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Report finds fault with local taxi service

File photo CITY HALL ‚Äî Three of the five taxi companies that can pick up passengers in Santa Monica received failing grades in a recent Finance Department report that showed some cab companies did not meet the conditions of the franchise system. Metro Cab, the Independent Taxi Owners Association and Yellow Cab ranked at the... Read more →

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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 ‚Äî 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‚Äôs 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... 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 ‚Äî 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 ‚Äî 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... 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 ‚Äî 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 ‚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 →