Non Profits

CLARE unveils newest facility

Councilmember Gleam Davis (center) talks to community members as they gather to celebrate the dedication ceremony of the CLARE Foundation's new women's treatment facility on Pico Boulevard on Thursday morning. (Photo by Brandon Wise) PICO BLVD ‚Äî One year ago, Andreau walked through the CLARE Foundation‚Äôs door with a bag on her... Read more →



Village Trailer Park clings to life

Village Trailer Park (File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî The City Council narrowly voted to toss back a development agreement that would have replaced the Village Trailer Park with high-end condominiums and apartments because it did not meet local affordable housing requirements. The 4 to 3 vote sends city staff and part-owner Marc Luzzatto... Read more →


Competing hotels differ over landmark status

Fairmont Miramar Hotel (File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî Local property owners rarely get involved in landmark proceedings except in an attempt to evade them, but a move to designate a portion of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel has proven the exception to the rule. In an unusual move, the ownership of the 85-year-old hotel requested a landmark... Read more →


Opinions wanted on Lincoln Boulevard

A man walks by the Pacific Coast Highway sign on Lincoln Boulevard. (File photo) LINCOLN BLVD ‚Äî Residents and merchants along Lincoln Boulevard are being encouraged to participate in two surveys to help transform the bustling street into an attractive, pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood-serving street that reflects the needs of those... Read more →


Rules around historic properties may change

The 'House of Rock' (Photo courtesy Google Images) CITY HALL ‚Äî City officials are contemplating restrictions on a program that offers discounts on property taxes to owners of historic homes in the face of a tight economic climate. The deal, created under a 1972 state law called the Mills Act, offers a lower tax rate to provide an... Read more →



AMC backs off theater development

AMC Theatres is pulling back from negotiations with City Hall to build a state-of-the-art movie house on Fourth Street, saying the costs are just too high to justify. (Photo courtesy Google Images) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî AMC Theatres is pulling back from negotiations with City Hall to put a state-of-the-art multiplex theater in the heart of the... Read more →



Residents worried about Downtown process

The Third Street Promenade is at the heart of Downtown Santa Monica. (File photo) CIVIC CENTER ‚Äî Over 160 people attended a packed meeting to determine the future look and feel of Santa Monica‚Äôs Downtown, but residents left wondering if their voices were heard or if the conversation had been dominated by developers and... Read more →


Hot Dog on a Stick, reborn

Employee Jenny West serves a corndog to locals Trevor Holst and Madison Spencer at the Hot Dog on a Stick on Ocean Front Walk . (Photo by Brandon Wise) CITY HALL ‚Äî Santa Monica‚Äôs original Hot Dog on a Stick updated its eye-catching uniforms in the 1970s and its menus with Splenda-sweetened lemonade. Now, after almost six... Read more →


Brief: Upward Bound gets $1M

Upward Bound House, a Santa Monica-based provider of housing and services for homeless families with children, was awarded just over $1 million by the First 5 L.A. Commission in support of homeless families, officials with the agency said. The funds will be used to provide short-term rental assistance and subsidies to homeless families... Read more →


Brief: Shriver’s (RED) reaches $200M

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced Monday that its largest private sector contributor (RED) passed a record milestone of $200 million raised and donated to fight the AIDS epidemic in Africa. (RED) is the largest business initiative supporting the Global Fund and one of the biggest to raise money for an... Read more →



Apartments proposed 19ft from freeway

CITY HALL ‚Ä The City Council voted 6 to 0 Tuesday to study further a 260-unit apartment complex planned for the eastern end of Santa Monica despite the fact that the developer proposes to build it 19 feet from a freeway. The developer will have to do additional environmental work to determine whether or not the small distance from... Read more →



Council approves trailer park development

Residents of the Village Trailer Park staged a hastily organized protest late last year to stop the demolition of unoccupied trailers. The City Council Tuesday voted in favor of a development that would replace the trailer park. (File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî The City Council voted Tuesday to give final approval to an ordinance allowing a... Read more →


First look at airport study falls flat

CITY HALL ‚Ä Residents attacked city officials at the Airport Commission meeting Monday night for being tone deaf to community desires in their examination of the future of Santa Monica Airport, calling for a closer look at closure and additional public input. The panned presentation made by senior Public Works staff and a land-use... Read more →

City Council

Plan to raze trailer park up for vote

CITY HALL ‚Äî With the City Council scheduled to give final approval tonight to an ordinance allowing a modest trailer park to be replaced with hundreds of high-end condos and apartments, a six-year battle over the future of some of this beachfront city's last inexpensive housing may be coming to an end. Or it may not be. The City... Read more →