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Consultant refuses to remove ‘NIMBY’ comment

Jeffrey Tumlin CITY HALL — A transportation and planning consultant who brought on the ire of residents by calling them NIMBYs in an online biography backed off of his two-year-old comments last week, saying that they accurately described a moment in Santa Monica’s history regarding development that is now past. Despite the angry... Read more →

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Frank Gehry-designed hotel proposed for Ocean Avenue

The hotel proposal, now referred to as the “Ocean Avenue Project,” includes 125 hotel rooms and 22 condominiums as well as two stories of groundfloor restaurants and retail where Ocean Avenue meets Santa Monica Boulevard. (Rendering courtesy Gehry Partners, LLP) OCEAN AVE —  A local developer submitted plans Thursday for a 22-story... Read more →

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Developers asked to pay transportation fees

CITY HALL —  The City Council approved a new fee on development Tuesday night meant to raise $50 million over the next 20 years to fund transportation infrastructure improvements meant to cut down on traffic and improve circulation in Santa Monica. The fee amount applies mainly to new development and varies in amount based on how much... Read more →

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Brief: Pico Youth & Family Center holds fundraiser

PYFC's 2010 Art for Hearts fundraiser. (File photo) The Pico Youth & Family Center will hold its fourth annual Art for Hearts fundraiser Thursday in an effort to raise $7,000 to keep the center’s doors open. The evening will include a silent auction of uniquely-crafted hearts made by youth as well as established artistis like... Read more →

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Judge dismisses Axl Rose case against Activision

'Guitar Hero' (Image courtesy Activision) LOS ANGELES — A judge has ruled that Activision Blizzard Inc. did not violate an agreement with Axl Rose to prevent the inclusion of guitarist Slash in a “Guitar Hero” video game and has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Guns N’ Roses frontman. Superior Court Judge Charles Palmer... Read more →

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Brief: Food trucks meet retail

Food trucks at the California Heritage Museum. (File photo) The California Heritage Museum is debuting a new weekly community event entitled Tuesday Night Food Truck Bazaar. There will be 10 food trucks serving everything from fish tacos to lobster rolls, and even Korean barbecue. The weekly event, which takes place in the parking... Read more →

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New vision for Fairmont Miramar

POSSIBLE VIEW OF THE FUTURE: Illustration of the proposed Fairmont Miramar Hotel. (Rendering courtesy MSD Capital) WILSHIRE BLVD — The development team behind the proposed redo of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel have returned from the drawing board with a new plan, which involves extensive changes in architecture and configuration of the... Read more →

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Gleaning program provides fresh produce to the needy

DOWNTOWN — Standing amidst the bounty of the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market, a raggedly dressed man with a tired face holds up a tattered cardboard sign: “Hungry, please help.” Just half a block south is Step Up on Second, one of three local social service agencies that could offer him fresh produce from the market, brought in just... Read more →

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Outlook bleak for affordable housing

Developments with an affordable housing element like the Arboretum will be hard to come by in Santa Monica. (File photo) CITY HALL —  City Hall put no money toward affordable housing in the last fiscal year because of the loss of its Redevelopment Agency, according to a report released last week. That calls into question City... Read more →

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Saving animals through choice

(Image courtesy FreeHand) SUNSET PARK — A premium dog food brand with celebrity firepower has set up shop in Santa Monica, but this chow company put as much stock in how many animals it feeds as how well it feeds them. FreeHand is to dog food what TOMS is to shoes — for every bag of specialized kibble purchased, another will be... Read more →