Business

Main Street businesses beg for signs

CITY HALL — Since June 2011, Frank Strauss, proprietor of Fedora Primo, has been able to breathe easy. Not once in the last nine months have city officials stopped by his door to remind him that the sign and hat stand outside of his business on the 200 block of Pier Street are illegal. Gone are the days of written warnings and... Read more →

Arts

Leveling the playing field for purchasing art

BERGAMOT STATION — Incognito, now in its eighth year at Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMOA), is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful museum fundraiser/art sales anywhere in the art world. The concept — show the art without artist’s signature, so people make decisions based on their taste, not an... Read more →

Business

Residents want a reduced Bergamot Transit Village

CITY HALL — A coalition of neighborhood groups from Santa Monica and West Los Angeles made their case Monday for downsizing a proposed development on the east end of town that they say will create more traffic in an area already plagued by gridlock. Their statements were made during a press conference on City Hall’s lawn that... Read more →

Business

Nonprofit group reveals pearls of the Earth

OCEAN AVE — Between 5 p.m. and 4 a.m., anyone can take a mental trip to China to watch one of four giant pandas munch on bamboo or tussle with its siblings from its home in the Ya’an Panda Base, part of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. For most, the pandas live in the imagination, made accessible... Read more →

Business

CEO named for Red Cross

DOWNTOWN — Wendy S. Jacobs was named the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, it was announced Friday. Prior to her appointment, Jacobs was the deputy executive director and chief development officer of Heading Home, a homeless services agency in Boston. Jacobs’ first major mission in Santa Monica... Read more →

Business

Goldline, City Attorney claim victory in lawsuit

MID-CITY — One of the nation’s largest gold dealers will have to strengthen its internal procedures and repay up to $4.5 million to customers who complained that the company engaged in unfair sales practices and provided inaccurate price information, the City Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. The settlement concludes a... Read more →

Business

Businesses see fruits of Buy Local campaign

CITYWIDE — Santa Monica businesses are expecting improved sales after several years of decreased revenues, according to a survey of businesses participating in a local purchasing campaign. The survey, conducted amongst 104 members of Santa Monica’s Buy Local campaign, showed that although 39 percent of participants counted poor... Read more →

Business

Nonprofit relocation worries residents

LINCOLN BLVD — The relocation of a nonprofit devoted to HIV testing and education into the Sunset Park neighborhood has many community members concerned that their safety may be compromised. Common Ground, a facility that provides education and case management services to HIV positive and negative alike, secured a lease at 2401... Read more →

Business

Another diner up for sale

LINCOLN BLVD — Want steak and eggs at some disgusting hour of the morning? Get it while you can. Norm’s Restaurant, a diner at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue, has been put up for sale according to a representative of a Downtown Los Angeles real estate firm. It joins the Denny’s across the street,... Read more →

Business

Yoga mat maker pulls design featuring Hindu god

COLORADO AVE — A Santa Monica-based company that sells custom yoga mats has decided to pull a design which features the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha after receiving a complaint from the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. Rajan Zed, a self-proclaimed Hindu statesman based in Nevada, has made it his mission to stop companies... Read more →

Business

Kohl’s to open design studio in Santa Monica

COLORADO AVE — Family-focused department store chain Kohl’s announced Thursday plans to open a design studio in Santa Monica that will host a team of 20 graphic artists and trend experts who will provide support across multiple brands. The 6,000-square-foot studio at 2700 Colorado Avenue will establish Kohl’s design... Read more →

Business

City Council considers role as agent of redevelopment

CITY HALL — The City Council will decide Tuesday whether or not to take on the work of winding down the Redevelopment Agency, an entity that has hundreds of millions of dollars in housing and capital improvement projects throughout the city. Staff recommends that City Hall become the successor agency to the RDA, which will be dissolved... Read more →

Business

Redevelopment in jeopardy after high court ruling

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials will scramble to determine the fate of $267 million in high-priority redevelopment projects in the wake of a California Supreme Court decision Thursday that allows the Legislature to dissolve redevelopment agencies across the state. The court took opposing stances on two pieces of legislation passed... Read more →

Business

Red Cross renders aid in house fire

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Disaster Operations Center rendered aid Tuesday to three victims of a house fire that broke out in the 900 block of Fourth Street. The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to the early morning blaze around 4:45 and found the front room of a one store duplex engulfed in flames. The cause of the... Read more →