Business

Brentwood Art Center re-opens

Brentwood Art Center (Photo by Ashley Archibald) NOMA — An art school on the verge of closure just a month ago opened its doors Monday for a successful first day of class, according to a member of its board. The Brentwood Art Center almost folded in August when its owner of seven years, Sarkis Melkonian, sent out an e-mail to... Read more →

Business

Bread man lives to bake another day

DOWNTOWN — A beloved bakery will have the opportunity to keep its place in the Wednesday Santa Monica Farmers’ Market for one more year because of a typo in its contract, officials said Friday. Bezian Bakery, which has held a stall in the Wednesday market for almost 20 years, was almost ejected when a panel of judges selected... Read more →

City Council

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‘House of Rock’ to face the music

IN THE SHADE: A landscaper loads mulch into a wheelbarrow at a house on La Mesa Drive on Wednesday. The owners of the house are improving it to attract potential buyers. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) NOMA — A single-family home that doubles as an event venue for charitable causes has drawn the attention of the City Council after residents... Read more →

Business

New grants target storefronts

PICO BOULEVARD — When Peter and Eleanor Path open the doors to their store Acapillow Friday evening, they’ll have more to show off than their new product line. Acapillow, a furnishing store that sells locally-made products made out of recycled materials, is the first business to participate in a pilot project conceived by the Buy Local... Read more →

Business

Conservancy wants to raise $1.6M

FUTURE: This rendering depicts what the shotgun house may look like after renovations. (Rendering by Fonda-Bonardi and Holman Architects ) OCEAN PARK — The Santa Monica Conservancy is hoping to raise $1.6 million to create a new, professionally-staffed Preservation Resource Center to be located in a rehabilitated shotgun house. The... Read more →

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New calculations could mean new look at DAs

CITYWIDE — City staff are taking another look at estimates used to calculate the amount of traffic and parking spaces needed for new development in light of research brought forward by a resident showing that companies are squeezing more workers into less square footage than previously assumed. Numbers produced by CoreNet Global, a... Read more →

Business

Renter’s insurance protects tenants, landlords

CITY HALL —  What you don’t know can hurt you. That seemed to be the message of the day after last week’s Rent Control Board meeting in which Commissioner Robert Kronovet tried to explore the concept of requiring renters with pets to get renter’s insurance, including cases of service animals. Renter’s insurance is a policy... Read more →

Business

Pot lab loses again, tries new tactic

CIVIC CENTER — The owner of a medical marijuana testing laboratory plans to appeal a decision by an administrative law judge who ruled that City Hall did nothing wrong when it denied the facility a license to operate. According to a decision written by Judge Howard W. Cohen, Golden State Collective owner Richard McDonald failed to prove... Read more →