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Main Street newsstand bites the dust

Morgan Sykes organizes magazines at Main Street News in July. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) MAIN STREET ‚Äî For about 23 years the magazine stand Main Street News provided the Ocean Park neighborhood with a unique space to meet-up, hang out and purchase rare and international publications. In the last four years, store... Read more →

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Malibu Planning Commission rejects chain-store law

MALIBU ‚Äî The Malibu Planning Commission capped a marathon meeting Monday night with a 4-1 vote recommending the City Council oppose a draft ordinance that would limit the number of chain stores in Malibu‚Äôs Civic Center commercial area. The decision prompted indignant members of community coalition Preserve Malibu to walk out of... Read more →

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Brief: American Red Cross re-opens

The Santa Monica office of the American Red Cross will re-open on Aug. 5 after about 10 weeks of renovations. The newly refurbished space at 1450 11th St. allows more room for volunteers and features a self-service computer station where patrons can sign up to donate blood, make a contribution or sign up for a preparedness, health or... Read more →

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Talking restaurant design with Stephen Francis Jones

Redwood Grille OCEAN AVENUE ‚Äî Stephen Francis Jones, founder and CEO of SF Jones Architects, designed the recently opened Del Frisco‚Äôs Grille at Ocean and Colorado avenues, as well as the Redwood Grille at the Santa Monica Place mall. An architect with over 18 years of experience, Jones has worked on high-rise buildings in... Read more →

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Local car site ad called sexist

BROADWAY ‚Äî TrueCar, a Santa Monica-based online platform for helping people buy a car, is under fire on social media for a reportedly sexist commercial aimed at women. The ad in question was originally posted on the company‚Äôs YouTube channel in March but consumers have since taken to Facebook and Twitter ‚Äî with comments... Read more →

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New website offers affordable dental care

DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Overdue on a tooth cleaning or a cavity filling or a crown? The Santa Monica-based company Brighter, the brainchild of Jake Winebaum, CEO and founder, launched a new website last month (www.brighter.com) that offers accessible and affordable dental care for uninsured customers. " at the core of your health. If you don't... Read more →

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Trendy creative office space comes with costs

WEST L.A. ‚Äî Developers, financiers and prospective tenants gathered just outside Santa Monica Wednesday to discuss the ins and outs of a type of real estate that city officials expect will play a big role in the city by the sea‚Äôs future ‚Äî creative office. This new type of office space figures in the 2010 Land Use and... Read more →

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Downtown 3-D model illustrates heights

COOL VIEW: Local civil engineer Armen Melkonians created this map of Downtown to illustrate future building heights. DOWNTOWN ‚Äî "If you go to Krispy Kreme and get a glazed donut and walk over to Lincoln Middle School and throw it, the first kid you hit can make a 3-D model and 10 versions of it just by opening their laptop." Such... Read more →

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Doing business Downtown gets more expensive

Downtown Ambassador Stephanie Gonzalez gives directions to a tourist from Australia on the Third Street Promenade on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Property owners should notice this month an increase in the amount of taxes they pay to keep Downtown running smoothly. The board of Downtown Santa... Read more →

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Hotels continue tussle

LOOK OF THE FUTURE? Rendering of the proposed Fairmont Miramar Hotel expansion. (Courtesy MSD Capital) CITY HALL ‚Äî Fairmont Miramar Hotel representatives stand by statements about the Huntley Hotel and its owner despite threats from the Huntley‚Äôs attorney, according to a letter from the Miramar‚Äôs lawyer. The missive... Read more →

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Early funeral preparation comes with benefits

OPTIONS: Annette Smith, with Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors, discusses the benefits of being buried in a wicker casket on Tuesday. She said that the wicker models appeal to people who are concerned about the environment. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) ARIZONA AVENUE ‚Äî I list off my favorite songs, colors... Read more →

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Website makes booking appointments a cinch

Kourosh Gohar CITYWIDE ‚Äî In 2011, Santa Monica resident Kourosh Gohar was trying to schedule a much-needed haircut but couldn‚Äôt get an appointment because the salon was too busy. He was frustrated and felt there had to be an easier way to book appointments. He mentioned an idea of an online scheduling platform to his wife,... Read more →

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Resident invokes law to stop trailer demolition

Village Trailer Park (File photo) DOWNTOWN L.A. ‚Äî A new Santa Monica law meant to empower citizens to protect the rights of nature missed its first day in court after a resident of a local trailer park used it in a failed attempt to put a stop to the demolition of 16 trailers. Brenda Barnes, a former attorney and current resident... Read more →

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Taking the temperature of development

File photo DOWNTOWN ‚Äî On May 6, a crowd of over 300 people gathered in the east wing of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The atmosphere was charged with emotion as resident after resident spoke without the constraint of the normal three-minute time limit about their fears, concerns and anger with a planning process that they... Read more →