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Taking the green out of green building certification

CITY HALL — Parents wanting to trim their food budget will often go for the generic store-brand cereal or cough syrup instead of shelling out more for the nationally recognized name brands. There might be some temper tantrums in the morning as it takes time for youngsters to adjust to eating Tootie Fruities instead of Froot Loops... Read more →

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Brief: Nonprofit seeks volunteers

Santa Monica-based senior services provider WISE & Healthy Aging is hosting a volunteer orientation Friday at 9:30 a.m. hoping to match up willing participants with area nonprofits. Some of the opportunities include tax aide programs, benefits enrollment help, making visits to seniors at their homes and teaching adult day... Read more →

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Activists submit signatures to block development

Armen Melkonians, founder of the Residocracy movement, speaks to a crowd of supporters gathered outside of City Hall on Tuesday. The group was there to drop off signatures calling for a referendum against a City Council-approved development. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL — Residents concerned about the pace of... Read more →

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Residents sue City Hall over development

DOWNTOWN — Residents concerned about development and its impact on traffic have filed a lawsuit against City Hall to block the building of over 760,000 square feet of new office space, housing and retail on the east end of Santa Monica. The lawsuit, filed Monday by the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, claims city officials,... Read more →

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Is Santa Monica next to rein in e-cigs?

Brittany O'Boyle, an employee at FIX Vapor on Main Street, enjoys a mid-day vapor session on Monday. (Photos by Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) MAIN STREET — Jeffrey Freeman was addicted to tobacco — until he found electronic cigarettes. The battery-powered vaporizers, which deliver a form of nicotine and can mimic the feel of... Read more →

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IMAX to follow Sony to Playa Vista

IMAX is planning on leaving its Santa Monica office. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) EXPOSITION BLVD — I think I’ve seen this one before. IMAX, a film projection format company known for its larger-than-life nature films, is leaving the city by the sea for a brand new space in Playa Vista. IMAX is the newest addition to the... Read more →

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Brief: Muji comes to Main Street

Tokyo-based retailer Muji is planning on adding to its collection of over 600 stores worldwide by opening a location on Main Street this spring. The maker of minimalist lifestyle products that include clothing, dishes, cutlery and furniture (think Asian IKEA) has leased 6,300 square feet at 2936 Main St. The store will sell food as well,... Read more →

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City Hall recognizes ‘healthy’ nail salons

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — Santa Monica has become the first city in Southern California to officially recognize nail salons that create safer environments for their workers, owners and customers by using less toxic products, city officials said. Mayor Pam O’Connor and Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day on Monday visited one such salon — Nancy’s... Read more →

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City attorney, landlord resolve harassment complaints

DOWNTOWN — The owners of a landmarked apartment building have agreed to settle complaints filed last summer by disabled tenants who said they were harassed and had their privacy violated. The AZ Shores apartments at 1305 Second Street in Downtown Santa Monica. Disabled tenants there recently complained about being harassed by their... Read more →

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Santa Monica-based app tracks performance in the sheets

SILICON BEACH — Not that we’re keeping score but Santa Monica ranks fifth among California cities in terms of average length of sex. This is according to data culled by the founders of the Santa Monica-based app Spreadsheets, which monitors and then catalogues users’ carnal movements and sounds through the accelerometer and... Read more →

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Hotel, office could join Bergamot artists

Finance officials recommended that City Council choose 26Street TOD Partners for a development at the Bergamot Station Art Center. (Rendering courtesy 26Street TOD Partners) BERGAMOT STATION — Dozens of railroad depots turned galleries that make up the largest art complex in Southern California could share space with a swanky hotel and... Read more →

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Brief: Apartments sell for $6M

A 20-unit apartment complex located just north of Wilshire Boulevard has sold for $6 million. The multi-family complex, which includes two, three-bedroom/two-bathroom units; 12, two-bedroom/one-bathroom units; and six, one-bedroom/one-bathroom units, is located at 1027-1033 20th St., said Kimberly Roberts Stepp, senior managing director... Read more →