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Visit Whole Foods at 5th and Wilshire in Santa Monica on Tuesday, June 30, from 7 am to 10 pm as the store will be donating 5 percent of their sales for the day to SMMEF to support essential staff and programs for the children in Santa Monica and Malibu public schools.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Whole Foods At 5th/Wilshire To Donate 5 Percent Of Sales Tuesday To SMMEF

Posted Jun. 28, 2015, 9:56 am

Whole Foods Market at 5th and Wilshire in Santa Monica will donate 5 percent of the day’s sales directly to Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) this Tuesday, June 30.

Gilbert’s El Indio at 2526 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica was opened on May 20, 1974, and is still run by the same family.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: Gilbert’s El Indio A Santa Monica Mainstay Since 1974

Posted Jun. 25, 2015, 9:10 am

Gilbert’s El Indio at 2526 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica was opened on May 20, 1974, and is still run by the same family. Now the children and grandchildren of the original owners are the managers and still serve delicious authentic Mexican family-style meals.

Whole Life Balance with Drip IV Therapy has opened at 507 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101, in Santa Monica.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

Whole Life Balance Offers One Stop For Wellness, Nutrition In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 19, 2015, 9:42 am

Consider this: The average Westside woman wakes up an hour early to make it to yoga in the morning. Then, during a short lunch break, she squeezes in a quick acupuncture session.

HelloTech is an on demand in-home tech support and technology sales service delivered by a vetted and trained college student workforce.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Local Startup Company Looks To End Tech Troubles For Middle Aged Residents

Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 9:22 am

Tech support can be a complex and expensive process, with the most well known in-home service, Best Buy’s “Geek Squad,” sometimes requiring a wait of up to five days for help.

News, Los Angeles, Business

Garcetti Signs Minimum Wage Increase Into Law

Posted Jun. 13, 2015, 9:41 am

Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law today a measure that raises the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 per hour by 2020 for hundreds of thousands of workers.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Takes First Steps To Increase Minimum Wage

Posted Jun. 12, 2015, 10:00 am

With the Los Angeles City Council passing an ordinance earlier this week that will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, Santa Monica City Council is taking steps to follow suit.

Dr. Chui Tsang, Santa Monica College, President/CEO

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica

Last Chance To RSVP To Santa Monica Chamber Installation Dinner On June 10

Posted Jun. 5, 2015, 11:39 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 90th Annual Installation Dinner at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows on Wednesday, June 10 at 5:30 pm.

Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock chats with Ray Bahn.

News, Business, Video, Santa Monica, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: A Conversation With Ray Bahn of P.O. Bahn & Sons

Posted Jun. 3, 2015, 10:07 am

P.O. Bahn & Sons opened for business selling automotive parts in Santa Monica in 1927. Today, P.O. Bahn's grandson Ray and great grandson Phillip still offer their loyal customers a large array of saws and tools at their store. Brock on Your Block host Phil Brock chats with Ray about the store.

The Mobil at 731 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Mobil Station In Santa Monica Sells Mega Millions Ticket Worth $697,111

Posted Jun. 3, 2015, 9:21 am

The numbers drawn Tuesday night were 2, 9, 11, 22, 23 and the Mega number was 12. The jackpot was $260 million. The drawing was the 20th since the last time a ticket with all six numbers was sold.

Rod Gould, whose career in local government included stints as city manager of Santa Monica, Poway, San Rafael and Monrovia, is joining Management Partners as vice president for management, based in the firm’s West Coast office.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Rod Gould, Former Santa Monica City Manager, Joins Management Partners As VP

Posted May. 27, 2015, 9:14 am

Former Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould is joining Management Partners as vice president for management, based in the firm’s West Coast office.

News, Business, California, Television

Charter Communications To Acquire Time Warner Cable In $55 Billion Deal

Posted May. 26, 2015, 9:25 am

Charter Communications is poised to scoop up Time Warner Cable in a $55 billion deal that would make it the largest pay-TV provider in Southern California, it was reported today.

From left: Incoming Chair Gregory Day, general manager Shutters by the Beach; Laurel Rosen, President/CEO Santa Monica Chamber; Chair Julia Ladd, Santa Monica Place/Macerich; and past Chair, Brad Cox, CBRE.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica

Up Front With Incoming Santa Monica Chamber Of Commerce Chair Gregory Day

Posted May. 22, 2015, 9:53 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 90th Annual Installation Dinner at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows on Wednesday, June 10 at 5:30 pm.

PK Wellness offers a Karate for Kids program that helps boost a child’s confidence and enhances their physical strength and fitness.

News, Health, Business, Fitness, Santa Monica

PK Wellness’ Karate For Kids Encourages Growth, Success In Santa Monica

Posted May. 18, 2015, 1:45 pm

While PK Wellness Studio is known for its pairing of i-Lipo with a variety of intense fitness training options, a combination that has given their clients great results, it also offers programs that focus on children’s fitness and childhood development.

Keri Putera, Vice President, Brand Operations, Travelodge Hotels, Inc, Wyndham Hotel Group; Moe Paknahal, General manager, Travelodge Santa Monica; Geoff Ballotti, President and CEO, Wyndham Hotel Group.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Travelodge Santa Monica GM Recognized As 'General Manager Of The Year"

Posted May. 17, 2015, 9:42 am

Moe Paknahal, general manager at The Travelodge at 3102 Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica, has been recognized as “General Manager of the Year” for the fourth time since he's been the hotel’s General Manager. Paknahal has won top honors as “Manager of the Year” for the fourth time since 2004.

Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Laurel Rosen (left) and SMCVB President/CEO Misti Kerns (second to left) award Downtown Santa Monica Ambassador Derek Davis with the 2015 Thelma Parks Spirit Award at the 6th annual Travel and Tourism Summit.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Tourism, Smcvb

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau Hosts Travel & Tourism Summit

Posted May. 16, 2015, 11:15 am

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) hosted its 6th annual Travel & Tourism Summit on Thursday at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows.

Southland Credit Union is located at 525 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Borrowing For A Home Using A Credit Union To Realize The American Dream

Posted May. 13, 2015, 2:42 pm

Home ownership is part of what many people consider realizing the American Dream. Purchasing a home, especially if it is your first home, is an exciting experience that comes with challenges. Very few people are able to pay for their home outright and instead, take out a home loan, or mortgage, from a financial institution. They may not realize the credit unions offer mortgages with many benefits.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Job Fair Monday Through Wednesday At Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Posted May. 9, 2015, 9:42 am

Herringbone Santa Monica, set to debut at The Seychelle at Ocean Avenue South Summer 2015, will host an upcoming job fair Monday, May 11 – Wednesday, May 13 to fill a variety of restaurant-based positions.

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.

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