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Hollywood struggles against new film meccas

LOS ANGELES — In the old days, filmmakers flocked to Hollywood for its abundant sunshine, beautiful people and sandy beaches. But today a new filmmaking diaspora is spreading across the globe to places like Vancouver, London and Wellington, New Zealand. Fueled by politicians doling out generous tax breaks, filmmaking talent is migrating... Read more →

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One less restaurant Downtown

Yankee Doodle’s will not be returning to the Third Street Promenade. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) DOWNTOWN — Yankee Doodle’s is officially not coming back to town. Restaurant owner Herb Astrow dropped an appeal, allowing the owner of the Third Street Promenade property, Bill Tucker, to continue with plans to convert the... Read more →

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Fairmont Miramar hotel selects architect

Fairmont Miramar Hotel (File photo) WILSHIRE BLVD — The owners of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows have their architect. Pelli Clarke Pelli, an internationally recognized firm, will take the design reigns of the project envisioned for the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. Cesar Pelli and his son, Rafael... Read more →

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How small is too small for a development agreement?

File photo CITY HALL — Planning commissioners want to vet development projects smaller than the trigger numbers proposed by city planners, but they’re not sure exactly how small. Commissioners Wednesday debated several items in the Zoning Ordinance Update draft, including day cares, the appeals process and neighborhood... Read more →

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Looking back on 2013’s small business challenges

NEW YORK — Small business owners are probably glad to put 2013 into the books. For many, it was a frustrating year of waiting. Waiting to learn about the new health care law. Waiting for lawmakers to solve budget disagreements. And waiting for the economy to improve. Many put off big decisions like purchasing equipment and hiring as they... Read more →

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Brief: All-star from Allstate

Allstate agency owner Larry Goldberg received Agency Hands in the Community Awards for his commitment to helping others. With these awards came $1,000 grants from The Allstate Foundation for both the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica and the Ocean Park Community Center. The Allstate Foundation awards more than $1 million every year to... Read more →

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BMW coming to Civic Auditorium

CIVIC CENTER — The Civic Auditorium is open for business. Well, some business. City Hall is finalizing an agreement that would bring a BMW media launch to the auditorium for five weeks next year. The proposed rental could bring in $300,000 — cash that would be put toward financing the building’s laundry list of needed repairs, said... Read more →

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Brief: Get health care

The Westside Family Health Center in Santa Monica is available to help people without insurance sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare. To avoid a penalty for not having health insurance in 2014, folks must enroll before Feb. 15. To have coverage kick in by Jan. 1, people must enroll in a plan... Read more →