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Fate of Fresh & Easy in Santa Monica uncertain

WILSHIRE BLVD ‚Ä The parent company of Fresh & Easy announced Wednesday its intentions to withdraw from the United States, but the grocery chain maintains there are no plans to close any of its stores yet. Tesco ‚Äî a British company that claims to be one of the world‚Äôs largest retailers with 6,700 stores in 12... Read more →

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RAWvolution saved

Euphoria Loves RAWvolution (File photo) Santa Monica raw food and vegan restaurant Euphoria Loves RAWvolution avoided foreclosure by raising the $30,000 it needed to stay open. The restaurant has been attempting to raise money for the past few months on the fundraising website Indiegogo. Caf√© Gratitude, a popular vegetarian and... Read more →

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Brief: Photography comes to Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica is introducing the National Photography Program, which teaches youth the art and science of photography. The new program includes the ImageMakers National Photography Contest, which has been a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America for more than 50 years. It also seeks to engage youth to explore... Read more →

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Officials take deeper look at filming policies

ON LOCATION: Sidney Miller films a music video for his song 'Fake Moon Voyage' in 2009. (File photo) CITYWIDE ‚Äî If the city of Santa Monica had a page on the Internet Movie Database ‚Äî better known as IMDB.com ‚Äî its credentials would be longer than most working actors, many of whom live or work in the city itself. Be... Read more →

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Rent Control delays trailer park decision

CITY HALL ‚Äî The Rent Control Board voted unanimously Thursday to delay a final decision on whether or not to allow the owner of the Village Trailer Park to remove rent-controlled units as part of a project to replace the park with apartments. The removal permit being sought is one of the remaining regulatory steps in a process that... Read more →

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New restaurant seeks to open at old Parlor site

The building at 1519 Wilshire Blvd. may become a new restaurant. It was formerly The Parlor. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Äî Sometimes sequels are better than the original ‚Äî at least that‚Äôs what the community around the 1500 block of Wilshire Boulevard is hoping. The former executive chef of the BOA Steakhouse... Read more →

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Brief: Samohi charity picks Step Up on Second

Justin Sardo stands by one of his Pocket Change boxes at Santa Monica High School. (File photo) Pocket Change, Santa Monica High School‚Äôs student-led charity organization that supports local nonprofits through donations of loose change, has chosen to support Step Up on Second for the month of April. Step Up on Second helps... Read more →

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Village Trailer Park redevelopment gets council’s OK

Village Trailer Park resident Peter Naughton protests the closure of the park on Wednesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL ‚Ä A controversial development agreement that could replace a trailer park with a 377-unit apartment complex won a second approval from a divided City Council Tuesday night despite protestations from... Read more →

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Seasons 52: Gourmet grub under 475 calories

Big business has come to Santa Monica. Darden Restaurants, the world‚Äôs largest full-service restaurant company with more than 2,000 restaurants, including national brands the Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has opened its latest restaurant ‚Äî Seasons 52 ‚Äî in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica at the corner of Ocean Avenue... Read more →

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Executive director leaves youth center

Oscar de la Torre (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) PICO BLVD ‚Äî The head of an embattled youth organization stepped down from the top job this week, just as city officials released details about a competitive bidding process that could reassign the group‚Äôs funding to another institution. Oscar de la Torre, long-time youth... Read more →

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Santa Monica sues state over redevelopment money

Workers prepare the foundation last year for a construction project on High Place. (File photo) SACRAMENTO ‚Äî City Hall has brought the fight over redevelopment money to Sacramento in a lawsuit alleging that state officials broke the law by demanding back millions already committed to projects throughout the city. The result could... Read more →

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Residents oppose hotel’s request to sell alcohol

Palihouse Santa Monica (Photo by Kevin Herrera) THIRD STREET ‚Äî Residents near a hotel at Washington Avenue and Third Street are beginning to rally in opposition to the new owners‚Äô application to serve alcohol at the establishment, which they say is inappropriate in a residential neighborhood. The business, 1001 3rd Street,... Read more →

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Brief: Santa Monica resident files suit against insurer

A Santa Monica resident and cancer patient is going after an Conseco Life Insurance Company for refusing to pay tens of thousands in medical costs she believes were covered under her plan. Pamela Gross, 63, purchased a cancer insurance policy from Transport Life Insurance Company, which later merged with Conseco, in 1994, a policy she... Read more →