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Food truck lots here to stay

MAIN STREET — Food trucks are poised to become a regular thing in Santa Monica. People enjoy food trucks at the California Heritage Museum's Tuesday food truck court. (File photo) Regulations modeled off those applied to a popular weekly food truck event at the California Heritage Museum will be included in the Draft Zoning Ordinance... Read more →

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Main Street eatery prepares to shut doors

FAREWELL: A sign on the door of the Omelette Parlor on Main Street lets patrons know when the popular eatery is slated to close. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) MAIN STREET — The Ocean Park Omelette Parlor, a Main Street staple for almost four decades, will permanently close its kitchen Dec. 18, owner Bob Hausenbauer... Read more →

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Startup makes restaurants charitable

CITYWIDE — Pigging out at a restaurant has never felt so good. Hepburn (Photo courtesy Livngiv.com Entrepreneur and CEO Kenneth Hepburn and Lee Hanson announced the launch of Livngiv.com to give food lovers the luxury of dining at a restaurant while giving to charity at the same time. Customers can go to the website and create an... Read more →

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Extra bed for the relatives

CITYWIDE — The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau announced this week that its annual Extra Bedroom Program is offered now through Jan. 25. The initiative offers residents and their guests discounted hotel rates and special offers from participating Santa Monica hotels simply by showing proof of residency (California ID or... Read more →

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UC hospital workers stage one-day strike

UNITED: UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica workers held a one-day strike on Wednesday to bring attention to what they call intimidation. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) LOS ANGELES — University of California hospital employees picketed Wednesday at medical centers across the state in response to what union leaders called... Read more →

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Brief: Tech incubator to stay in Santa Monica

Science Inc., a technology incubator and investor, has signed a lease for 45 months for a 16,220-square-foot space in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, according to commercial real estate firm Avison Young, which brokered the deal. Built in 2000, the four-story property totals 24,578 square feet and offers exposed ceilings, polished... Read more →

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Brief: Check those holiday receipts

File photo Los Angeles County’s Weights and Measures Bureau is reminding shoppers that they are entitled to the lowest advertised, listed or labeled prices at stores this holiday season. With a slew of Thanksgiving and Christmas sales upcoming, it’s easy for customers to forget about the deals that drew them to stores in the first... Read more →

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Brief: Flair Cleaners kicks off annual clothing drive

At each of its five Southern California locations, Flair Cleaners is bringing back its annual Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31. A large donation box will be placed in the lobby of the company’s Santa Monica branch, 720 Montana Ave., for gently used items that will be given to Helping Hands for the Blind, St.... Read more →

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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 →