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Brief: Red Cross to shut down for renovations

File photo The Santa Monica Red Cross needs a transfusion of nails, lumber and labor — stat. The branch will be closed for the month of May and into June for renovations. The goal is to make the branch more user friendly, said Julie Thomas, CEO of the Santa Monica branch. The location rejuvenation will include a customer service... Read more →

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Rents to increase by 1%

File photo Landlords will be able to increase their tenants’ rents by 1 percent this year, according to a release by the Rent Control Board. The increase, called a general adjustment, is effective Sept. 1, although the board will consider a cap on the total dollar amount of the rise at a public hearing on June 13. For the first... Read more →

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Santa Monica Clock Tower sells for $34.3M

Santa Monica Clock Tower (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) An Italian real estate investment firm that has a love for historic buildings has purchased the Santa Monica Clock Tower in Downtown for $34.3 million, officials said. A private investor sold the 12-story, 53,465-square-foot office building at 221-225 Santa Monica Blvd. to the... Read more →

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Poll predicts development ‘boom’ in beach cities

CITYWIDE — Investors are looking for a safe — preferably lucrative — place to park their cash these days, which some believe may be one factor at the root of a recent explosion of development seen in Santa Monica in the last six months. A poll released this week by investment giant Morgan Stanley of 1,000 U.S. investors with $100,000... Read more →

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Pier construction underway

SM PIER —  Construction began Thursday on a project to replace a large section of the Santa Monica Pier in an effort to preserve and maintain the historic structure. The $8.5 million job involves the demolition and replacement of 365 feet of the pier between the high tide line and the concrete westerly portion of the pier. That... Read more →

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Food trucks limited, pedicabs allowed

File photo Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the second and final readings of ordinances approved by the City Council. Second readings are held without public comment, although the issues have been discussed, often at length, during prior City Council meetings.   CITY HALL — The City Council... Read more →

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Council in favor of allowing group fitness classes in parks

CITY HALL — The City Council moved to loosen proposed restrictions on private exercise instruction in public parks Tuesday night by allowing limited group trainings and heavier equipment in some parks and charging less for the privilege. The council requested that city officials return with an ordinance that would leave the door open to... Read more →

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Santa Monicans develop app for sports drafts

HIGH TECH: Joe Sarafian and David Rabie show off their Draftpedia app for the iPhone. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN — When the lights went down on the Superdome in New Orleans after the Super Bowl this February, football fans across the country went into spare rib-induced hibernation for about a week. Then speculation about... Read more →

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Brief: City Hall dishes on signs

City Hall announced a new campaign Monday to educate businesses about the kinds of signs allowed in Santa Monica’s commercial districts. Beginning this week, city officials will send out letters and informational flyers to local businesses, business organizations and community partners to let people know what kinds of signs they’re... Read more →