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Nonprofit group reveals pearls of the Earth

OCEAN AVE — Between 5 p.m. and 4 a.m., anyone can take a mental trip to China to watch one of four giant pandas munch on bamboo or tussle with its siblings from its home in the Ya’an Panda Base, part of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. For most, the pandas live in the imagination, made accessible... Read more →

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CEO named for Red Cross

DOWNTOWN — Wendy S. Jacobs was named the chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica, it was announced Friday. Prior to her appointment, Jacobs was the deputy executive director and chief development officer of Heading Home, a homeless services agency in Boston. Jacobs’ first major mission in Santa Monica... Read more →

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Goldline, City Attorney claim victory in lawsuit

MID-CITY — One of the nation’s largest gold dealers will have to strengthen its internal procedures and repay up to $4.5 million to customers who complained that the company engaged in unfair sales practices and provided inaccurate price information, the City Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. The settlement concludes a... Read more →

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Businesses see fruits of Buy Local campaign

CITYWIDE — Santa Monica businesses are expecting improved sales after several years of decreased revenues, according to a survey of businesses participating in a local purchasing campaign. The survey, conducted amongst 104 members of Santa Monica’s Buy Local campaign, showed that although 39 percent of participants counted poor... Read more →

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Nonprofit relocation worries residents

LINCOLN BLVD — The relocation of a nonprofit devoted to HIV testing and education into the Sunset Park neighborhood has many community members concerned that their safety may be compromised. Common Ground, a facility that provides education and case management services to HIV positive and negative alike, secured a lease at 2401... Read more →

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Another diner up for sale

LINCOLN BLVD — Want steak and eggs at some disgusting hour of the morning? Get it while you can. Norm’s Restaurant, a diner at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue, has been put up for sale according to a representative of a Downtown Los Angeles real estate firm. It joins the Denny’s across the street,... Read more →

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Yoga mat maker pulls design featuring Hindu god

COLORADO AVE — A Santa Monica-based company that sells custom yoga mats has decided to pull a design which features the Hindu deity Lord Ganesha after receiving a complaint from the president of the Universal Society of Hinduism. Rajan Zed, a self-proclaimed Hindu statesman based in Nevada, has made it his mission to stop companies... Read more →

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Kohl’s to open design studio in Santa Monica

COLORADO AVE — Family-focused department store chain Kohl’s announced Thursday plans to open a design studio in Santa Monica that will host a team of 20 graphic artists and trend experts who will provide support across multiple brands. The 6,000-square-foot studio at 2700 Colorado Avenue will establish Kohl’s design... Read more →

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City Council considers role as agent of redevelopment

CITY HALL — The City Council will decide Tuesday whether or not to take on the work of winding down the Redevelopment Agency, an entity that has hundreds of millions of dollars in housing and capital improvement projects throughout the city. Staff recommends that City Hall become the successor agency to the RDA, which will be dissolved... Read more →

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Redevelopment in jeopardy after high court ruling

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials will scramble to determine the fate of $267 million in high-priority redevelopment projects in the wake of a California Supreme Court decision Thursday that allows the Legislature to dissolve redevelopment agencies across the state. The court took opposing stances on two pieces of legislation passed... Read more →

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Red Cross renders aid in house fire

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region Disaster Operations Center rendered aid Tuesday to three victims of a house fire that broke out in the 900 block of Fourth Street. The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to the early morning blaze around 4:45 and found the front room of a one store duplex engulfed in flames. The cause of the... Read more →

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City Council approves new fees for developers

CITY HALL — The City Council last week approved new fees developers will have to pay to ensure only vetted tenants take advantage of the city’s affordable housing program. The Affordable Housing Production Program requires that developers in the housing market build a certain number of affordable units either on-site or off-site... Read more →

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City’s sales receipts up nearly 16 percent

DOWNTOWN — Apparently it doesn’t take Black Friday deals to get Santa Monicans and visitors to open up their wallets. Sales tax receipts from the second quarter of this year — April to June — were up nearly 16 percent from the same period last year, the result of Santa Monica Place reemerging as a shopping, and now... Read more →

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Red Cross to honor City Hall

The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is honoring the city of Santa Monica’s Office of Emergency Management along with other area businesses and individuals as “heroes” for their exemplary work in promoting emergency preparedness. The Heroes awards will be presented at the Red Cross’ second annual Heroes Breakfast... Read more →