Shangri-La asks for retrial in discrimination suit

The scene of the alleged discrimination. (File photo) SM COURTHOUSE — 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’s event because they were Jewish. Attorneys for Shangri-La Hotel owner Tehmina Adaya held in a Dec. 24 filing that... Read more →

City Council

Residents vie for spot on Planning Commission

CITY HALL — 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 continues... Read more →


Fun in the suds

BROADWAY — Ever since Beth Rich moved to California a few months ago, all she’s 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 in... 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 →


Artists bring new life to Lincoln

A mural covers a wall situated in the parking lot of Ameci Pizza on Lincoln Boulevard. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LINCOLN BLVD — Lincoln Boulevard south of Interstate 10 makes an impression on those that traverse it, just not a positive one. “It’s a street you don’t want to get stuck on in traffic,” said Amelia Drake, an... Read more →


City Hall seeks new owner for mobile home park

Cris McLeod sits in front of a vacant lot at Mountain View Mobile Home Park on Friday afternoon. He is one of a handful of residents who have filed a $121 million claim against City Hall for allegedly failing to maintain the park and treat tenants fairly. (Brandon Wise CITY HALL — City Hall has made it clear over the... Read more →


Santa Monica Pier an Instagram hot spot

The Santa Monica Pier made Instagram's top 10 list of places people took pictures of in 2012 using the smartphone app. (Daniel Archuleta SM PIER — The iconic Santa Monica Pier ranks with the Eiffel Tower, Disneyland and Times Square when it comes to the most popular places in the world in 2012 to take pictures with the... Read more →


Planners grapple with nonprofits near homes

CITY HALL —  Discussions about what to build where got real Wednesday night when the Planning Commission grappled with one of Santa Monica’s most difficult questions: How to allow services that people want and need while protecting neighborhoods and those that live in them? The five-hour conversation wound its way through some of the... Read more →