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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 — As Nat King Cole’s “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 Monica’s new... Read more →

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Long-time flower shop forced out by another Starbucks

WILSHIRE BLVD — 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 — 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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Saint John’s tries to reduce parking — again

A car exits the Saint John's Health Center parking structure on Arizona Avenue on Monday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) MID CITY — A parking study commissioned by Saint John’s Health Center suggests that the facility will have enough parking to cover its needs, even if it loses hundreds of spaces it leases from a private... Read more →

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Locals helping vets find jobs

CITYWIDE — 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 get... 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 — 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 →