Briefs: Daily Press wins in defamation suit

A Santa Monica Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against the Santa Monica Daily Press by a man who took offense to an article that ran in the paper in early August. Phil Sparks did not appear in court nor did he file an answer to the Daily Press‚Äô motion to dismiss the case on grounds that the... Read more →


Carwash owner, managers charged with cheating employees

A worker towels off a car at the Wilshire West Carwash on Wednesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Äî The owner and managers of a Santa Monica carwash are charged with cheating their employees out of money by falsifying the number of hours worked and failing to pay minimum wage, according to a criminal complaint filed by the... Read more →



Developer buys antique mart for $11M

Wertz Brothers Antique Mart was recently sold for $11 million. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LINCOLN BLVD ‚Äî A nice-sized chunk of real estate near the future Exposition Light Rail Line and Interstate 10 was recently purchased by a developer with at least two mix-used housing projects already under construction in Santa Monica and more... Read more →


Five more apply for Planning Commission seat

The Planning Commission is tasked with handling development in Santa Monica. (File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî An additional five people have applied for a single seat on the Planning Commission, leaving the City Council with a crowded field from which to select at its meeting Tuesday night. The Planning Commission is a seven-member board... Read more →



Auto dealer project throws neighborhood for a loop

AS IT STANDS: A new development is planned for this property at 1802 Santa Monica Blvd. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) SANTA MONICA BLVD ‚Ä Residents are getting their hackles up about a proposed development on Santa Monica Boulevard that went from a mixed-use development to an auto dealership with little warning or public... Read more →


Commission landmarks parts of Fairmont Miramar

HISTORIC: The Palisades Building at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel has been given landmark status by the Landmarks Commission. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Äî The Landmarks Commission met the hospitality industry halfway Monday night by agreeing to give protected status to pieces of a luxury hotel, but ignoring a compromise that... Read more →


They’ll smoothie things over

Tanya Chen, owner of the Pulse Cafe on Montana Avenue, decided to put healthy living on the forefront after her mother died of pancreatic cancer. (Photo by Michael Ryan) One year after Tanya Chen‚Äôs mother died of pancreatic cancer she decided to put healthy living on the forefront and in the storefront. With help from her daughter... Read more →


Council moves to reform development agreement process

COMING UP: The construction at St. Monica Catholic Church was the result of a development agreement with City Hall. Pictured: A crew covers building materials on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Äî The City Council Tuesday night took early steps to reform its process for allowing large developments, which... Read more →


Shangri-La asks for retrial in discrimination suit

The scene of the alleged discrimination. (File photo) SM COURTHOUSE ‚Äî The Muslim owners of a Santa Monica luxury hotel are asking for a new trial in a discrimination case in which a jury found they had shut down a group‚Äôs event because they were Jewish. Attorneys for Shangri-La Hotel owner Tehmina Adaya held in a Dec. 24... Read more →

City Council

Residents vie for spot on Planning Commission

CITY HALL ‚Äî As of Friday at 4:30 p.m., eight civic-minded souls had put themselves up for consideration for a single vacancy on the Planning Commission, a role that offers up long hours, little recognition and a huge amount of influence on land use decisions in Santa Monica. That role is only magnified this year as Santa Monica... Read more →


Fun in the suds

BROADWAY ‚Äî Ever since Beth Rich moved to California a few months ago, all she‚Äôs done is drink craft beers. While others would call that a problem, she calls it research. "I love good beers and I want to get to know the local ones," Rich said. It makes sense given that Rich, her son and his father are now the owners of a new pub... Read more →


Brief: Haggis sells NOMA pad for $5.25M

Oscar award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis and his wife, actress Deborah Rennard, have sold their home in Santa Monica for its asking price of $5.25 million, according to the L.A. Times. The East Coast-inspired traditional house sits on nearly a third of an acre of grounds with mature trees, lawn and formal gardens. The home features... Read more →