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EXTRA Witnesses Followed Driver Who Left Scene of Fatal Collision in Santa Monica
October 18, 2017 -- The driver who struck and killed a bicyclist on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Santa Monica on Sunday returned to the scene after being chased by three witnesses, but police have not been able to interview the young men, The Lookout has learned.

Santa Monica Airport Cleared for Runway Reduction
October 18, 2017 -- Work on reducing the Santa Monica Airport’s runway, an interim step on the path to eventually close SMO altogether, is slated to begin today following the all-clear from a judge who earlier granted a temporary restraining order.

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Santa Monica Lawmaker's Recycling Bill Signed into Law
October 18, 2017 -- A bill sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom that is expected to improve the efficiency of recycling programs was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown this weekend.

Santa Monica Police Looking for Witnesses in Fatal Crash Involving Bicyclist
October 17, 2017 -- Police are looking for witnesses in a crash that killed a bicyclist riding along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Santa Monica Sunday evening. The collision took place at around 7 p.m. at the 200 block of PCH, marking the second fatal crash involving a bicyclist near that location since 2012.

City of Santa Monica Considers Using Grant Funds for Homeless Apartments in Venice
October 17, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica is considering the one-time use of up to $500,000 in federal block-grant funds for an affordable apartment project in Venice for the homeless, according to a report from the City's housing manager.

Mary Ann Powell Special Olympics Honors Santa Monica Pier's Pacific Park CEO
October 17, 2017 -- Pacific Park CEO Mary Ann Powell, who first invited the Special Olympics to the amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier 20 years ago, was honored earlier this month for her continuing commitment by the organization.

California Coastal Commission Approves Santa Monica Civic Center Projects
October 16, 2017 -- The California Coastal Commission last week signed off on two major public projects that will further transform Santa Monica's Civic Center. The projects will not hurt access to the beach, the commission decided.

Carnary Island Date Palm Santa Monica’s Palisades Park to Get Fungus-Resistant Palms
October 16, 2017 -- The City Council last week moved forward with a plan to replace more than 50 diseased palm trees removed from Santa Monica’s historic Palisades Park. The work to replace the Canary Island date palms in the park’s iconic “colonnade” along Ocean Avenue will begin next spring, City officials said.

Santa Monica's John Wayne Cancer Institute to Honor Doctor, Survivor Activist
October 16, 2017 -- A Santa Monica doctor and author who specializes in women's health and an activist who has used social media to empower breast cancer survivors will receive annual awards from The John Wayne Cancer Institute this month.

Santa Monica Rent Board Weighs Hikes for Earthquake Retrofits
October 13, 2017 -- Tenants and apartment owners wrestled Thursday over the possibility of allowing Santa Monica landlords to raise rents to help pay the cost of mandatory seismic retrofitting, including nearly 1,300 multi-family buildings under rent control.

Union Workers Picket Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica
October 13, 2017 -- Union workers at Saint John's Medical Center, who are in the midst of negotiating an agreement, picketed Wednesday to protest what they claim is understaffing at Santa Monica's 75-year-old hospital.

"One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" cover illustration Kesey Classic Gets Staged Reading at Santa Monica's Broad Stage
October 13, 2017 -- When Ken Kesey's first novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was published in 1962, it was hailed as an instant classic -- "boisterous," "nightmarish" and "glowing." On Monday, Kesey's award-winning book will return to The Broad Stage in Santa Monica in a dress rehearsal/staged reading.

Santa Monica City Council Approves Law Allowing Medicinal “Pot Shops”
October 12, 2017 – Decades after California began allowing medicinal “pot shops,” the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved a law allowing no more two permits for two such retailers within city borders.

Santa Monica Bus System to Reduce Stored Value of TAP Trips in Shift from Cash Fares
October 12, 2017 -- Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus system will reduce the stored value of TAP cards from the current $1.25 a trip to $1.10 in an ongoing effort to shift away from the popular but too time-consuming use of cash by riders.

Indie Author Day Logo Santa Monica Libraries to Celebrate "Indie Author Day"
October 12, 2017 -- Santa Monica will join communities around the world this Saturday to celebrate Indie Author Day 2017, which showcases local independent authors. Santa Monica's main library and its four neighborhood branches will hold events throughout the day that feature readings and discussions.

EXTRA Most Minority Disadvantaged Students in Santa Monica Malibu Public Schools Fail State Test
October 11, 2017 -- Although scores improved overall, as many as three in five “disadvantaged” minority students in Santa Monica-Malibu public schools failed to meet standards in the newest round of state testing, California Department of Education data show.

City Moves to Repair Widespread Leaking at Santa Monica Airport
October 11, 2017 -- Just when it seemed like the long-embattled Santa Monica Airport couldn’t add to its list of woes, a new headache is springing to the fore. Three-fourths of the roofs over airport buildings now leak and need almost $2 million in repair work, a report to the City Council said.

Governor Signs Santa Monica Lawmaker's Measure to Extend Clean Vehicle Decal Program
Zero Emission Vehicle October 11, 2017 -- A law sponsored by Sana Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom to extend California’s Clean Vehicle Decal program was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday. Under the new law, "clean vehicle" decals would be valid for three years and the number issued would be uncapped.

Temporary Restraining Order Halts Start of Runway Reduction at Santa Monica Airport
October 10, 2017 -- A U.S. District Court judge on Sunday temporarily halted work originally scheduled to start Monday to shorten the Santa Monica Airport runway, saying it would “irreparably harm” the litigation trying to stop closure of the airport by the end of 2028.

DACA Renewal Deadline Passes as Santa Monica Fundraisers Try to Determine How Many Locals Aided
October 10, 2017 -- With a crucial deadline for DACA come and gone, Santa Monica officials who quickly raised $60,000 to help program applicants avert deportation are waiting to determine how many students they aided.

Santa Monica at SkyLounge Santa Monica Tourism Wins Award for Bringing Slice of Beach Life to London
October 10, 2017 -- Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) won a prestigious marketing award for a pop-up rooftop lounge the agency set up near the Tower of London this summer.

Santa Monica Man Arrested in Connection to Carjacking, Pico Shooting is Son of Victim of 2005 Slaying
October 6, 2017 -- A man whose father was fatallly gunned down in a 2005 gang slaying in Santa Monica was charged Monday for his involvement in a shooting in the Pico Neighborhood last month, police said.

Santa Monica City Council Moves Closer to Allowing Operation of Two Medicinal 'Pot Shops'
October 6, 2017 -- After a long delay, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday is likely to plant the seeds needed to open the city’s first legal “pot shops.”

Barney at 2015 National Night Out Santa Monica Police Find Happy Pastures for Two of Their Own
October 6, 2017 -- They patrolled the byways and beaches of Santa Monica together for 15 years, until age finally caught up with Spiderman and Barney and suddenly they needed retirement homes. But they won’t need to sweat it. After a combined 33 years on the job, the two horses are moving to a “good home.”

Test Scores for Santa Monica-Malibu District Students Improve
October 5, 2017 -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students in most grades improved their scores in the 2016-17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, continuing to outpace their county and state peers, District officials announced Wednesday.

New Wilmont Chair Weighs in on Santa Monica's Largest Neighborhood
October 5, 2017 -- Reinhard Kargl was elected chair of the Wilmont Montana Neighborhood Coalition (“Wilmont”) on Tuesday. The day after his election, Kargl shared his thoughts about the current state of Wilmont and the future it faces.

Santa Monica College Debate Team Kicks off Tournament Season with Big Wins
October 5, 2017 -- Seven members of the Santa Monica College (SMC) debate team took home individual awards at the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association (PSCFA) “Warm Up” Tournament last weekend.

Little Change in List of Santa Monica's Top Industries and Employers
October 4, 2017 – Santa Monica’s major economic engine remains tourism, while its largest employers are in the fields of governance, education, medicine and research, according to a list of the city’s top industries and employers released last week.

Leonard Cohen A Celebration of Leonard Cohen at the Broard Stage in Santa Monica
October 4, 2017 -- Singer songwriter Leonard Cohen's deadpan delivery of melancholic songs penned over the last 50 years earned him the nickname “The Godfather of Gloom.” But there is another side to the musical visionary and poet that will be highlighted this month.

Virginia Avenue Park Fall Fstival pumpkins Santa Monica's Virginia Avenue Park Hosts Fall Festival
October 4, 2017 -- There's a nip in the air and the days are getting shorter, which means its time for the annual Fall festival at Santa Monica's Virginia Avenue Park on Saturday. The third annual Fall festival -- which features live music, dancing and activities -- takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the park located at 2201 Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica.

City of Malibu Files for 'Divorce' from Santa Monica-Malibu School District
October 3, 2017 -- After more than a year of negotiations, the City of Malibu has filed for “divorce” from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD).

War of Words Continues After Santa Monica Airport Pact
October 3, 2017 -- City officials thought they’d brokered peace in January with a decree closing Santa Monica's embattled municipal airport by the end of 2028, while slashing jet traffic in the meantime. But it still doesn’t take much to set off a war of words when it comes to the century old airport.

Nelson Hernandez OPINION: Santa Monica Airport Advisor Nelson Hernandez Shares Final Thoughts
October 3, 2017 -- Indulge me as I share some of my personal insights on the past two years of work. It has been quite an adventure!

Mixed-use Apartment Projects in Downtown Santa Monica Headed for Hearing
October 2, 2017 -- Proposals for two apartment complexes in downtown Santa Monica go to the City’s Planning Commission on Wednesday, as the pace of more than 3 million square feet in new building picks up after being left in limbo during a long fight over development.


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