Business

Renter’s insurance protects tenants, landlords

CITY HALL —  What you don’t know can hurt you. That seemed to be the message of the day after last week’s Rent Control Board meeting in which Commissioner Robert Kronovet tried to explore the concept of requiring renters with pets to get renter’s insurance, including cases of service animals. Renter’s insurance is a policy... Read more →

Business

Pot lab loses again, tries new tactic

CIVIC CENTER — The owner of a medical marijuana testing laboratory plans to appeal a decision by an administrative law judge who ruled that City Hall did nothing wrong when it denied the facility a license to operate. According to a decision written by Judge Howard W. Cohen, Golden State Collective owner Richard McDonald failed to prove... Read more →

Business

Santa Monica property values climb

This home is located on Georgina Avenue north of Montana Avenue. Santa Monica experienced a 4.6 percent increase in property values. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta.) CITYWIDE — The assessed value of properties in Santa Monica increased by 4.6 percent over last year, beating out Los Angeles County figures and Santa Monica officials’ own... Read more →

Briefs

Brief: City Hall’s beachfront property sells

The City Council voted Tuesday night to sell a half-acre lot on Ocean Way and use the proceeds to pay for affordable housing elsewhere in the city. Edward Thomas Hospitality Companies agreed to pay $13.15 million for the lot, which sits immediately next to the company’s luxury hotel Casa del Mar. Staff has been working to trade the... Read more →

Business

City Hall selling beachfront property

City Hall has agreed to sell this Ocean Way property. (File photo) CITY HALL — City officials hope to seal the deal on a real estate transaction over four years in the making Tuesday which would divest City Hall of beachfront property on Ocean Way for a cool $13.15 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Edward Thomas Hospitality... Read more →

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 →