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Santa Monica City Council has started to look at how they want to select and regulate the two medical marijuana collectives that are to be within city limits.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council Discusses How To Regulate Marijuana Collectives

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 10:13 am

Weed Maps, a way for medical marijuana patients to find collectives near them – a sort of Yelp for marijuana, where patients can look up prices and read reviews – shows that Santa Monica has almost 24 marijuana delivery services.

Whole Life Balance incorporates a variety of treatment protocols, including but not limited to Vitamin IV Drip Therapy, Fascial Stretch Therapy, nutritional counseling, massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga, Pilates, and personal training.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica

What It’s Like To Get Drip IV Vitamins At Whole Life Balance In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 9:36 am

Walk toward the tail end of the hall and you’ll find a uplit, neon room. The white curtained walls glow azure as ambient music videos play from the 65-inch TV. Take a seat atop the sheepskin throw on the plush white couch, or ease onto the frosted leather recliner. This is place of luxury, fun, and consumption.

Santa Monica business owner Rodney Liber, who runs an office building at 1119 Colorado, feels that not enough has been done to mitigate problems such as noise and incomplete sidewalk renovations during Expo Line construction outside his business.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Exposition Light Rail

VIDEO - Expo Phase 2: Santa Monica Business Owner Frustrated As Concerns Go Unanswered

Posted Jul. 24, 2015, 9:30 am

The gnashing sound of a jackhammer’s metal tooth on the cement pavement can be heard in his office for hours at a time, sometimes getting so bad and incessant that he is forced to leave the building. This is something that has been going on for almost four years since the start of the construction on Expo Line Phase 2, according to Rodney Liber, Managing Partner of Capital Innovations Inc. with its headquarters at 1119 Colorado Ave.

Verizon Hosts Grand Opening Party

News, Business, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Verizon Hosts Grand Opening Party For Santa Monica Destintation Store

Posted Jul. 24, 2015, 9:14 am

Anyone walking down the Third Street Promenade may have seen dozens of people doing aerobics while a person on a stage led them in exercises last Saturday, July 18. No, it wasn’t a cult. It was the Verizon flagship store’s grand opening party.

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

News, Business, Santa Monica

Top Tips To Avoid Credit Card Fraud

Posted Jul. 24, 2015, 8:59 am

Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States and can occur anywhere, from a trip to the grocery store to an innocuous purchase at a gas station. That’s what makes it so devastating, the victim is usually unaware until it has already happened.

The KO'AN Center in Santa Monica is located at Saint John's Medical Plaza 1301 20th Street, Suite 150A.

News, Health, Business, Video, Santa Monica

VIDEO: KO'AN Center Grand Reopening In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 15, 2015, 3:45 pm

The KO'AN Center in Santa Monica held a grand reopening where they displayed their new design layout, vendors from local business and much more.

Spotted: An unpermitted surf school lesson takes place on Santa Monica Beach. A local permitted surf school owner who pays the City of Santa Monica business tax says the problem of unlawful operations is escalating with surf instructors coming from as far away as Orange County to conduct their lessons in Santa Monica because of non-existent enforcement.

News, Business, Beach, Santa Monica, City Hall

VIDEO: Rogue Surf Schools Anger Permitted Instructors Who Claim City Fails To Shut Down Unlawful Operations

Posted Jul. 10, 2015, 9:03 am

Imagine that you’re a business owner in Santa Monica and your business is teaching people how to surf: you’re a surf instructor. You follow the law and pay the city for a permit that grants you access to an area of the beach to hold your lessons — not because you want to, but because it’s in compliance with the city’s regulations governing surf instructors. In addition, the permit requires you to pay 15 to 20 percent of your gross income to the city, which also has regulations over the size of your surf classes and on instructors, too.

News, Business, Nws

$1 Billion Disneyland Resort Expansion To Be Discussed At Anaheim City Council

Posted Jul. 7, 2015, 9:07 am

The Anaheim City Council today will discuss a $1 billion expansion of Disneyland Resort that would add attractions and parking with one significant caveat -- the company wants to prohibit admission ticket taxes for another 30 years.

Manning Insurance CEO Richard Manning and his daughter Maureen Manning.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Manning Insurance, Delivering A Holistic Approach To Insurance For 30 Years

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

Insurance can be complicated, but it doesn’t need to be, says Richard Manning, CEO and self-described “grandpa” of Manning Insurance.

Verizon Wireless opened its newest Destination Store on Wednesday in Santa Monica.

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

Verizon Opens Fifth U.S. 'Destination Store' In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

On a rare cloudy morning on the Third Street Promenade on Wednesday, a new store opens its doors to the public. Its purpose is to provide new technology to those who seek it – to those who want to leap into the future. No, it is not the Apple store. It’s Verizon Wireless.

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.

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