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ARB denies large promenade LED screen

CITY HALL - Imagine sitting outside at the future Steak N Shake on the Third Street Promenade watching the autumn leaves fall or staring at a snow-capped peak. Well, you're going to have to keep imagining. The Architectural Review Board (ARB) denied a request from the owner of a mixed-use promenade building to add a 24-foot-long row of... Read more →

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Director admits change to map

The Bank of America on Wilshire has been re-zonened. (File photo) CITY HALL — City officials acknowledged at last week’s Planning Commission meeting that they incorporated a previously unaccounted for map into an important planning document, changing the designation of some lots from residential to commercial. That map, the city... Read more →

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Santa Monica Merchant brings the farm to your door

Actual farms in Santa Monica are few and far between but farm fresh produce is a way of life for many residents. While Santa Monica's farmers' markets are abundant and world-class, there are residents who are unable to make it to the markets on a regular basis and local entrepreneur Giles Donavan has found a niche catering to those... Read more →

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Getting the juice out

Time-sensitive customers along Montana Avenue will soon have a new option to fulfill their craving for healthy food with the arrival of Beaming, a juice, food and lifestyle company based in Del Mar. Beaming’s website describes the business as a “gourmet, healthy, fast casual” food company and after building a following in the San... Read more →

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Council to consider e-cig regulation

Brittany O'Boyle, an employee at FIX Vapor on Main Street, enjoys a mid-day vapor session. (Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL — Vapor may join smoke on City Hall’s list of regulated exhalents. On Tuesday, Santa Monica’s City Council will consider directing City Hall to amend its smoking ordinance to regulate electronic cigarettes in... Read more →

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Ocean Avenue projects may get public input

People stroll down Ocean Avenue on Saturday. (Paul Alvarez Jr.) CITY HALL — How high is too high for an oceanfront project? You, registered voter, may have a chance to decide. On Tuesday, when City Council unanimously favored the 148-foot-tall version of a proposed Downtown project over its 84-foot-tall alternative, many residents... Read more →

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Tensions grow between gallerists, the museum

BERGAMOT STATION - These days no fight with City Hall is complete without an electronic petition. On Tuesday the Bergamot Station Gallery Cultural Association, which represents more than three dozen galleries and organizations at the art center, posted a petition to the website Change.org, urging City Council to reconsider the request for... Read more →

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Council favors taller Downtown development option

FUTURE: This image depicts what a new development on Arizona Avenue (left) will look like. (Rendering courtesy City of Santa Monica) DOWNTOWN — It hasn’t even reached the Planning Commission phase and some residents are throwing around words like “referendum.” The Santa Monica City Council unanimously preferred a taller project... Read more →

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Community groups to host townhall about proposed condos

NOTICE: The Pico Neighborhood Association is against a plan to redevelop a number of properties on 21st Street into condos. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — The Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA) and several other neighborhood groups are taking a strong stance against proposed condominiums that would replace six... Read more →

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Fast food chains moving to Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — A pair of fast food chains are continuing their westward expansion with new locations in Santa Monica. Dunkin’ Donuts will open a store on Wilshire Boulevard in the coming months. The donuts and coffee company is the second cross-country business to set up shop in town following Steak’n Shake’s decision to take a space... Read more →

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Tux rental in the digital age

SILICON BEACH — The Black Tux Interview Andrew Blackman and Patrick Coyne are Co-Founders of TheBlackTux.com, a new way to rent a tuxedo. Here’s a little about them. Andrew Blackman: The business actually started in a very personal way. At my wedding two and half years ago, Patrick was a groomsman, and we had been through the tux... Read more →

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Convention & Visitors Bureau shuttles a hit

A Santa Monica Free Ride shuttle roles down Ocean Avenue. (Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN — With all of the complex transportation planning in the city — incoming Expo Light Rail, multi-million dollar Big Blue Bus system, a bike-sharing program in the works — who would have thought a fleet of fancy golf carts would be so... Read more →

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Bergamot Station visionary blasts City Hall

BERGAMOT STATION — The man credited with turning Bergamot Station from empty warehouses to a bustling world-renowned art center is backing out of the developer selection process. Three development teams are vying for City Council’s blessing to add a six-story hotel and 40,000 square feet of creative office space to the 8-acre Bergamot... Read more →