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The hunt continues for international tourists

CITYWIDE ‚Äî They spend more, they stay longer, and they tend not to use cars. International tourists are a no-brainer for the city by the sea and tourism officials continue a recruitment process that‚Äôs been ongoing for more than two decades. English-speaking visitors from the United Kingdom, followed by Australia and New... Read more →

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GumGum sticks to Downtown

Tech company GumGum calls the famous Clock Tower home. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Unlike its advertising, GumGum‚Äôs placement is somewhat random. Ophir Tanz, CEO of the online advertising platform, started the company in 2007 in Santa Monica because his buddy‚Äôs company had some extra space on the... Read more →

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SQA winners announced

Perry‚Äôs at the Beach, which rents bikes and sells burgers, along with public relations/marketing firm Phelps are this year‚Äôs Sustainable Quality Awards grand prize winners. They will be recognized, along with 11 others, on April 30 during a luncheon sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, City Hall and Sustainable... Read more →

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First new movie theatre in decades gets OK

SM PLACE ‚Äî Proposals for Santa Monica‚Äôs first new movie theater in decades is a step closer to approval. The Planning Commission earlier this week voted unanimously in favor of theater plans that could add up to 13 screens and 1,500 seats to the third level of the Santa Monica Place mall. Some commissioners were leery of the... Read more →

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Palihouse hotel to stay sober

POSTED: A notice regarding a proposed conditional use permit is displayed in front of Palihouse. (File photo)   THIRD STREET ‚Äî Palihouse Santa Monica owners probably needed a drink after Wednesday night‚Äôs Planning Commission meeting. Nearby residents, who showed up in large numbers, were victorious in quashing the... Read more →

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Brief: Get a job at Pacific Park

Pacific Park (File photo) Pacific Park will be hosting its 2014 Job Fair on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Seaside Pavilion at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. The 2-acre amusement park wants to fill approximately 150 spring break and summer positions. Potential employees are encouraged to bring a completed... Read more →

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Brief: Grants available from Rotary Club

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications for its Community and Youth Grants program from nonprofit organizations that serve the Santa Monica area and address the needs of those less fortunate in the community. Grant applications are due by April 1 for the next funding cycle. Grants offered range from $500 to... Read more →

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Brief: Shape Santa Monica

The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica will honor four local women for their contributions to the welfare of the bay city. The league invites the community to join the celebration on March 27 at the Penthouse Terrace of Ocean House at 7 p.m. Education activist Irene Zivi, Deputy City Manager Kate Vernez, Police Activities League... Read more →

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Council takes a look at e-cigs

Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com CITY HALL ‚Äî Concerned that kids will pick up the unhealthy habit of smoking cigarettes, Councilman Bob Holbrook wants to restrict the use of the electronic version. Holbrook will ask his colleagues on the dais Tuesday to take a closer look at bans on "vaping" in cities like Los Angeles and New... Read more →

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Clerk submits referendum signatures

LOTS: The city clerk's staff stacks boxes full of referendum petitions at City Hall on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL ‚Äî The fight to derail a controversial development near the forthcoming Exposition Light Rail Line cleared another hurdle as the city clerk confirmed Wednesday the total number of signatures... Read more →

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Health center celebrates 40 years of saving lives

THE SPOT: Celia Bernstein, director of development at the Westside Family Health Center, stands in front of the clinic. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) OCEAN PARK BLVD ‚Äî Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to the Westside Family Health Center. From the outside it‚Äôs like any small business along Ocean Park... Read more →

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Taking the green out of green building certification

CITY HALL ‚Äî 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 →