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Minimum wage rules delayed

Santa Monica will raise the minimum wage to $15 ‚Ķ eventually. After hours of discussion and deliberation at their Sept. 29 meeting, the council voted to endorse the concept of a minimum wage but delayed voting on a formal ordinance pending additional analysis of several issues including service charges vs. tips, mandatory sick leave,... Read more →

Business

What’s the future of the Haggen grocery building?

With the pending closure of Haggen on Lincoln Boulevard, community activists, city planners and staff are talking about future opportunities for the property. The grocery store located at the corner of Ocean Park and Lincoln Boulevard is scheduled to close in about two months following an announcement that Haggen is abandoning the local... Read more →

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Haggen to close local stores

    Haggen has announced plans to abandon the Pacific Southwest market, meaning the chain will close or sell all of its California locations including the Santa Monica store. The company filed for bankruptcy on September 10 and at that time announced some store closures. However, in a September 24 announcement the company... Read more →

Business

Minimum wage proposal comes to council

Santa Monica's minimum wage proposal will go before City Council on Sept. 29. The proposed rules closely mirror rules established by the City of Los Angeles, however staff said there are a few Santa Monica specific issues to be debated Tuesday night. "The draft Santa Monica ordinance matches the Los Angeles wage levels and schedule, and its... Read more →

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Beloved auto repair shop closing after 93 years

Beneath a clear covering on the front desk at Santa Monica Radiator are dozens of cards and notes from customers thanking the business owners and staff for their extensive knowledge, unwavering dedication and friendly service. But very soon, those and hundreds of other customers will have to find another auto repair shop. After 93 years,... Read more →

City Council

Activists consider anti-development ballot measure

Residocracy, the group that spearheaded a voter referendum against what was then the Hines Project, has posted a new e-petition online to see if there is enough support for a ballot initiative that would limit development in Santa Monica. Based on the description online, a potential ballot initiative would require voter approval for... Read more →

Business

Nonprofit shops participate in Buy Local, Give Local Week

This year, participants in Buy Local, Give Local Week will have the opportunity to give nationally by visiting the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop and Cherry Picked Thrift Store. Located at 920 Wilshire Blvd., the Discovery Shop accepts donations of gently used clothing, jewelry, collectibles, furniture and antiques for resale.... Read more →

Business

Main Street restaurant temporarily closes after fire

Over the next couple weeks, it will pain Drew Adams not to be able to serve barbecue oysters, pork belly flatbread and braised short rib ravioli to diners at Fork in the Road. But the executive chef refuses to see the fire that broke out at his Santa Monica restaurant last week as anything other than a blessing in disguise. "It's... Read more →

Business

Downtown donates to SMMEF

Businesses in Downtown Santa Monica are collaborating to support local education initiatives through the upcoming Buy Local, Give Local Week. From Sept.12-20, participating businesses in several business districts will donate a portion of their proceeds to various local charities. Downtown Santa Monica is supporting the Santa Monica Malibu... Read more →

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Haggen files for bankruptcy

Haggen, the recently expanded chain of grocery stores, has filed for bankruptcy. The company said the Chapter 11 process would allow it to reorganize around a reduced portfolio of locations while hopefully continuing day-to-day operations. Grocery giants Safeway and Albertsons announced plans to merge in 2014. As part of the regulatory... Read more →