Business

Union car wash rejected for city contract

LINCOLN BLVD — Santa Monica stole headlines when it got the nation’s first unionized car wash, but one year later, it won’t be union workers benefiting from municipal contracts. City officials have chosen the Lincoln Boulevard Car Wash for a one to three-year contract to clean city cars, citing environmental and labor violations for... Read more →

Business

Amazon unveils new Kindle Fire

SANTA MONICA — Amazon unveiled four new Kindle Fire tablet computers on Thursday, including ones with larger color screens, as the online retailer steps up competition with Apple ahead of the holiday shopping season. Amazon.com Inc. showed off the larger Kindle Fire with a high-definition display amid expectations that Apple Inc. will... Read more →

Development

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Park owner proposes to retain 10 trailers

COLORADO AVE —  City planners released new details about a propsal to re-develop the Village Trailer Park that would reduce the overall size of the project and retain some of the existing trailers. The park’s developer, Marc Luzzatto, pulled plans for East Village — a 438-unit mixed-use development — from the Aug. 28 City Council... Read more →

Business

Q-Line: Grubbin’ on the go

The Planning Commission last week voted in favor of new regulations for off-street food truck lots, allowing them on Main Street one day a week while letting them set up shop on Santa Monica, Lincoln and Pico boulevards for four. They’ll have to set up restrooms and provide parking, among other things. Some restaurant owners are none too... Read more →

City Council

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Businesses howl over new transportation fee

CITY HALL —  The City Council on Tuesday asked planners to take another look at a new fee intended to make it easier to get around Santa Monica after the business community showed up in force to protest the price tag. The proposed fee would raise $60 million to pay for $134 million worth of  infrastructure projects, like more bus lanes... Read more →

Business

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Residents organize for future of Lincoln

Cars line Lincoln Boulevard. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) LINCOLN BLVD — Compared to the other boulevards in Santa Monica such as San Vincente and Wilshire, Lincoln's concrete, gum-stained pavement, paucity of trees, lack of design and abundance of trash fail to represent Santa Monica as a desirable location. When walking down... Read more →

Business

Hulu coming to Colorado Center

BROADWAY — Pioneering Internet television provider Hulu is moving to Santa Monica, joining a plethora of high-tech and entertainment companies that have helped the city by the sea earn the moniker Silicon Beach. Although officials at Hulu, which offers prime-time television shows for free online, would not comment, city officials last... Read more →

Business

Commission moves to legalize, regulate food trucks

Patricia Acosta receives her order of sliders from the Manja truck's owner Debbie Coglietti Perez at the 'Hump Day' lot at the corner of 14th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta.) CITY HALL — Like your gourmet nosh with a side of napkins rather than a tablecloth? The Planning Commission signaled its intent... Read more →

City Council

Cities dispute redevelopment money sought by state

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown’s finance department said 27 local governments have failed to pay or have underpaid the state after the governor tried to sweep up billions of dollars from community redevelopment agencies that were eliminated this year. Yet cities such as San Jose, Stockton and Brea are disputing the bill from the... Read more →

Business

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Jury says Shangri-La owner discriminated against Jews

SM COURTHOUSE — A Muslim hotel owner discriminated against a Jewish group during a poolside charity event at the Shangri-La by ordering removal of banners and ousting them from the pool and spa, a jury decided in awarding $1.2 million statutory damages. Punitive damages will be determined later. The suit was filed by Friends of the Israel... Read more →