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Selling shades to create more shade

Rose Ann and J.V. Salumbides created Siempre Verde, an eco-friendly sunglass company that promises to plant trees for every product sold. (Brandon Wise brandonw@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — In perfect time for summer, Rose Ann Salumbides, a Santa Monica High School teacher, and her husband J.V., an advertising executive, launched Siempre Verde,... Read more →

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Bike center debuts commuter program

DOWNTOWN — There always seems to be traffic in Santa Monica, especially in the morning during people’s commute to work. The Santa Monica Bike Center is now providing some relief. The Bike Center on Friday kicked off a new commuter program to loan bicycles to people for two weeks to give them a taste of what it’s like to ride a bike to... Read more →

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From farm to plate

The dessert sampler at FIG's latest farm dinner featured fruit from Harry's Berries, an organic farm in Oxnard, Calif. and a regular at the Third Street Farmers' Market. If you notice a restaurant that offers fixed rate, family style, one day only, multi-course meals (usually themed), it’s a good sign of a creative chef that does not... Read more →

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Fate of trailer park still uncertain

CITY HALL —  “Council members, the words you’ve been waiting for — the item is before us.” A tired Mayor Richard Bloom recited the rote phrase at 12:40 a.m. Wednesday, five hours after the City Council opened the public hearing on a contentious development agreement that could convert a half-empty trailer park into a five-story,... Read more →

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Council switches on smoking ban

CITY HALL —  The City Council did an about-face on a controversial smoking ban Tuesday night over unanswered questions regarding medical marijuana and a perceived lack of outreach to condominium owners. A 4-2 vote, with only Councilmembers Terry O’Day and Bob Holbrook in favor of the ban, reversed a July 10 decision that would have... Read more →

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City Hall slammed with $12.6M state grab

  CITY HALL —  City officials turn SURPRISE RETURN: A rose bush sprouts up from a patch of soil in front of City Hall on Tuesday. The garden was razed to make way for a park that may not be developed. The small bush is springing from the root of one of the removed specimens. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) ed over $12.6... Read more →

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Crowdfunding raises money for local projects

CITYWIDE — In March, City Council gave activists trying to save the “Chain Reaction” statue an ultimatum. They could either raise the $220,000 to $420,000 needed to make critical structural repairs on the artwork by November, or it would be removed from the Santa Monica public art collection. A team of activists banded together to... Read more →

Briefs

IMAX signs lease renewal at Lantana

IMAX Corp., one of the world’s leading entertainment technology companies, signed a lease renewal for the entire 65,000 square-foot Lantana IMAX building. The three-story building, located at 2900 Exposition Blvd. near Olympic Boulevard and Centinela Avenue is 95 percent occupied. Other tenants include Dick Clark Productions, Todd-AO,... Read more →

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Santa Monica-UCLA opens new building

A new medical building with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council was recently added to the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. The three-story, 50,000-square-foot building, located at 1223 16th St., houses eight operating rooms for outpatient surgery, a linear accelerator... Read more →