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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 →

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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 — 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 — It’s a hazy Saturday at an office park in Santa Monica, and passersby skirting a large artificial pond in the park’s courtyard can’t help but notice master falconer Nricco Iseppi... Read more →

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Local service offers dogs a home away from home

CITYWIDE — 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 a... 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... Read more →

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Village Trailer Park development wins council approval

An rendering of the proposed apartment complex that will replace the Village Trailer Park, one of only two left in Santa Monica. (Rendering courtesy of city of Santa Monica) CITY HALL — A split City Council approved a development Tuesday night that will replace an existing trailer park with a 377-unit apartment complex after resolving... Read more →

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Study: Housing expensive everywhere in U.S.

A sign advertises a two-bedroom apartment in a building at Fifth Street and California Avenue. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE — A minimum wage worker cannot afford a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States, and Santa Monica is at one of the extremes, a national study examining housing affordability released this... Read more →

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Brief: Public gets look at proposed Gehry hotel

Ocean Avenue Project (File image) Residents will get their first look at the new Frank Gehry hotel proposed for Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard at a public meeting hosted by the developers Thursday night. The current proposal for the 22-story hotel includes 125 hotel rooms and an additional 22 condominiums at the top of the... Read more →

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Brief: What do you want in town?

City officials and business leaders want to know what kinds of shops, restaurants and services people in Santa Monica want. The Buy Local Santa Monica resident survey is available at   surveymonkey.com/s/BuyLocalSM. All of those who finish the survey will be entered to win a raffle prize, including theater tickets, free massage, Buy... Read more →