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Neighborhood Convenience Store Appears to be Reopening On 4th Street in Santa Monica

It's a small victory for the neighborhood. But the 100 year old mini-market on the corner of 4th Street and Hollister Avenue appears to be preparing for a new tenant. And that tenant might even be......

 

Foreclosure Sale Features Medical Waste-Disposal Equipment from California Plant

If you've ever dreamed of owning your own medical waste disposal equipment, now is your chance. A medical waste treatment facility in Hesperia that opened just 5 years ago, has closed. The owners who...

 

Medly Pharmacy Replaces Pharmaca On Montana, As the Duck Blind Liquor Store Becomes Bottled Poetry in Santa Monica's 90402

7.19.22: Walking down Montana Avenue reveals post covid retail moving in. Actually, Montana Avenue has notoriously high retail rents, and stores move out and move in as time passes. But the changes...

 

Job Fair at Santa Monica Place Will Be Heavy On Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants and Rentals. After All, This is a Tourist Town

Santa Monica Travel and Tourism and Santa Monica Place will host a job fair on Tuesday, July 12 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The fair will be held on the third floor Dining Deck. Businesses in attendance...

 

US Consumers Misled into Switching from Paper to Digital: Companies Save Costs, the Environment Loses Out

CHICAGO – May 18, 2022 – Anti-paper greenwashing works, unfairly costing the U.S. paper, printing and mailing sector huge sums in lost revenue each year. But Two Sides North America's (TSNA)...

 

Watch Out for Frauds and Counterfeits at These E-Commerce Sites

April 28, 2022, Los Angeles, CA – Most shoppers don't know or understand that e-commerce websites enjoy a unique and profitable exemption from liability for selling counterfeit and other infringing...

 
 By David Ganezer    Business    May 2, 2022

What Changes Does Elon Musk Plan to Make to Twitter? More free speech, he says

Those on the left view Tesla billionaire Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter with foreboding. The set that wants people like Tim Cook and Jack Dorsey to regulate the rest of us, don't want to give the...

 

Campaign to Prevent Greenwashing - Using Unsubstantiated Claims of Environmental Sustainability

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) has published a series of recommendations for brands, marketers and advertisers to ensure their environmental claims are credible among consumers and can be...

 
 By Stan Greene    Business    April 1, 2022

Backdoor in Google Chrome Browser, Forces Alphabet to Issue Unprecedented Emergency Security Update

In a Chrome stable channel update announcement, published March 25, Google confirms it "is aware that an exploit for CVE-2022-1096 exists in the wild." In an unprecedented response, Google Inc aka Alp...

 

7th Annual Flair Cares Food Drive, March 1 - 31, Benefits Food Pantries throughout Los Angeles County

STUDIO CITY, CALIF., February 23, 2022 – Flair Cleaners, Southern California's leading eco-friendly dry cleaner, will host its 7th Annual Flair Cares Food Drive, Hang Up Hunger, March 1 - 31. The...

 

In a Show of Support For Doge Coin and Elon Musk, Santa Monica Pier Displays Doge Coin Meme

Elon Musk would be proud. In a show of support to send the crypto currency "to the Moon," the Santa Monica Pier will display the Shiba Inu dog that represents Dogecoin in lights on the Ferris Wheel....

 

Sustainability for Small Businesses: Why It Matters and How to Get Started

Collectively, humanity is using 70 percent more resources than the Earth can naturally renew each year. Living beyond our means, which is what we are doing, is inherently unsustainable: Pollution,...

 

Auto Dealers Adding "Market Adjustments"of Up to $50,000 to Price of 2022 Vehicles. Hence, the $150,000 Dodge Ram Truck

In yet another sign of inflation, U.S. automobile dealers are adding premiums of up to $50,000 on new cars. This is on top of the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price. A photo posted on Facebook...

 

About Half Products Sold on Walmart.com are Counterfeits according to US Government Accountability Office

October 28, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Walmart shoppers face the daunting challenge of identifying and dodging a vast assortment of counterfeit, fraudulent, and replica products offered on...

 

"We refuse to become the vaccination police for any government," Says the In N Out Burger in San Francisco

San Francisco's only In N Out Burger issued a statement decrying the City's vaccination mandate policy. The policy would require the luxury burger chain to check Covid-19 vaccination cards before...

 

Amazon Manipulates Search Results to Boost its Own Products and Copies Popular Products for its Own Brand

October 14, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Amazon is running a systematic campaign of copying products and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines, according to a Reuters Special Report....

 

Amazon is the Largest Unregulated Pawnshop on the Planet, Selling an Estimated $104 Million in Stolen Goods

September 8, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Organized crime rings are stealing billions in merchandise to peddle online -- often on Amazon, says a Wall Street Journal investigation. Online sales of stolen...

 

California Gas Prices to Remain Highest Since 2014 for 4th of July Weekend

6/23 Rising gas prices have become the theme for the 2021 summer travel season. Drivers in LA County will see prices remain above the $4 per gallon mark in time for the upcoming holiday weekend. Even...

 
 By Craig Crosby    Business    June 9, 2021

Amazon Flooded with 75,000 Arbitration Requests and then Quietly Drops Arbitration Clause

June 3, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Buried in Amazon's Conditions of Use (COUs) agreement was a binding arbitration clause forcing buyers, marketplace sellers, and infringed trademark-owners to utilize...

 
 By Jim Haigh    Business    June 7, 2021

Ransomware Attacks Target Companies and Consumers Alike

Ransomware attacks are making headlines with worrisome frequency. In May, 45% of the fuel supply for the east coast of the United States was disrupted when cybercriminals took Colonial Pipeline's comp...

 

Amazon Gets Fact-Checked on its Claims of Fighting Fraud

May 19, 2021, Los Angeles, CA – Amazon's global empire is in a crisis. The invasive, manipulative superpower which controls over 50% of online sales is flooded with fakes, scams, phony reviews, and...

 
 By Jack Simon    Business    May 1, 2021

Santa Monica Public Counter to Offer In-Person Services by Appointment Starting May 3

The City of Santa Monica has announced its public counter will offer in-person permit services by appointment on select days beginning next Monday, May 3. The Permit Services' public counter in the...

 

Paper Products Are More Sustainable Than Many Realize - and Our Forests Are Growing

CHICAGO – April 22, 2021 – As U.S. consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental impacts of the products they use every day, there remains a wide gap between perception and reality...

 
 By Anonymous    Business    April 29, 2021

Re: Gangs Run Pier Food Carts

Editor, You report that Code Enforcement Officers refuse to enforce street vendor regulations at the pier and that on a busy weekend, there was not a single public safety officer of any kind at the...

 

City Cracks Down on Illegal Vending Run by Criminal Gangs on the Santa Monica Pier

April 21, 2021 A fight that broke out April 11 in the pier's north parking lot among six members of the Murcia family, ending in their arrests, highlighted the ongoing and unchecked activity of the...

 

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