After The Bell

Taxes won’t change much for most

A hot topic of conversation at the moment is whether or not it will make any difference to either the economy, or to our taxes, if one or the other candidate becomes president. As to the economy, I think it takes about five years for actions by the president to have a significant effect on the economy. When President Bush spent a trillion... Read more →


District partners with Samohi grads to rent venues

SMMUSD — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is partnering with a start-up company founded by two Santa Monica High School graduates to rent out auditoriums and other spaces and bring in new revenue to the district. The district agreed to list 12 spaces across eight different schools and facilities on, a new... Read more →


No AIDS Walk Los Angeles ads on BBB in 2012

CITY HALL —  A United States District Court Judge sided with City Hall Wednesday and refused to grant a motion that would have allowed noncommercial advertisements to run on the sides of the Big Blue Bus as a lawsuit on the matter continues. Judge R. Gary Klausner denied a temporary restraining order that would have put a long-standing... Read more →



Pedicab company wants to roll in Santa Monica

JUST RIDE: A pedicab operator pedals along the San Diego coast. A business wants to set up a similar operation in Santa Monica. (Photo by Abe Wischnia/WordPress) DOWNTOWN — Those who are familiar with Santa Monica’s streets know that at certain times of the day it can be frustrating to get from point A to point B. Now consider... Read more →


Letts talks housing, the future of Santa Monica

Sarah Letts (right) with Shardae Williams (Photo by Ashley Archibald) DOWNTOWN — The Community Corporation of Santa Monica celebrated its 30th birthday in September, and like many people hitting the big 3-0, its leadership is being forced to take a long look at its future. CCSM, Santa Monica’s largest affordable housing provider,... Read more →



Fresh & Easy pulls a fast one

MID-CITY —  Residents of Santa Monica’s Mid-City neighborhood were surprised last week to find that a grocery store proposed on the eastern end of Wilshire Boulevard had been redesigned to preclude the need for public hearings, preventing any opportunity to get their concerns about traffic and parking addressed by public... Read more →


Brentwood Art Center re-opens

Brentwood Art Center (Photo by Ashley Archibald) NOMA — An art school on the verge of closure just a month ago opened its doors Monday for a successful first day of class, according to a member of its board. The Brentwood Art Center almost folded in August when its owner of seven years, Sarkis Melkonian, sent out an e-mail to... Read more →


Bread man lives to bake another day

DOWNTOWN — A beloved bakery will have the opportunity to keep its place in the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market for one more year because of a typo in its contract, officials said Friday. Bezian Bakery, which has held a stall in the Wednesday market for almost 20 years, was almost ejected when a panel of judges selected... Read more →

City Council


‘House of Rock’ to face the music

IN THE SHADE: A landscaper loads mulch into a wheelbarrow at a house on La Mesa Drive on Wednesday. The owners of the house are improving it to attract potential buyers. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) NOMA — A single-family home that doubles as an event venue for charitable causes has drawn the attention of the City Council after residents... Read more →


New grants target storefronts

PICO BOULEVARD — When Peter and Eleanor Path open the doors to their store Acapillow Friday evening, they’ll have more to show off than their new product line. Acapillow, a furnishing store that sells locally-made products made out of recycled materials, is the first business to participate in a pilot project conceived by the Buy Local... Read more →


Conservancy wants to raise $1.6M

FUTURE: This rendering depicts what the shotgun house may look like after renovations. (Rendering by Fonda-Bonardi and Holman Architects ) OCEAN PARK — The Santa Monica Conservancy is hoping to raise $1.6 million to create a new, professionally-staffed Preservation Resource Center to be located in a rehabilitated shotgun house. The... Read more →



New calculations could mean new look at DAs

CITYWIDE — City staff are taking another look at estimates used to calculate the amount of traffic and parking spaces needed for new development in light of research brought forward by a resident showing that companies are squeezing more workers into less square footage than previously assumed. Numbers produced by CoreNet Global, a... Read more →