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Art house comes down

BERKELEY ST — After 11 contentious days, the colorful panels that completely encased a dilapidated house in a residential neighborhood have been removed, and both city officials and the builder can say they got what they wanted. Fifteen volunteers worked for several hours Monday to remove each of the 138 panels. The panels were loaded... Read more →

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Chamber of Commerce creates foundation

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has created a foundation aimed at helping local nonprofits with their missions while expanding educational programs and scholarships for students. “A lot of the things we do are to make a difference in the community and the foundation will help us make a greater impact,” said... Read more →

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Four new hotels slated for Downtown

CITYWIDE — If everything goes according to plan, Santa Monica will see an influx of at least four new hotels and one complete remodel in Downtown, and business officials say the city can use all the rooms it gets. The Planning Department has received proposals for two brand new hotels immediately adjacent to one another at 1554 Fifth... Read more →

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Apple’s new store wins approval

CITY HALL — A certain item on the Planning Commission’s Wednesday night calendar has been blowing up the blogosphere and rumor mills for days, but got less than a minute’s worth of consideration from the four commissioners. Sources say that Apple Inc. plans to demolish a three-story, 33,750-square-foot building on the... Read more →

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New video game harnesses power of human mind

CASA DEL MAR — Old world melded with the futuristic Tuesday night when the Hotel Casa del Mar debuted its partnership with Neurosky, a technology company that specializes in hardware that measures a user’s brainwaves and uses them to manipulate objects and programs. It was the first of many game nights, called Mind Game... Read more →

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Rapper Xzibit teaches kids car maintenance

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica will co-host “Ready to Role” today, an event intended to teach youth confidence and pragmatic car skills. FRAM oil filter presents this event in conjunction with former club member Xzibit of “Pimp My Ride” fame. The event will dispense valuable information about car repair... Read more →

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Citizen CPR classes offered this Saturday

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica is offering free, one-hour cardiopulmonary resuscitation classes and automated external defibrillator classes on Saturday. Classes are scheduled for 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Ken Edwards Center on 1527 Fourth St. Though attendees will not receive certification for participating in these classes,... Read more →

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Red Cross seeks donors for blood drive

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica and 95.5 KLOS radio are co-hosting their 30th annual blood drive Friday, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. People 17 and over in good health who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood, according to a statement released this week. Individuals as young as 16 can donate if... Read more →

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Lionsgate development escapes further delay

CITY HALL — Owners of a massive creative arts and production development on Colorado Avenue breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday night when a diminished City Council voted unanimously to move the project on without a secondary review by the Planning Commission. Any objections voiced by council members focused on the visual aspects of... Read more →

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A Joe’s Pizza by any other name

DOWNTOWN — When Giuseppe “Joe” Vitale opened Joe’s Pizza of Bleecker Street in Santa Monica, he claimed that he was bringing the venerable New York City pizzeria by the same name to the West Coast. He told the Daily Press in 2007 that he co-founded the now famous Greenwich Village eatery with his then father-in-law... Read more →

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Bundy Village development stalls again

EASTSIDE — A controversial development project on the outskirts of Santa Monica at Bundy Drive is further away than ever after the bankrupt developer removed the project from the Los Angeles City Council calendar in recent weeks. According to a press release by L.A. Councilmember Bill Rosendahl’s office, the developer of the... Read more →

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Nonprofits fighting for every dollar

CITY HALL — Every four years, RoseMary Regalbuto has the task of begging for money. Although she benefits from it in some way, her main goal isn’t to line her own pockets, or scratch up food for herself. She’s actually buying meals for others. Regalbuto is the president of Westside Meals on Wheels, a program that delivers... Read more →

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Commission scrutinizes Yahoo! Center parking

CITY HALL — Yahoo! Center’s controversial development agreement amendment to legitimize a decade of parking space leasing that city planners have declared a violation will move forward to the City Council with a host of cautionary notes from uneasy planning commissioners after their meeting Wednesday night. The amendment seeks to... Read more →

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Developer submits plans for iconic hotel

DOWNTOWN — The owners of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel submitted plans to the Planning Department Thursday for a major overhaul of the 1927 building, which has been losing ground to newer luxury hotels springing up in Southern California. According to a press release, the proposed changes would shrink the total number of hotel rooms, but... Read more →

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City gets affordable housing in wake of developer default

CITY HALL — The City Attorney’s Office brokered a settlement agreement between two private companies caught in the wake of a developer’s default on its commitment to build 52 affordable housing units in Downtown Santa Monica. The JSM Corp., which is responsible for much of the housing Downtown, failed to fulfill affordable... Read more →