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PV Guru's President and co-founder Michael Lackna.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Solar Company Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:25 am

Santa Monica-based PV Guru Inc., a full-service solar and electric company, has announced that President and co-founder Michael Lackna has earned the industry’s leading recognition of expertise as a certified installer of photovoltaic electric systems from the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

A new iPhone app and website called RadPad combines the best of Instagram and Craiglist functions to connect landlords and prospective renters across Santa Monica and Los Angeles.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica-Based RadPad Raises $2M In Capital After Declining Acquisition Offers

Posted Aug. 19, 2014, 9:38 am

Santa Monica-based RadPad, a mobile rental marketplace in Los Angeles, has announced an additional $2 million in capital through new and existing investors, after rejecting two recent acquisition offers.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Technology Company CallFire Provides Emergency, Weather Alerts

Posted Aug. 16, 2014, 2:55 pm

Santa Monica-based CallFire, a text and voice platform that simplifies telephone messaging, acts a liaison between businesses and customers by offering products like business text messaging, voice broadcasting, toll-free numbers, local phone numbers, call tracking, and power dialing for agents.

The new store is located on the second level of Santa Monica Place.

News, Santa Monica Place, Business, Santa Monica

Briggs & Riley Arrives At Santa Monica Place

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 8:59 am

Everyone has that one friend he or she turns to when a trusted opinion is needed to assist with something. It could be grand and abstract like love, or simple and concrete like luggage. These friends are essential – and Briggs & Riley is just that friend.

In Santa Monica, CLUE-LA has been an advocate for three ongoing citywide campaigns categorized into the hospitality industry, car wash industry, and ironworker industry.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Religion

CLUE-LA Mobilizes Local Faith Community For Justice In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 9:08 am

The issues of income levels and employee rights have been relevant for decades in the United States – and an ongoing hot topic of conversation in Santa Monica.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Underground Vault Explosion Causes Santa Monica Power Outage

Posted Aug. 4, 2014, 9:02 am

Southern California Edison today restored power to more than 900 Santa Monica customers after a power surge set off an explosion in an underground vault, triggering an outage.

From left: Ronald Cohen (UCP), Kathy Mondotte (wheelchair solutions), and Denis Karpeles (wheelchair solutions).

News, Business, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Wheelchair Solutions Donate Products To Santa Monica United Cerebral Palsy Clients

Posted Aug. 1, 2014, 9:27 am

Wheelchair Solutions, a company that caters to wheelchair users through the convenience and usefulness of its wheelchair products and accessories, donated wheelchair cushions, covers, and backpacks to the clients at United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)'s Santa Monica branch on Tuesday.

News, Business, Santa Monica

TrueCar To Relocate Headquarters To 1401 Ocean Avenue In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 29, 2014, 9:09 am

TrueCar, Inc., the negotiation-free car buying and selling platform, has announced that it has signed a long-term lease for approximately 33,700 square feet of office space at 1401 Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

News, Business, California, Santa Monica

Albertsons To Buy Safeway - And Its Vons Stores In Southern California

Posted Jul. 26, 2014, 9:01 am

A gigantic supermarket takeover with big impacts in Southern California is headed to federal regulators for approval today, as Albertsons is buying Safeway -- and its Vons stores.

With combined experience of more than 20 years in the hair industry, Hilary Smith and Richard Saulino have opened their own salon on Ocean Avenue.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Saulino Smith Salon Opens On Fringe Of Ocean In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 24, 2014, 8:14 am

After working together at Fred Segal Salon for several years, Hilary Smith and Richard Saulino decided to join forces last November to open their own salon on Ocean Avenue called Saulino Smith Salon.

Learn how to properly protect your skin from melanoma while out in the sun this summer.

Health, Business, Santa Monica

Sun Protection 101: What You Need To Know This Summer

Posted Jul. 17, 2014, 12:24 pm

By Lisa Watts - KO'AN Center Executive Director The most common pro...

Donate food items through Aug. 15 to help prevent childhood hunger.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Youth

Santa Monica Resident Acts To Prevent Childhood Hunger

Posted Jul. 14, 2014, 9:11 am

After hearing statistics about hunger among children, Santa Monica resident Laura McHolm felt she needed to act.

A rendering of the MINI dealership that will bring a 35-foot high building to 1402 Santa Monica Boulevard.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica

MINI Dealership Given Green Light In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 11, 2014, 8:47 am

A rare moment occurred at Santa Monica City Hall on Tuesday night. A development agreement (DA) bringing more vehicles to Santa Monica was not only approved, but no one opposed the project on its actual merits.

The newly redesigned Bungalow One at the Fairmont Miramar is a customized three-bedroom suite for those seeking a contemporary beachside oasis.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Hotels

Fairmont Miramar Unveils $1 Million Redesign Of Bungalow

Posted Jul. 9, 2014, 9:12 am

The Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica last month unveiled its million-dollar redesign of Bungalow One – a customized three-bedroom suite designed by L.A.-based interior designer Michael Berman.

The Santa Monica City Council will weigh in on a MINI dealership proposing to bring a 35-foot high building to 1402 Santa Monica Boulevard.

News, City Council, Development, Business, Santa Monica

MINI Dealership In Line For Santa Monica City Council Green Light

Posted Jul. 8, 2014, 8:48 am

A new car dealership could soon zig and zag its way to the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 14th Street. The proposed dealership has already handled a few tough corners en route to the City Council, but before MINI crosses the finish line and opens up shop in Santa Monica, the group proposing the auto company’s arrival must still win over the City Council.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Film, Hollywood

Santa Monica City Council Gets Behind Film & TV Tax Credit Bill

Posted Jul. 4, 2014, 6:00 am

Santa Monica is not Hollywood, but the city certainly has connections to the home base of the American film industry. Not only are there sound stages and production companies within Santa Monica, many film and television employees, executives, or professionals also live here.

The Montana Avenue Merchants Association has hung new banners that promote all that is special about Montana Avenue.

News, Business, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

New Banners Highlight Montana Avenue Charm

Posted Jul. 4, 2014, 6:00 am

Anyone who has visited Montana Avenue since June 25 will have noticed a series of new colorful banners highlighting “Shop – Dine – Enjoy” activities for this 10-block stretch of unique and mostly independent businesses which are owned and/or staffed by local residents.

News, Los Angeles, Business, Santa Monica

Los Angeles Plastic Bag Ban To Expand To Smaller Grocery Stores On Tuesday

Posted Jun. 30, 2014, 9:20 am

Following in the footsteps of Santa Monica, Los Angeles' ban on plastic grocery bags will expand to smaller grocery stores starting Tuesday.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Courts

Whole Foods To Pay Nearly $800,000 To Settle Overcharging Allegations

Posted Jun. 24, 2014, 11:21 am

Whole Foods will pay nearly $800,000 to settle allegations of overcharging customers, prosecutors in Los Angeles and Santa Monica announced today.

Health, Business, Santa Monica

The Sun & Skin Cancer: Things To Look For When Checking For Melanomas

Posted Jun. 23, 2014, 9:09 am

This summer, be safe out there! With the warm weather approaching there are many backyard barbeques and trips to the beach to be had, but with a few simple precautions we can protect ourselves.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica High Alumna Makes Prestigious Barron's List

Posted Jun. 22, 2014, 9:17 am

Santa Monica High School alumna Nikki Michelini, a director of wealth management and a principal at Los Angeles-based Aspiriant, has recently been named a Top Woman Advisor by Barron’s magazine.

Chances are you have heard a lot about the recently opened Ace Hotel in Los Angeles , but not the two guys who spearheaded the construction and adaptive reuse of the 1927 United: John Arnold (left), project manager of Killefer Flammang Architects, executive architect, and Jeromy Rogan, project manager, Morley Construction Company.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Firms Honored At L.A. Business Council Architectural Awards

Posted Jun. 22, 2014, 9:10 am

Santa Monica-based Killefer Flammang Architects (KFA) has won the top award in the Hospitality category of the Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards.

Santa Monica Councilman Kevin McKeown has his car washed at Bonus Car Wash, where the nation’s first union car wash contract has just been renewed.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s Bonus Car Wash To Celebrate Union Contract Renewal

Posted Jun. 21, 2014, 7:19 am

Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica became the first carwash in the nation to unionize in 2011, and it has since been joined by 20 more in the Los Angeles area and more than 30 nationwide.

Main Street To Host Summer SOULstice Event

Business, Seven Days, Music, Main Street, Santa Monica

Main Street Santa Monica To Host Summer SOULstice Event This Sunday

Posted Jun. 20, 2014, 9:15 am

The Main Street Business Improvement Association (MSBIA) will throw its 14th Annual Summer SOULstice Festival on Main Street in Santa Monica this Sunday, June 22.

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica Businessman Donates $15 Million To USC Business School

Posted Jun. 19, 2014, 8:53 am

The founder of an investment firm in Santa Monica has donated $15 million to USC, it was announced last week. Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., a USC trustee and real estate magnate, made the donation to the university’s Marshall School of Business.

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