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Santa Monica Airport Runway Project Set to Begin
September 25, 2017 -- City officials announced Friday that construction to shorten the runway at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) will begin in two weeks, with aviation advocates saying they will carefully monitor the nearly three-month project.

Santa Monica Lawmaker's Dinosaur Bill Signed into Law
Augustynolophus Morrisi September 25, 2017 -- After being extinct for some 66 million years, the dinosaur nicknamed "Auggie" joined the grizzly bear and quail among California's official state animals on Friday.

Santa Monica College Launches New Art Lecture Series
Portrait of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz September 25, 2017 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) will launch a new Art Lecture Series next week that offers "eye-opening and thought-provoking" discussions of everything from a portrait of 17th century Mexican mystic poet Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz to creating animations for Disney's " Pocahontas."

City of Santa Monica Expected to Choose Union Bank After Severing Ties with Wells Fargo
September 22, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council is expected to vote Tuesday to switch its account to Union Bank after severing ties with Wells Fargo last year over its financing of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Launches Fundraising Drive for DACA Students
September 22, 2017 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is launching a drive to raise funds for DACA students who face a deadline next month to renew their status, District officials announced Friday.

Santa Monica College Presents Communication and Media Series
West Los film poster September 22, 2017 -- The early days of cable TV, the future of journalism and the gentrification of Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood are among the topics that will be discussed during Santa Monica College's (SMC) continuing Communication & Media Series, college officials announced this week.

Santa Monica Provides Lesson as Interest in Rent Control on the Rise
September 21, 2017 -- Almost 40 years after Santa Monica voters passed one of the nation’s most stringent rent control laws, the controversial legislative measure used to cap skyrocketing rents is piquing renewed interest across the state.

Santa Monica City Council Poised to Help DACA Fundraising
September 21, 2017 -- Concerned about the fate of hundreds of local college and public school students potentially impacted by the end of DACA, the City Council is poised to allocate up to $25,000 in matching funds to help the students remain protected from deportation.

Santa Monica Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday
September 21, 2017 -- Santa Monica police will conduct an operation Friday to screen for motorists driving under the influence or without a valid license, department officials said.

Detail of Recreation mural at City Hall Santa Monica Arts Commission Looks to Middle Ground in Debate Over City Hall Mural
September 20, 2017 -- With an eye to compromise, the Santa Monica Arts Commission on Monday opened discussion on calls to remove a 1930s City Hall mural depicting Native Americans kneeling before Spanish Conquistadors and opened a debate on an accompanying mural.

Santa Monica Ranked 18th in Money Magazine’s Top 100 Best Places to Live
September 20, 2017 -- An abundance of sunny days, views of the Pacific Ocean and a thriving economy helped Santa Monica climb to 18th place in Money Magazine’s 2017 Top 100 “Best Places to Live.”

PUBLIC NOTICE: Providence Saint John’s Health Center will hold its Annual Community Outreach Meeting Wednesday, September 20, in Conference Room CSS1,
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LETTERS: Interpretation of 'History of Santa Monica Murals' is Subjective
September 20, 2017 -- The murals of Stanton Macdonald-Wright are art and, as with all art, beauty and its interpretation are in the eyes of the beholder.

Special Pollution Study Proposed for Santa Monica Airport
September 19, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Airport Commission is asking the City to approve a special study of how pollution levels change before, during and after SMO closes temporarily for work on significantly reducing the length, and impact on neighbors, of its sole runway.

Santa Monica’s 'Wellbeing Index' Reflects Growing Discontent in Pico Neighborhood, Hispanic Leader Says
September 19, 2017 -- Hispanic activist Maria Loya was far from surprised Monday as she considered the newly released summary of Santa Monica's “2017 Wellbeing Index.” The summary glowed with sunny attitudes and optimism from the populace overall -- until researchers drilled down to the Pico Neighborhood's zip code.

LETTERS: Murals with Racially Insensitive Message Have No Place in City Hall
September 19, 2017 -- Santa Monica City Hall belongs to the people of Santa Monica, and the anachronistic murals at its entrance do not reflect our values as a community.

Santa Monica Fire Department, UCLA Health Launch California's First Mobile Stroke Unit
September 19, 2017 -- California's first mobile stroke unit will be deployed in Santa Monica under a joint program between the City's Fire Department and UCLA Health, SMFD officials announced last week.

New Santa Monica 'Wellbeing Index' Shows Sunnier Attitudes with Some Clouds
September 18, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica’s second “Wellbeing Index” indicates the seaside enclave’s populace is happier than it was when first analyzed two years ago, but nonetheless feels stressed financially and disconnected to City Hall decision making.

Parks Bond Measure Co-Authored by Santa Monica Lawmaker Wins Senate Approval
September 18, 2017 -- A $4 billion water and parks bond co-authored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Bloom won Senate Approval last week and is headed for the Governor's signature.

Stanton Macdonald-Wright Self Portrait OPINION -- A Colorful Piece of Santa Monica’s Cultural Life Could Be Lost
September 18, 2017 -- What is at stake in the debate over Stanton Macdonald-Wright’s mural depicting the history of Santa Monica is what is always at stake in a free society: the parameters of our freedoms.

Mural at Santa Monica City Hall Gets Airing as Petition for Its Removal Circulates
September 15, 2017 -- The battle over a mural's depiction of Native Americans in Santa Monica City Hall is escalating, with the controversy being aired at both the Landmarks and Arts commissions and likely headed to the City Council.

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Sets Record in Fundraising Drive
September 15, 2017 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) announced Thursday it raised a record $658,805 as part of a back-to-school pledge drive, with donors contributing nearly a quarter of the total on the last day.

State Senate Approves Santa Monica Lawmaker's Affordable Housing Bill
September 15, 2017 -- -- A bill authored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom that would channel more money to local governments to finance construction of affordable housing was appproved by the State Senate this week.

Santa Monica City Council Approves New Post of Senior Advisor on Homelessness
September 13, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday approved the creation of a full-time senior advisor for homelessness, agreeing to allocate $320,159 over two years for the job.

Santa Monica Lawmaker's 'Clean Vehicle' Decal Bill Receives Senate Approval
September 14, 2017 -- (Updated) A bill sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom to create a new decal program for "zero emission" vehicles is headed to the Governor for signature.

Jacqueline Mora Santa Monica-Malibu School District Appoints New Assistant Superintendent
September 14, 2017 -- The School Board on Wednesday approved the appointment of a Santa Barbara educator to serve as assistant superintendent of educational services for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD).

New Questions Raised Over Proposed Santa Monica Civic Center Playing Field
September 13, 2017 -- Less than three months after declaring victory in a long fight with the City to turn the Santa Monica Civic Center parking lot into a playing field, parents said Tuesday they have learned the proposal could be endangered again -- this time by the state Coastal Commission.

Emergency Fundraising Drive Started for Santa Monica College DACA Students
September 13, 2017-- With hundreds of Santa Monica College DACA students at risk, the SMC Foundation Tuesday announced an emergency fundraising drive to help pay the $505 renewal fee per student due October 5 to remain protected from deportation.

PUBLIC NOTICE -- Due to the unprecedented multitude of activities on the westside competing for participants this weekend, the Santa Monica Kiwanis Club has decided to postpone its 8th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament scheduled for Saturday to a later date.

District Officials Warn of Santa Monica High School Fundraising Scam
September 13, 2017 -- Young people posing as Santa Monica High School students are engaging a door-to-door fundraising scam, according to School District officials.

City to Reveal If 'Wellbeing' of Santa Monica’s Populace Has Improved
September 12, 2017 -- Is Santa Monica a happier, or at least more contented, community than it was two years ago? The City is scheduled to address the issue tonight.

Bomb Scare Prompts Temporary Evacuation of Santa Monica Pier
September 11, 2017 – A bomb scare prompted an hours-long evacuation of the Santa Monica Pier Monday afternoon, with law enforcement urging the public to stay away from the famous tourist destination as the bomb squad conducted a search.

Santa Monica Review fall issue cover Santa Monica Review Celebrates New Issue with Multiple Events
September 12, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Review will celebrate the release of its fall issue with readings not only in the beach city but also in Venice, North Hollywood and San Francisco, Santa Monica College officials announced this week.


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