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Nominees for Sustainable Quality Awards announced

DOWNTOWN — Real Food Daily, Areal Restaurant and the Santa Monica Museum of Art are among 19 businesses that are nominated for the 2013 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), which will celebrate a milestone of having honored over 100 winners since 1995. A collaboration between the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Works and the... Read more →

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Eco-conscious consumers flex their purchasing power

Ning Q & A: Conversation with Ted Ning, founder of LOHAS.com  DOWNTOWN — Santa Monicans are no strangers to shopping with the environment in mind. From plastic bag bans to alternative-fuel vehicles and incentives for buying eco-friendly products made by local merchants, residents in the city by the sea are at the forefront of a... Read more →

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Pier businesses fear pending construction

HOP ON: A couple boards one of the gondolas on the Pacific Park Ferris wheel on Monday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) OCEAN AVE — Businesses on the Santa Monica Pier are not pleased with City Hall’s plans to rebuild a weakened section of the iconic structure, saying they were not consulted on the decision that will impact their... Read more →

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Saint John’s facing parking shortage

Parking at Saint John's Health Center could get worse now that the hospital was told it will no longer be able to lease 450 parking spaces at nearby Colorado Center. (Photo courtesy Google Images) MID CITY — One of Saint John’s Health Center’s main parking providers gave the hospital notice that it would end its lease of spaces in... Read more →

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AFM: Civic Auditorium, theater essential to the future

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (File photo) WILSHIRE BLVD — A representative of the American Film Market told an audience of local businesspeople and city officials Thursday that the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and proposed Downtown movie theater were critical to the market’s plans in the city by the sea. That could be... Read more →

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Briefs: Daily Press wins in defamation suit

A Santa Monica Superior Court judge on Tuesday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against the Santa Monica Daily Press by a man who took offense to an article that ran in the paper in early August. Phil Sparks did not appear in court nor did he file an answer to the Daily Press’ motion to dismiss the case on grounds that the article... Read more →

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Carwash owner, managers charged with cheating employees

A worker towels off a car at the Wilshire West Carwash on Wednesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL — The owner and managers of a Santa Monica carwash are charged with cheating their employees out of money by falsifying the number of hours worked and failing to pay minimum wage, according to a criminal complaint filed by the City... Read more →

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Developer buys antique mart for $11M

Wertz Brothers Antique Mart was recently sold for $11 million. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) LINCOLN BLVD — A nice-sized chunk of real estate near the future Exposition Light Rail Line and Interstate 10 was recently purchased by a developer with at least two mix-used housing projects already under construction in Santa Monica and more in... Read more →