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What the future may bring

DOWNTOWN — There’s a cluster of properties on a quiet tree-lined street that were long ago fated to cure the parking ills of the busiest commercial district in the city. Some sitting vacant, others still housing tenants, the buildings along the 1300 block of Fifth Street were purchased by City Hall under a more than... Read more →

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Council may allow more flexibility for business signs

CITY HALL — What a difference a sign makes. For businesses on Main Street, it can be a substantial one for sales. “There are so many businesses on the street trying to make it week by week, month by month, and these kind of signs help,” Gary Gordon, the executive director of the Main Street Business Improvement... Read more →

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Main Street merchants want crack at market

CITY HALL — A new policy dictating the selection of prepared food vendors at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market is drawing fire from Main Street merchants who are concerned that there won’t be enough preference given to local restaurants. The issue was raised during a City Council meeting on Tuesday when city staff presented... Read more →

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AFM a market with a crop of fresh producers

OCEAN AVE — For the next week, Downtown will become the world’s largest boardroom, as thousands of filmmakers, agents and distributors from roughly 70 countries gather in local hotels and movie theaters to compete in an intense bidding war for the latest crop of potential Academy Award winners. While film festivals like Cannes... Read more →

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Free costumes for kids

The Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club, with the help of Malibu toymaker Jakk’s Pacific, Inc., will be giving away 10,000 Halloween costumes today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in an effort to help working families who are struggling during the economic recession. Brandon LaBrie, the branch director, said kids will be able to pick out their... Read more →

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Festival honors female filmmakers

DOWNTOWN — When director, producer and writer Patricia DiSalvo Viayra began working on her first film, she sent out an advertisement searching for a cinematographer. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of people she contacted, only one woman responded amid scores of men. “I just thought it was unusual that there were no other women... Read more →

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Businesses coming back to Montana

MONTANA AVENUE — There’s a resurgence taking place at one of the high-end shopping districts on the Westside where the lease signs are disappearing from the windows and the credit cards are reappearing. Following a challenging year during which more than 30 businesses — or 15 percent of the total merchants on Montana... Read more →

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Sports bar forced to scale back

CITY HALL — A popular sports bar on Wilshire Boulevard will be cutting back its hours and could have to turn people away even though there may be empty seats after neighbors expressed frustrations with the behavior of patrons and the noise the establishment creates. The Planning Commission last week ordered owners of The Parlor, located... Read more →