Director admits change to map

The Bank of America on Wilshire has been re-zonened. (File photo) CITY HALL — City officials acknowledged at last week’s Planning Commission meeting that they incorporated a previously unaccounted for map into an important planning document, changing the designation of some lots from residential to commercial. That map, the city... Read more →


Santa Monica Merchant brings the farm to your door

Actual farms in Santa Monica are few and far between but farm fresh produce is a way of life for many residents. While Santa Monica's farmers' markets are abundant and world-class, there are residents who are unable to make it to the markets on a regular basis and local entrepreneur Giles Donavan has found a niche catering to those... Read more →


Getting the juice out

Time-sensitive customers along Montana Avenue will soon have a new option to fulfill their craving for healthy food with the arrival of Beaming, a juice, food and lifestyle company based in Del Mar. Beaming’s website describes the business as a “gourmet, healthy, fast casual” food company and after building a following in the San... Read more →


Council to consider e-cig regulation

Brittany O'Boyle, an employee at FIX Vapor on Main Street, enjoys a mid-day vapor session. (Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL — Vapor may join smoke on City Hall’s list of regulated exhalents. On Tuesday, Santa Monica’s City Council will consider directing City Hall to amend its smoking ordinance to regulate electronic cigarettes in... Read more →



Area cab drivers to protest at Uber’s offices

DOWNTOWN — Cabbies from around the region will gather for a protest Tuesday outside of Uber’s offices on Seventh Street in Santa Monica. Uber, a ride-sharing company that allows riders to call drivers using a smartphone app, doesn’t face the same regulations faced by cab drivers. Taxi and limo drivers say that Uber and other... Read more →


Ocean Avenue projects may get public input

People stroll down Ocean Avenue on Saturday. (Paul Alvarez Jr.) CITY HALL — How high is too high for an oceanfront project? You, registered voter, may have a chance to decide. On Tuesday, when City Council unanimously favored the 148-foot-tall version of a proposed Downtown project over its 84-foot-tall alternative, many residents... Read more →



Tensions grow between gallerists, the museum

BERGAMOT STATION - These days no fight with City Hall is complete without an electronic petition. On Tuesday the Bergamot Station Gallery Cultural Association, which represents more than three dozen galleries and organizations at the art center, posted a petition to the website, urging City Council to reconsider the request for... Read more →



Council favors taller Downtown development option

FUTURE: This image depicts what a new development on Arizona Avenue (left) will look like. (Rendering courtesy City of Santa Monica) DOWNTOWN — It hasn’t even reached the Planning Commission phase and some residents are throwing around words like “referendum.” The Santa Monica City Council unanimously preferred a taller project... Read more →