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New rules proposed for Farmers’ Markets

Kris Gean shows off the products he sells at the Downtown Farmers' Market. (Photo by Paul Alvarez Jr.) THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Prepared food vendors may have to toe a finer line if new rules at the Farmers’ Market come into effect that would require them to pay for their space on days they don’t make it to the market. Under the... Read more →

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Brief: Santa Monica Place wins award

Santa Monica Place (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) Santa Monica Place won the 2013 Best-of-the-Best VIVA Global Design and Development Award, real estate investment company Macerich announced Saturday. Macerich purchased the once-indoor mall in 1999 to renovate it and make it “better tie into the adjacent Third Street Promenade,”... Read more →

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Hospital continues back-and-forth over parking

Saint John's Health Center (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) MID CITY — Officials at Saint John’s Medical Center have 99 concerns, but parking, they hope, isn’t one. As rumors about the future of the hospital swirl and offers to purchase it from its owners, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System, percolate, officials have... Read more →

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Housing prices less than lovely, report shows

CITYWIDE — News flash: Apartment and house rentals on the Westside are (still) expensive. Data released by Lovely, a web aggregator of rental information, estimates that the average renter can plan to spend $3,400 per month for housing in Santa Monica, with one bedroom units hitting $2,900 and two and three bedroom units averaging $1,800... Read more →

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Billionaire offers to buy Saint John’s Health Center

Saint John's Health Center (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) MID-CITY — A multi-billionaire with strong ties to Saint John’s Health Center has offered to buy the hospital for an undisclosed sum, a move that is supported by the hospital’s donors and doctors who see it as the best option to ensure the quality of care is not... Read more →

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Civic Center will have to learn new tricks to survive

MAIN LIBRARY — The Santa Monica Civic Center Auditorium can survive past its planned June closure, but it will have to revolutionize its layout, amenities and management structure if it plans to compete with other entertainment facilities in Los Angeles, a team of policy experts told residents Friday afternoon. Members of the Public... Read more →

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Santa Monica tourism industry focuses on foreign flavor

Tourists watch as Santa Monica street performer Zhang Hong Cao creates artistic representations of their names at the Pier on Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Brandon Wise) PICO BLVD — Roughly 7.3 million visitors from outside Los Angeles County pumped $1.5 billion into the local economy in 2012, an almost 10 percent increase over the year... Read more →

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UCLA Family Commons to close doors

People attend the opening of UCLA Family Commons in 2009. (File photo) SECOND STREET — A family wellness center known for its unique blend of mental health services and family coaching announced last week that it would close its doors after three years in the Santa Monica community. The UCLA Family Commons, located on the 1200 block... Read more →

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After 49 years, Norms to close in July

EATERY SET TO MOVE ON: The Norms on Lincoln Boulevard is slated to close in July. (Photo by Alex Vejar) LINCOLN BLVD — Seniors who love their early-bird specials and late-night revelers fond of soaking up suds with a plate of hot cakes have to find a new place to dine. Executives with Southern California restaurant chain Norms... Read more →