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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 →

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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 →