Brief: Richard Bloom criticizes Hines decision

Former Santa Monica Mayor and current State Assembly Member Richard Bloom, has released a statement regarding the City Council’s decision to revoke approval of the controversial Hines development project. The Hines project consists of five roughly 80-foot-tall building and 765,000 square feet of office, housing, retail, and restaurants.... Read more →



Hines repealed

CITY HALL — The controversial Hines project’s development agreement was repealed at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The Bergamot Transit Village project was initially approved in a 4 to 3 February vote. Councilmember Gleam Davis, moved by the public protest, changed her mind.  Davis’ vote was enough to rescind the February... Read more →


Reflecting on the Third Street Promenade’s birth

DESTINATION IN THE MAKING: A flashback to when the Third Street Promenade was under construction 25 years ago. (Photo courtesy Downtown Santa Monica Inc.) DOWNTOWN — A quarter century ago this September, the Third Street Promenade as we know it was born and Downtown Santa Monica Inc. will be celebrating the milestone all summer... Read more →


Brief: Production company wins awards

Furlined, a commercial production company based in Santa Monica, was recently awarded two “ANDY” Awards for their work on a pair of commercial campaigns. The awards are organized by the ADVERTISING Club of New York and were judged by an international talent pool to evaluate the best ideas from around the world. Directors Ted Pauly... Read more →


Businesses ousted from Fred Segal building

BROADWAY — A proposal for a seven-story mixed-use building on the corner of Fifth Street and Broadway, where Fred Segal is currently located, is moving along and some of the businesses will have to move out by the end of the month. DK Broadway LLC purchased the 500 Broadway plot in 2012 and brought in the Thomas Properties Group to... Read more →



Same day delivery becoming more common in Santa Monica

ON THE GO: has come to town. (Photo courtesy Steven F Heuer) CITYWIDE — Santa Monica has a reputation for healthy living. The city promotes bike lanes, has more yoga studios than fast food outlets and is one of the rare locations where it's easier to buy organic than conventional. So it's somewhat surprising that it's also... Read more →


Faces of Silicon Beach: Aaron George

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing series of question and answer pieces focusing on Santa Monica’s emerging technology industry. This week’s subject is Law Kick and its founder Aaron George.   Erik: Start with what got you to be an entrepreneur and what got you to go that route. Law: I didn’t really know what I wanted to... Read more →


Bumps on the go

ROLLING: Benji Miller rides his bike through Palisades Park while listening to his invention, the Allo smartphone speaker. (Daniel Archuleta DOWNTOWN — Usually, the simple ideas are the ones that work best. Local high school student Benji Miller, 17, wanted to hear music while riding his bicycle, but didn’t want... Read more →



Movie theaters and parking

DOWNTOWN — It was a big week for movie theaters in Santa Monica. A new ArcLight Cinema is officially going in on the third level of the Santa Monica Place mall. Another larger ArcLight, proposed for Fourth Street, took a step closer to becoming a reality. City officials largely agree that new, modern theaters are needed Downtown;... Read more →