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Brief: St. Joseph hosts benefit gala

Community service although noble, is often a thankless endeavor. St. Joseph Center looks to rectify that this spring. On Saturday, May 4, St. Joseph will host its annual gala benefit “Voices of Hope” at the Skirball Center. The gala is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of individuals who serve the center and have... Read more →

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Village Trailer Park development wins council approval

An rendering of the proposed apartment complex that will replace the Village Trailer Park, one of only two left in Santa Monica. (Rendering courtesy of city of Santa Monica) CITY HALL — A split City Council approved a development Tuesday night that will replace an existing trailer park with a 377-unit apartment complex after resolving... Read more →

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Study: Housing expensive everywhere in U.S.

A sign advertises a two-bedroom apartment in a building at Fifth Street and California Avenue. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE — A minimum wage worker cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States, and Santa Monica is at one of the extremes, a national study examining housing affordability released this... Read more →

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Brief: Public gets look at proposed Gehry hotel

Ocean Avenue Project (File image) Residents will get their first look at the new Frank Gehry hotel proposed for Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard at a public meeting hosted by the developers Thursday night. The current proposal for the 22-story hotel includes 125 hotel rooms and an additional 22 condominiums at the top of the... Read more →

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Brief: What do you want in town?

City officials and business leaders want to know what kinds of shops, restaurants and services people in Santa Monica want. The Buy Local Santa Monica resident survey is available at   surveymonkey.com/s/BuyLocalSM. All of those who finish the survey will be entered to win a raffle prize, including theater tickets, free massage, Buy... Read more →

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Helping ex-cons find jobs

LINCOLN BLVD — Today, Randolph Halo has a job at a tech office in Santa Monica, helping keep the premises ship shape. He has dental, vision and even managed to get that pesky “check engine” light on his car fixed. Seven months ago, the story didn’t look so good. Halo was recently released from prison after 27 years behind bars.... Read more →

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Daily Press wins 2 CNPA awards

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Daily Press took home two awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association (CNPA), one for best special section and the other for best business, financial or economic news story. The awards for the Better Newspaper Contest, which were handed out this week, were for the Daily Press’ 2012 Vote Local... Read more →

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Bergamot Area Plan gets decent reviews from residents

CITY HALL — Santa Monica residents found something to like Tuesday night in the Bergamot Area Plan, a draft document meant to guide development in the mixed-use district envisioned to grow around the city’s first light rail stop. The plan, over two and a half years in the making, lays out explicit standards for business types, building... Read more →

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Brief: Getting feedback on PYFC

Pico Youth & Family Center (File photo) The Pico Youth & Family Center is holding a community forum today, Thursday, to discuss the nonprofit’s program plan and define its model of best practices in the areas of case management, academic support, college readiness, music production training, gender specific support groups, job... Read more →