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Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Agrees to Malibu Split Pending Revenue Sharing Plan
March 22, 2018 – The school board for Santa Monica-Malibu public schools said Tuesday the split from the District sought by Malibu necessitates a 50-year revenue-sharing deal to go forward.

City Review of Santa Monica Election Law Addresses General Issues
March 22, 2018 -- A City Attorney review of Santa Monica’s election laws, ordered after a local hotel violated state election laws, does not weigh in on whether the City needs a separate probe but suggests steps to guard against possible violations in the future.

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A Moon Crater, Fuzzy Objects and a Mission to Mars at Santa Monica College Planetarium
Charles Messier

March 22, 2018 -- The work of an 18th Century French comet hunter and a view of one of the Moon's most dramatic craters will be featured next month at the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium. The April offerings feature the work of Charles Messier, who compiled one of the best-known astronomical catalogs of the northern sky.

EXTRA Future Bonds in Jeopardy if Rent Board Nixes Pass-Throughs, Santa Monica Property Owners Warn
March 21, 2018 -- Santa Monica property owners are warning the City's Rent Control Board that eliminating pass-throughs to tenants in the form of surcharges could jeopardize the future passage of funding measures.

'Chain Reaction' Sculpture Back in Santa Monica’s Public Art Collection
March 21, 2018 -- After weathering some rough years, “Chain Reaction” -- the unique 26-foot tall sculpture in Santa Monica’s Civic Center depicting a mushrooming nuclear cloud -- has been welcomed back to the City’s public art collection.

Santa Monica's Solar-Powered Ferris Wheel to Go Dark on Earth Hour
March 21, 2018 -- In what has become an annual tradition, Pacific Park's solar-powered Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier will briefly go dark on Saturday night to celebrate Earth Hour.

Growing Number of Retired Santa Monica Educators Earn Six-Figure Annual Pensions
March 20, 2018 -- More than 150 retirees from Santa Monica College and local public schools earned at least $100,000 each in pensions last year, according to recently released data from a public-spending watchdog group.

Santa Monica Rent Board to Discuss Eliminating Surcharges for Existing Tenants
March 20, 2018 -- After removing surcharges passed on from landlords to new tenants, Santa Monica’s Rent Control Board on Thursday will discuss doing the same for the remaining renters in the city’s more than 25,000 controlled units.

Santa Monica College Emeritus Writing Students to Showcase Their Work
Emeritus Chronicles cover art March 20, 2018 -- Writers in the Santa Monica College (SMC) Emeritus Program bring a long lifetime of experience to their work and often a lifetime waiting to to see it in print. Their wait is over. Next month students in four Emeritus classes will read from the stories and poems included in the 2018 edition of the annual literary journal “Emeritus Chronicles.”

EXTRA Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Closer to Deciding Malibu Split
March 20, 2018 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu School Board is edging closer to a decision on Malibu’s campaign to split from the District, with a new report detailing the "significantly" high cost to Malibu of equalizing the loss of funding to the Santa Monica-based district.

Santa Monica Hires New City Architect
March 19, 2018 -- The architect in charge of managing a $172 million capital improvement project for the Los Angeles Zoo has been hired as Santa Monica's new City Architect, City officials announced last week.

Art @ Tongva Series 'Wonder Room' Kicks Off Art @ Tongva Season in Santa Monica
March 19, 2018 -- For an evening next week, Santa Monica's Tongva Park's intimate spaces will be filled with surprising performances as the City kicks off the 2018 Art @ Tongva season with the fifth annual Wonder Room.

Total Departures at Santa Monica Airport Hold Steady, As Jet Traffic Nosedives
March 16, 2018 -- Last month, the number of jet flights from Santa Monica Airport took a nosedive compared to February of last year, but the total number of departures held steady, according to the latest statistics released by the City.

Santa Monica Prepares for LA Marathon Sunday
March 16, 2017 -- On Sunday some 20,000 runners, along with spectators, family and friends, will descend on Santa Monica for the final three miles of the LA Marathon.To help residents and spectators navigate the street closures and find alternate ways to get near the finish line, the City is providing maps, schedules and handy tips on its website.

Annual Benefit Concert Raises $86,000 for Santa Monica, Malibu Schools
Rick Springfield March, 16, 2018 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation’s annual benefit concert this month starring Grammy winner and early 1980s rock star Rick Springfield raised more than $86,000 for local public schools, Foundation officials said Friday. Proceeds will support arts programs at all District schools next year.

Santa Monica Officials Explore Ways to Get People Downtown Without Cars
March 15, 2018 -- Santa Monica's ongoing battle to balance parking needs Downtown and wean motorists from its congested streets took another turn last week, with the City Council directing staff to explore new strategies at the urging of Downtown officials.

Santa Monica-Malibu Students Hold Demonstrations in Wake of Florida School Shootings
March 15, 2018 -- Thousands of students at Santa Monica and Malibu public schools walked out of classes on Wednesday as part of a District-sanctioned demonstration to show solidarity with students at a Florida high school where a mass shooting claimed 17 lives one month earlier.

Santa Monica Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday
March 15, 2018 -- Santa Monica police will conduct a DUI checkpoint Friday at a time when California is experiencing a "disturbing" increase in crashes involving drug-impaired drivers, police said.

Suspects in Santa Monica's Most Violent Crimes Were Repeat Offenders
Crime scene tape March 13, 2018 -- At least six of the suspects charged with some of the most violent crimes in Santa Monica since the beginning of 2017 were either felons or on probation, fueling concerns that a state law to alleviate overcrowding in state prisons could be a contributing factor.

Efforts to Temporarily Halt Santa Monica's Home-Sharing Law Fails in Court
March 14, 2018 -- Santa Monica can continue enforcing its "home-sharing" law after a U.S. District Court last week denied a motion by AirBnB and HomeAway for a preliminary injunction.

Airport Art Walk to Feature Works By Santa Monica College Ceramics Students
March 14, 2018 -- Santa Monica College's ceramics students will showcase their works during the 12th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk a week from this Saturday.

EXTRA Santa Monica Could Be Testing Ground for Tesla's First Supercharger Restaurant
March 13, 2018 -- Tesla's first combination restaurant and supercharger station, teased by Elon Musk in a Tweet in January, is being proposed for Santa Monica's auto row, according to plans submitted to the City Tuesday.

Santa Monica Taps Highly Touted Folsom Police Chief for Top Post
Police Chief Cynthia Renaud March 13, 2018 -- Folsom Police Chief Cynthia Renaud -- who is credited with helping lower property and violent crime in the Sacramento County city -- has been tapped to head the Santa Monica Police Department, City officials announced Tuesday. She will start the job at the end of April with an annual salary of $265,440, officials said.

President Trump to Touch Down in Santa Monica Tuesday Afternoon
President Trump March 12, 2018 -- President Donald Trump will make a pit stop at Santa Monica Airport Tuesday afternoon on his first trip to California as president, City officials confirmed. The president will arrive by helicopter from LAX between 2:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. before a motorcade whisks him to an evening fundraiser in Beverly Hills, officials told The Lookout.

New Santa Monica Homeowners Among Hardest Hit By Federal Tax Code
March 12, 2018 -- New homeowners in Santa Monica are estimated to be among the hardest hit in California by a reduction in mortgage deductions in the new federal tax code, according to an organization tracking the ups and downs of the law.

Suspect Charged in Santa Monica Shooting Last Month
March 12, 2018 -- Santa Monica police detectives filed attempted murder charges on Friday against a suspect involved in a shooting Downtown last month.

Man Who Jumped from Santa Monica Pier Identified, Ruled a Suicide
March 12, 2018 -- The body of a man who jumped into the ocean from the Santa Monica pier shortly before midnight Friday has been identified in an incident police have determined was a suicide.

Interim Police Chief Says Major Crimes in Santa Monica Up but Low by Historic Standards
March 9, 2018 -- With a string of violent crimes stoking community fear, Santa Monica Interim Police Chief Kenneth Semko on Thursday said major crime had risen 6 percent in the first two months of 2018, adding that police have been re-deployed to provide “an immediate” impact on both crime and the community’s “perception of safety.”

Impro Theatre Takes Off Into the 'Twilight Zone' in Santa Monica This Month
Twilight Zone logo March 9, 2018 -- LA’s Impro Theatre invites Santa Monica audiences to take a trip into another dimension this month using its trademark improvisational style to tackle the classic early 60’s sci-fi television show, "The Twilight Zone." The shows -- which use audience suggestions to create improvised episodes -- take place the weekend of March 16 to 18 at The Edye.

Suspect Charged in Strong-Armed Robbery on Montana Avenue
March 8, 2018 -- Santa Monica police filed charges Thursday morning against the suspect in the strong-armed robbery of a woman on Montana Avenue earlier this week.

Santa Monica City Council Approves Emergency Law Impounding E-Scooters Posing a Public Hazard
March 8, 2018 -- Amid rising concern about public safety, the Santa Monica City Council Tuesday imposed an emergency law to impound “shared mobility” devices, such as e-scooters, when their use poses a hazard to others on the City’s streets and sidewalks.
A Trubute to Former Mayor Bob Holbrook
Bob Holbrook Thirty-five years ago, Bob Holbrook was first elected to public office in Santa Monica, the city where he was born. For more than three decades he would serve his hometown on the local School Board and City Council. Below are testimonials from those who served and worked with him during his many years of service.

PART I -- A Tribute to Former Santa Monica Mayor Bob Holbrook
PART II -- More Testimonials to Former Mayor Bob Holbrook
PART III -- Former City Council Colleagues Pay Tribute to Bob Holbrook
PART IV -- The Incredible Mayor Bob and Other Tales
PART V -- Former Mayor Bob Holbrook's Journey from Political Neophyte to Elder Statesman


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