Fate of trailer park still uncertain

CITY HALL ‚Ä "Council members, the words you‚Äôve been waiting for ‚Äî the item is before us." A tired Mayor Richard Bloom recited the rote phrase at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, five hours after the City Council opened the public hearing on a contentious development agreement that could convert a half-empty trailer park into a... Read more →

Council switches on smoking ban

CITY HALL ‚Ä The City Council did an about-face on a controversial smoking ban Tuesday night over unanswered questions regarding medical marijuana and a perceived lack of outreach to condominium owners. A 4-2 vote, with only Councilmembers Terry O‚ÄôDay and Bob Holbrook in favor of the ban, reversed a July 10 decision that... Read more →

City Hall slammed with $12.6M state grab

  CITY HALL ‚Ä City officials turn SURPRISE RETURN: A rose bush sprouts up from a patch of soil in front of City Hall on Tuesday. The garden was razed to make way for a park that may not be developed. The small bush is springing from the root of one of the removed specimens. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) ed over... Read more →

Crowdfunding raises money for local projects

CITYWIDE ‚Äî In March, City Council gave activists trying to save the "Chain Reaction" statue an ultimatum. They could either raise the $220,000 to $420,000 needed to make critical structural repairs on the artwork by November, or it would be removed from the Santa Monica public art collection. A team of activists banded together to... Read more →

IMAX signs lease renewal at Lantana

IMAX Corp., one of the world‚Äôs leading entertainment technology companies, signed a lease renewal for the entire 65,000 square-foot Lantana IMAX building. The three-story building, located at 2900 Exposition Blvd. near Olympic Boulevard and Centinela Avenue is 95 percent occupied. Other tenants include Dick Clark Productions,... Read more →

Local mall operator favoring animal adoptions over pet stores

PHOENIX ‚Äî The parent company of one of metro Phoenix‚Äôs major mall operators is phasing out pet stores in favor of animal adoption centers. The Santa¬†Monica, Calif.-based Macerich, which owns the Westcor malls in the Phoenix area, said it will not renew leases for any pet stores that sell live animals. The policy adopted... Read more →

Santa Monica-UCLA opens new building

A new medical building with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council was recently added to the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. The three-story, 50,000-square-foot building, located at 1223 16th St., houses eight operating rooms for outpatient surgery, a linear accelerator... Read more →

Bergamot development stalls for now

BERGAMOT STATION — A major redevelopment of the former Papermate site previously scheduled for review in June will now be put off until the beginning of 2013, and a local anti-development group is taking credit. Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) announced in a release Tuesday that their opposition to the development,... Read more →

NYC firm buys rights to Fred Segal

A New York City firm has purchased the worldwide naming rights for the iconic Fred Segal brand, which over the last five decades has become synonymous with casual chic. Sandow Media, which announced the acquisition, said the deal will allow it to put the iconic red, white and blue Fred Segal logo on merchandise as well as build Fred Segal... Read more →

Center no longer named after Yahoo!

BROADWAY — A business park on the east end of Santa Monica will go through its fourth name change in two decades now that anchor tenant Yahoo! will no longer have its moniker on the building. Equity Office, the owners of the business complex formerly known as the Yahoo! Center, applied to City Hall for new signage that will mark the... Read more →

Santa Monica-UCLA receives donation

As a breast cancer survivor, Barbara Kort knows first hand about the importance of a calm and peaceful treatment center. With her recent donation to the Santa Monica- UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, she said she hopes to give that gift to other women battling the disease. The Women’s Imaging Center at the hospital was... Read more →

Local entrepreneur takes the reins at Santa Anita Park

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monican Mark Verge can remember the exact day he fell in love with horse racing. It was March 22, 1981. His coach at St. Monica Catholic High School, Mike Amodei, took Verge and his best friend Doug O’Neill on a field trip to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. to watch the thoroughbreds race — and place a... Read more →

Red Cross raises $500K

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica raised approximately $500,000, including in-kind donations, at its annual Red Tie Affair gala at the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel on Saturday. More than 450 people attended the event, including celebrity honorees Jamie Lee Curtis (American Red Cross Crystal Cross Humanitarian Award), Denis Leary (Spirit of... Read more →

Controversial youth program moves to Venice

SUNSET PARK — Negotiations between community groups and a nonprofit dedicated to assisting people with HIV jumped a hurdle last week when the organization announced that it would be moving one of its most controversial programs outside of the city. An unnamed partner organization in neighboring Venice agreed to take in the Homeless... Read more →

Report: Impacts of Bergamot-area developments understated

CITY HALL — An attorney retained by a local community group took a scathing view of an environmental impact report for the proposed Bergamot Transit Village, calling its analysis “shoddy.” The village, which will be on the former Papermate site north of the incoming Exposition Light Rail station, was presented as a 766,094... Read more →