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Changes planned for Malibu Pier

Malibu Pier (Photo courtesy Malibu Times) MALIBU — The Malibu Pier’s concessionaire vowed recently to have three new businesses — a cafe, a bar and a sit-down restaurant — up and running by this summer in an effort to revitalize the historic but long-vacant landmark. Since the Beachcomber Cafe shuttered at the end of 2011,... Read more →

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Downtown hotel cold war heats up

Fairmont Miramar Hotel (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) OCEAN AVENUE —  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 — 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 bottom of... 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 — 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 →