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March 4, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
Plans have been unveiled for a $184-million luxury condominium tower on a highly sought-after site on Santa Monica Boulevard between Beverly Hills and Century City. Miami developer Crescent Heights said it is seeking approval from Los Angeles officials to build a 283-unit tower at 10000 Santa Monica Blvd. The condos would range from 1,200 to 2,000 square feet, which is on the small side for the local luxury market, and are priced at an average of $1.5 million. The project "is styled to be modern, elegant, chic and environmentally friendly," spokesman Steven Afriat said.
April 4, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
A judge who sided with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority this week in a drawn-out battle over the seismic and environmental effects of the planned Westside subway "did not consider the facts," the superintendent of the Beverly Hills Unified School District told The Times on Thursday.  On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio ruled that Metro followed environmental law when assessing the possible risks of...
June 18, 1997
The West Hollywood City Council has directed its transportation staff to proceed with efforts to take control of the three-mile strip of Santa Monica Boulevard that runs through the city. Currently the state owns and operates the roadway, but the city wants the responsibility so it can implement much needed improvements and reduce traffic congestion, said Lucy Dyke, transportation manager.
April 4, 2014 | By Marion McNabb
I'd been living in Los Angeles a short time when I found myself in an improv comedy class in Hollywood. A friend who was also an actress had encouraged, well, nagged me to enroll in what is now iO West, the West Coast offshoot of Chicago's ImprovOlympic. I was intimidated, but I also was lonely and looking for a challenge, so I went. That choice, to face my fears and connect with others, forever changed my life. From the outside, the tiny theater space on a stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard looked industrial - not the beachy sort of place I, a newcomer to L.A., had imagined it would be. I was not impressed.
April 10, 1998
A 40-member committee that will guide the development of Santa Monica Boulevard will have its first meeting Tuesday, officials said. The Santa Monica Boulevard Advisory Steering Committee will meet twice a month to advise design firm Zimmer Gunsul Frasca on refurbishment of the thoroughfare, said Ray Reynolds, the city's director of community development. The City Council on Monday approved the formation of the committee, which will be chaired by Mayor Steve Martin.
September 12, 1997
The city will hold the first of three planning workshops on the future of Santa Monica Boulevard on Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in City Hall. Associate Planning Director Hassan Hagani said ideas for the boulevard are being broken into three segments: The western end, from Doheney Drive to La Cienega Boulevard, has a grassy median strip. One option under discussion is narrowing or eliminating the median and widening the sidewalks.
December 17, 1997
West Hollywood voters will be asked in November whether they want to pay for the city to take over the maintenance of a three-mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard that traverses the city. The thoroughfare is maintained by Caltrans because it was once part of the historic Route 66.
The Belle-Vue, established in 1937, was for many years the good French restaurant in Santa Monica. Sitting at the far western end of Santa Monica Boulevard, it dished up steaks and chops, escargot and sweetbreads without challenge. But in recent years, Ocean Boulevard and the 3rd Street Promenade became studded with new restaurants, including one restaurant so truly French, its chefs commute in shifts from their Michelin-starred restaurants in France.
March 30, 1995
Recently a fabulous idea came to attention. Why not bring back the Red Car to Santa Monica Boulevard. Since the City Council decided to purchase the boulevard from Caltrans, a window of opportunity opened for the city of West Hollywood. Tracks could be easily laid from La Brea to Doheny. The Red Car would have stops at Plummer Park, City Hall, the soon-to-be-built parking structures and West Hollywood Park. I call upon city officials to allocate funds so a feasibility study can be made.
August 6, 1992 | AARON BETSKY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Aaron Betsky teaches and writes about architecture and urban design.
I drive along Santa Monica Boulevard almost every day; I am not alone in this activity, nor is the landscape that reveals itself to me particularly remarkable. Santa Monica Boulevard is not as fancy as Wilshire and not as glamorous as Sunset. It is an in-between landscape, a street that strings together the barrios of Hollywood, the gay bars of West Hollywood, the glitz of Beverly Hills, the towers of Century City, the students of Westwood and the neighborhoods of Santa Monica.
April 3, 2014 | Laura J. Nelson
Knocking down one of the last hurdles for Los Angeles' long-awaited Westside subway extension, a judge ruled late Wednesday that transit officials followed environmental laws when they chose a route that would require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year, $13.8-million environmental review process was thorough and fair, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio wrote in a 15-page decision.
April 2, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Knocking down one of the last hurdles for Los Angeles' long-awaited Westside subway extension, a judge ruled late Wednesday that transit officials followed environmental laws when choosing a route that will require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year, $13.8-million environmental review process was thorough and fair, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio wrote in a 15-page decision. The Beverly Hills School District and the city of Beverly Hills, which sued Metro two years ago claiming in part that risks of tunneling under the school were not adequately considered, can appeal the decision.
March 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Rong-Gong Lin II and Matt Stevens, This post had been corrected. See note below for details
Seismologists say Monday's magnitude 4.4 temblor near Westwood could mark the beginning of the end for L.A.'s years-long "earthquake drought. " Typically, they would expect a 4.4-sized earthquake about once a year in the Los Angeles Basin, but that hasn't happened for years. “We don't know if this is the end of the earthquake drought we've had over the last few years, and we won't know for many months,” said Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson. FORESHOCK? What the odds are The magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck near Westwood at 6:25 a.m. is the most significant shake in Southern California since a 5.5 earthquake hit Chino Hills in 2008.
March 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The cloudy morning was brightening, the pavement turning hot. The L.A. Marathon had been on for about four hours, and at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills - roughly the 16-mile mark - dozens of volunteers edged the course, eagerly bopping along with outstretched arms, handing water to passing runners.  A pair of Boy Scouts tossed water onto grateful race participants. A runner leaned her head back and spread her arms, letting the water hit her. A beaming Jordyn Jackson, 13, handed out cups to loping marathoners.
February 22, 2014 | By David Ng
For more than two decades, the mile-long stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood known as Theatre Row has served as home to the city's densest plot of live theaters, drawing audiences to a diverse array of stages run by scrappy companies. On busy nights, spectators can see works by new playwrights, revisit classic dramas or take in comedy shows. Weeknights often find the area filled with students attending acting classes and auditions. But in the last several months, an array of challenges has mounted, and many observers believe Theatre Row's existence - and the cultural viability of the larger neighborhood - is threatened.
February 12, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
This weekend you will be able to step onto the rim of the Grand Canyon, hold onto the railing and look down -- without leaving Southern California. Chalk artist Tracy Lee Stum, who creates 3-D images that are crazy-realistic, will bring the natural wonder to life on a section of the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. The image will be arranged "so that when people are looking over the railing of the chalk art, it will feel like they are really leaning over the edge of the canyon ," Sherry Henry, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, said in a statement.
January 13, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
The rainbow flag atop West Hollywood City Hall has been removed. After months of public debate over the flag -- which was raised above City Hall in June -- city officials last week removed the flag symbolizing gay pride. About 40% of West Hollywood's population identifies as gay or lesbian, according to city surveys. There are rainbow-colored crosswalks at Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards. And four of the five city council members are gay men. But city council members in November unanimously voted to maintain the city's practice of displaying only the United States, California and city of West Hollywood flags on public facilities.
November 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Kate Linthicum
Officials are warning drivers to plan ahead as Los Angeles braces for President Obama's motorcade and the impact it will have on traffic as he moves from one appearance to the other. Obama is scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Monday afternoon, with appearances at three fundraisers and a tour of DreamWorks Animation SKG on his itinerary. The Los Angeles Police Department has released a guide listing areas to avoid. They include: Streets surrounding  Los Angeles International Airport , 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday Westwood and Beverly Hills (from the 405 Freeway to La Cienega Boulevard, and from Santa Monica Boulevard to Venice Boulevard)
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