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Civic, Samohi venues could make for cultural campus

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (File photo) PICO BLVD — Dozens of community members gathered in Virginia Avenue Park Tuesday night to discuss ways to restore and manage the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, potentially returning it to its former place of prominence as a multi-purpose facility capable of handling performances as well as its... Read more →

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Affordable housing tax may be on horizon

CITY HALL — City officials may come to voters as soon as 2014 with a measure to create a local source of funds to pay for affordable housing production in Santa Monica in an attempt to fill the gap left by the loss of redevelopment money. Instead of a new tax, city officials could also join with those from other cities in asking Los... Read more →

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Italian institution Valentino up for sale

Valentino restaurant on Pico Boulevard is for sale for $4.9 million. (Photo courtesy Google Images) PICO BLVD — Santa Monica’s landmark Italian restaurant Valentino, known for its extensive wine list featuring over 100,000 bottles and its dedication to traditional fine dining, is up for sale by owner Piero Selvaggio and it can be... Read more →

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Local company a lone wolf in animal stock footage

A crew from Green Screen Animals films a tiger. (Photo courtesy greenscreenanimals.com) DOWNTOWN — Imagine the ability to have a lion roaming through the streets of Paris, or an elephant eating in an African jungle — all without having to leave the comfort of an editing bay. A local Santa Monica company is making that happen by... Read more →

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Local tech company unleashes drone software

File photo DOWNTOWN — Imagine using your smartphone or tablet to order a driverless car to whisk you through town as it interacts with traffic control systems to find the best route for you to run errands, or controlling a satellite that can identify a fire in a remote area and dispatch a drone to fly over and drop water before the... Read more →

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Keeping a tiff from turning into a lawsuit for seniors

FOURTH STREET — A nonprofit that provides services to seniors announced a new program Tuesday that will help older adults and their families solve difficult disputes before they escalate to the court system. The Elder Care Mediation program is a collaboration between WISE & Healthy Aging and the nonprofit Center for Civic Mediation,... Read more →

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Linking fishermen, foodies at Farmers’ Market

MAIN STREET — A seafood supplier at the Sunday Farmers’ Market on Main Street is making a splash with its new business model that connects consumers directly to fishermen, cutting out waste and cost in the process. Community Seafood does for seafood what Farm Fresh to You, SavRaw or other groups serving Santa Monica do for vegetables.... Read more →

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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 →