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Executive director leaves youth center

Oscar de la Torre (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) PICO BLVD — The head of an embattled youth organization stepped down from the top job this week, just as city officials released details about a competitive bidding process that could reassign the group’s funding to another institution. Oscar de la Torre, long-time youth advocate and... Read more →

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Santa Monica sues state over redevelopment money

Workers prepare the foundation last year for a construction project on High Place. (File photo) SACRAMENTO — City Hall has brought the fight over redevelopment money to Sacramento in a lawsuit alleging that state officials broke the law by demanding back millions already committed to projects throughout the city. The result could be... Read more →

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Residents oppose hotel’s request to sell alcohol

Palihouse Santa Monica (Photo by Kevin Herrera) THIRD STREET — Residents near a hotel at Washington Avenue and Third Street are beginning to rally in opposition to the new owners’ application to serve alcohol at the establishment, which they say is inappropriate in a residential neighborhood. The business, 1001 3rd Street, LLC.,... Read more →

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Brief: Santa Monica resident files suit against insurer

A Santa Monica resident and cancer patient is going after an Conseco Life Insurance Company for refusing to pay tens of thousands in medical costs she believes were covered under her plan. Pamela Gross, 63, purchased a cancer insurance policy from Transport Life Insurance Company, which later merged with Conseco, in 1994, a policy she... Read more →

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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 →