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Development delay dies at dais

COMING SOON: A crew installs a rebar support at a construction site on Broadway on Wednesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL — Proposed developments in Downtown will continue through the public process as usual despite vociferous community disapproval and lack of trust, a divided City Council decided Tuesday... Read more →

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Brief: Chrysalis receives grant for services

Local nonprofit Chrysalis received a $50,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its work helping Santa Monica’s most vulnerable populations prepare for and secure employment. The money will help pay for the Employment Program, which provides one-on-one mentoring and case management, job preparation classes,... Read more →

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Car share companies throw hats in the ring

ZipCar is among a group of four car sharing companies that are vying for a contract to operate the vehicles within city limits. (Photo courtesy Associated Press) CITYWIDE — Four companies have thrown their hat in the race to provide car sharing services to Santa Monica that officials say would constitute an important piece of the... Read more →

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Town car service dinged on biz license, dodges franchise

FIFTH STREET — A technology company that creates software for users to get rides with town cars through their cell phones and other Internet-capable devices was issued a citation Thursday for operating in the city without a business license. Uber, which allows people to arrange and pay for rides using a phone application, text message or... Read more →

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Former Holiday Inn could get major facelift

An artist's rendering of the proposed Wyndham Hotel at the corner of Second Street and Colorado Avenue. (Rendering courtesy of FelCor Lodging Trust) DOWNTOWN — Owners of the former Holiday Inn in Downtown unveiled new plans Thursday that would replace the eight-story 1960s building with three new ones ranging from five to 15 stories... Read more →

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Civic, Samohi venues could make for cultural campus

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (File photo) PICO BLVD — 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 its... Read more →

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Affordable housing tax may be on horizon

CITY HALL — 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 — Santa Monica’s 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 be... 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 — Imagine the ability to have a lion roaming through the streets of Paris, or an elephant eating in an African jungle — all without having to leave the comfort of an editing bay. A local Santa Monica company is making that happen by... Read more →