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Brief: Samohi charity picks Step Up on Second

Justin Sardo stands by one of his Pocket Change boxes at Santa Monica High School. (File photo) Pocket Change, Santa Monica High School’s student-led charity organization that supports local nonprofits through donations of loose change, has chosen to support Step Up on Second for the month of April. Step Up on Second helps provide... Read more →

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Village Trailer Park redevelopment gets council’s OK

Village Trailer Park resident Peter Naughton protests the closure of the park on Wednesday. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) CITY HALL —  A controversial development agreement that could replace a trailer park with a 377-unit apartment complex won a second approval from a divided City Council Tuesday night despite protestations from some... Read more →

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Seasons 52: Gourmet grub under 475 calories

Big business has come to Santa Monica. Darden Restaurants, the world’s largest full-service restaurant company with more than 2,000 restaurants, including national brands the Olive Garden and Red Lobster, has opened its latest restaurant — Seasons 52 — in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Broadway.... Read more →

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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 →