Apple’s new store wins approval

CITY HALL — A certain item on the Planning Commission’s Wednesday night calendar has been blowing up the blogosphere and rumor mills for days, but got less than a minute’s worth of consideration from the four commissioners. Sources say that Apple Inc. plans to demolish a three-story, 33,750-square-foot building on the... Read more →

New video game harnesses power of human mind

CASA DEL MAR — Old world melded with the futuristic Tuesday night when the Hotel Casa del Mar debuted its partnership with Neurosky, a technology company that specializes in hardware that measures a user’s brainwaves and uses them to manipulate objects and programs. It was the first of many game nights, called Mind Game... Read more →

Rapper Xzibit teaches kids car maintenance

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica will co-host “Ready to Role” today, an event intended to teach youth confidence and pragmatic car skills. FRAM oil filter presents this event in conjunction with former club member Xzibit of “Pimp My Ride” fame. The event will dispense valuable information about car repair... Read more →

Citizen CPR classes offered this Saturday

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica is offering free, one-hour cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes and automated external defibrillator classes on Saturday. Classes are scheduled for 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center on 1527 Fourth St. Though attendees will not receive certification for participating in these classes,... Read more →

Lionsgate development escapes further delay

CITY HALL — Owners of a massive creative arts and production development on Colorado Avenue breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday night when a diminished City Council voted unanimously to move the project on without a secondary review by the Planning Commission. Any objections voiced by council members focused on the visual aspects of... Read more →

Red Cross seeks donors for blood drive

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica and 95.5 KLOS radio are co-hosting their 30th annual blood drive Friday, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. People 17 and over in good health who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood, according to a statement released this week. Individuals as young as 16 can donate if... Read more →

A Joe’s Pizza by any other name

DOWNTOWN — When Giuseppe “Joe” Vitale opened Joe’s Pizza of Bleecker Street in Santa Monica, he claimed that he was bringing the venerable New York City pizzeria by the same name to the West Coast. He told the Daily Press in 2007 that he co-founded the now famous Greenwich Village eatery with his then father-in-law... Read more →

Bundy Village development stalls again

EASTSIDE — A controversial development project on the outskirts of Santa Monica at Bundy Drive is further away than ever after the bankrupt developer removed the project from the Los Angeles City Council calendar in recent weeks. According to a press release by L.A. Councilmember Bill Rosendahl’s office, the developer of the... Read more →

Nonprofits fighting for every dollar

CITY HALL — Every four years, RoseMary Regalbuto has the task of begging for money. Although she benefits from it in some way, her main goal isn’t to line her own pockets, or scratch up food for herself. She’s actually buying meals for others. Regalbuto is the president of Westside Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers... Read more →

Commission scrutinizes Yahoo! Center parking

CITY HALL — Yahoo! Center’s controversial development agreement amendment to legitimize a decade of parking space leasing that city planners have declared a violation will move forward to the City Council with a host of cautionary notes from uneasy planning commissioners after their meeting Wednesday night. The amendment seeks to... Read more →

Developer submits plans for iconic hotel

DOWNTOWN — The owners of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel submitted plans to the Planning Department Thursday for a major overhaul of the 1927 building, which has been losing ground to newer luxury hotels springing up in Southern California. According to a press release, the proposed changes would shrink the total number of hotel rooms, but... Read more →

City gets affordable housing in wake of developer default

CITY HALL — The City Attorney’s Office brokered a settlement agreement between two private companies caught in the wake of a developer’s default on its commitment to build 52 affordable housing units in Downtown Santa Monica. The JSM Corp., which is responsible for much of the housing Downtown, failed to fulfill affordable... Read more →

Medical uniforms with a designer twist

EASTSIDE — Kathy Peterson recently returned from a quick tour of European fashion houses and cultural destinations, searching for design and color inspiration for her 2012 spring product line. “Butterflies are going to be huge,” Peterson said, standing in a design space at the offices of koi, a clothing design... Read more →

Vidiots reaches out to customers for support

PICO BLVD — Like any savvy business owner, Cathy Tauber knows you should never give the impression that you’re down on your luck. It’s better to come from a position of power. But the reality is Vidiots, the independent video rental store that she co-founded with childhood friend Patty Polinger in Santa Monica in 1985, is... Read more →

WISE launches legal aid program for seniors

      DOWNTOWN — Seniors looking for some legal advice have a new resource to turn to. Starting today, WISE & Healthy Aging, with the help of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, will provide seniors with a series of Monday morning legal clinics where they can get help with issues such as eviction/tenant disputes,... Read more →