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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.

DreamWorks Animation SKG.

News, Business, Film

DreamWorks Animation Embarking On Fresh Round Of Layoffs

Posted Jan. 20, 2015, 9:34 am

DreamWorks Animation SKG, which once rivaled Walt Disney Studios in producing successful animated features, is embarking on a fresh round of layoffs following a string of disappointing releases, it was reported today.

Particle accelerator.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Technology

Silicon Cells To Silicon Beach: The Solar Revolution

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:09 am

A Santa Monica group of solar energy entrepreneurial scientists is on the verge of changing solar power production on a global scale.

Chomp Eatery and Juice Station co-owners Rolan Pongpuntara and Sean Tao specialize in customized juice cleanses.

Dining, Health, Business, Santa Monica

Chomp Eatery & Juice Station Creates Juice Cleanses With Bite In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 8:59 am

Ever thought about juice cleansing for that extra boost whether the goal be weight loss, a detox, or just starting a healthier lifestyle?

Tech company Yahoo! Inc. will move from Santa Monica to the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles this fall.

News, Business, Technology

Yahoo! Inc. To Leave Santa Monica This Fall

Posted Jan. 15, 2015, 2:51 pm

Tech company Yahoo! Inc. will move from Santa Monica to the Playa Vista area of Los Angeles this fall, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today.

Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance has been ordered bythe California Department of Insurance to pay a fine of more than $27.5 million for charging customers unapproved broker fees.

News, Los Angeles, Business, California, Santa Monica

Mercury Insurance To Pay $27.5M Fine For Charging Unapproved "Broker Fees"

Posted Jan. 13, 2015, 9:47 am

Los Angeles-based Mercury Insurance was ordered by the California Department of Insurance to pay a fine of more than $27.5 million for charging customers unapproved "broker fees," state officials said Monday.

Diogo Morgado in the new CW show 'The Messengers.'

News, Los Angeles, Business, Television

CW Network Renews Eight Scripted Fall Series, Unveils "The Messengers", "iZombie"

Posted Jan. 12, 2015, 9:39 am

The CW Network today announced that it has renewed all eight scripted series on its fall schedule and unveiled a midseason lineup including two new dramas, "The Messengers" and "iZombie," and the competition series, "Cedric's Barber Battle."

Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould will receive the Individual Excellence Award at the 2015 State of the City.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica

Meet The 2015 Santa Monica State Of The City Honorees

Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:46 am

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has announced three of its honorees who will be recognized during the annual State of the City breakfast later this month. The awards highlight those who have made significant contributions to the city.

Sony Pictures Entertainment is located in Culver City.

News, Los Angeles, Business, Santa Monica, Film

Where To Watch "The Interview" In Los Angeles Starting Thursday

Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:09 am

In a reversal of its position from a week ago, Sony Pictures Entertainment announced Tuesday that the film "The Interview" will have a limited theatrical release beginning Thursday.

News, Los Angeles, Business, Hotels

Two Hotel Groups Sue L.A. In Federal Court Over Minimum Wage Hike For Workers

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 9:08 am

Two hotel industry groups sued the city of Los Angeles in federal court today challenging the recent passage of a $15.37-per- hour minimum wage for workers at many hotels in the city.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica-Based Activision SVP Named To Easter Seals SoCal Board

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 9:40 am

Easter Seals Southern California (ESSC) Disability Services has named Lewis Shiro, senior vice president, financial, and administrative services for the Santa Monica-based interactive entertainment software publisher Activision Blizzard, to its board of directors for a three-year term.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Post Office Open Seven Days A Week For Holidays Through Dec. 21

Posted Dec. 9, 2014, 9:45 am

Many larger Post Offices in the greater Los Angeles area, including Santa Monica’s Post Office at 1653 7th St., will be open with full retail service on Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm through Dec. 21, to make it easier and more convenient to get those holiday packages shipped.

While Black Friday sales were down overall across the nation, Santa Monica merchants reported a boon over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

News, Santa Monica Place, Business, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Bucks Black Friday Trend With Strong Sales

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 9:00 am

As national retailers wallow in lower-than-average Thanksgiving holiday trade, Black Friday was a boon for local merchants, capitalizing on great weather, shopper-friendly facilities, and high-end specialty stores to chalk up a positive result after a week of big sales.

SMFD chief Scott Ferguson and SMPD chief Jacqueline Seabrooks at the Bay Shore Lanes on Monday.

News, Business, Non Profits

Registration Now Open For Santa Monica's 2015 SuperBowl-A-Thon

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:50 am

To kick off the 2015 SuperBowl-A-Thon, which includes the annual “Chiefs Challenge,” Santa Monica’s Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks and Fire Chief Scott Ferguson “faced off” Monday at Santa Monica’s Bay Shores Lanes.

The Holiday Hop Along Pico will be held Saturday, Dec. 6.

Life And Arts, Business, Seven Days, Santa Monica, Pico Boulevard

Holiday Hop Along Pico Boulevard In Santa Monica This Saturday Afternoon

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:46 am

Businesses on Pico Boulevard from the ocean to 34th Street in Santa Monica will take part in a “Holiday Hop Along Pico” this Saturday, Dec. 6 from noon to 6 pm.

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