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City Hall drops Chez Jay landmark appeal

MEN AT WORK: A city work crew builds a trash enclosure on the property where popular eatery Chez Jay sits. (Photo by Daniel Archuleta) OCEAN AVE — City officials have dropped their appeal of a landmark designation for the parcel that contains the Chez Jay restaurant, opting instead to go to the Landmarks Commission to get permission to... Read more →

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Developers, officials talk money in development agreements

CITY HALL — City officials proposed modifying their approach to calculating the value of some developments Wednesday night, something developers hold is fundamentally flawed and could prevent both new building and the community benefits that come with it. The information is one piece of what city staff stressed should be a policy-based... Read more →

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Brief: Red Cross names new CEO

Julie Thomas has been named chief executive officer of the American Red Cross of Santa Monica. Her appointment is effectively immediately, officials with the non-profit said this week. Thomas has an extensive background in non-profit fundraising, having served as the executive director for the Inland Empire Division of the American Heart... Read more →

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Report: Green jobs spending underperformed

PICO BLVD — A recent report by the U.S. Labor Department Inspector General raises questions about the effectiveness of clean-energy training programs funded through the 2009 stimulus bill at actually creating jobs. According to the report, the impact of the Recovery Act Green Jobs training program has been “limited” in terms of the... Read more →

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Myths and millionaires

As every good businessman knows — including Gov. Romney, with whom I had been associated as a limited partner at Bain Capital Ventures — the soundness of a company and its ability to create jobs does not rest on lower taxes or tax avoidance, for the company or its senior management. If Gov. Romney and Congressional Republicans continue... Read more →

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AMC theatre to bring traffic to Downtown

Parking Structure 3 on Fourth Street may be replaced by a movie theater complex. (Kevin Herrera kevinh@smdp.com) CITY HALL — Several key intersections Downtown will see “significant and unavoidable impacts” if a proposed movie theater is built where a parking structure now stands, according to an environmental impact report. Plans... Read more →

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Santa Monica gets Localicious

Santa Monica is home to four Farmers' Markets where shoppers can purchase the freshest produce directly from those who grow it. (File photo) PCH — Santa Monica’s finest chefs and farmers will pair up to dish out unique, farm-to-table cuisine at the Localicious event set to take place this Sunday at the Annenberg Community... Read more →

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Tourism bureau looks to hotels for more funding

A family from Wisconsin checks into Loews Hotel. (File photo) CITY HALL — The Convention & Visitors Bureau has requested a new tax on hotel stays that would raise cash to allow the marketing organization to compete with other cities by promoting Santa Monica in new international markets. The proposal would create an assessment... Read more →

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AFM returns to town

Movie posters line the lobby of Loews Hotel during a previous American Film Market. (File photo) DOWNTOWN — If you see a bunch of strangers walking the streets over the next week, don’t be alarmed. They’re just guests of the American Film Market, the world’s largest where thousands of movie industry leaders from 70 countries... Read more →

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Saint John’s nurses ratify contract

MID-CITY — Registered nurses at Saint John’s Health Center voted to ratify their first collective bargaining agreement in secret ballot voting Friday and Saturday, union officials said. Key to the agreement are provisions that the nurses say will enhance patient protections, as well as economic gains, no reductions in nurses’ health... Read more →