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Montana merchants give shoppers a nice tax break

MONTANA AVE — It’s tax time again, but at least at shops on Montana Avenue, it’s also time for a break. Merchants on the popular street are preparing for “Tax Free Day” this Saturday, an annual promotion retailers hope will bring in shoppers and make cash registers hum. With a sales tax rate of 9.75 percent in... Read more →

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Boys & Girls Club cooks up fun

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica is celebrating national Boys & Girls Club Week by throwing a family festival featuring a chili cook-off on Saturday. This is the first ever chili cook-off hosted by the Boys & Girls Club. Although participants will have to wait until 4 p.m. for the cook-off to commence, the entire day is... Read more →

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No love lost in battle over The Parlor

CITY HALL — A dispute that pits a business interest against a group of angry residents will be front and center at City Hall tonight as the City Council considers the fate of The Parlor, a restaurant and bar accused of being a nuisance that is fighting back against restrictions its owners say could run them out of business. At issue is... Read more →

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Councilman wants development ‘time-out’

CITY HALL — Developers hoping to build projects that go above and beyond City Hall’s zoning rules could have to put their plans on hold under a proposal set to come before the City Council next week. The proposal by Councilman Kevin McKeown would postpone hearings on all projects seeking development agreements with City Hall for... Read more →

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Parlor prepares for legal battle

CITY HALL — Well-known Santa Monica attorney Chris Harding has entered the drama surrounding The Parlor, a restaurant and bar on Wilshire Boulevard that has attracted City Hall scrutiny and angered homeowners who claim it’s a nuisance. Accused of operating without proper permits and bringing drunken late-night crowds to the... Read more →

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Eastside development plans cause alarm

EASTSIDE — A slew of commercial and residential developments proposed for the eastside of Santa Monica is causing alarm among neighborhood groups who fear the projects aren’t getting a careful enough analysis from City Hall and have the potential to turn a bad traffic problem in the area into a disaster. The projects are... Read more →

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Planning Commission asks developer to scale down

CITY HALL — The biggest of seven developments proposed for the industrial section of Santa Monica’s east side came in for a round of criticism from the Planning Commission Wednesday night, but will head to the City Council to seek preliminary approval. The proposal by developer Hines envisions a nearly 1 million square-foot... Read more →

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Sunset Park neighborhood group slams office project

COLORADO AVE — A developer’s plan for a five-story office building on Colorado Avenue has drawn criticism from a Sunset Park neighborhood group over traffic concerns, despite the property owner’s claim the project is a net community benefit. The Friends of Sunset Park expressed their opposition to the proposed... Read more →

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Smoking ban not necessarily a drag on business

CITY WIDE — As Los Angeles and West Hollywood consider banning smoking on restaurant patios — a step Santa Monica took three years ago — opponents of the new rules have argued additional restrictions could hurt businesses. But, those fears are unfounded, said Santa Monica proprietors who have dealt with one of the toughest... Read more →

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Red Cross launches emergency disaster project for seniors

BROADWAY — The local chapter of the Red Cross and WISE & Healthy Aging are teaming up with local merchants and residents to provide emergency disaster kits to homebound and low-income seniors. People are encouraged to donate items to fill the disaster kits. “With a major earthquake poised to strike Southern California in the... Read more →