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New telescopes grace Santa Monica Pier

TAKING A GANDER: Australian tourist Benjamin Thomas tries a new distance viewer on the Santa Monica Pier on Tuesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) SM PIER — Benjamin Thomas, an Australian, peered through a coin-operated pair of binoculars on the north end of the Santa Monica Pier. “I saw the beach and lots of cold people,” he said,... Read more →

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Boutique theaters sniffing around Downtown

(Photo courtesy Google Images) DOWNTOWN — At least three independent movie theater operators have been sniffing around the Downtown site recently dropped by AMC Theatres, city officials say, sustaining hope that the break in negotiations with the company will not hurt development efforts there. Arclight Theatres, LOOK Cinemas and... Read more →

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Santa Monica’s restaurant roundup

CITYWIDE — It can’t be refuted: Santa Monica is one of the best cities in the region to dine in. With an abundance of fresh produce trucked in almost daily and the aesthetic beauty so apparent, top-rated restaurants rush to serve us the finest dishes. Food fanatics already have a lot to look forward to this year as several new restaurants... Read more →

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PYFC fights to survive in midst of funding drought

THE SCENE: Pico Youth & Family Center Executive Director Oscar de la Torre speaks to supporters during a rally at City Hall last month. The crowd gathered to speak during a council meeting. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) SM COURTHOUSE — The embattled Pico Youth & Family Center is still in dire financial straits with both of its... Read more →

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New position means more help for abused seniors

FOURTH STREET —  A local nonprofit that provides services to seniors is increasing its efforts to help victims of elder abuse through partnerships with the police and counseling services. Polina Havens, the new critical response specialist for WISE & Healthy Aging, is at the heart of the expansion. Havens has been working with... Read more →

Business

Macerich 4Q results beat analysts’ expectations

SANTA MONICA — Macerich said Wednesday that a key measure of profitability improved in its fourth quarter on better revenue from rent and increased occupancy at its malls. The real estate investment trust reported that its funds from operations rose to $132.6 million, or 90 cents per share, for the last three months of 2012 from $118.8... Read more →

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Fitness trainers unite to fight curbs on park usage

A trainer and his client workout in Palisades Park. (File photo) PALISADES PARK — A group of personal trainers and their clients has gone on the public relations offensive in an attempt to win looser regulations on training activities in local parks and beaches. The Santa Monica Outdoor Fitness Coalition is a group of seven trainers... Read more →

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Imagine Santa Monica with even less parking

Cars park along Fourth Street just north of California Avenue. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE — A transportation planning consultant offered up a first draft of proposed parking requirements to the Planning Commission Wednesday night that would radically reduce the amount of parking required for new developments in most of Santa... Read more →

Airport

SMO pilots may get discount for installing mufflers

CITY HALL — The Airport Commission wants to explore incentives for pilots to fly more quietly in the wake of a successful test of a muffler that cut some airplane noise in half. The device, manufactured by German company Golmozig, reduced the noise emitted by a Cessna 172 by over three decibels in some cases, and almost five in others,... Read more →

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AMC puts closed captions in four screens

CaptiView has been installed at an AMC theatre on the Third Street Promenade. (Photo courtesy Google Images) CITY HALL — A hearing-impaired teen in Santa Monica got his wish this week when a local theater chain announced that it would provide closed captions in four screens in one of its Downtown theaters. John Butchko was thrilled... Read more →

Business

Apartment openings spell new beginning on Fifth Street

An artist's rendering of a mixed-use housing project on Fifth Street built by NMS Properties, one of Santa Monica's most active housing developers. (Rendering courtesy of NMS Properties) DOWNTOWN — Two long-shuttered apartment buildings on Fifth Street are open for business, closing the door on a dubious legacy left by a former... Read more →

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Nominees for Sustainable Quality Awards announced

DOWNTOWN — Real Food Daily, Areal Restaurant and the Santa Monica Museum of Art are among 19 businesses that are nominated for the 2013 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), which will celebrate a milestone of having honored over 100 winners since 1995. A collaboration between the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Works and the... Read more →