Author: The Argonaut

New high-speed ferry to Two Harbors on Catalina Island, begins Friday

Catalina Ferries will begin a new high-speed ferry service between Marina del Rey and Two Harbors on Catalina Island Friday, August 20th. Initially, direct ferry service between the Marina and Two Harbors — with a stop at Avalon — will be offered Fridays through Mondays. Service between the Marina and Two Harbors will initially not be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Catalina Ferries continues its daily service between the Marina and Avalon, Catalina Island. The ferry service is provided on the 106-foot, 149-passenger Catalina-Marina del Rey Flyer, a 30-mile-an-hour catamaran. The catamaran is equipped with storage space for camping gear, bicycles and kayaks and has two levels of inside lounge seating, an outside sundeck and a galley. The ferry service will depart the Marina at Fisherman’s Village, 13737 Fiji Way. Parking is provided at the site for $8 a day. The initial Marina del Rey to Two Harbors service will be provided, leaving the Marina: on Mondays, at 9:35 a.m. and 3 p.m.; on Fridays, at 9:35 a.m. and 6 p.m.; on Saturdays, at 8:20 a.m. and 1 p.m.; and on Sundays, at 10:05 a.m. Ferry service to Avalon from the Marina leaves the Marina: Mondays, at 9:35 a.m. and 3:05 p.m.; Tuesdays, at 9:35 a.m.; Wednesdays, at 10:05 a.m.; Thursdays, at 9:35 a.m.; Fridays, at 9:35 a.m. and 6:35 p.m.; Saturdays, at 8:20 a.m. and 1 and...

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Adjusted sales tax revenue for first quarter increased 7.5 percent over same period in ’03

Adjusted sales tax receipts for the City of Santa Monica during the first calendar quarter of the year increased 7.5 percent over the same period a year earlier. The Santa Monica increase compares with a statewide adjusted increase of 6.0 percent and a countywide adjusted increase of 4.9 percent during the January to March period this year. In Santa Monica, general consumer retail goods provided the strongest significant increases, with women’s apparel sales tax revenue increasing 17.2 percent, family apparel up 16.8 percent, and specialty stores increasing 9.8 percent. Santa Monica officials credit the increase in general consumer retail goods to increased demans and new businesses opening during the past four quarters. Sales tax from restaurants and hotels in Santa Monica increased 12.3 percent during the first quarter this year, when compared to the same period a year ago. City officials credited the restaurant and hotel sales increases to new businesses. New vehicle sales decreased during the first three months of the year by 1.2 percent, when compared to the first quarter a year ago. Auto leasing sales revenue decreased 14.8 percent during the first three months of the year. But sales tax revenues from service stations increased 32.8 percent during the first quarter, when compared to the first three months of last year. “While some of this increase can be attributed to higher gasoline prices, most relates to...

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Ground will break this week for Cove, third highrise tower in Marina Pointe complex

Ground will be broken this week for the third tower in the Marina Pointe complex in the City of Los Angeles, north of the Marina. Marina Pointe II, LLC — part of the Intracorp Los Angeles, LLC group of companies — will call its 18-story, luxury 138-condominium highrise project Cove. Cove’s floor plans — priced from the mid-$600,000s to more than $3 million — will offer two- or three-bedroom and penthouse suites. Cove is designed by Don Gettman, principal of GMP architects of Santa Monica, to integrate with the adjacent Regatta and Water Terrace highrises. Construction is scheduled for completion in spring 2006. The third tower will be between the Regatta and Water Terrace highrises, north of the Marina and west of Lincoln Boulevard. “Cove is in a highly desirable and visible location,” said Peter Lauener, president of Intracorp — Los Angeles. “It is a real flagship property for us n presenting the most architecturally elegant building in the Marina (area) with spectacular ocean, city and mountain views, offering a variety of floor plans, and providing a high level of service to residents.” Webcor Builders has been selected as the general contractor for Cove. Webcor has extensive experience in highrise construction, Cove officials said. Intracorp Los Angeles officials say their current projects include nearly 1,000 for-sale and rental units “from affordably priced to luxury home” and more than $350...

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on the agenda

The County Marina del Rey Design Control Board is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 19th, at Burton Chace Park Community Building, 13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, to consider: at Archstone, Kingswood Village, Via Marina, approval of one monument sign, one leasing office sign with conditions that new drawings be submitted to staff along with the plan indicating the times of lighting; at Marina del Rey Sportfishing at Fisherman’s Village, Fiji Way, approval of a bait sign an frame with conditions from the harbor engineer; at the Marina Waterside Center, Admiralty Way, approval of final site plan, County Department of Public Works comments, final architectural plans, final landscape plans, final lighting design and Ralphs signage with a condition that the parking lot lights be screened by trees; at Shanghai Red’s Restaurant, Fiji Way, approval of the record of the Design Control Board April and July actions for a conditioned conceptual approval, subject to identification of the items that have been previously approved; at Chart House Restaurant at Dolphin Marina, Panay Way, approval of painting the building and signage; two replacement signs and one new sign; at The Cove at Pier 44; Admiralty Way, approval of painting the building, revising the front entrance and signage, three replacement signs and one new sign, with two of the signs revised per the Design Control Board. Landscape plans will be...

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Volunteers sought for California Coastal Cleanup Day Sat., September 18th

Volunteers are being sought for the 20th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday, September 18th. Coastal Cleanup Day activities will be coordinated in Los Angeles County by Heal the Bay, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit environmental group concerned with improving coastal waters. More than 10,000 are expected to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day activities in Los Angeles County. Since 1990, Heal the Bay has coordinated the event in the county, removing more than 300 tons of trash throughout the years. There will be more than 50 beach and inland sites where cleanup activities will be held, including three sites north of Santa Monica Pier — at Lifeguard Towers 4, 8 and 1550 — and three sites south of the pier — at Lifeguard Towers 18, 22 and 27. Other sites where cleanup activities are planned include all beaches in the county. Volunteers can register and find cleanup sites closest to them at (800) HEAL BAY, ext. 122, and on the Web site:...

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