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Faces of Silicon Beach: Aaron George

Editor’s note: This is an ongoing series of question and answer pieces focusing on Santa Monica’s emerging technology industry. This week’s subject is Law Kick and its founder Aaron George.   Erik: Start with what got you to be an entrepreneur and what got you to go that route. Law: I didn’t really know what I wanted to... Read more →

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Bumps on the go

ROLLING: Benji Miller rides his bike through Palisades Park while listening to his invention, the Allo smartphone speaker. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Usually, the simple ideas are the ones that work best. Local high school student Benji Miller, 17, wanted to hear music while riding his bicycle, but didn’t want... Read more →

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Movie theaters and parking

DOWNTOWN — It was a big week for movie theaters in Santa Monica. A new ArcLight Cinema is officially going in on the third level of the Santa Monica Place mall. Another larger ArcLight, proposed for Fourth Street, took a step closer to becoming a reality. City officials largely agree that new, modern theaters are needed Downtown;... Read more →

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Mall movie theater approved

DOWNTOWN — The performances were impressive but the ending was kind of predictable at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Council voted quickly and unanimously to approve the first new Downtown Santa Monica movie theater in decades. An ArcLight Cinema with 10 to 13 screens and up to 1,500 seats will be built on the third level of the... Read more →

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Apartment owners sting short-term renting tenants

CITYWIDE — Bill Dawson found the keys — in an envelope between the screen door and the front door — and let himself into the Airbnb unit he’d rented. Inside was a welcome letter and list of recommended restaurants, just like a hotel, he thought. A note from the host said he should call if he had any problems. Dawson did have a... Read more →

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GoCoin brings digital money to the mainstream

DOWNTOWN — Steve Beauregard is a leader of the ever-growing online payment phenomenon known as bitcoin. His GoCoin company is seeking to make digital currency mainstream. We sit down with him and pick his brain on the burgeoning trend and how his company will play a part in it.   Erik: What made you want to be an... Read more →

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Refendum signatures good: Council reconsiders Hines

CITY HALL — City Council will have to reconsider its controversial decision to approve a major development project. The Los Angeles County Clerk deemed 6,800 referendum signatures legitimate, enough to put the future of the Hines development agreement into the hands of the voters. The ordinance approving the development agreement for... Read more →

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Rents reaching highest levels ever

CITYWIDE — Santa Monica market rate rents in 2013 were the highest in the city’s history, according to the Rent Control Board’s Annual Report. In 1998, 83 percent of rent controlled units in the city by the sea were affordable to households making 80 percent or less of the area median income. Today, only 5 percent are. This is due in... Read more →