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 →

Motel owner settles dispute over bed taxes, tenant harassment

14TH STREET — The owner of the Palm Motel has agreed to pay $7,500 to City Hall’s Consumer Protection Fund and give free rent to three of his current and former guests as part of a settlement reached with the City Attorney’s Office, it was announced Wednesday. Spiros Dellaportas was accused of taxing guests at the hotel... Read more →

City Council wants clarity on community benefits

CITY HALL — Decision makers and the community need more information, and earlier, if they’re going to get appropriate concessions out of developers bent on building projects that exceed normal zoning rules, the City Council said Tuesday. The concessions, called “community benefits,” are extras like parks, community... Read more →