Santa Monica vetting new car-sharing service WaiveCar

A new car-sharing service in Santa Monica allows people to drive for free in electric vehicles that are sponsored by advertisers. Simple enough, right? Maybe. The City of Santa Monica is currently assessing the legality of WaiveCar, which launched locally this month. Officials must make sure the business doesn't run afoul of a maze... Read more →


Laemmle theater scheduled to reopen this month

Greg Laemmle was somewhat reluctant to announce an official opening date for the completely renovated Monica Film Center. After all, the Laemmle Theatres CEO had already postponed the relaunch several times due to delays in construction and inspection. But with a new power supply scheduled to be delivered this week, Laemmle was targeting... Read more →


Local shoppers keep millions centered in Santa Monica

Buy Local Santa Monica is celebrating 2015 as another successful year for the economic development program with $45 million generated for the local community. The Santa Monica Buy Local program is a partnership between local businesses and the City that encourages shoppers to spend money within city limits, particularly at mom and pop... Read more →


Tar & Roses to reopen after fire

It was the message that fans of the popular Santa Monica restaurant had been waiting to hear for months. “We're baaaaaaaack,” the Facebook post boasted. Last Monday’s announcement, which explained that Tar & Roses will reopen its doors to patrons Jan. 8, came more than six months after a fire broke out at the restaurant on the... Read more →

Real Estate

Santa Monica real estate firm marks 50th anniversary

The first property that Albinas “Mark” Markevicius bought in Santa Monica was an old house in the 1200 block of 17th Street with a couple additional units in the back. The year was 1958. He spent $26,500. “One of the brokers said I way overpaid,” he said. “But I felt there was a future. I was looking long-term.” Markevicius... Read more →


Small Business Saturday returns Nov. 28

Thanksgiving is the day set aside to be grateful for what we have and the days after Thanksgiving are set aside to get more stuff that you can be thankful for next year. The shopping frenzy now begins on Thanksgiving itself, moves through Black Friday and includes the online blitz known as Cyber Monday. With thousands of dollars to be spent... Read more →


Santa Monica High grads launch TheLead for sports news

It's been more than a decade since Tim Livingston developed his writing chops as a member of Santa Monica High School's student newspaper. And look at him now. A former college baseball player who had been working as a recruiter in the tech start-up scene, Livingston recently combined his interests in athletics and entrepreneurship by... Read more →


Giving thanks, giving back

Thoughts were swirling in Bala Natarajan's head as he rode his Honda Shadow motorcycle on Pacific Coast Highway early one morning, stopping at a local cafe for breakfast. What is passion? What is purpose? What is one without the other? It's the season of giving thanks, but Natarajan wanted to offer more than a token of gratitude to the... Read more →


Tourist spending rises in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Travel & Tourism summer 2015 statistics on visitor behavior and spending show increases in areas like spending and decreases in certain types of visitors headed to town. The report states that the overall average daily group spending rose to $373 (up from $343 in 2014) and total daily spending of hotel guests rose to... Read more →