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Activists submit signatures to block development

Armen Melkonians, founder of the Residocracy movement, speaks to a crowd of supporters gathered outside of City Hall on Tuesday. The group was there to drop off signatures calling for a referendum against a City Council-approved development. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL — Residents concerned about the pace of... Read more →

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Residents sue City Hall over development

DOWNTOWN — Residents concerned about development and its impact on traffic have filed a lawsuit against City Hall to block the building of over 760,000 square feet of new office space, housing and retail on the east end of Santa Monica. The lawsuit, filed Monday by the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, claims city officials,... Read more →

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Is Santa Monica next to rein in e-cigs?

Brittany O'Boyle, an employee at FIX Vapor on Main Street, enjoys a mid-day vapor session on Monday. (Photos by Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) MAIN STREET — Jeffrey Freeman was addicted to tobacco — until he found electronic cigarettes. The battery-powered vaporizers, which deliver a form of nicotine and can mimic the feel of... Read more →

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IMAX to follow Sony to Playa Vista

IMAX is planning on leaving its Santa Monica office. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) EXPOSITION BLVD — I think I’ve seen this one before. IMAX, a film projection format company known for its larger-than-life nature films, is leaving the city by the sea for a brand new space in Playa Vista. IMAX is the newest addition to the... Read more →

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Brief: Muji comes to Main Street

Tokyo-based retailer Muji is planning on adding to its collection of over 600 stores worldwide by opening a location on Main Street this spring. The maker of minimalist lifestyle products that include clothing, dishes, cutlery and furniture (think Asian IKEA) has leased 6,300 square feet at 2936 Main St. The store will sell food as well,... Read more →

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City Hall recognizes ‘healthy’ nail salons

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — Santa Monica has become the first city in Southern California to officially recognize nail salons that create safer environments for their workers, owners and customers by using less toxic products, city officials said. Mayor Pam O’Connor and Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day on Monday visited one such salon — Nancy’s... Read more →

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City attorney, landlord resolve harassment complaints

DOWNTOWN — The owners of a landmarked apartment building have agreed to settle complaints filed last summer by disabled tenants who said they were harassed and had their privacy violated. The AZ Shores apartments at 1305 Second Street in Downtown Santa Monica. Disabled tenants there recently complained about being harassed by their... Read more →