Renter’s insurance protects tenants, landlords

CITY HALL ‚Ä What you don‚Äôt know can hurt you. That seemed to be the message of the day after last week‚Äôs Rent Control Board meeting in which Commissioner Robert Kronovet tried to explore the concept of requiring renters with pets to get renter‚Äôs insurance, including cases of service animals. Renter‚Äôs... Read more →


Pot lab loses again, tries new tactic

CIVIC CENTER ‚Äî The owner of a medical marijuana testing laboratory plans to appeal a decision by an administrative law judge who ruled that City Hall did nothing wrong when it denied the facility a license to operate. According to a decision written by Judge Howard W. Cohen, Golden State Collective owner Richard McDonald failed to... Read more →


Santa Monica property values climb

This home is located on Georgina Avenue north of Montana Avenue. Santa Monica experienced a 4.6 percent increase in property values. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta.) CITYWIDE ‚Äî The assessed value of properties in Santa Monica increased by 4.6 percent over last year, beating out Los Angeles County figures and Santa Monica... Read more →


Brief: City Hall’s beachfront property sells

The City Council voted Tuesday night to sell a half-acre lot on Ocean Way and use the proceeds to pay for affordable housing elsewhere in the city. Edward Thomas Hospitality Companies agreed to pay $13.15 million for the lot, which sits immediately next to the company‚Äôs luxury hotel Casa del Mar. Staff has been working to trade... Read more →


City Hall selling beachfront property

City Hall has agreed to sell this Ocean Way property. (File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî City officials hope to seal the deal on a real estate transaction over four years in the making Tuesday which would divest City Hall of beachfront property on Ocean Way for a cool $13.15 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Edward Thomas... Read more →


Union car wash rejected for city contract

LINCOLN BLVD ‚Äî Santa Monica stole headlines when it got the nation‚Äôs first unionized car wash, but one year later, it won‚Äôt be union workers benefiting from municipal contracts. City officials have chosen the Lincoln Boulevard Car Wash for a one to three-year contract to clean city cars, citing environmental and labor... Read more →


Amazon unveils new Kindle Fire

SANTA¬†MONICA ‚Äî Amazon unveiled four new Kindle Fire tablet computers on Thursday, including ones with larger color screens, as the online retailer steps up competition with Apple ahead of the holiday shopping season. Inc. showed off the larger Kindle Fire with a high-definition display amid expectations that Apple Inc.... Read more →



Park owner proposes to retain 10 trailers

COLORADO AVE ‚Ä City planners released new details about a propsal to re-develop the Village Trailer Park that would reduce the overall size of the project and retain some of the existing trailers. The park‚Äôs developer, Marc Luzzatto, pulled plans for East Village ‚Äî a 438-unit mixed-use development ‚Äî from the... Read more →


Q-Line: Grubbin’ on the go

The Planning Commission last week voted in favor of new regulations for off-street food truck lots, allowing them on Main Street one day a week while letting them set up shop on Santa Monica, Lincoln and Pico boulevards for four. They‚Äôll have to set up restrooms and provide parking, among other things. Some restaurant owners are none... Read more →

City Council


Businesses howl over new transportation fee

CITY HALL ‚Ä The City Council on Tuesday asked planners to take another look at a new fee intended to make it easier to get around Santa Monica after the business community showed up in force to protest the price tag. The proposed fee would raise $60 million to pay for $134 million worth of¬† infrastructure projects, like more... Read more →



Residents organize for future of Lincoln

Cars line Lincoln Boulevard. (Daniel Archuleta LINCOLN BLVD ‚Äî Compared to the other boulevards in Santa Monica such as San Vincente and Wilshire, Lincoln's concrete, gum-stained pavement, paucity of trees, lack of design and abundance of trash fail to represent Santa Monica as a desirable location. When walking... Read more →


Hulu coming to Colorado Center

BROADWAY ‚Äî Pioneering Internet television provider Hulu is moving to Santa Monica, joining a plethora of high-tech and entertainment companies that have helped the city by the sea earn the moniker Silicon Beach. Although officials at Hulu, which offers prime-time television shows for free online, would not comment, city officials... Read more →


Commission moves to legalize, regulate food trucks

Patricia Acosta receives her order of sliders from the Manja truck's owner Debbie Coglietti Perez at the 'Hump Day' lot at the corner of 14th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta.) CITY HALL ‚Äî Like your gourmet nosh with a side of napkins rather than a tablecloth? The Planning Commission signaled its intent... Read more →

City Council

Cities dispute redevelopment money sought by state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. ‚Äî Gov. Jerry Brown‚Äôs finance department said 27 local governments have failed to pay or have underpaid the state after the governor tried to sweep up billions of dollars from community redevelopment agencies that were eliminated this year. Yet cities such as San Jose, Stockton and Brea are disputing the bill... Read more →



Jury says Shangri-La owner discriminated against Jews

SM COURTHOUSE ‚Äî A Muslim hotel owner discriminated against a Jewish group during a poolside charity event at the Shangri-La by ordering removal of banners and ousting them from the pool and spa, a jury decided in awarding $1.2 million statutory damages. Punitive damages will be determined later. The suit was filed by Friends of the... Read more →