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Civic, Samohi venues could make for cultural campus

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (File photo) PICO BLVD ‚Äî Dozens of community members gathered in Virginia Avenue Park Tuesday night to discuss ways to restore and manage the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, potentially returning it to its former place of prominence as a multi-purpose facility capable of handling performances as well as... Read more →

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Affordable housing tax may be on horizon

CITY HALL ‚Äî City officials may come to voters as soon as 2014 with a measure to create a local source of funds to pay for affordable housing production in Santa Monica in an attempt to fill the gap left by the loss of redevelopment money. Instead of a new tax, city officials could also join with those from other cities in asking Los... Read more →

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Italian institution Valentino up for sale

Valentino restaurant on Pico Boulevard is for sale for $4.9 million. (Photo courtesy Google Images) PICO BLVD ‚Äî Santa Monica‚Äôs landmark Italian restaurant Valentino, known for its extensive wine list featuring over 100,000 bottles and its dedication to traditional fine dining, is up for sale by owner Piero Selvaggio and it can... Read more →

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Local company a lone wolf in animal stock footage

A crew from Green Screen Animals films a tiger. (Photo courtesy greenscreenanimals.com) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Imagine the ability to have a lion roaming through the streets of Paris, or an elephant eating in an African jungle ‚Äî all without having to leave the comfort of an editing bay. A local Santa Monica company is making that... Read more →

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Local tech company unleashes drone software

File photo DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Imagine using your smartphone or tablet to order a driverless car to whisk you through town as it interacts with traffic control systems to find the best route for you to run errands, or controlling a satellite that can identify a fire in a remote area and dispatch a drone to fly over and drop water before the... Read more →

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Keeping a tiff from turning into a lawsuit for seniors

FOURTH STREET ‚Äî A nonprofit that provides services to seniors announced a new program Tuesday that will help older adults and their families solve difficult disputes before they escalate to the court system. The Elder Care Mediation program is a collaboration between WISE & Healthy Aging and the nonprofit Center for Civic... Read more →

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Linking fishermen, foodies at Farmers’ Market

MAIN STREET ‚Äî A seafood supplier at the Sunday Farmers‚Äô Market on Main Street is making a splash with its new business model that connects consumers directly to fishermen, cutting out waste and cost in the process. Community Seafood does for seafood what Farm Fresh to You, SavRaw or other groups serving Santa Monica do for... Read more →

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Village Trailer Park decision postponed until July

CITY HALL ‚Ä The Rent Control Board will wait until the day before its drop dead date to decide whether or not to stand in the way of a development that would replace one of the last two trailer parks in Santa Monica. Board members decided Thursday to wait until the July 11 Rent Control Board meeting to consider for a last time a... Read more →

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Rent Control Board divided on landlord fees

CITY HALL ‚Äî The Rent Control Board is sure that it wants to raise registration fees on rent-controlled apartments to close its yawning budget gap, but how much and who should shoulder the burden is still up in the air. The five member board went 20 rounds on the subject Thursday night, running through a wide range of ways to divide... Read more →

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Two-day worker walkout ends at UC hospitals

Health workers strike outside of Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LOS¬†ANGELES ‚Äî A two-day strike by hospital workers ended on Thursday, with both sides claiming victory even though there was no resolution to a contract dispute involving staffing and pensions. The University of... Read more →

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Main Street uses crowdsourcing to fund SOULstice

2012 Main Street Summer SOULstice (File photo) MAIN STREET ‚Äî The Main Street Business Improvement Association is using When You Wish, a Venice-based crowdsourcing website, to raise $35,000 to fund this year‚Äôs Supreme Summer SOULstice. The series of events includes "fests" in music, dance, food, fashion, juice and fitness,... Read more →

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Brief: Art for a cause

The seventh annual ART for CLARE event will be held at Bergamot Station on Sunday, June 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The charity event will include an art action with works by Ed Ruscha, Kim McCarty and actor Anthony Hopkins; a silent auction with items ranging from luxury vacations to sports memorabilia; live music and food from some of the... Read more →

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New rules proposed for Farmers’ Markets

Kris Gean shows off the products he sells at the Downtown Farmers' Market. (Photo by Paul Alvarez Jr.) THIRD STREET PROMENADE ‚Äî Prepared food vendors may have to toe a finer line if new rules at the Farmers‚Äô Market come into effect that would require them to pay for their space on days they don‚Äôt make it to the... Read more →

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Brief: Santa Monica Place wins award

Santa Monica Place (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) Santa Monica Place won the 2013 Best-of-the-Best VIVA Global Design and Development Award, real estate investment company Macerich announced Saturday. Macerich purchased the once-indoor mall in 1999 to renovate it and make it "better tie into the adjacent Third Street Promenade," chairman... Read more →

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Hospital continues back-and-forth over parking

Saint John's Health Center (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) MID CITY ‚Äî Officials at Saint John‚Äôs Medical Center have 99 concerns, but parking, they hope, isn‚Äôt one. As rumors about the future of the hospital swirl and offers to purchase it from its owners, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, percolate,... Read more →