Chamber to Present the State of the City
On January 15, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce will present the inaugural “State of the City” program, featuring a panel discussion of the 2008-09 economic outlook for the city with Mayor Herb Katz, City Manager Lamont Ewell, Misti Kerns of the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, Kathleen Rawson of the Bayside District Corporation, and Laurel Rosen of the Chamber.
The luncheon gathering (noon-2) at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel is open to the public, and tickets ($45 for Chamber members, $50 for non-members, $55 on day of event) are available through the Chamber offices at 310.393.9825 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pugh & Scarpa Chosen for St. Louis Sculpture Park
Pugh & Scarpa of Santa Monica has been selected as the architect for a new Fine Arts and Education Center at Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, MO. “Pugh & Scarpa represent an innovative, thoughtful approach to architecture,” said Laumeier Director Glen Gentele. “The first-class team that Pugh & Scarpa have assembled will help us create a visionary sustainable structure that bridges art, architecture, and landscape.”
Architect Lawrence Scarpa said he was elated to have been selected for this project. “We’re thrilled,” said Scarpa. “It’s a perfect project for us…the idea that we get to juxtapose a new building with an existing building is quite exciting,” he said in reference to the early 20th century estate house that currently houses the museum galleries, the gift shop, and administrative offices.
Projected at approximately 15,000-20,000 square feet, the design planning process for the center will begin immediately.
Bergamot Station-based Pugh & Scarpa has a history of residential, commercial, educational, and cultural projects including the local affordable housing projects Colorado Court at 5th Street and Colorado Avenue and Broadway Flight at 15th Street and Broadway.
Goldline Precious Metals Moves to Larger Space
Goldline International, Inc. announced this month that it has moved its precious metals retail operations from approximately 11,000 square feet at 100 Wilshire Boulevard to about 24,000 square feet at the Water Garden. Mark Albarian, President and CEO, said, “Although our move has been planned for two years, our timing couldn’t be better. This is the most exciting precious metals market I’ve seen in the past 25-plus years.”
Goldline, established in New York in 1960, moved to Santa Monica in 1991, and decided to stay in town when it outgrew the space at 100 Wilshire, Albarian told the Mirror. The company has over 100 employees, all at the Santa Monica headquarters location, and “will be hiring new account executives in January to help us serve our clients” in view of market growth, he said.
Only last month, the Mirror reported (November 1-7) on another local precious metals company, Lear Financial, Inc., that was then holding a set of four precious gold coins worth close to $6.5 or more million for shipment to a New York client.
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