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Community groups to host townhall about proposed condos

NOTICE: The Pico Neighborhood Association is against a plan to redevelop a number of properties on 21st Street into condos. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — The Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA) and several other neighborhood groups are taking a strong stance against proposed condominiums that would replace six... Read more →

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Fast food chains moving to Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — A pair of fast food chains are continuing their westward expansion with new locations in Santa Monica. Dunkin’ Donuts will open a store on Wilshire Boulevard in the coming months. The donuts and coffee company is the second cross-country business to set up shop in town following Steak’n Shake’s decision to take a space... Read more →

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Tux rental in the digital age

SILICON BEACH — The Black Tux Interview Andrew Blackman and Patrick Coyne are Co-Founders of TheBlackTux.com, a new way to rent a tuxedo. Here’s a little about them. Andrew Blackman: The business actually started in a very personal way. At my wedding two and half years ago, Patrick was a groomsman, and we had been through the tux... Read more →

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Convention & Visitors Bureau shuttles a hit

A Santa Monica Free Ride shuttle roles down Ocean Avenue. (Daniel Archuleta) DOWNTOWN — With all of the complex transportation planning in the city — incoming Expo Light Rail, multi-million dollar Big Blue Bus system, a bike-sharing program in the works — who would have thought a fleet of fancy golf carts would be so... Read more →

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Bergamot Station visionary blasts City Hall

BERGAMOT STATION — The man credited with turning Bergamot Station from empty warehouses to a bustling world-renowned art center is backing out of the developer selection process. Three development teams are vying for City Council’s blessing to add a six-story hotel and 40,000 square feet of creative office space to the 8-acre Bergamot... Read more →

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Helping travelers park

Thomas Lombardi DOWNTOWN — Thomas Lombardi is the President and CEO of AirportParkingReservations.com and ParkSleepFly.com, the world’s largest Internet aggregators of airport parking and hotel packages.   Q: Give us your background and a bit about how you became an entrepreneur? A: I have a non-entrepreneurial... Read more →

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Residents file pro-marijuana initiative

File photo CITY HALL — In this, the year of the petition, here comes another one. Two residents filed an initiative with the City Hall's Clerk's Office yesterday that could allow and regulate two medical marijuana dispensaries in the city by the sea. You likely know the drill at this point: City Attorneys will review the filing.... Read more →

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Ancillary businesses support tech boom

Student Sherif Matar (right) goes over his final project he did for the cookie company 'Modern Bite.' (Paul Alvarez Jr., editor@smdp.com) SILICON BEACH — You can't actually see Santa Monica on Represent.LA, the website that maps the L.A.-area tech startup world, because it is completely covered by hundreds of pins, each indicating a... Read more →

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SMRR bashes Miramar affordable housing ad

DOWNTOWN — The steering committee of the largest political party in the city, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR), voted last week to condemn an affordable housing-related advertisement placed by the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. Miramar officials want to rebuild the hotel, replacing the current 10-story edifice with - according to the... Read more →

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Brief: Richard Bloom criticizes Hines decision

Former Santa Monica Mayor and current State Assembly Member Richard Bloom, has released a statement regarding the City Council’s decision to revoke approval of the controversial Hines development project. The Hines project consists of five roughly 80-foot-tall building and 765,000 square feet of office, housing, retail, and restaurants.... Read more →

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Hines repealed

CITY HALL — The controversial Hines project’s development agreement was repealed at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. The Bergamot Transit Village project was initially approved in a 4 to 3 February vote. Councilmember Gleam Davis, moved by the public protest, changed her mind.  Davis’ vote was enough to rescind the February... Read more →

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Reflecting on the Third Street Promenade’s birth

DESTINATION IN THE MAKING: A flashback to when the Third Street Promenade was under construction 25 years ago. (Photo courtesy Downtown Santa Monica Inc.) DOWNTOWN — A quarter century ago this September, the Third Street Promenade as we know it was born and Downtown Santa Monica Inc. will be celebrating the milestone all summer... Read more →

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Brief: Production company wins awards

Furlined, a commercial production company based in Santa Monica, was recently awarded two “ANDY” Awards for their work on a pair of commercial campaigns. The awards are organized by the ADVERTISING Club of New York and were judged by an international talent pool to evaluate the best ideas from around the world. Directors Ted Pauly... Read more →