Development

$55M Innovation Building unveiled at Samohi

When Dean Chien started as a freshman at Santa Monica High School three years ago, plans were already in motion for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district to construct a new science and technology building on campus. But the finished product still made a powerful impression on Chien, who is now a senior and the school's student body... Read more →

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Shore Hotel operating without required permits

The Shore Hotel is currently operating without a valid permit from the Coastal Commission and owners are relying on a pair of court cases to determine the hotel's future. Without a valid permit the best-case scenario for the hotel could be millions of dollars in fines, or at worst, the hotel could be shutdown until the commission is... Read more →

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Buyer identified for Haggen/Albertsons location

Gelson's Market wants to purchase the grocery store located at the corner of Lincoln and Ocean Park Boulevard following the bankruptcy of current owner Haggen. Haggen has filed paperwork with the courts to establish procedures for selling many of its former stores. Gelson's has been identified as a potential buyer for the Santa Monica store,... Read more →

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Pier board weighs car access, bridge replacement

Residents want the Pier experience to remain basically the same, albeit with potentially fewer cars and better pedestrian access. The Santa Monica Pier board recently held a community workshop to discuss plans for the future of the Pier. Organizers said the meeting went well but highlighted the need for better communication between officials... Read more →

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Minimum wage rules delayed

Santa Monica will raise the minimum wage to $15 ‚Ķ eventually. After hours of discussion and deliberation at their Sept. 29 meeting, the council voted to endorse the concept of a minimum wage but delayed voting on a formal ordinance pending additional analysis of several issues including service charges vs. tips, mandatory sick leave,... Read more →

Business

What’s the future of the Haggen grocery building?

With the pending closure of Haggen on Lincoln Boulevard, community activists, city planners and staff are talking about future opportunities for the property. The grocery store located at the corner of Ocean Park and Lincoln Boulevard is scheduled to close in about two months following an announcement that Haggen is abandoning the local... Read more →

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Haggen to close local stores

    Haggen has announced plans to abandon the Pacific Southwest market, meaning the chain will close or sell all of its California locations including the Santa Monica store. The company filed for bankruptcy on September 10 and at that time announced some store closures. However, in a September 24 announcement the company... Read more →

Business

Minimum wage proposal comes to council

Santa Monica's minimum wage proposal will go before City Council on Sept. 29. The proposed rules closely mirror rules established by the City of Los Angeles, however staff said there are a few Santa Monica specific issues to be debated Tuesday night. "The draft Santa Monica ordinance matches the Los Angeles wage levels and schedule, and its... Read more →

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Beloved auto repair shop closing after 93 years

Beneath a clear covering on the front desk at Santa Monica Radiator are dozens of cards and notes from customers thanking the business owners and staff for their extensive knowledge, unwavering dedication and friendly service. But very soon, those and hundreds of other customers will have to find another auto repair shop. After 93 years,... Read more →

City Council

Activists consider anti-development ballot measure

Residocracy, the group that spearheaded a voter referendum against what was then the Hines Project, has posted a new e-petition online to see if there is enough support for a ballot initiative that would limit development in Santa Monica. Based on the description online, a potential ballot initiative would require voter approval for... Read more →

Business

Nonprofit shops participate in Buy Local, Give Local Week

This year, participants in Buy Local, Give Local Week will have the opportunity to give nationally by visiting the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop and Cherry Picked Thrift Store. Located at 920 Wilshire Blvd., the Discovery Shop accepts donations of gently used clothing, jewelry, collectibles, furniture and antiques for resale.... Read more →