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Developer reimagines how drivers access Downtown

A NEW WAY TO ENTER SANTA MONICA? The westbound Interstate-10 off-ramp at Fourth Street is being reimagined by a real estate company that owns the building pictured. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — The Interstate 10 exit that brings cars to Fourth Street could be rebuilt to hop over the freeway and tie in to a newly... Read more →

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PETA is not down with down

SPREADING THE WORD: A group of protesters from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, staged a 'sleep in' to protest the use of down as they sit in front of sporting goods store REI on Thursday. The group was accompanied by a 7-foot 'plucked goose.' (Daniel Archuleta) daniela@smdp.com DOWNTOWN — An animal rights... Read more →

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Car wash nailed for underpaying workers

THE SITE: The operators of Wilshire West Car Wash pleaded no contest to cheating the business’ workers out of pay. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) MID-CITY — You might not ever get rich, especially if you worked at the Wilshire West Car Wash. The company and two supervisors pleaded no contest to six misdemeanor charges... Read more →

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Brief: Diesel giveaway at 76 station

Car maker Audi is hosting a free diesel giveaway Wednesday at the 76 gas station, located at 1776 Cloverfield Blvd. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., drivers of all clean-diesel vehicles, regardless of manufacturer, are welcome to a complimentary tank as part of “Audi Clean Diesel Day.” Non-diesel Audis are invited to fill their tanks for free as... Read more →

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Union to back Downtown hotels

The corner of Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue is on track to be redeveloped into a pair of affordable hotels. (File photo) DOWNTOWN — Despite a contentious past, the developer of two proposed modestly-priced Downtown hotels and a hospitality union have reached an agreement. The deal, executed on Friday between developer OTO and... Read more →

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Brief: Westside Family Health Center opens doors

The Westside Family Health Center, located at 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., will host its annual Holiday Open House Monday, Nov. 18 at 5:30 p.m. “During our annual Holiday Open House we open our doors to the community. It is a time when they can meet our healthcare team and members of our Board of Directors and see what we do and how we... Read more →

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Council to hear affordable hotels’ proposals

This rendering depicts what a pair of affordable hotels will look like once completed. (File image) CITY HALL — After more than two years in the works, City Council will decide on the future of two affordable hotels proposed for the corner of Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue at their meeting on Tuesday. Last month, the Planning... Read more →

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Loss of Riot Games raises concerns about office space

CITYWIDE — Another rapidly expanding startup is leaving Santa Monica. Employees at Riot Games not only create games, they play them too. (Photo courtesy www.riotgames.com) Developers of one of the world’s most played videogames, Riot Games, is headed to West L.A., about a block outside of city limits. City Hall has acknowledged... Read more →