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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 →

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Wine and fracking don’t mix, say vineyard owners

The hillside vineyards of New York’s Finger Lakes region make money producing fine Rieslings and inviting tourists to sip white wine by the water’s edge. Now winery owners are worried about the prospect of a grittier kind of economic development: gas drilling. Some grape growers fear that if shale gas drilling, or fracking, is allowed in... Read more →

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Council moves to block large house parties

CITY HALL — Neighbors looking for immediate relief from large parties held at a luxury mansion on La Mesa Drive were disappointed Tuesday night when a divided City Council voted to give the owners leeway to police their large events rather than shutting down the operation. The City Council failed to pass an emergency ordinance that would... Read more →

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Saint John’s nurses, officials reach labor deal

MID-CITY — Registered nurses at Saint John’s Health Center have reached a tentative labor agreement with hospital officials following more than a year of contentious negotiations that included threats of a walkout and lockout, officials with the California Nurses Association said Wednesday. Key to the agreement are provisions nurses... Read more →