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Faces of Silicon Beach: Zuma Ventures

Serial entrepreneur and angel investor, David Carter joined forces former Myspace exec Allen Hurff to start Zuma Ventures. Zuma is an early stage startup studio that helps form tech companies. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Allen and David about their paths to becoming entrepreneurs, Zuma Ventures and Santa Monica. Erik... Read more →

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Yearlong Incline closure could start in March

OCEAN AVE - The California Incline could close for construction as early as March and stayed closed for more than a year. The current incline — which connects Ocean Avenue, on top of the bluffs, to the Pacific Coast Highway, down below — does not meet seismic standards. It was built in the 1930s, according to city documents, and has... Read more →

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James Turrell’s “Mendota Hotel” may be landmarked

MAIN STREET — The Landmarks Commission will consider preserving the former studio of a world-renowned visual artist on Monday night. James Turrell, whose work was featured in a large Los Angeles County Museum of Art retrospective earlier this year, developed some of his first light projections - for which he is now known - at the brick... Read more →

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Zoning debate continues

CITY HALL — The process for revising Santa Monica's master zoning code continues to grind forward with residents reiterating opposition to the plan at the micro and macro level. Santa Monica's master zoning code has expired and development within the City is being governed by specific development agreements that provide unique... Read more →

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Faces of Silicon Beach: BloomNation

Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, follows up with Farbod Shoraka, David Daneshgar and Greg Wisstein of BloomNation after their series A funding.  Based in Los Angeles, BloomNation is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and send unique floral creations by local artisans across the country. Erik Huberman: How did... Read more →

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Rusty’s seeks more space

SM PIER - Rusty's Surf Ranch wants to expand its square footage on the Santa Monica Pier by 46 percent. Owners of the restaurant and nightclub, which has been open for 30 years, will go before the Planning Commission tonight, requesting a liquor license to cover the additional space and a reduction in the number of parking spaces required... Read more →

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Faces of Silicon Beach: Vincent Bradley

Vincent Bradley is the co-founder of FlashFunders, the first no-cost equity funding platform that connects investors and startups online. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Vincent about how he became an entrepreneur, the Silicon Beach scene and FlashFunders. Erik Huberman: How did you become an entrepreneur? Vincent Bradley: From... Read more →

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AFM holding steady despite theater shortage

DOWNTOWN — Last year, with the closure of the Civic Auditorium, the managing director of the world’s largest independent film market told the Daily Press that “challenges are growing.” On Wednesday the American Film Market (AFM) kicks off in locations across Downtown and challenges are even greater but the future is also... Read more →

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Never-ending project denied concessions

CITY HALL — The owner of a haunted-looking half-built apartment complex, which has been sitting vacant since the 1990s, was denied a request for special exemptions just in time for Halloween. Planning commissioners voted unanimously not to allow Naren Desai, who bought the 3004 Broadway property in 1990, to provide fewer spaces than... Read more →

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Faces of Silicon Beach: Espree Devora

Espree Devora started WeAreLATech, a local startup resource, to create a safe space for the local community to learn about growing a business. Born and raised in LA, Espree has started multiple companies of her own, including ZexSports, an action sports media agency. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Espree about how he became an... Read more →

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Developer seeks exemptions for half-baked apartments

BROADWAY — When the four-unit apartment project on Broadway at Stanford Street got its permits, Bill Clinton had recently been reelected, Pacific Park had just opened up on the Santa Monica Pier, and the mayor was, well, Pam O'Connor. Tonight, the Planning Commission will decide whether to grant the building, which has sat half-constructed... Read more →

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Laemmle seeks booze in theaters, new rooftop restaurant

SECOND STREET — “Gone with the Wine,” “One Brew Over the Cuckoos Nest,” and “Rumdog Millionaire,” coming to a theater near you. The Laemmle Theater is looking for permission to allow alcohol in the theaters and at two new restaurants — one planned for the roof. The Planning Commission is scheduled to consider three... Read more →

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Faces of Silicon Beach: Robert Kiraz

Robert Kiraz,CEO & Founder of Leanometry recently launched PitchGrub, a site dedicated to developing the perfect startup elevator pitch. On the PitchGrub team, Robert is joined by Simona Clapan and Shant Kiraz. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Robert about how he became an entrepreneur, the Silicon Beach scene and... Read more →