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New website offers affordable dental care

DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Overdue on a tooth cleaning or a cavity filling or a crown? The Santa Monica-based company Brighter, the brainchild of Jake Winebaum, CEO and founder, launched a new website last month (www.brighter.com) that offers accessible and affordable dental care for uninsured customers. " at the core of your health. If you don't... Read more →

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Trendy creative office space comes with costs

WEST L.A. ‚Äî Developers, financiers and prospective tenants gathered just outside Santa Monica Wednesday to discuss the ins and outs of a type of real estate that city officials expect will play a big role in the city by the sea‚Äôs future ‚Äî creative office. This new type of office space figures in the 2010 Land Use and... Read more →

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Downtown 3-D model illustrates heights

COOL VIEW: Local civil engineer Armen Melkonians created this map of Downtown to illustrate future building heights. DOWNTOWN ‚Äî "If you go to Krispy Kreme and get a glazed donut and walk over to Lincoln Middle School and throw it, the first kid you hit can make a 3-D model and 10 versions of it just by opening their laptop." Such... Read more →

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Doing business Downtown gets more expensive

Downtown Ambassador Stephanie Gonzalez gives directions to a tourist from Australia on the Third Street Promenade on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN ‚Äî Property owners should notice this month an increase in the amount of taxes they pay to keep Downtown running smoothly. The board of Downtown Santa... Read more →

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Hotels continue tussle

LOOK OF THE FUTURE? Rendering of the proposed Fairmont Miramar Hotel expansion. (Courtesy MSD Capital) CITY HALL ‚Äî Fairmont Miramar Hotel representatives stand by statements about the Huntley Hotel and its owner despite threats from the Huntley‚Äôs attorney, according to a letter from the Miramar‚Äôs lawyer. The missive... Read more →

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Early funeral preparation comes with benefits

OPTIONS: Annette Smith, with Gates Kingsley & Gates Moeller Murphy Funeral Directors, discusses the benefits of being buried in a wicker casket on Tuesday. She said that the wicker models appeal to people who are concerned about the environment. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) ARIZONA AVENUE ‚Äî I list off my favorite songs, colors... Read more →

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Website makes booking appointments a cinch

Kourosh Gohar CITYWIDE ‚Äî In 2011, Santa Monica resident Kourosh Gohar was trying to schedule a much-needed haircut but couldn‚Äôt get an appointment because the salon was too busy. He was frustrated and felt there had to be an easier way to book appointments. He mentioned an idea of an online scheduling platform to his wife,... Read more →

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Resident invokes law to stop trailer demolition

Village Trailer Park (File photo) DOWNTOWN L.A. ‚Äî A new Santa Monica law meant to empower citizens to protect the rights of nature missed its first day in court after a resident of a local trailer park used it in a failed attempt to put a stop to the demolition of 16 trailers. Brenda Barnes, a former attorney and current resident... Read more →

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Taking the temperature of development

File photo DOWNTOWN ‚Äî On May 6, a crowd of over 300 people gathered in the east wing of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. The atmosphere was charged with emotion as resident after resident spoke without the constraint of the normal three-minute time limit about their fears, concerns and anger with a planning process that they... Read more →

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New fee for parks passes first hurdle

CITY HALL ‚Ä Developers may be faced with another fee on projects in Santa Monica, this time to pay for future parks that many believe will be necessary to support new people attracted by the apartments, shops and offices coming online. As proposed, the fee would tack $7,636 onto the cost of a single family home. Studios and one... Read more →

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First pedicab company launches in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE ‚Äî Resident Susan Scarafia was at Washington and Ocean avenues last Thursday carrying a heavy picnic basket and a beach chair to attend the Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Concert Series when she saw two pedicabs. She said she recalled pedicabs may be coming to town. "So when I saw them, I flagged them down and I said ‚ÄòI... Read more →

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City settles tenant harassment complaints

FOURTH STREET ‚Äî An owner and manager of a 60-unit apartment complex in Santa Monica accused of harassing tenants agreed to stop allegedly abusive behaviors or risk reopening an investigation, the City Attorney‚Äôs Office announced Thursday. The settlement requires owner M West Holdings, LLC., and property manager Scott Properties... Read more →

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Taking toxins out of manicures

COLORFUL: Candice Kim, with the Coalition for Clean Air, stands in front of a display of non-toxic nail polish at Cute Nails on Tuesday. The coalition was on hand for the kick-off of the Healthy Nail Salon Program co-sponsored by Santa Monica‚Äôs Office of Sustainability and the Environment. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LINCOLN BLVD... Read more →