Business

Shangri-La accused of civil rights violation

TAKING A LOOK: A couple walks by the Shangri-La Hotel on Ocean Avenue on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) SM COURTHOUSE — A member of the Board of Directors of the youth arm of a Jewish charity took the stand Tuesday in a lawsuit alleging that a Santa Monica hotel owner had violated the rights of his organization by shutting... Read more →

Development

Lincoln construction projects bust budget

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Construction projects at Lincoln Middle School are expected to run $4 million over the original budget, forcing the school district to dip into bond program reserves to make up the difference. The original budget put approximately $17.5 million aside for construction on the Lincoln campus. Approximately half of the... Read more →

City Council

Frank talk with Rod Gould

Rod Gould (Kevin Herrera kevinh@smdp.com) CITY HALL — Every second and fourth Tuesday, the City Council sits down with a stack of staff reports to debate and decide the issues facing Santa Monica. Seated directly opposite them is an audience, usually composed of people armed with passion and rhetoric about topics that will greatly... Read more →

Airport

Man charged in nail-throwing case

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — The man who allegedly threw nails into the driveways of two flight schools and an aviation business at Santa Monica Airport has been charged with a misdemeanor count of attempted vandalism. Jeremiah Kean Mayman, 31, of Venice, was arrested on May 31 on suspicion of felony vandalism when a Santa Monica Police Department... Read more →

Government

Wilmont stands by the purge

WILMONT — The Wilshire-Montana Neighborhood Coalition announced Friday it would stand by its decision to purge its membership of an opposition group that tried to dominate the coalition’s elections in June. The board sent out notices to what some estimate to be 30 people who  supported or participated in what it holds were... Read more →

Business

Selling shades to create more shade

Rose Ann and J.V. Salumbides created Siempre Verde, an eco-friendly sunglass company that promises to plant trees for every product sold. (Brandon Wise brandonw@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — In perfect time for summer, Rose Ann Salumbides, a Santa Monica High School teacher, and her husband J.V., an advertising executive, launched Siempre Verde,... Read more →

Business

Bike center debuts commuter program

DOWNTOWN — There always seems to be traffic in Santa Monica, especially in the morning during people’s commute to work. The Santa Monica Bike Center is now providing some relief. The Bike Center on Friday kicked off a new commuter program to loan bicycles to people for two weeks to give them a taste of what it’s like to ride a bike to... Read more →

Business

From farm to plate

The dessert sampler at FIG's latest farm dinner featured fruit from Harry's Berries, an organic farm in Oxnard, Calif. and a regular at the Third Street Farmers' Market. If you notice a restaurant that offers fixed rate, family style, one day only, multi-course meals (usually themed), it’s a good sign of a creative chef that does not... Read more →

Business

Fate of trailer park still uncertain

CITY HALL —  “Council members, the words you’ve been waiting for — the item is before us.” A tired Mayor Richard Bloom recited the rote phrase at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, five hours after the City Council opened the public hearing on a contentious development agreement that could convert a half-empty trailer park into a five-story,... Read more →

Business

Council switches on smoking ban

CITY HALL —  The City Council did an about-face on a controversial smoking ban Tuesday night over unanswered questions regarding medical marijuana and a perceived lack of outreach to condominium owners. A 4-2 vote, with only Councilmembers Terry O’Day and Bob Holbrook in favor of the ban, reversed a July 10 decision that would have... Read more →