a development that would replace the trailer park. (File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî The City Council voted Tuesday to give final approval to an ordinance allowing a... Read more →

Airport

First look at airport study falls flat

CITY HALL ‚Ä Residents attacked city officials at the Airport Commission meeting Monday night for being tone deaf to community desires in their examination of the future of Santa Monica Airport, calling for a closer look at closure and additional public input. The panned presentation made by senior Public Works staff and a land-use... Read more →

City Council

Plan to raze trailer park up for vote

CITY HALL ‚Äî With the City Council scheduled to give final approval tonight to an ordinance allowing a modest trailer park to be replaced with hundreds of high-end condos and apartments, a six-year battle over the future of some of this beachfront city's last inexpensive housing may be coming to an end. Or it may not be. The City... Read more →

Business

Santa Monica takes unique view of shopping weekend

Shoppers take to the Third Street Promenade during last year's Black Friday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE ‚Äî Across the country, people are gearing up for the holiday weekend. The stretch pants with elastic waists are prepped and ready for action. Comfortable shoes stand ready by the closet. Alarms are set. It is almost... Read more →

Business

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County cracks down on mislabeled seafood

Sous chef Martin Cervantes prepares lobster at The Lobster on Tuesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN L.A. ‚Äî Consumers rely on labels to tell them what they‚Äôre buying, but as it turns out, that might not work so well in the Los Angeles fish market. A special task force of local, state and federal agencies found that... Read more →

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City moves forward to tax, regulate trainers

CITY HALL ‚Ä Recreation and Parks commissioners voted Thursday to recommend that City Hall ban group exercise classes in Palisades Park and restrict such businesses throughout the city. The decision targets trainers who use public parks as workout studios for their for-profit classes, which officials say causes damage to the lawns,... Read more →

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Residents lose fight to save trailer park

Village Trailer Park (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Ä The City Council on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to build a mixed-use housing development where a trailer park now stands despite protests of those concerned that the decision would displace some of Santa Monica‚Äôs most vulnerable residents in return for a... Read more →

Business

Trio charged in Santa Monica rental scam

CITY HALL ‚Äî The Santa Monica City Attorney‚Äôs Office filed an 18-count criminal complaint Thursday against three Los Angeles County residents for allegedly cheating customers out of thousands of dollars in a rental scam. Eran Shabtay, Ann Dora Shabtay and Stacy Gale Shabtay face counts of grand theft, false advertising and... Read more →

Business

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City Hall drops Chez Jay landmark appeal

MEN AT WORK: A city work crew builds a trash enclosure on the property where popular eatery Chez Jay sits. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) OCEAN AVE ‚Äî City officials have dropped their appeal of a landmark designation for the parcel that contains the Chez Jay restaurant, opting instead to go to the Landmarks Commission to get permission... Read more →

Business

Brief: Red Cross names new CEO

Julie Thomas has been named chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica. Her appointment is effectively immediately, officials with the non-profit said this week. Thomas has an extensive background in non-profit fundraising, having served as the executive director for the Inland Empire Division of the American Heart... Read more →

Business

Report: Green jobs spending underperformed

PICO BLVD ‚Äî A recent report by the U.S. Labor Department Inspector General raises questions about the effectiveness of clean-energy training programs funded through the 2009 stimulus bill at actually creating jobs. According to the report, the impact of the Recovery Act Green Jobs training program has been "limited" in terms of the... Read more →

Business

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Myths and millionaires

As every good businessman knows ‚Äî including Gov. Romney, with whom I had been associated as a limited partner at Bain Capital Ventures ‚Äî the soundness of a company and its ability to create jobs does not rest on lower taxes or tax avoidance, for the company or its senior management. If Gov. Romney and Congressional Republicans... Read more →