New grants target storefronts

PICO BOULEVARD — When Peter and Eleanor Path open the doors to their store Acapillow Friday evening, they’ll have more to show off than their new product line. Acapillow, a furnishing store that sells locally-made products made out of recycled materials, is the first business to participate in a pilot project conceived by the Buy Local... Read more →


Conservancy wants to raise $1.6M

FUTURE: This rendering depicts what the shotgun house may look like after renovations. (Rendering by Fonda-Bonardi and Holman Architects ) OCEAN PARK — The Santa Monica Conservancy is hoping to raise $1.6 million to create a new, professionally-staffed Preservation Resource Center to be located in a rehabilitated shotgun house. The... Read more →



New calculations could mean new look at DAs

CITYWIDE — City staff are taking another look at estimates used to calculate the amount of traffic and parking spaces needed for new development in light of research brought forward by a resident showing that companies are squeezing more workers into less square footage than previously assumed. Numbers produced by CoreNet Global, a... Read more →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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. Inc. showed off the larger Kindle Fire with a high-definition display amid expectations that Apple Inc. will... Read more →