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 →



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 →

City Council

Council stalls Civic, Samohi improvements

The school district’s annual Stairway of the Stars concert is a regular event at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Improvements to the facility have been put on hold. CITY HALL — A number of popular projects throughout Santa Monica will be put on hold or downsized so that City Hall can balance the loss of its Redevelopment Agency... Read more →

City Council


Not building parking could cost developers more

CITY HALL —  City officials have begun circulating an update to a 26-year-old program that they expect will nearly quadruple the amount of money raised from developers to expand the Downtown parking supply and reduce vehicle trips. According to a draft report by consultant Nelson/Nygaard, the proposed parking in-lieu fee would cost... Read more →


Brief: Wash cars, raise funds

American Red Cross of Santa Monica volunteers will host a car wash to raise funds on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the chapter’s parking lot, 1450 11th St. Pay $10 per car and $15 per truck or SUV for a thorough hand wash and vacuum. Volunteers will use only the latest environmentally-friendly practices and sustainable... Read more →



Trailer park developer exploring compromise

The developer of Village Trailer Park may allow some trailers to stay on the site following a major redevelopment. (Daniel Archuleta COLORADO AVE —  The local face of the development group trying to replace the Village Trailer Park with condos, apartments and affordable housing has signaled his desire to explore a... Read more →

After The Bell

Channeling his inner Carnac

Some people don’t invest in the stock market because, they say, one can’t predict where it will go or the value of any particular stock. I tend to agree with that, but it doesn’t keep me from investing. While I don’t pretend to be able to predict the price a stock will go to, or the market in general, I do think I can predict the... Read more →

After The Bell


Economics is difficult

I wish I understood economics. I find economic reports confusing. Here are some examples: • “Our economy is bad because we are in a period of slow growth.” If we are still growing how bad can it be? I read in the International Herald Times last month that only three major countries are still in a growth period; Canada, the U.S. and... Read more →


Mural takes flight

SM AIRPORT — Officials with the Museum of Flying on Friday unveiled sketches for what is to be a mural entitled “Fly Douglas” that pays tribute to the aircraft company that once called Santa Monica home. The mural will feature images of the DC aircraft series, from the first DC-1 aircraft to the final DC-10, which were produced at the... Read more →


New food truck lot comes to SM

SANTA MONICA BLVD — Move over Main Street, there’s a new food truck lot in town. This Wednesday head over to the corner of 14th Street and Santa Monica Boulevard to sample grub from a dozen different food trucks at the Hump Day Lot created by entrepreneur and confessed foodie Brian Spire. “I’ve always been a foodie and I just love... Read more →