Council moves to reform development agreement process

COMING UP: The construction at St. Monica Catholic Church was the result of a development agreement with City Hall. Pictured: A crew covers building materials on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL — The City Council Tuesday night took early steps to reform its process for allowing large developments, which became... Read more →


A rundown on federal, state and local tax changes in 2013

CITYWIDE —  On Dec. 31 as people across the country rang in the new year, tax professionals had one eye on the festivities and a nervous eye on Washington D.C. where lawmakers were scrambling to finalize changes to the federal tax code. If they failed to come to some kind of deal, the United States would go over the much-trumpeted... Read more →


Shangri-La asks for retrial in discrimination suit

The scene of the alleged discrimination. (File photo) SM COURTHOUSE — The Muslim owners of a Santa Monica luxury hotel are asking for a new trial in a discrimination case in which a jury found they had shut down a group’s event because they were Jewish. Attorneys for Shangri-La Hotel owner Tehmina Adaya held in a Dec. 24 filing that... Read more →

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Residents vie for spot on Planning Commission

CITY HALL — As of Friday at 4:30 p.m., eight civic-minded souls had put themselves up for consideration for a single vacancy on the Planning Commission, a role that offers up long hours, little recognition and a huge amount of influence on land use decisions in Santa Monica. That role is only magnified this year as Santa Monica continues... Read more →


Fun in the suds

BROADWAY — Ever since Beth Rich moved to California a few months ago, all she’s done is drink craft beers. While others would call that a problem, she calls it research. “I love good beers and I want to get to know the local ones,” Rich said. It makes sense given that Rich, her son and his father are now the owners of a new pub in... Read more →


Brief: Haggis sells NOMA pad for $5.25M

Oscar award-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis and his wife, actress Deborah Rennard, have sold their home in Santa Monica for its asking price of $5.25 million, according to the L.A. Times. The East Coast-inspired traditional house sits on nearly a third of an acre of grounds with mature trees, lawn and formal gardens. The home features... Read more →


Artists bring new life to Lincoln

A mural covers a wall situated in the parking lot of Ameci Pizza on Lincoln Boulevard. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LINCOLN BLVD — Lincoln Boulevard south of Interstate 10 makes an impression on those that traverse it, just not a positive one. “It’s a street you don’t want to get stuck on in traffic,” said Amelia Drake, an... Read more →


City Hall seeks new owner for mobile home park

Cris McLeod sits in front of a vacant lot at Mountain View Mobile Home Park on Friday afternoon. He is one of a handful of residents who have filed a $121 million claim against City Hall for allegedly failing to maintain the park and treat tenants fairly. (Brandon Wise CITY HALL — City Hall has made it clear over the... Read more →