Imagine Santa Monica with even less parking

Cars park along Fourth Street just north of California Avenue. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE — A transportation planning consultant offered up a first draft of proposed parking requirements to the Planning Commission Wednesday night that would radically reduce the amount of parking required for new developments in most of Santa... Read more →


SMO pilots may get discount for installing mufflers

CITY HALL — The Airport Commission wants to explore incentives for pilots to fly more quietly in the wake of a successful test of a muffler that cut some airplane noise in half. The device, manufactured by German company Golmozig, reduced the noise emitted by a Cessna 172 by over three decibels in some cases, and almost five in others,... Read more →



AMC puts closed captions in four screens

CaptiView has been installed at an AMC theatre on the Third Street Promenade. (Photo courtesy Google Images) CITY HALL — A hearing-impaired teen in Santa Monica got his wish this week when a local theater chain announced that it would provide closed captions in four screens in one of its Downtown theaters. John Butchko was thrilled... Read more →


Apartment openings spell new beginning on Fifth Street

An artist's rendering of a mixed-use housing project on Fifth Street built by NMS Properties, one of Santa Monica's most active housing developers. (Rendering courtesy of NMS Properties) DOWNTOWN — Two long-shuttered apartment buildings on Fifth Street are open for business, closing the door on a dubious legacy left by a former... Read more →


Nominees for Sustainable Quality Awards announced

DOWNTOWN — Real Food Daily, Areal Restaurant and the Santa Monica Museum of Art are among 19 businesses that are nominated for the 2013 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), which will celebrate a milestone of having honored over 100 winners since 1995. A collaboration between the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Works and the... Read more →


Eco-conscious consumers flex their purchasing power

Ning Q & A: Conversation with Ted Ning, founder of  DOWNTOWN — Santa Monicans are no strangers to shopping with the environment in mind. From plastic bag bans to alternative-fuel vehicles and incentives for buying eco-friendly products made by local merchants, residents in the city by the sea are at the forefront of a... Read more →


Pier businesses fear pending construction

HOP ON: A couple boards one of the gondolas on the Pacific Park Ferris wheel on Monday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) OCEAN AVE — Businesses on the Santa Monica Pier are not pleased with City Hall’s plans to rebuild a weakened section of the iconic structure, saying they were not consulted on the decision that will impact their... Read more →



Saint John’s facing parking shortage

Parking at Saint John's Health Center could get worse now that the hospital was told it will no longer be able to lease 450 parking spaces at nearby Colorado Center. (Photo courtesy Google Images) MID CITY — One of Saint John’s Health Center’s main parking providers gave the hospital notice that it would end its lease of spaces in... Read more →