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Lionsgate hurt by weak movie slate; stock dips

COLORADO AVE — Santa Monica-based Lionsgate, a diversified entertainment company, announced Wednesday a second quarter loss of $24.6 million, or 18 cents per share, compared to a loss of $29.7 million, or 22 cents per share, in the previous year’s second quarter. Executives blamed the loss partly on the weak performance of feature... Read more →

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BIDs to demand help from City Council

CITYWIDE — The outlook for small businesses in Santa Monica is improving, but there’s more that City Hall and the City Council can do to help spur on the economic engine. That’s the message leaders of Santa Monica’s four business improvement districts (BIDs) will try to impart to the City Council in a special study... Read more →

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Boarding for breast cancer

Social causes and alternate forms of transportation are common in Santa Monica, so it should be no surprise that the two have fused in the fifth annual Skate the Coast on Saturday. The event, which will stretch from the Santa Monica Pier to Redondo Beach, is organized by Board for Breast Cancer, a Los Angeles-based youth organization that... Read more →

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Developer purchases Denny’s property

LINCOLN BLVD — Soon, Santa Monicans will have to go further afield than Lincoln Boulevard to get their Grand Slam breakfast. NMS Properties, a mixed-use developer with several apartment buildings in Santa Monica, has agreed to purchase the 37,500-square-foot lot on the 1500 block of Lincoln Boulevard that currently hosts a... Read more →

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Green-themed festival falls into debt

BARNARD WAY — Three and a half days after the New World F.E.S.T. street fair’s unexpected closure, the producer and City staff are still shaking their heads, wondering what happened and how everyone involved will get paid. The event, which had been in the works since the beginning of the year, was supposed to run from Friday, Oct.... Read more →

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Red Cross gives aspiring nurses a shot

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica is offering a limited enrollment and professional level training program for those who want to get into the medical field. The five-week program will provide students with the basic skills needed to enter the medical profession as a certified nurse assistant (CNA). Classes begin Monday, Nov. 1, and last... Read more →

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Let the ‘Big Voice’ be heard

SAMOHI — Award-winning executive director and Santa Monica resident Varda Hardy has taken on her next major film subject: the Santa Monica High School Choir. For the next year, Hardy and a mostly volunteer production team will follow the choir with cameras and sound equipment, documenting the year of instruction, performance and... Read more →

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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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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 →