City Hall slammed with $12.6M state grab

  CITY HALL —  City officials turn SURPRISE RETURN: A rose bush sprouts up from a patch of soil in front of City Hall on Tuesday. The garden was razed to make way for a park that may not be developed. The small bush is springing from the root of one of the removed specimens. (Daniel Archuleta ed over $12.6... Read more →


Crowdfunding raises money for local projects

CITYWIDE — In March, City Council gave activists trying to save the “Chain Reaction” statue an ultimatum. They could either raise the $220,000 to $420,000 needed to make critical structural repairs on the artwork by November, or it would be removed from the Santa Monica public art collection. A team of activists banded together to... Read more →


IMAX signs lease renewal at Lantana

IMAX Corp., one of the world’s leading entertainment technology companies, signed a lease renewal for the entire 65,000 square-foot Lantana IMAX building. The three-story building, located at 2900 Exposition Blvd. near Olympic Boulevard and Centinela Avenue is 95 percent occupied. Other tenants include Dick Clark Productions, Todd-AO,... Read more →


Santa Monica-UCLA opens new building

A new medical building with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council was recently added to the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. The three-story, 50,000-square-foot building, located at 1223 16th St., houses eight operating rooms for outpatient surgery, a linear accelerator... Read more →


Bergamot development stalls for now

BERGAMOT STATION — A major redevelopment of the former Papermate site previously scheduled for review in June will now be put off until the beginning of 2013, and a local anti-development group is taking credit. Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) announced in a release Tuesday that their opposition to the development,... Read more →


NYC firm buys rights to Fred Segal

A New York City firm has purchased the worldwide naming rights for the iconic Fred Segal brand, which over the last five decades has become synonymous with casual chic. Sandow Media, which announced the acquisition, said the deal will allow it to put the iconic red, white and blue Fred Segal logo on merchandise as well as build Fred Segal... Read more →


Center no longer named after Yahoo!

BROADWAY — A business park on the east end of Santa Monica will go through its fourth name change in two decades now that anchor tenant Yahoo! will no longer have its moniker on the building. Equity Office, the owners of the business complex formerly known as the Yahoo! Center, applied to City Hall for new signage that will mark the... Read more →


Santa Monica-UCLA receives donation

As a breast cancer survivor, Barbara Kort knows first hand about the importance of a calm and peaceful treatment center. With her recent donation to the Santa Monica- UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, she said she hopes to give that gift to other women battling the disease. The Women’s Imaging Center at the hospital was... Read more →


Local entrepreneur takes the reins at Santa Anita Park

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monican Mark Verge can remember the exact day he fell in love with horse racing. It was March 22, 1981. His coach at St. Monica Catholic High School, Mike Amodei, took Verge and his best friend Doug O’Neill on a field trip to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. to watch the thoroughbreds race — and place a... Read more →