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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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 →

Santa Monica takes unique view of shopping weekend

Shoppers take to the Third Street Promenade during last year's Black Friday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE ‚Äî Across the country, people are gearing up for the holiday weekend. The stretch pants with elastic waists are prepped and ready for action. Comfortable shoes stand ready by the closet. Alarms are set. It is almost... Read more →

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County cracks down on mislabeled seafood

Sous chef Martin Cervantes prepares lobster at The Lobster on Tuesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN L.A. ‚Äî Consumers rely on labels to tell them what they‚Äôre buying, but as it turns out, that might not work so well in the Los Angeles fish market. A special task force of local, state and federal agencies found that... Read more →

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City moves forward to tax, regulate trainers

CITY HALL ‚Ä Recreation and Parks commissioners voted Thursday to recommend that City Hall ban group exercise classes in Palisades Park and restrict such businesses throughout the city. The decision targets trainers who use public parks as workout studios for their for-profit classes, which officials say causes damage to the lawns,... Read more →

Malibu officials move to protect small businesses from chain stores

MALIBU ‚Äî At an exhaustive meeting Tuesday evening that drew more than 100 attendees, the Malibu City Council inched closer to a formula retail ordinance that would require city approval of new chain stores in the Civic Center area. In a 3-2 vote, council members directed planning department staff to draft an ordinance that would... Read more →

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Residents lose fight to save trailer park

Village Trailer Park (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Ä The City Council on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to build a mixed-use housing development where a trailer park now stands despite protests of those concerned that the decision would displace some of Santa Monica‚Äôs most vulnerable residents in return for a... Read more →

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City Council bans future use of homes as event spaces

This home on La Mesa Drive has been the subject of a dispute between its owners and neighborhood residents. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Äî Residents of La Mesa Drive will have something else to be thankful for this holiday season. The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to outlaw the use of... Read more →

Trio charged in Santa Monica rental scam

CITY HALL ‚Äî The Santa Monica City Attorney‚Äôs Office filed an 18-count criminal complaint Thursday against three Los Angeles County residents for allegedly cheating customers out of thousands of dollars in a rental scam. Eran Shabtay, Ann Dora Shabtay and Stacy Gale Shabtay face counts of grand theft, false advertising and... Read more →

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City Hall drops Chez Jay landmark appeal

MEN AT WORK: A city work crew builds a trash enclosure on the property where popular eatery Chez Jay sits. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) OCEAN AVE ‚Äî City officials have dropped their appeal of a landmark designation for the parcel that contains the Chez Jay restaurant, opting instead to go to the Landmarks Commission to get permission... Read more →

Developers, officials talk money in development agreements

CITY HALL ‚Äî City officials proposed modifying their approach to calculating the value of some developments Wednesday night, something developers hold is fundamentally flawed and could prevent both new building and the community benefits that come with it. The information is one piece of what city staff stressed should be a... Read more →