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Council Makes Tweaks to Santa Monica Minimum Wage Law
April 29, 2016 -- Three months after adopting an ordinance requiring most people working in Santa Monica to be paid at least $15 per hour by 2020, the City Council voted for amendments on Tuesday to tweak the law.

Santa Monica Has Little to Celebrate on Independent Bookstore Day
April 29, 2016 -- Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day across the country, but the closest celebration you'll find to Santa Monica will be technically across the border in Brentwood.

Police Release Images of Possible Intruder
April 29, 2016 -- A week after an intruder assaulted an elderly Santa Monica woman in her bedroom and broke into a guest home blocks away on the same night, police released a video and a description of a person of interest in the case.

Santa Monica Council Member Criticized by Colleagues
April 28, 2016 -- Santa Monica City Councilmember Pam O’Connor was criticized Tuesday by Council colleagues, who said a new outside ethics review showed she misled them about her role in the controversial 2014 firing of a City communications director she deemed a political foe.

Aviation School Leaving Santa Monica Airport
April 28, 2016 -- After more than two decades at Santa Monica Airport (SMO), the flight school Justice Aviation, which offers additional services, is expected to close by May 11 as part of an agreement with the City to settle several legal disputes.

Santa Monica State Senator's Bill Wins Committee Approval
April 28, 2016 -- A bill urging Congress to counter a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations to spend unlimited sums on elections won committee approval Tuesday, state officials said.

City of Santa Monica Reorganizes to Help Create New Transportation Model
April 27, 2016 -- Intensifying its efforts to make Santa Monica a new model for transportation the City Council on Tuesday voted to reorganize the City's Department of Planning and Community Development to better focus on making the beach city more conducive to walking and less reliant on the car.

Santa Monica, Malibu Separation Talks to Resume
April 27, 2016 -- Stalled talks regarding the separation of Malibu from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will soon resume following the replacement of a member who angrily resigned from the negotiating team a week ago, a key official said Tuesday.

Santa Monica College Student Film Headed to Cannes
April 27, 2016 -- A short film written and directed by a Santa Monica College student will be screened at the 19th American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, school officials announced Tuesday.

Nearly a Quarter of All Low-Income HUD Housing in Santa Monica at Risk
April 26, 2016 -- Nearly a quarter of all low-income HUD rental buildings in Santa Monica will be at risk in the near future, as federal loans come due and owners decide whether to continue current operations or move to sharply higher market rates, according to a new City report.

Santa Monica, Malibu Public High Schools Ranked Among Best in State
April 26, 2016 -- Santa Monica High School and Malibu High School scored high grades among California public high schools in a new ranking by U.S. News and World Report.

Santa Monica to Host Repair Cafe
April 26, 2016 -- Think before you recycle. It may not be the best thing to do.

Commission Denies, Then Approves Santa Monica Post Office Conversion
April 25, 2016 -- With the Santa Monica Planning Commission unable to break a 3-3 deadlock (a technical denial) on a proposal to convert the historic downtown post office into a private business office, it appeared owner Skydance Media would have to take its case to the City Council on appeal.

Santa Monica Hires New Fire Chief
April 25, 2016 -- A career firefighter who literally climbed the ladder from rookie to chief will take over as head of the Santa Monica Fire Department next week, City Manager Rick Cole has announced.

Santa Monica College Announces Spring Concert Lineup
April 25, 2016 -- Santa Monica College will host a spring concert series featuring nine performances of jazz, classical and popular music starting in May.

Performances by SMC's music department will be held at the Broad Stage and at The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1301 11th Street, at Santa Monica Boulevard.

Santa Monica to Fund Outreach Street Team for the Homeless
April 22, 2016 -- Santa Monica is ready to invest at least $775,000 and as much as $1 million to augment local homelessness services, including hiring a local nonprofit to deliver medical and mental health services directly to people living in the streets.

Clinton Keeps Large Fundraising Lead in Santa Monica
April 22, 2016 -- The Democratic Primary in the presidential election might be too close for comfort for Hillary Clinton and her supporters, but it is far from close when it comes to how much money has been raised in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Exhibit Explores the Natural and Mechanical
April 22, 2016 -- The micro and macro, natural processes and mechanical devices are the subjects of a digital photo exhibit opening at the Annenberg Community Beach House Gallery in Santa Monica next week.

Santa Monica Council to Consider Tougher Anti-Corruption Law
April 21, 2016 -- After an independent ethics investigation found lapses in judgment at City Hall, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday will consider recommendations for strengthening its anti-corruption law, including taking the issue to voters.

Santa Monica to Consider Nearly $1 Million Contract for DNA Specialist
April 21, 2016 -- Saddled with a backlog of DNA-related evidence, the City of Santa Monica is considering a nearly $1 million contract over five years to hire a DNA specialist, officials said.

Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheels to Go Green
April 21, 2016 -- Pacific Park's Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier was the first in the world to be solar powered. On Friday, the park will celebrate Earth Day by having the wheel literally go green from sunset o midnight, park officials said.

Santa Monica Ethics Review Finds Lapses in Judgment
April 20, 2016 -- An independent ethics investigation into the Santa Monica City Council and City officials has found lapses in judgment that had “cascading consequences,” including threatening emails by Council Member Pam O’Connor that were not “mindful” of the City’s anti-corruption law.

Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Get Failing Grades in Closing Achievement Gap
April 20, 2016 -- After more than two decades, Santa Monica-Malibu public schools have failed every effort to help disadvantaged students, leaving more than a third of them still grasping to close the achievement gap in test scores and other measures of success, a UCLA expert has found.

Santa Monica College Planetarium Offers Star Guide
April 20, 2016 --
Santa Monica is home to plenty of Hollywood stars. But if you’re willing to gaze into the night skies, instead of at the city’s celebrity-studded sidewalks, Santa Monica College’s planetarium can guide you to the best star parties in town for the summer.

Key Negotiator in Talks for Malibu Schools Separation from SMMUSD Resigns
April 19, 2016 -- A negotiator in Malibu’s fight to break from the Santa Monica-Malibu School District resigned Monday from his seat on the panel overseeing the split, saying he is suffering retaliation for filing a Voting Rights Act lawsuit that could impact both the City of Santa Monica and its public school district.

Santa Monica Congressman's New Bill Targets "Superbug" Outbreaks
April 19, 2016 -- Santa Monica's congressional representative introduced two bills in the House aimed at protecting patients from “superbug” infections caused by unclean medical devices, after a new government report said gaps in federal law contributed to the problem.

Leading Cuban Percussionist to Play Santa Monica Venue
April 19, 2016 -- In Cuba, Afro-Cuban drumming is not only a key feature the island's influential dance music, it's an intricate part of its religious rituals.

Former Santa Monica Murder Suspect Faces Fraud Charges
April 18, 2016 -- A woman who was a prime suspect in the still-unsolved 2008 murder of an aspiring model in Santa Monica is due in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday on charges she took part in a multi-million-dollar medical scam that left at least 21 patients permanently scared.

Lawsuit Pauses Santa Monica Malibu School District Split Talks
April 18, 2016 -- In the wake of a lawsuit that could impact how the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District elects board members, three members of a special committee negotiating the terms for split of the SMMUSD into two districts are asking that the process be put off until they get direction from the School Board.

Relocated Santa Monica Tenants Getting More Help
April 18, 2016 -- A new position in the Santa Monica government is expected to serve the role of prime contact and facilitator for renters forced to leave their residences temporarily or permanently for reasons outside their control.

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