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Seniors get new hangout

Seniors cut a rug on Monday at WISE & Healthy Aging. It was the opening day for Club 1527. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) KEN EDWARDS CENTER ‚Äî As Nat King Cole‚Äôs "Unforgettable" played in the background, a pair of seniors danced Monday while others chatted in the dining hall of the Ken Edwards Center, home to Santa... Read more →

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Long-time flower shop forced out by another Starbucks

WILSHIRE BLVD ‚Äî On a day in late February, Saeed Moayedi came to the front door of his flower business and saw the sign that would change his future. Farrah's Florist, an independently-owned shop that has been in Santa Monica for two generations, was being replaced by another Starbucks, the sign said. Moayedi was shocked. "I was... Read more →

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Curtain closes on AMC 6

AMC Criterion 6 (File photo) THIRD STREET PROMENADE ‚Äî Cinema buffs have one less option in Downtown. AMC Criterion 6, one of three movie theaters on the Third Street Promenade, screened films for the last time on Thursday, an official from AMC said. "We continually strive to upgrade the quality of our theater circuit by adding... Read more →

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Brief: CVB opens office in Chicago

The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau, which is charged with promoting the city by the sea as a premiere destination for foreign and business travelers, is opening a satellite office in Chicago, representatives announced Thursday. Lauren Rogers, the director of sales and services for the nonprofit, will manage the office... Read more →

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Photo: CCSM officially opens new housing complex

(Photo by Daniel Archuleta) Community Corporation of Santa Monica Executive Director Sarah Letts (right) cuts the ribbon for the newly-opened High Place West Apartments on Thursday. The CCSM-developed housing complex features 47 affordable homes for families earning 35 percent to 60 percent of the area median income. The three-story... Read more →

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Locals helping vets find jobs

CITYWIDE ‚Äî When Robert Contreras separated from the U.S. Navy in 2010, he had hoped to leave the service with a job waiting for him in the civilian world. He spent the last three months of his career as an operations specialist looking for work. Although he landed a few interviews, there was nothing definite. "I was starting to... Read more →

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Brief: New Directions, Wells Fargo partner up for vets

On Wednesday, New Directions, a veterans service agency, and Wells Fargo will announce a $100,000 partnership to support those who served in the armed forces. The money will be donated in the form of a grant to New Directions for services such as assistance in providing long-term transitional housing, substance abuse treatment, mental... Read more →

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City Hall offers reprieve to unlicensed businesses

CITYWIDE ‚Äî The Finance Department will launch a program in early April to encourage new businesses operating without a business license to get one before more stringent enforcement measures take effect. Under the "business license amnesty program," a business that has never before applied for a license in Santa Monica may do so and... Read more →

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Love, hate relationship with Gehry hotel

A rendering of the proposed hotel and condominium project designed by famed architect Frank Gehry for the corner of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard. (Gehry Partners, LLC) MAIN LIBRARY ‚Äî A Frank Gehry-designed hotel proposed for the heart of Downtown got mixed reviews at its public debut Thursday night, with many happy for a... Read more →

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Malibu company uses hawks for pest control

Master falconer Nricco Iseppi and Maya, one of three Harris Hawks he owns, near his house in Malibu. (Knowles Adkisson editor@smdp.com) COLORADO AVENUE ‚Äî It‚Äôs a hazy Saturday at an office park in Santa Monica, and passersby skirting a large artificial pond in the park‚Äôs courtyard can‚Äôt help but notice master... Read more →

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Local service offers dogs a home away from home

CITYWIDE ‚Äî For pet owners who would rather leave their little critters in the comfort of a home rather than a kennel during their work day or when they travel, there is a scarcity of options in Santa Monica. Local company DogVacay is looking to change all that. The company allows users to find, schedule and book appointments with... Read more →

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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 overcome... Read more →