Beefing up on taxes: Santa Monicans could get more cash back

CITYWIDE — In the 2011 tax year, Santa Monicans claimed more than $5 million under the Earned Income Tax Credit, but officials with the Internal Revenues Service believe the number could have been higher. They estimate that 20 percent of people who qualify for the tax credit do not claim it. An awareness campaign was launched Friday by the... Read more →

AFM: Civic Auditorium, theater essential to the future

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (File photo) WILSHIRE BLVD — 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’s plans in the city by the sea. That could be... Read more →

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’ motion to dismiss the case on grounds that the article... 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 — 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 City... Read more →

City Hall targets dry cleaners for unproven ‘green’ claims

Cleaner By Nature dry cleaners is among a group of establishments that have been told by City Hall to stop making claims that their process of cleaning clothes is environmentally friendly. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL — Six Santa Monica dry cleaners have agreed to stop advertising their services as “green” after an... Read more →

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Developer buys antique mart for $11M

Wertz Brothers Antique Mart was recently sold for $11 million. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LINCOLN BLVD — 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 in... Read more →

Five more apply for Planning Commission seat

The Planning Commission is tasked with handling development in Santa Monica. (File photo) CITY HALL — 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 →

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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 —  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 process. The... 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 — 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’s mother died of pancreatic cancer she decided to put healthy living on the forefront and in the storefront. With help from her daughter Yu,... Read more →