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Tommy’s burgers may get booted for Starbucks

Tommy's may be on its way out. Daniel Archuleta daniela@SMDP.com LINCOLN BLVD — Quick, pack your freezer full of chili burgers. Tommy’s Original World Famous Hamburgers on Lincoln Boulevard, which opened 20 years ago next month, may be on its way out. The landlord, Felfam, is interested in bringing in a Starbucks. Tommy’s is... Read more →

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GoCoin moves from incubator space to larger digs

Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.comPLACE OF BUSINESS: GoCoin, an international payment services company, signed a lease in this building located at 227 Broadway. (Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN — A Santa Monica-based technology company specializing in digital currency has outgrown the nursery. GoCoin, a payment processing site like Paypal... Read more →

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Brief: Activists plan referendum signing parties

Protesters gather outside of a recent City Council meeting. (Paul Alvarez Jr.) A group of community activists attempting to qualify a referendum for a special election to block a City Council-approved development is hosting a series of petition signing parties across the city on Saturday, Feb. 22. The Bergamot Transit Village... Read more →

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DoubleTree employees file labor complaints

STOKING THE CROWD: Local hotel workers and union organizers staged a protest outside of the DoubleTree Suites on Tuesday afternoon claiming that hotel management didn't provide them with adequate break times. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Housekeepers and servers employed by the DoubleTree Suites in Santa Monica said... Read more →

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Cabbies, passengers say cookies still a problem

CITYWIDE — Andrea Lines just wanted to ride in a cab. An employee of a local technology company, she was paying for a trip to the Los Angeles International Airport but it still bothered her that the town cars were, by her estimate, 25 percent more expensive than taxis. Visiting the city by the sea from Europe on business, Lines was... Read more →

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Startup Cogo connects fans, entertainers for fundraising

SILICON BEACH — For the more digitally inclined, imagine live streaming video combined with Kickstarter or Indiegogo. For the less digitally inclined, imagine a good old fashion telethon but on a computer.  That’s kind of like Cogo, a Santa Monica-based startup that helps entertainers raise money for causes. Last week, the fundraising... Read more →

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Planning Commission OK with pot shops

CITY HALL — Medical marijuana dispensaries had wide approval from the Planning Commission Wednesday night. Despite recommendations against the pot shops made by Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks and city planners, five of the six present commissioners supported allowing two within a district near the city’s two hospitals. Chair... Read more →

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Brief: Have a heart for youth center

The work of more than 40 local artists will be featured in a silent auction to benefit services for local youth who attend the Pico Youth & Family Center in Santa Monica. PYFC will host its Fifth Annual Art for Hearts Benefit on Saturday, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Jeanie Madsen Gallery located at 1431 Ocean Ave. Art for Hearts... Read more →

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City Hall takes on gold, silver dealer

CITY HALL — One of the nation’s largest precious metals dealers is being sued by City Hall for allegedly engaging in a nationwide “bait and switch scam” by using false, deceptive and aggressive sales tactics to trick customers into buying heavily marked-up collector coins instead of gold or silver bars. The Consumer Protection Unit... Read more →