Posted Dec. 5, 2013, 7:54 am
The temperature may be cooling down but the number of happenings is heating up with the arrival of the holiday season. Every year Santa Monica hosts a series of holiday events and activities that light up Downtown, bringing a festive holiday spirit to the city.
Posted Nov. 15, 2013, 9:04 am
Light rail stations and hotels are not an uncommon partnership. In neighboring Los Angeles, a few of Metro’s rail lines have stops adjacent to hotels such as The W in Hollywood and The Standard in downtown Los Angeles. In Santa Monica, two hotels will soon be located across from the Expo Line terminus as council members unanimously approved Tuesday the development of a Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn by Hilton.
Posted Nov. 6, 2013, 9:51 am
In this week's episode of "In The Chair," Santa Monica Mirror Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen interviews Mackenzie Carter, the program director at Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., about the 2013 opening of ICE at Santa Monica.
Posted Nov. 1, 2013, 9:02 am
It’s that time of the year again with the return of Downtown Santa Monica’s enormously popular ICE at Santa Monica skating rink, which opens today just in time for the holiday season.
Posted Oct. 11, 2013, 8:52 am
A development agreement (DA) originally approved by the Santa Monica City Council in 2011 was revisited and amended Tuesday night, as a shorthanded council approved modifications to building and parking access, ground floor design, and layout.
Posted Oct. 5, 2013, 9:06 am
The eighth annual Santa Monica 5000 returns this Sunday, Oct. 6, so expect road closures and bus detours throughout the morning.
Posted Oct. 3, 2013, 8:26 am
Santa Monica bar Copa d’Oro will host a Pajama Party for its first Friday theme night party, which will be held Oct. 4 from 5:30 pm until closing.
Posted Oct. 1, 2013, 9:28 am
City officials filed on Sept. 19 a Notice of Preparation for a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Santa Monica Downtown Specific Plan (DSP), informing relevant parties and the general public of pertinent information applicable to the proposed zoning update.
Posted Sep. 26, 2013, 8:43 am
Commercial real estate services firm Avison Young announced it has completed a five-year office lease valued at $1.35 million with GumGum, Inc., an image-based advertising firm.
Posted Aug. 30, 2013, 9:16 am
Santa Monica’s recently shuttered Post Office on the corner of 5th and Arizona is now on a path to become a historic landmark, thanks to a 5 to 1 vote in favor of a preservation covenant Tuesday night.
Posted Aug. 24, 2013, 9:10 am
What retailers and restaurants would you like to see at Santa Monica Place? That’s the question developer Macerich is asking on Popularise.
Posted Aug. 24, 2013, 9:06 am
With everyone looking up and pondering whether the blue sky and sun will give way to high-rise developments, the Downtown Specific Plan is not the only blueprint for the future that Santa Monica’s civic leaders are currently deliberating.
Posted Aug. 23, 2013, 9:09 am
Santa Monica City Hall and Washington, D.C., are expected to face off against one another in 2015 to determine the fate of Santa Monica Airport (SMO). On a much smaller scale, Santa Monica is preparing to deal with the federal government regarding another piece of government-owned property within city limits: the Post Office.
Posted Aug. 16, 2013, 9:13 am
Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor and Public Works director Martin Pastucha joined City officials Wednesday for the topping out ceremony for the redevelopment of Parking Structure 6, located on 2nd Street between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard.
Posted Aug. 16, 2013, 8:46 am
It could be argued a perfect day in Santa Monica is when the thermometer reads 84 degrees Fahrenheit. If it were possible to gauge the uppermost height restrictions many residents hoped would be prescribed the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP), such a thermometer would ideally read 84 feet.
Posted Aug. 9, 2013, 8:48 am
Santa Monica’s city leaders and business representatives rubbed elbows with each other at the Fairmont Miramar as Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) held its annual meeting Thursday morning.
Posted Jul. 26, 2013, 8:09 am
If “Mean Girls 3” were ever produced, the bickering back and forth between Santa Monica’s two largest hotels would be the ideal cast members. Less than one week after the Huntley Hotel’s lawyers issued a demand letter to the Fairmont Miramar, the legal team behind Ocean Avenue LLC (the group who owns the Miramar) responded with a five-page response.
Posted Jul. 26, 2013, 8:00 am
Cinema on The Street in Downtown Santa Monica will conclude its three-week run today at 7:30 pm with a screening of “Three Amigos!”
Posted Jul. 22, 2013, 9:14 am
Not quite a left turn at Albuquerque, the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) found itself on the Planning Commission agenda eight days after the Santa Monica City Council tabled its discussion on the matter until Aug. 13.
Posted Jul. 12, 2013, 8:44 am
The phrase “hurry up and wait” was certainly the theme of the evening at Santa Monica City Hall earlier this week. A process 18 months in the making, the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) finally arrived in front of the City Council July 9, only to have deliberation of the key planning document tabled until August because three members of the elected panel were not present at this week’s study session.
Posted Jul. 9, 2013, 10:49 am
Dear Mayor O’Connor and Councilmembers: The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce opposes City Staff’s recommendation concerning the Downtown Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report (“DSP EIR”) because Staff’s approach would unduly narrow the range of options that will be studied in the EIR, even before there is a draft DSP available for public, Planning Commission and City Council review.
Posted Jul. 8, 2013, 9:32 am
SMCLC urges the City Council not to move forward with a Downtown Program EIR ("PEIR") at this time for several reasons. To do so would be poor planning and severely limit public input. It would also directly contradict specific assurances made to residents by senior Planning Staff at a recent Downtown community meeting attended by over 300 residents, Councilmembers and the
Posted Jul. 7, 2013, 8:49 am
Henry Turner Jr. & Flavor will make their Santa Monica debut at the today’s Farmers’ Market from 10 am to 1 pm.
Posted Jun. 30, 2013, 9:13 am
The Free Ride has come to Santa Monica and made the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel its hub. What is The Free Ride?
Posted Jun. 27, 2013, 8:23 am
The Santa Monica Conservancy will hold a rally at 11 am this Saturday to show their support for preservation of the city’s downtown Post Office, which will close at noon this Saturday for the last time.