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Veterans go to entrepreneurial bootcamp

SMC — Santa Monica College’s Small Business Development Center is launching a program to train veterans to become entrepreneurs. Funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the program, entitled Vetrepreneur Bootcamp: Forces to Franchises, is intended to help guide military veterans on how to start a business. “Each... Read more →

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Architects: Downtown Specific Plan too specific

File photo CITY HALL — Local architects criticized the evolving Downtown Specific Plan for being too specific at the Planning Commission meeting Wednesday night. During the public portion of the meeting, in which commissioners were discussing the framework plan for the first time since its approval in September, three local... Read more →

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Brief: Calling all hackers

The Santa Monica community is invited to participate in a competitive event aimed at building apps for multiple devices. The “Internet of Things” hackathon, will be held on Nov. 15 at the Real Office Centers Santa Monica. Judges on the panel will be from AT&T and Intel. The event’s main focus will be education and... Read more →

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Brief: Free memory screenings for seniors at WISE

A Santa Monica nonprofit will be holding a free memory screening for seniors. WISE & Healthy Aging will be the screening site for the Westside on Nov. 19, which is National Screening Day, according to the Alzheimer’s Foundation. “The screening will take about 10 minutes, and it is available at no cost to all Westside seniors,”... Read more →

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Activision Blizzard posts lower 3Q net income

WARRIORS IN SPACE: 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' by Activision Blizzard was released this week to much fanfare. (Photo courtesy Activision Blizzard) NEW YORK — Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard Inc. posted lower earnings and revenue in the third quarter because it had fewer big game launches than a year earlier, but the results handily... Read more →

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Future of promenade sports bar uncertain

NOT OPEN: Visitors to the Third Street Promenade look at Yankee Doodles after a July fire. (File photo) DOWNTOWN — When walking along the Third Street Promenade, it’s hard not to notice the eyesore that former sports bar Yankee Doodles has become. “Closed for remodeling” signs have replaced some 115 former employees, and the... Read more →

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City Hall addresses lack of loading zones on Main Street

Signs indicate where delivery drivers can park on Santa Monica Boulevard. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) MAIN STREET — Small business owners have enough to worry about these days thanks to rising rents and a still-struggling economy. The last thing they need to fret about is their deliveries. But they have been a source of... Read more →

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Brief: Westside seniors get new service

A Santa Monica-based social service agency has initiated a new program that will help senior citizens with homecare. WISE & Healthy Aging partnered up with Los Angeles-based 24Hr HomeCare to establish the WISE HomeCare service to ensure that seniors receive the highest quality of care. WISE’s CEO and president, Grace Cheng Braun,... Read more →

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Saint John’s parking plan moves closer to approval

Saint John's Health Center (File photo) MID-CITY — Despite a loss of 215 parking spaces at Saint John’s Health Center since April, the hospital is close to fulfilling its parking obligations under an agreement with City Hall, officials said. On March 31, the hospital lost its parking agreement with the Colorado Center (formerly... Read more →

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Developer has big plans for old buildings

OLD SCHOOL: The Telephone Building at 1314 Seventh St. is undergoing a major renovation. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN— Philip Orosco cut his teeth creating new buildings in Santa Monica during the early 1990s and now he’s back to repurpose old ones. Today, he runs Pacshore Partners, a secretive real estate... Read more →