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Santa Monica’s Vision Internet, which specializes in developing local government websites, continues to grow as cites and counties are challenged to provide the same level of customer experience offered by leading private sector companies.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Technology Provider Names Three New Executives, Ramps Up Hiring

Posted Apr. 30, 2015, 9:13 am

In response to citizens’ growing demand for digital services and fueled by an August 2014 investment from Los Angeles-based Caltius Equity, Santa Monica-based Vision Internet, innovators in online government, has announced the appointment of three new executives and plans to boost its workforce by 40 percent this year.

JOSS paid $23.65 million, or $1,004/sf for 1315 Lincoln Boulevard, a 23,557 square foot office building in Santa Monica – its first investment on the West Coast.

News, Downtown, Business, Santa Monica

Office Property At 1315 Lincoln Blvd. In Santa Monica Acquired For $23.7 Million

Posted Apr. 21, 2015, 9:15 am

JOSS Realty Partners announced Monday the acquisition of a 23,531 square foot boutique office property in downtown Santa Monica for $23.7 million. The $1,004 per square foot price is one of the highest paid for a Los Angeles-area property.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Business, Opinion, California, Santa Monica

California Business Climate: Market Says It’s Pretty Good

Posted Apr. 19, 2015, 8:46 am

The drumbeat from Republican politicians, governors of states like Texas and Florida and from independent relocation consultants seems constant: California’s business climate stinks; high taxes and heavy regulation are driving businesses and jobs out of this state.

Show Up Fitness is located at 1207 4th Street, Santa Monica.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

What’s So Special About Show Up Fitness In Santa Monica?

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 12:41 pm

Show Up Fitness is a small private personal training studio in the heart of Santa Monica. It’s not a Crossfit, or a trendy group training boot camp style gym. They’ve got dumbbells, machines, balance tools, a squat rack, foam rollers, and even a Glute Station to help perk up that backside so many people are trying to achieve. But this still doesn’t really separate them from the saturated personal training market in Santa Monica. So what makes this quaint training studio at 1207 4th Street (Suite 150) so special besides its catchy name? Education.

Universal Music in Santa Monica has agreed to pay $11.5 million to settle digital royalties suit.

News, Business, Music, Santa Monica

Universal Music Agrees To Pay $11.5 Million To Settle Digital Royalties Suit

Posted Apr. 15, 2015, 8:39 am

Santa Monica-based Universal Music Group on Tuesday submitted a settlement resolving claims that it shorted recording artists on royalties from digital downloads.

Sheila Kuehl.

News, Business, Board Of Supervisors

Kuehl, Solis Call For Economic Impact Study Of Raising Minimum Wage

Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:56 am

Los Angeles County Supervisors Sheila Kuehl (Third District) and Hilda Solis (First District) said today they look forward to the results of a minimum wage study anticipated to win approval at the Board’s weekly meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. at the County’s Hall of Administration downtown.

The former Santa Monica post office at the corner of 5th and Arizona.

Business, Opinion, Santa Monica, Usps

Post Office Dreaming: Future Of Our Venerable Postal Service Is In Jeopardy

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:04 am

Wonderful mailman and mailwoman stories are the norm in Santa Monica. But post office stories are of long lines, waiting until it’s your turn and then having the person close for an unexplained reason, and counter clerks who often look as if being behind the counter is forced labor. Hard parking next to an industrial issue building adds to the many reasons people keep turning to other choices, more convenient choices, even if they are more costly.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Business, Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Technology

How California Won By Losing $5 Billion Tesla Battery Plant

Posted Mar. 28, 2015, 9:00 am

It was supposed to be a $5 billion project, creating 6,500 jobs. That was the hype when Tesla Motors last summer orchestrated a five-state battle to host a huge “gigafactory” where it plans to build batteries for its next generation of electric cars.

PK Wellness at 2110 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica helps clients lose fat through a mix of i-Lipo and fitness training.

News, Health, Business

Santa Monica’s PK Wellness Combines Tech & Training For Fat Loss Triumph

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:36 am

State of the art fat-busting tech is now on offer in Santa Monica. PK Wellness has made the move to mix i-Lipo with fitness training, a combination that is giving their clients great results.

News, Business

Water Main Ruptures In Park La Brea Area, Commercial Customers Lose Service

Posted Mar. 21, 2015, 9:38 am

Ten to 15 commercial customers in the Park La Brea area will be without water service until the afternoon as utility crews repair a 6-inch cast iron main that ruptured this morning.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Charles Schwab Opens Doors To New Branch In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 19, 2015, 10:03 am

Charles Schwab, one of the largest full-service investment services firms in the country, has recently opened the doors to a new branch in Santa Monica to offer residents in the Los Angeles area access to a range of investing and personal finance guidance, services and products.

Santa Monica Place's center court.

News, Santa Monica Place, Business, Santa Monica

Analysis: $22.4 Billion Retail Bid For Santa Monica’s Macerich

Posted Mar. 13, 2015, 8:48 am

Simon Property Group has issued a proposal to acquire rival The Macerich Company for $91.00 per share in cash and stock, a hostile bid that could see the likes of Santa Monica Place and Westside Pavilion change hands.

Santa Monica’s businesswomen gathered for a morning of celebration on Monday.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica, Women

Santa Monica Women Celebrate Success At Annual Business Breakfast

Posted Mar. 6, 2015, 8:33 am

Women’s history month began with a jam-packed women’s networking breakfast Monday, as more than 300 attendees filled Le Meridien Delfina’s penthouse-level ballroom for a morning of inspirational speakers, awards, and camaraderie.

Pacific Park's recently refurbished Inkie’s Scrambler now sports a shiny new chrome finish, brightly colored period decals and detailed lighting.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Pier

Pacific Park On Santa Monica Pier To Host Annual Job Fair On March 14

Posted Mar. 4, 2015, 9:58 am

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will host its annual job fair to hire more than 75 employees for Spring Break and Summer positions on Saturday, March 14 from 9 am to 2 pm.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Gas Prices

Southland Gasoline Prices Rise For 30th Consecutive Day

Posted Mar. 1, 2015, 8:05 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose today for the 30th consecutive day, increasing 3.1 cents to $3.504, its highest amount since Oct. 21.

Mallika Chopra (left) and Denita Willoughby will be honored with the Chamber’s “Owlie Award” for enhancing women’s lives everywhere through inspirational storytelling.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica, Women

Up Front With 2015 OWL Award Recipients: Mallika Chopra & Denita Willoughby

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 8:53 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, will present an International Women’s Day breakfast in honor of Women’s History Month on Monday.

News, Business, Gas Prices

Southland Gasoline Prices Record Largest Daily Increase Since October 2012

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:48 am

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County recorded its largest daily increase since Oct. 6, 2012, today, rising 8 cents to $3.245, its highest amount since Nov. 10.

UGOBAGS is an innovative Los Angeles-based company offering customized luggage for anyone looking to design the look of their luggage.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Who Said Luggage Had To Be Boring? UGOBAGS Offer Cool Photo Personalization Fun

Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 1:42 pm

Tired of owning the same boring luggage with bland colors and designs that often get mixed up with other suitcases on the baggage carousel at airports?

Barry Sherman is one of two remaining rent-controlled tenants who live at Palihouse Santa Monica who are being evicted in May.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica, Housing, Hotels

Investigation Palihouse: Final Two Residents Being Evicted

Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 7:23 am

The remaining two residents living at Palihouse Santa Monica, formerly Embassy Hotel Apartments, are set to be evicted in May. The legality of such a process is under the spotlight after stark revelations reveal that the sudden classification of the building from multi-family residential to hotel, is dubious.

Espresso Cielo was voted the 'Most Loved' coffee shop in Santa Monica in 2014. Voting is now open for 2015 across a wide range of businesses.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Most Loved Santa Monica Contest Returns: Vote Now Through Feb. 28

Posted Feb. 12, 2015, 9:00 am

The popular Most Loved Santa Monica contest is back for a second year, which is currently in full swing with voting taking place through the end of this month.

Vidiots co-owners Cathy Tauber and Patty Polinger are thankful for the financial hands that saved the store at 302 Pico Blvd.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Vidiots Looks At Promising Future As Two Fans Come To The Rescue

Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 8:32 am

Santa Monica’s iconic Vidiots video store is excitedly looking at new cultural and community directions after being saved by investors from impending closure.

Cathy Tauber and Patty Polinger said Monday they were sad to close Vidiots after almost 30 years, but are now optimistic the store at 302 Pico Blvd. will remain open thanks to a couple of saviors.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Vidiots Saved: Santa Monica Icon To Remain Open Thanks To Filmmaker Megan Ellison

Posted Jan. 31, 2015, 9:07 am

Ask and you shall receive – that’s a motto that may have just saved Santa Monica’s beloved Vidiots at 302 Pico Blvd.

Vidiots will close its doors in April after 30 years in business.

News, Business, Video, Santa Monica, History

VIDEO: Beloved Santa Monica Landmark Vidiots To Close Unless Benefactor Found

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:12 am

Local Santa Monica landmark Vidiots is preparing to close its doors forever come mid-April, unless a financial hand is extended to enable the movie treasure trove to continue business well into the future.

Vidiots will close its doors in April after 30 years in business.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Vidiots To Close In April After 30 Years In Business In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 26, 2015, 9:50 am

Vidiots at 302 Pico opened in 1985 when Patty Polinger and Cathy Tauber decided that they wanted to have their own business.

Santa Monica’s business leaders, City officials, and award honorees on stage at SGI Auditorium at the conclusion of Tuesday’s State of the City.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica State Of The City Celebrates Game Changing

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am

Beginning with a networking breakfast, the event, organized by Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, saw the foyer of the SGI Auditorium on Wilshire a hive of activity at 7 am Jan. 20, with new connections made and old ones rekindled.

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