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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.

Main Street invites the community out this Saturday, Dec. 6 for a weekend of fun, fitness, shopping, partying, caroling, an Instagram contest, holiday decorations contest for merchants, a visit from Santa, and a sidewalk sale.

News, Business, Holiday, Main Street, Santa Monica

Main Street Santa Monica To Celebrate The Holidays This Saturday, Dec. 6

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 9:56 am

Main Street in Santa Monica will celebrate the holidays by hosting a spirited extravaganza this Saturday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 pm.

White House | Black Market is now open for business on level two of Santa Monica Place after a grand re-opening celebration.

News, Santa Monica Place, Business, Santa Monica

White House | Black Market Hosts Grand Re-Opening At Santa Monica Place

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 9:44 am

White House | Black Market held a grand re-opening for its new boutique at Santa Monica Place on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Claire Ruud of Santa Monica Museum of Art with Chamber president Laurel Rosen and Shannon Perry of the Office of Sustainability and the Environment for the City of Santa Monica.

News, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica

Up Front With Two Previous SQA Excellence Award Winners

Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 9:36 am

Time is running out to apply for Santa Monica’s 20th annual Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), which will be held April 16 next year. The deadline is Dec. 10.

News, Los Angeles, Business

Street Vendor Permitting Program May Legalize Selling Of Food, Wares In L.A.

Posted Nov. 29, 2014, 8:23 am

A Los Angeles City Council panel was scheduled next week to consider a proposed street vendor permitting program legalizing the selling of food and wares on Los Angeles' sidewalks and public parks.

Make a resolution to buy local and support Santa Monica businesses.

Business, Seven Days, Montana Avenue, Santa Monica

Santa Monica To Celebrate Small Business Saturday On Montana Avenue

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:49 am

The fifth annual Small Business Saturday will be held this weekend – an event celebrated the Saturday after Thanksgiving, dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Shopping

Tradition, Bargains Expected To Lure Black Friday Shoppers To Malls, Stores

Posted Nov. 28, 2014, 9:17 am

Thousands of Southern Californians are expected to head to malls today to continue the tradition of searching for Black Friday bargains on the customary start of the Christmas shopping season.

News, Business, Holiday, Santa Monica

Retailers To Open Earliest Ever This Thanksgiving, Led By J.C. Penney At 5 p.m.

Posted Nov. 27, 2014, 8:35 am

Several retailers will have their earliest Thanksgiving openings today in an attempt to satisfy shoppers who want a shorter wait between finishing their turkey dinners and starting to seek Black Friday discounts.

News, Santa Monica Place, Business, Santa Monica, Busines

Santa Monica Place Retailers To Offer Black Friday Specials, Perks

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:44 am

When Black Friday arrives this Nov. 28, retailers at Santa Monica Place will welcome holiday shoppers to store specials and customer perks.

Make a resolution to buy local and support Santa Monica businesses.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Residents Encouraged To Buy Local On Small Business Saturday

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 9:42 am

Buy Local Santa Monica announced today its endorsement of and participation in the fifth annual Small Business Saturday this weekend on Nov. 29.

Bubar’s Jewelers owner Bill Bubar (left) and jeweler Leonel Zepeda. The family-owned business has been serving the Santa Monica community since 1945.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Bubar’s Celebrates Sapphire Jubilee: 70 Years Of Service In Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:46 am

With an intriguing family history that dates back to Santa Monica merchant days in 1945, Bubar’s Jewelers is celebrating 70 years of business success and has the owner and jeweler sparkling with pride.

Roberta Koz Wilson founded Audrey’s Cookies with 10 percent of retail purchases being donated to Starlight Children’s Foundation.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Non Profits

Homemade Cookies Donates To Starlight Children’s Foundation

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:42 am

A scrumptious win-win situation has arrived in all Whole Foods locations in Santa Monica, as well as stores in the Pacific Southwest region. There is now a way to enjoy the essence of homemade cookies, contribute to a worthy cause, and take part in a family legacy.

News, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Attorneys Finalists For Year's Most Significant Legal Victories

Posted Nov. 13, 2014, 9:25 am

Three lawyers with the Santa Monica law firm Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP are being honored as finalists for the Consumer Attorney of the Year Award this weekend in San Francisco.

News, Los Angeles, Business

Bill Clinton In Los Angeles Today To Speak At Financial Literacy Event

Posted Nov. 9, 2014, 11:36 am

Former President Bill Clinton will deliver the keynote speech at what organizers are billing as the "World's Largest Financial Literacy Education Event'' today at Galen Center.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Business, Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

There’s Sweeping & There’s Pushing

Posted Nov. 8, 2014, 8:38 am

I’m part of a generation that grew up understanding that lots of different things we ate back in the day came from a place called General Foods. Far from fearing or resenting that General Foods had a lot of stuff that its big corporate family pushed onto our own family (Grape Nuts to Jello), I think many people felt back then that it was a healthy thing for big companies to get bigger by absorbing smaller ones.

(Left) David Bohn, a past president of the Rotary Club of Santa Monica, led a moving tribute to his father, John, who passed away on Oct. 11. (Middle)Laura Avery, who manages the Wednesday Farmers Market on Arizona Avenue, was the main speaker at Friday’s Rotary meeting. (Right) Maddy Tung, her parents, and Samohi wrestling coach Mark Black, were special guests.  When she was an 8th grader at John Adams Middle School, Maddy received the Rotary Club’s Citizenship Award. She is a senior at Samohi now and is a national women’s wrestling champion.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Rotary Club

Santa Monica Rotary Club Dedicates Meeting To John Bohn

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:12 am

The Santa Monica Rotary Club meeting stood as a testament to some of the strong, influential relationships that are maintained through the organization, what with the bulk of last Friday’s Oct. 24 meeting dedicated to celebrating the life of John Bohn, who passed away on Oct. 11.

News, Health, Business, Lax

Labor Union Partners With Menzies Aviation Following LAX Death

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 8:56 am

A labor union trying to organize airport ramp and cargo workers announced it is partnering with Menzies Aviation to help the airline contractor improve health and safety conditions for its Los Angeles International Airport employees.

News, Los Angeles, Business, Minimum Wage

Economic Development Committee To Discuss L.A. Minimum Wage Increase

Posted Oct. 28, 2014, 8:54 am

A Los Angeles City Council committee today will take up a proposal to raise the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $13.25 an hour by 2017, as well as the possibility of increasing it to $15.25 an hour by 2019.

News, Business, West Hollywood

RH West Hollywood Gallery Opens On Melrose

Posted Oct. 26, 2014, 12:07 pm

A furniture and lifestyle goods chain normally found in shopping centers has opened a store in the Los Angeles Design District that is decided different, the firm announced today.

News, Los Angeles, Business

L.A. Minimum Wage Increase To $13.25 By 2017 Needs More Scrutiny, Says Council

Posted Oct. 22, 2014, 9:16 am

Five Los Angeles City Council members agreed on Tuesday that Mayor Eric Garcetti's plan to raise the city's minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017 needs more scrutiny.

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