Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:35 am
A volunteer group of community members, residents and local activists has come together to stand up for a positive vision of Santa Monica’s future.
Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 12:01 pm
Dear Editor, Thursday afternoon, March 26, at 3:30 pm, I left my Emeritus class and drove from Arizona onto Ocean Avenue headed south. Construction had created gridlock. When at last I reached the next corner I turned left to try another route. But the cross streets were clogged by drivers who, like me, were trying to escape, as well as by more construction. On Second and Fourth Streets there was the same humongous blockage and it took me an hour just to get out of the downtown area.
Posted Feb. 5, 2015, 2:58 pm
Malibu has filed a motion to dismiss all claims in a federal lawsuit challenging a local measure that put limits on chain stores in the seaside city, according to court papers obtained today.
Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 8:54 am
A longtime development fight came to an end when a developer dropped the last of several lawsuits filed over the city of Malibu's rejection of the proposed Trancas Town project in the western part of the beach community.
Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:30 am
Despite extensive neighborhood protest, a development for 10 residential units at the site of 802 Ashland Avenue, Santa Monica, got the go-ahead Monday, with the design, colors, materials and landscape plans passed by the City’s Architectural Review Board (ARB).
Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am
Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.
Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:53 am
The hotly-debated development of Bergamot Station Arts Center was placed in front of Santa Monica City Council once again last Tuesday, Nov. 25, with the community and council members deciding to increase the number of advisory committee members and better define the application of a list of guiding principles.
Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:54 am
The Santa Monica Planning Commission, concerned about resident opposition to the current redline version of the proposed new zoning code, called a Town Hall Meeting at Lincoln Middle School for the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:52 am
More than 200 Santa Monicans filled the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium Wednesday night to face the Planning Commission and discuss zoning issues and the recently released ordinance that outlines development guidelines for the city.
Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 9:25 am
The empty block at 1112 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, will soon see some building action with a 32-unit housing project approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night.
Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 9:03 am
Large development projects and chain stores in Malibu will face increased restrictions thanks to voters' passage of a measure backed by luminaries such as filmmaker/producer Rob Reiner and actor Dick Van Dyke.
Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 9:13 am
Plans for the downtown Santa Monica block bordering Broadway and 5th Street have been approved for review, with City Council voting Tuesday to move forward with the development process for the site.
Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 9:06 am
The creation of an affordable housing linkage fee on new development projects moved one step closer to fruition following the Santa Monica City Council’s recent vote on the issue.
Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:22 am
Dear Editor, Just like your body, the urban fabric is continually renewing itself: buildings are continually torn down and new ones erected in their place in response to economic, demographic and political factors.
Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 9:12 am
A special meeting will be held this Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10am to discuss the proposals for the Bergamot Art Center prior to the City Council’s consideration of the same on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 8:45 am
The developer behind the proposed replacement of Village Trailer Park presented updated plans at the Architectural Review Board (ARB) on Monday, addressing concerns raised earlier in the public process and telling board members certain design elements were “complete.”
Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:46 am
Dear Editor, The train is coming! In less than two years, the Expo Line will arrive in Santa Monica. While the Expo Station will be ready on time, the adjacent Bergamot Arts Complex likely will not.
Posted Aug. 13, 2014, 9:18 am
No Taxes to Fund Development (NTFD), a citizen's group that says it formed to oppose a Santa Monica City Hall sponsored tax hike that will appear on this November’s ballot, filed a lawsuit Monday, Aug. 11 against the City of Santa Monica in Superior Court.
Posted Aug. 10, 2014, 8:39 am
Dear Editor, By now everyone knows about the drought, although some people seem to be in denial about the problem it presents. The governor has asked for a 20 percent reduction in use, and our City has followed suit and asked residents to reduce water use by 20 percent.
Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 9:32 am
Nine years in the making, the grand opening for Belmar Apartments in Santa Monica was held Thursday. The affordable housing development located at 1725 Ocean Avenue includes 160 new apartments that are now home to a diversity of households.
Posted Jul. 21, 2014, 9:23 am
Ocean Avenue South, a 3.7-acre site a block away from the Pacific Ocean, contributes two luxury residential properties to a block of coastal apartments and condominiums: The Waverly and The Seychelle, with the former finally having opened its doors to tenants last month after years in the making.
Posted Jul. 18, 2014, 9:25 am
Slow growth does not mean no growth. Though a proposed multi-use project in front of the Santa Monica Planning Commission did not squarely fit with the specifications outlined by the City’s trusty land use document, commissioners – including those who have consistently advocated for slow growth – voted July 9 to allow a development agreement (DA) to build a seven-story, 84-foot building at the Fred Segal Building on Fifth and Broadway to move ahead in the process.
Posted Jul. 17, 2014, 8:45 am
The first three high-profile dining establishments planned for Ocean Avenue South were announced on Wednesday by Related California: Joan’s On Third, Hakkasan Group’s Searsucker, and a Starbucks Evenings concept.
Posted Jul. 8, 2014, 8:48 am
A new car dealership could soon zig and zag its way to the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 14th Street. The proposed dealership has already handled a few tough corners en route to the City Council, but before MINI crosses the finish line and opens up shop in Santa Monica, the group proposing the auto company’s arrival must still win over the City Council.
Posted Jul. 4, 2014, 6:00 am
The Councilmember Discussion Items section of the bi-monthly Santa Monica City Council agenda is rarely a time for fireworks. Requested items placed on the second to last section of the agenda are usually quickly – and casually – discussed before moving forward to public comment.