Minimum wage proposal comes to council

Santa Monica's minimum wage proposal will go before City Council on Sept. 29. The proposed rules closely mirror rules established by the City of Los Angeles, however staff said there are a few Santa Monica specific issues to be debated Tuesday night. "The draft Santa Monica ordinance matches the Los Angeles wage levels and schedule, and its... Read more →



Beloved auto repair shop closing after 93 years

Beneath a clear covering on the front desk at Santa Monica Radiator are dozens of cards and notes from customers thanking the business owners and staff for their extensive knowledge, unwavering dedication and friendly service. But very soon, those and hundreds of other customers will have to find another auto repair shop. After 93 years,... Read more →

City Council

Activists consider anti-development ballot measure

Residocracy, the group that spearheaded a voter referendum against what was then the Hines Project, has posted a new e-petition online to see if there is enough support for a ballot initiative that would limit development in Santa Monica. Based on the description online, a potential ballot initiative would require voter approval for... Read more →


Nonprofit shops participate in Buy Local, Give Local Week

This year, participants in Buy Local, Give Local Week will have the opportunity to give nationally by visiting the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop and Cherry Picked Thrift Store. Located at 920 Wilshire Blvd., the Discovery Shop accepts donations of gently used clothing, jewelry, collectibles, furniture and antiques for resale.... Read more →


Main Street restaurant temporarily closes after fire

Over the next couple weeks, it will pain Drew Adams not to be able to serve barbecue oysters, pork belly flatbread and braised short rib ravioli to diners at Fork in the Road. But the executive chef refuses to see the fire that broke out at his Santa Monica restaurant last week as anything other than a blessing in disguise. "It's... Read more →


Downtown donates to SMMEF

Businesses in Downtown Santa Monica are collaborating to support local education initiatives through the upcoming Buy Local, Give Local Week. From Sept.12-20, participating businesses in several business districts will donate a portion of their proceeds to various local charities. Downtown Santa Monica is supporting the Santa Monica Malibu... Read more →



Haggen files for bankruptcy

Haggen, the recently expanded chain of grocery stores, has filed for bankruptcy. The company said the Chapter 11 process would allow it to reorganize around a reduced portfolio of locations while hopefully continuing day-to-day operations. Grocery giants Safeway and Albertsons announced plans to merge in 2014. As part of the regulatory... Read more →


Lincoln Boulevard plans praised

Plans to redesign Lincoln Boulevard¬†received an overwhelmingly positive response this week when presented to the Planning Commission at their Sept. 2 meeting. The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor (LiNC) plan calls for substantial upgrades to 17 blocks of the road stretching from the I-10 freeway to Ozone Avenue. The plan includes economic... Read more →

Real Estate


Water fines open a new front in rental fights

The City of Santa Monica recently reported a drop in municipal water use of 52 percent, but some Santa Monica apartment owners say city policies are making it difficult to motivate renters to save water. The Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles (AAGLA) recently released a study stating that more than 86 percent of rental property... Read more →



Businesses brace for minimum wage discussion

As the City of Santa Monica considers a local minimum wage ordinance, local businesses are starting to engage with the city, and each other, in preparation for a wage hike. Local business owners gathered for an informal informational meeting last week and members of the business community will have an opportunity to speak with city... Read more →