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Village Trailer Park decision postponed until July

CITY HALL —  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 — 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 the... 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 — 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 California said... Read more →

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Main Street uses crowdsourcing to fund SOULstice

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

Arts

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 — Prepared food vendors may have to toe a finer line if new rules at the Farmers’ Market come into effect that would require them to pay for their space on days they don’t make it to the market. Under 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,”... Read more →

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Hospital continues back-and-forth over parking

Saint John's Health Center (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) MID CITY — Officials at Saint John’s Medical Center have 99 concerns, but parking, they hope, isn’t 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, officials have... Read more →

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Housing prices less than lovely, report shows

CITYWIDE — News flash: Apartment and house rentals on the Westside are (still) expensive. Data released by Lovely, a web aggregator of rental information, estimates that the average renter can plan to spend $3,400 per month for housing in Santa Monica, with one bedroom units hitting $2,900 and two and three bedroom units averaging $1,800... Read more →

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Billionaire offers to buy Saint John’s Health Center

Saint John's Health Center (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) MID-CITY — A multi-billionaire with strong ties to Saint John’s Health Center has offered to buy the hospital for an undisclosed sum, a move that is supported by the hospital’s donors and doctors who see it as the best option to ensure the quality of care is not... Read more →