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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 ‚Äî 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... 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‚Äôs 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... Read more →

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Top 10 employers show stability, growth

A nurse administers a flu shot at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. (File photo) CITYWIDE ‚Äî A look at the top 10 employers in Santa Monica shows a stable economy shedding its old standbys of a decade ago to embrace its new moniker ‚Äî "Silicon Beach." The list used to include names like Specialty Labs, now in Los Angeles,... Read more →

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Organic butcher promises cuts above

It seems the butcher is back. After decades of slicing in obscurity, butchers are regaining respect in the food chain as carnivores become more concerned about their meat, particularly how the animals slaughtered are raised. Aside from more high-end supermarket chains, it can be tough to find a quality butcher. Eddy Shin is aiming to... Read more →

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Two eateries get alcohol permits, new hours

CITY HALL ‚Ä The Planning Commission struggled Wednesday to balance business interests with community concerns in the face of two restaurant applications that would pave the way for late-night alcohol service and events near neighborhoods. Commissioners ultimately gave the go-ahead to both 1519, the successor to the now-infamous... Read more →

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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 →