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Articles from the February 3, 2014 edition


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  • 4 Councilmembers NOT to Vote for Next Election

    Alyssa Ganezer|Feb 3, 2014

    On Tuesday, as predicted, the Santa Monica City Council voted, 4-3, to approve a Developer's Agreement allowing the Hines development company to build a 767,000 square foot mixed commercial/residential project. The "Bergamot Transit Village" project requires Council approval because it outstrips current zoning limits for the site, the one-time Papermate factory at 26th and Olympic. The Council vote was delayed a week past its original date so the Council members could make a show of listening...

  • Apple Trying To Determine Source of Mysterious Smell at SM Store

    Feb 3, 2014

    Apple has not responded to TheStreet's request for comment on the issue, however last week we reported on a smell that some people, including Apple retail employees, classified as "body odor" or "B.O." And now Apple is drawing air samples to, presumably, determine and remedy the stench at what is not only one of its flagship locations, but most financially lucrative and architecturally significant outlets. The source who tipped me off to this issue originally spoke with a person who claims to...

  • COUNCILMEMBERS RESPOND ON HINES PROJECT: Kevin McKeown

    Feb 3, 2014

    From: Kevin McKeown Good public policy demands the ability to be decisive when appropriate, but also to learn from new information. The LUCE approximation on commercial versus residential square footage certainly deserved to be reconsidered in light of the volumes of new information provided by the Hines project Environmental Impact Report. With the adoption of the LUCE, we promised our community ³no net new PM trips.² The Hines EIR showed that their project as proposed generated 7000 new car trips, and would make mobility worse not only in t...

  • COUNCILMEMBERS RESPOND ON HINES PROJECT: Ted Winterer

    Feb 3, 2014

    From:Ted Winterer I believe there’s a good chance the project as approved will succumb to challenges in the courts or at the ballot box, which will leave the applicant with only the option of reoccupying the existing commercial space, the very scenario four of my colleagues sought to avoid. So I would have preferred to explore an alternative with a much greater percentage of housing as that choice would no doubt have much reduced traffic impacts and have been more palatable to many in our community....

  • Airport Case Headed to Judge for Hearing

    Feb 3, 2014

    In its continued attempt to close Santa Monica (Calif.) Airport, the city of Santa Monica is now claiming that the statute of limitations on the FAA's interests in the airfield should be applied with an earlier date. The city's latest court filing, submitted late last week, follows a complaint–a quiet title action–filed against the federal government on October 31 that seeks to force the issue of determining whether or not the city can close the airport without the government taking over the...

  • COUNCILMEMBERS RESPOND ON HINES PROJECT: Gleam Davis

    Feb 3, 2014

    From: Gleam Davis I believe that the project the Council approved is a superior alternative to the only other option on the table--allowing Hines to reoccupy the existing building and use 300,000 square feet of commercial space without any significant public benefits. As the City attorney made clear on Tuesday night, any significant change to the project would require months (or longer) of additional study and work. After investing years and millions of dollars in a very public process, Hines would have no obligation to engage in further study...

  • Snell Appointed To SMC Board Of Trustees

    Feb 3, 2014

    Barry Snell – a certified public accountant and business leader with extensive ties to the Santa Monica community and its educational institutions – was appointed Tuesday, February 4, to a vacant seat on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees to serve a term until the next regularly scheduled Board election in November 2014. The Board selected Snell from among five applicants to fill the unexpired term of former Trustee Judge David B. Finkel (Ret.), who resigned effective January 14, 201...

  • SANTA MONICA CRIME WATCH

    Antje Weser|Feb 3, 2014

    Burglary At the Pier Santa Monica Police are looking for a man who they say broke into the Arcade on the Santa Monica Pier on January 23 at half past two in the morning. Authorities say the suspect crawled under a rolling door, which was partially closed. They say once inside he allegedly put several pieces of merchandise into three bags. Lawmen believe he set off the alarm and fled the scene leaving the bagged merchandise on the floor, getting away with nothing that belonged to the Arcade. Poli...

  • Missing Girl

    Feb 3, 2014

    Rayven Paige Ferguson is 15 years old and was last seen on February 3, 2014 at 6:30 am when she left for school. She never arrived at school and has not been seen since. Rayven requires medication and has not had it since the day she went missing. She is described as a female, Hispanic, 5'4", 160 pounds, brown hair & eyes, blonde bangs with purple streaks in her hair, shaved lines in her right eyebrow & "gages" in her ears. Anyone having information regarding Rayven is asked to contact the...

  • I Like Richard Sherman a Lot More Now

    Mitch Chortkoff, Sports Editor|Feb 3, 2014

    The Super Bowl game was decided early as Seattle humiliated Denver. But the controversy surrounding Richard Sherman will linger for awhile. This was the featured sub-plot of pro football's biggest game. Is Sherman a jerk, as he appeared to be two weeks earlier in a classless interview following the Seahawks' victory over the San Francisco 49ers? Or is he a bright guy as appeared to be the case when he earned straight A's at Dominguez High in Compton and went on to classroom success at Stanford?...

  • Lakers Explore Gasol Trade Talks

    Mitch Chortkoff, Sports Editor|Feb 3, 2014

    Stop me if you've heard this story before -- like last month -- but the Lakers are trying to trade Pau Gasol. If you don't follow pro basketball closely you probably wonder why they'd trade a proven player who averaged 20 points per game in January. If you do follow the NBA you know it's a common practice for teams out of playoff contention to unload players with high salaries. These teams aren't going to get the lucrative playoff revenue, so reducing the payroll makes sense. One deadline...

  • Dodgers' Kasten Named Executive of The Year

    Feb 3, 2014

    The Los Angeles Sports Council has named Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten as the 2013 Sports Executive of the Year. Kasten will be honored during the 9th Annual LA Sports Awards on Wednesday, March 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. A highly respected sports figure for more than three decades, Kasten has developed a reputation for creating winning franchises. In his second year with the Dodgers Kasten helped mold a team that last season won the Western Division title and advanced to the...

  • Outgoing Commissioner Says Thanks

    Feb 3, 2014

    January 31, 2014 Dear Mitch, As my 30-year tenure as NBA commissioner concludes, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your reporting on our league. That reporting – favorable or not – played no small part in helping our sport grow. It is a source of great satisfaction to me that the NBA will now be led by Commissioner Adam Silver, for whom I have tremendous admiration, respect and expectations as he and his experienced and dedicated team take the NBA to successes that were uni...

  • SPAGHETTI & STRINGS

    Feb 3, 2014

    SPAGHETTI & STRINGS: The SamoHi Orchestra's conducted a fund raiser for the orchestra's Spring trip to Vienna. The evening included a dinner catered by Il Forno, and served by student waiters. Here, Charlie, Gabe and Lowell pose outside the Student Cafeteria. All attendees were given sunglasses, so they could display similar swag....

  • TEARS OF A CLOWN

    Feb 3, 2014

    TEARS OF A CLOWN: Marko the Clown performs on the Promenade, lives on Ocean Park Blvd, but his heart is in Chicago where he lived with his girlfriend, Susan, who died about 3 years ago. The couple lived in a condo together, but not foreseeing her demise, she left the place to a friend rather than to Marko. He has recently given up the legal challenge, but not his love for her or his memories....

  • Cirque du Soleil on Promenade

    Feb 3, 2014

    To thank the Santa Monica community for their incredible support through the years, Cirque du Soleil held a public event today in which performers from TOTEM entertained the public on Third Street Promenade. Internationally based Red Bull-affiliated BMX athletes and breakdancers joined the TOTEM performers for the event – which was a special celebration that brought Cirque du Soleil back where it originated from nearly 30 years ago: the street. TOTEM is the latest Cirque du Soleil big top p...