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How small is too small for a development agreement?

File photo CITY HALL — Planning commissioners want to vet development projects smaller than the trigger numbers proposed by city planners, but they’re not sure exactly how small. Commissioners Wednesday debated several items in the Zoning Ordinance Update draft, including day cares, the appeals process and neighborhood... Read more →

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Looking back on 2013’s small business challenges

NEW YORK — Small business owners are probably glad to put 2013 into the books. For many, it was a frustrating year of waiting. Waiting to learn about the new health care law. Waiting for lawmakers to solve budget disagreements. And waiting for the economy to improve. Many put off big decisions like purchasing equipment and hiring as they... Read more →

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Brief: All-star from Allstate

Allstate agency owner Larry Goldberg received Agency Hands in the Community Awards for his commitment to helping others. With these awards came $1,000 grants from The Allstate Foundation for both the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica and the Ocean Park Community Center. The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to... Read more →

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BMW coming to Civic Auditorium

CIVIC CENTER — The Civic Auditorium is open for business. Well, some business. City Hall is finalizing an agreement that would bring a BMW media launch to the auditorium for five weeks next year. The proposed rental could bring in $300,000 — cash that would be put toward financing the building’s laundry list of needed repairs, said... Read more →

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Brief: Get health care

The Westside Family Health Center in Santa Monica is available to help people without insurance sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. To avoid a penalty for not having health insurance in 2014, folks must enroll before Feb. 15. To have coverage kick in by Jan. 1, people must enroll in a plan... Read more →

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Council taps team for development of city-owned lot

(Rendering courtesy City of Santa Monica) CITY HALL — Heights may be worth the benefits from the massive project proposed for Arizona Avenue Downtown, City Council decided Tuesday night. City Hall will enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Metro Pacific Capital, which is proposing 448,000 square feet of office, hotel,... Read more →

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Attorney general reviewing Saint John’s deal

MID-CITY — A nonprofit health care group’s bid to buy Saint John’s Health Center is under review by the state Attorney General’s Office. Parking at Saint John's Health Center has been a point of contention for residents. (Photo courtesy Google Images) The deal, which totals at least $125 million, is being evaluated for any... Read more →

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Main Street eatery busted for clubbing

MAIN STREET — A restaurant has been busted by City Hall for operating as a nightclub by allowing people to dance and drink without having to order food. 31Ten Lounge on Main Street has promised to be more like a restaurant and not a nightclub following an investigation by Santa Monica city officials. (Photo courtesy... Read more →

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Affordable housing list opens

WAITING GAME: People stand in line on Colorado Avenue Monday to apply for Community Corporation of Santa Monica housing. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica’s largest affordable housing provider is making its list and checking it many, many times. Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCSM) opened its doors... Read more →