City Council

Plan to raze trailer park up for vote

CITY HALL — 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 →

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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 — 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. — Consumers rely on labels to tell them what they’re 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 —  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 →

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Residents lose fight to save trailer park

Village Trailer Park (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL —  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’s most vulnerable residents in return for a development of... 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 — 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 residential... Read more →

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Trio charged in Santa Monica rental scam

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s 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 operating... 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 — 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 to... Read more →

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Developers, officials talk money in development agreements

CITY HALL — 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 policy-based... Read more →