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Housing affordability changes put developers on edge

CITY HALL ‚Ä A small wording change in a recently approved law lowering rent and income limits on Santa Monica‚Äôs affordable housing supply may make a big difference for developers with housing projects working their way through the public process, developers say. The City Council passed an ordinance on June 11 that would... Read more →

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Malibu puts rehab centers on notice

MALIBU ‚Äî City officials are gearing up for a major crackdown on drug and alcohol treatment centers in Malibu, many of which they claim operate with little scrutiny from the state and a brazen disregard for local law, all in the name of increasing head counts and maximizing profits. Passages, which treats those struggling with drug... Read more →

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Post office to close at end of June

A new U.S. Postal Service office will open at its facility on Seventh Street on July 1. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) FIFTH STREET ‚Äî The historic post office on Fifth Street will shutter its doors at noon on June 29 and a new location across town will open the following Monday, it was announced Thursday. The release marks the end... Read more →

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PYFC’s funding, role cut in proposal

PICO BLVD ‚Äî The Pico Youth & Family Center will stay open for another year on city funds as a drop-in and referral center under a proposal that will go before the City Council Tuesday night. The center would get $225,000 to remain accessible to its clients through the 2013-14 year, almost $100,000 less than the funds for which it... Read more →

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Youth center in line for continued funding

Pico Youth & Family Center (File photo) CITY HALL ‚Äî The Pico Youth & Family Center has at least another year of funding if the City Council signs off on the proposed budget Tuesday night. Officials had recommended that the City Council pull funding from the youth center twice in the past year, citing poor management... Read more →

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Race card played in Miramar Hotel fight

The owners of the Miramar Hotel sent this flyer to local homes last week. (Image courtesy Ocean Avenue LLC) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî A union organizer is helping opponents of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel redevelopment wield the race card in a battle to put the project on ice, according to e-mails received by the Daily Press. Rohnda Ammouri, a... Read more →

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Silicon Beach Fest comes to Santa Monica

Photo courtesy ROC DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Santa Monica is showing off its tech cred this week with Silicon Beach Fest, a four-day series of panels, networking and parties meant to bring together and celebrate the unique blend of technology, entertainment and capital that gravitate to the beachfront town. The event, which kicks off in Santa... Read more →

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Changes planned for Malibu Pier

Malibu Pier (Photo courtesy Malibu Times) MALIBU ‚Äî The Malibu Pier‚Äôs concessionaire vowed recently to have three new businesses ‚Äî a cafe, a bar and a sit-down restaurant ‚Äî up and running by this summer in an effort to revitalize the historic but long-vacant landmark. Since the Beachcomber Cafe shuttered at the... Read more →

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Downtown hotel cold war heats up

Fairmont Miramar Hotel (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) OCEAN AVENUE ‚Ä The ownership of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel unleashed a public assault Thursday on the owner of a neighboring establishment who the company says has been waging an undercover war on plans to redevelop the Miramar. Ocean Avenue, LLC. sent out a flyer to homes... Read more →

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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 →