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Vidiots reaches out to customers for support

PICO BLVD — Like any savvy business owner, Cathy Tauber knows you should never give the impression that you’re down on your luck. It’s better to come from a position of power. But the reality is Vidiots, the independent video rental store that she co-founded with childhood friend Patty Polinger in Santa Monica in 1985, is... Read more →

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Google mum on plans for Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — When Internet search giant Google, one of Santa Monica’s largest employers, announced this week that it was leasing 100,000 square feet of office space in Venice, business and civic leaders immediately began to wonder what that meant for the city by the sea. There are concerns that Google, which occupies three... Read more →

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Hines project draws residents’ ire

VIRGINIA AVENUE PARK — Santa Monica residents got an opportunity to comment on the largest development project currently proposed within the city limits on Wednesday, and most who attended the meeting held at Virginia Avenue Park used it as a chance to vent. While the meeting was technically called to help guide analysts’ who will... Read more →

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‘End of an era’ as Broadway Deli closes doors

DOWNTOWN — After 20 years on the Third Street Promenade, the Broadway Deli on Monday served customers for the last time, one day before the restaurant’s deadline to clear out so its landlord can prepare the space for higher-paying tenants. On Monday, bottles of wine were marked down 30 percent, part of a liquidation sale, but... Read more →

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New iPhone app aims to revolutionize film industry

LOEWS HOTEL — With more than 250,000 iPhone Apps available, it seems like these days, there’s an app for just about everything. Jim Robertson and Richard Kwiat, creators of the app Doddle, hope to do more than just contribute to that statistic. “We like to say is by the industry for the industry,” said Harvey Osborn,... Read more →

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Several developers still out of compliance

CITY HALL — Five commercial property owners have yet to satisfy the requirements of development agreements they entered into with Santa Monica’s City Hall, though Planning Department officials this week said they were working with all parties to achieve compliance. The report from Planning Director Eileen Fogarty came after... Read more →

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Agensys deal gets council’s OK

CITY HALL — The City Council, with a 5-1 vote, has given its blessing to a development agreement with bio-tech company Agensys that will allow the Santa Monica-based drug maker to build its new headquarters on a City Hall-owned lot near Bergamot Station. As part of the deal, the company plans to provide a “public benefits”... Read more →

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Broad bails but museum plan not forgotten

CITY HALL — Calling all billionaires, Santa Monica wants to hear from you. Now that it’s official there will be no Eli Broad-financed art museum in Santa Monica’s Civic Center, officials are turning to the question of what to do with the scorned site instead. Although the land, located just north of the Civic Center... Read more →