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 →


Local company a lone wolf in animal stock footage

A crew from Green Screen Animals films a tiger. (Photo courtesy 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 →



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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


Two-day worker walkout ends at UC hospitals

Health workers strike outside of Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center on Tuesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LOS ANGELES — A two-day strike by hospital workers ended on Thursday, with both sides claiming victory even though there was no resolution to a contract dispute involving staffing and pensions. The University of California said... Read more →


Main Street uses crowdsourcing to fund SOULstice

2012 Main Street Summer SOULstice (File photo) MAIN STREET — The Main Street Business Improvement Association is using When You Wish, a Venice-based crowdsourcing website, to raise $35,000 to fund this year’s Supreme Summer SOULstice. The series of events includes “fests” in music, dance, food, fashion, juice and fitness,... Read more →


Brief: Art for a cause

The seventh annual ART for CLARE event will be held at Bergamot Station on Sunday, June 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The charity event will include an art action with works by Ed Ruscha, Kim McCarty and actor Anthony Hopkins; a silent auction with items ranging from luxury vacations to sports memorabilia; live music and food from some of the... Read more →