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Santa Monica Leaders Try Lives Without Own Wheels
July 25, 2017 -- Ensnared in relentlessly car-obsessed metro L.A., the City of Santa Monica is in route to a road not yet taken, at least with as much gusto, by any of its neighbors: A future with streets designed for people and mass transit, not vehicles. Top City officials explain how they work alternative transit into their lives.

Linkin Park Fan Gathers more than 19,000 Signatures on Petition to Rename Santa Monica Park
Chester Bennington July 24, 2017 -- By midnight Sunday, a Linkin Park fan had collected more than 19,000 online signatures on a petition to rename the Santa Monica park that inspired the rock band's name in the wake of frontman Chester Bennington's death last week.

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Rings of Saturn Santa Monica College Planetarium Reviews Saturn Mission
July 24, 2017 -- By the time NASA’s Cassini mission disintegrates as it dives into the cloud tops of Saturn in September, it will have changed the way we view the universe.

Deceased Linkin Park Frontman's Band Had Strong Santa Monica Ties
July 20, 2017 -- Home was a somnolent suburb at the far edge of L.A. But it was an infamously troubled park in Santa Monica that formed the identity of successful rock/hip hop band “Linkin Park.”

Santa Monica Set to Add 29 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
July 21, 2017 -- Santa Monica is poised to add 29 electric vehicle charging stations across the city under a contract expected to be approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

Santa Monica Conservancy's 'Shotgun House' Garners Another Award
Shotgun House July 21, 2017 -- A tiny "shotgun" house restored by the Santa Monica Conservancy continues to reap in some big awards, the latest coming from the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC), which last month recognized the restored 400-square-foot wooden structure with one of two Preservation Awards.

Biking in Santa Monica Still Needs to be '50,000 Times Safer and Easier,' Commissioner Says
July 20, 2017 -- A safety “czar” to watch over them. Physical barriers for protection. More police enforcement. Those are just a few of the strategies the City of Santa Monica is embarking upon. But bicyclists received a warning just days ago on how far the city must still progress to make the streets safe for them.

lowrider Lowriders to Show Unity in Classic Car Event in Santa Monica
July 20, 2017 -- They glide, “low and slow,” inspiring fear or, depending on who’s sitting inside, awe from onlookers as they watch labors of love cruise by, like hydraulically hepped-up works of art on 1950s whitewall tires.

Santa Monica Public Library Invites Residents to Create 'Seed Bombs'
July 20, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Library next month will once again help support local honeybees by showing residents how to "seed bomb" their gardens.

Parking in Downtown Santa Monica Could Get Even Harder as City Leaves Cars in Rearview Mirror
July 19, 2017 -- As it ditches the car-centric ways of the past, the City of Santa Monica is also soon to bid farewell in its downtown to a prize cherished for decades by drivers everywhere: A parking spot of one’s own. Editor's note: A previous version of this article has been changed to reflect that the proposed Downtown Plan allows for as many as 2,500 housing units and that the City Council voted unanimously to eliminate all minimum parking requirements for new residential units in the downtown.

Santa Monica City Donates BBB Van to Charity for Paralyzed Youths
July 19, 2017 -- A charity group helping paralyzed young people with everything from getting to doctor appointments to once-in-a-lifetime destinations like a Yankees game is getting a lift from Santa Monica’s municipal bus system.

Eric Burdon & The Animals album cover Eric Burdon Takes Stage at Santa Monica Pier Thursday
July 19, 2017 -- Eric Burdon and The Animals, a seminal band in the blues-tinged "British Invasion" that took America by storm in the early 1960s, will perform Thursday as part of the 33rd Annual Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier.

Conservative Talk Show Host Slated to Conduct Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra
July 18, 2017 -- Conservative commentator Dennis Prager is slated to be a guest conductor at a gala fundraiser for the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra next month, and several musicians are sitting out the charity concert to protest the popular radio host's political views.

Santa Monica 4th Worst City for First-Time Home Buyers, New Study Finds
July 18, 2017 -- Glittering waves and swaying palm trees aside, trying to buy a home in Santa Monica is no day at the beach for first-time buyers, a new study has found.

Downtown Santa Monica Square Transformed Into Art Destination
Bumblebee's Dowwntown Art Work July 18, 2017 -- A whimsical "teaser" popped up on a grassy triangle near the pier Monday to promote a new series of four temporary art works that will be rolled out in Downtown Santa Monica starting next month.

Santa Monica Files First Tenant Harasment Lawsuit Alleging Landlord Targeted Roommates
July 17, 2017 -- Tthe Santa Monica City Attorney's Office last week filed its first lawsuit claiming a landlord harassed tenants by forcing existing roommates who were not on the lease to vacate, officials said.

Santa Monica Water 'Neutrality' Law Begins with Trickle of Doubts
July 17, 2017 -- Can a city, especially one scarred by drought, embrace significant increases in population and new development without dipping deeper into a troubled water supply? The City of Santa Monica began testing that equation this month.

PAL Golf Tournament Nets More than $91,000 for Santa Monica Youth
July 17, 2017 -- Last month's 8th Annual PAL Charity Golf Classic raised $91,000 that will support youth programs offered by the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL), organization officials announced Friday.

State Officials Release Earthquake Fault Map for Santa Monica
July 14, 2017 -- For the first time, the California Geological Survey on Thursday released new draft maps that show the location of earthquake fault lines that run beneath the city of Santa Monica.

Affordable Housing Bill by Santa Monica Lawmaker Clears Hurdle
July 14, 2017 -- A bill authored by Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would channel more money to local governments to finance construction of affordable housing cleared a hurdle Wednesday.

Rocket Scientist to Discuss Mars Mission at Santa Monica Library
Image of Mars July 14, 2017 -- Dr. Anita Sengupta, the aerospace engineer who designed the supersonic parachute system that allowed NASA's Curiosity Rover to safely land on Mars, will give a talk at the Santa Monica Library this month.

Downtown Plan 3-D Plan for Santa Monica’s Downtown Receives Initial Nod from City Council
July 13, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday gave the initial nod to a plan to construct nearly 2,500 multi-family rental units downtown and potentially clear the way for a trio of mixed-use hotel projects as tall as 12 stories.

Santa Monica Bicyclists Could See New Protection from Cars
July 13, 2017 -- Beset by a rise in complaints about the dangers motor vehicles pose, bicyclists on Santa Monica streets could one day see more physical barriers, like posts, added to help protect bike lanes, a key City official said.

Two Bills Sponsored by Santa Monica Lawmaker Win Key Committee Approval
July 13, 2017 -- Bills sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom to preserve affordable housing and create a new decal program for zero emission vehicles were approved by a key committee this week.

Expo Line to Santa Monica Hits Target Ridership 13 Years Ahead of Schedule
July 11, 2017 -- Thirteen months after opening, the Downtown L.A.-to-Santa Monica Expo line has hit a ridership target it was projected to reach in 13 years, also posting a 40 percent increase in passengers in June that left the rest of the Metro Rail system far behind, according to L.A. Metro.


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