New position means more help for abused seniors

FOURTH STREET ‚Ä A local nonprofit that provides services to seniors is increasing its efforts to help victims of elder abuse through partnerships with the police and counseling services. Polina Havens, the new critical response specialist for WISE & Healthy Aging, is at the heart of the expansion. Havens has been working... Read more →


Macerich 4Q results beat analysts’ expectations

SANTA¬†MONICA ‚Äî Macerich said Wednesday that a key measure of profitability improved in its fourth quarter on better revenue from rent and increased occupancy at its malls. The real estate investment trust reported that its funds from operations rose to $132.6 million, or 90 cents per share, for the last three months of 2012 from... Read more →



Fitness trainers unite to fight curbs on park usage

A trainer and his client workout in Palisades Park. (File photo) PALISADES PARK ‚Äî A group of personal trainers and their clients has gone on the public relations offensive in an attempt to win looser regulations on training activities in local parks and beaches. The Santa Monica Outdoor Fitness Coalition is a group of seven... Read more →



Imagine Santa Monica with even less parking

Cars park along Fourth Street just north of California Avenue. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE ‚Äî A transportation planning consultant offered up a first draft of proposed parking requirements to the Planning Commission Wednesday night that would radically reduce the amount of parking required for new developments in most of... Read more →


SMO pilots may get discount for installing mufflers

CITY HALL ‚Äî The Airport Commission wants to explore incentives for pilots to fly more quietly in the wake of a successful test of a muffler that cut some airplane noise in half. The device, manufactured by German company Golmozig, reduced the noise emitted by a Cessna 172 by over three decibels in some cases, and almost five in... Read more →



AMC puts closed captions in four screens

CaptiView has been installed at an AMC theatre on the Third Street Promenade. (Photo courtesy Google Images) CITY HALL ‚Äî A hearing-impaired teen in Santa Monica got his wish this week when a local theater chain announced that it would provide closed captions in four screens in one of its Downtown theaters. John Butchko was... Read more →


Apartment openings spell new beginning on Fifth Street

An artist's rendering of a mixed-use housing project on Fifth Street built by NMS Properties, one of Santa Monica's most active housing developers. (Rendering courtesy of NMS Properties) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Two long-shuttered apartment buildings on Fifth Street are open for business, closing the door on a dubious legacy left by a former... Read more →


Nominees for Sustainable Quality Awards announced

DOWNTOWN ‚ÄReal Food Daily, Areal Restaurant and the Santa Monica Museum of Art are among 19 businesses that are nominated for the 2013 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), which will celebrate a milestone of having honored over 100 winners since 1995. A collaboration between the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Works... Read more →


Eco-conscious consumers flex their purchasing power

Ning Q & A: Conversation with Ted Ning, founder of¬† DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Santa Monicans are no strangers to shopping with the environment in mind. From plastic bag bans to alternative-fuel vehicles and incentives for buying eco-friendly products made by local merchants, residents in the city by the sea are at the... Read more →


Pier businesses fear pending construction

HOP ON: A couple boards one of the gondolas on the Pacific Park Ferris wheel on Monday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) OCEAN AVE ‚Äî Businesses on the Santa Monica Pier are not pleased with City Hall‚Äôs plans to rebuild a weakened section of the iconic structure, saying they were not consulted on the decision that will impact their... Read more →



Saint John’s facing parking shortage

Parking at Saint John's Health Center could get worse now that the hospital was told it will no longer be able to lease 450 parking spaces at nearby Colorado Center. (Photo courtesy Google Images) MID CITY ‚Äî One of Saint John‚Äôs Health Center‚Äôs main parking providers gave the hospital notice that it would end its lease of... Read more →


AFM: Civic Auditorium, theater essential to the future

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (File photo) WILSHIRE BLVD ‚Äî A representative of the American Film Market told an audience of local businesspeople and city officials Thursday that the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and proposed Downtown movie theater were critical to the market‚Äôs plans in the city by the sea. That could be... Read more →