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City Attorney halts tenant harassment investigation

FOURTH STREET — Santa Monica’s City Attorney’s Office has put on ice an investigation into tenant harassment claims at a local apartment building until the owner, property manager and tenants can meet with a mediator, according to a document released to the Daily Press. If, however, nothing comes out of the mediation by Jan. 31, the... Read more →

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Fiscal cliff, tax changes raise concerns in nonprofit world

CITYWIDE — Wrangling in Washington D.C. over the national budget has left nonprofits in fear that they will suffer a one-two punch between the now-infamous fiscal cliff and proposals to limit the amount of charitable donations that people can deduct from their federal income taxes. Nonprofit organizations depend on private donations and... Read more →

Non Profits

CLARE unveils newest facility

Councilmember Gleam Davis (center) talks to community members as they gather to celebrate the dedication ceremony of the CLARE Foundation's new women's treatment facility on Pico Boulevard on Thursday morning. (Photo by Brandon Wise) PICO BLVD — One year ago, Andreau walked through the CLARE Foundation’s door with a bag on her back... Read more →

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Village Trailer Park clings to life

Village Trailer Park (File photo) CITY HALL — The City Council narrowly voted to toss back a development agreement that would have replaced the Village Trailer Park with high-end condominiums and apartments because it did not meet local affordable housing requirements. The 4 to 3 vote sends city staff and part-owner Marc Luzzatto... Read more →

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Competing hotels differ over landmark status

Fairmont Miramar Hotel (File photo) CITY HALL — Local property owners rarely get involved in landmark proceedings except in an attempt to evade them, but a move to designate a portion of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel has proven the exception to the rule. In an unusual move, the ownership of the 85-year-old hotel requested a landmark... Read more →

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Opinions wanted on Lincoln Boulevard

A man walks by the Pacific Coast Highway sign on Lincoln Boulevard. (File photo) LINCOLN BLVD — Residents and merchants along Lincoln Boulevard are being encouraged to participate in two surveys to help transform the bustling street into an attractive, pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood-serving street that reflects the needs of those who... Read more →

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Rules around historic properties may change

The 'House of Rock' (Photo courtesy Google Images) CITY HALL — City officials are contemplating restrictions on a program that offers discounts on property taxes to owners of historic homes in the face of a tight economic climate. The deal, created under a 1972 state law called the Mills Act, offers a lower tax rate to provide an... Read more →

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AMC backs off theater development

AMC Theatres is pulling back from negotiations with City Hall to build a state-of-the-art movie house on Fourth Street, saying the costs are just too high to justify. (Photo courtesy Google Images) DOWNTOWN — AMC Theatres is pulling back from negotiations with City Hall to put a state-of-the-art multiplex theater in the heart of the... Read more →

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Residents worried about Downtown process

The Third Street Promenade is at the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. (File photo) CIVIC CENTER — Over 160 people attended a packed meeting to determine the future look and feel of Santa Monica’s Downtown, but residents left wondering if their voices were heard or if the conversation had been dominated by developers and industry... Read more →

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Hot Dog on a Stick, reborn

Employee Jenny West serves a corndog to locals Trevor Holst and Madison Spencer at the Hot Dog on a Stick on Ocean Front Walk . (Photo by Brandon Wise) CITY HALL — Santa Monica’s original Hot Dog on a Stick updated its eye-catching uniforms in the 1970s and its menus with Splenda-sweetened lemonade. Now, after almost six decades of... Read more →