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Santa Monicans Beat Water Conservation Goal
August 28, 2015 -- Residential water use in Santa Monica edged up slightly last month from June, but consumers still saved enough to avoid putting the City in hot water with state's regulators.

Santa Monica Law Change Doesn’t Extend Physical Arrest Power to Civilians, Officials Say
August 28, 2015 -- Certain Santa Monica Police Department civilian employees have been granted the ability to make arrests, but these arrests cannot be physical, police officials told the City Council at its meeting Tuesday.

The Moon, Stars and Equinoxes at Santa Monica College Planetarium this Month
August 28, 2015 -- How do you know when the moon is waxing or waning? How many times a year does an equinox take place? And what is the “Summer Triangle,” anyway?

Mapping Shows Pico Neighborhood Ground Zero for Skyrocketing Evictions in Santa Monica
August 27, 2015 --The Pico Neighborhood was hit with a skyrocketing number of rental evictions last year, a sign that Santa Monica’s last affordable neighborhood is being gentrified with the coming of light rail, an eviction-monitoring research group has concluded.

Santa Monica Faces “Complicated Challenge” with Affordable Housing Deficit
August 27, 2015 -- City Council members reached no conclusions on how to increase the availability of affordable housing in Santa Monica during a study session dedicated to the subject on Tuesday.

Youth Competition Seeks Artworks to Help Power the Santa Monica Pier
August 27, 2015 -- Can wind and solar power plants be designed to be as beautiful as a piece of public artwork? What will be the visual impact of such renewable energy installations on local landscapes?

Santa Monica Council member Fought to Oust City Spokeswoman, Group Contends
August 26, 2015 -- The costly political saga of a communications director hired by the City of Santa Monica and quickly fired took another turn Tuesday.

Santa Monica Black Legal Pioneer Dies
August 26, 2016 -- Marcus O. Tucker, Jr., a Santa Monica native who became the first African American lawyer in the City Attorney’s Office before launching a decades-long career as a highly respected jurist, has died.

Jefferson Starship to Land on Santa Monica Pier Thursday
August 26, 2015 -- Take a trip back to the “Summer of Love” when Jefferson Airplane’s offspring, Jefferson Starship, brings the sounds of that drug-hazed year to the Santa Monica Pier.

Council Sets Priorities for Santa Monica
August 25, 2015 -- Confronting a slew of headaches tied to Santa Monica’s growing popularity, the City Council emerged from a special retreat Sunday vowing to double down on three top problems: Congestion on car-clogged city streets, the lack of affordable housing and getting the municipal airport closed.

Santa Monica Mayor Angered Over FAA Delay
August 25, 2015 -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has delayed weighing in on a key element of the Santa Monica’s battle to eventually close its municipal airport, sparking talk of litigation from an angry Mayor Kevin McKeown.

Three Santa Monica Schools Get New Administrators
August 25, 2015 -- A former House Principal at Samohi has returned to campus and two long-time educators have joined the administrative teams at John Muir and McKinley Elementary schools, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials announced last week.

Santa Monica Planning Commission Gives Thumbs Down to Downtown Movie Theater
August 24, 2015 -- The reviews are in for the proposed movie theater complex on Fourth Street in Downtown Santa Monica—and they aren’t good.

Three Santa Monica Council Members Back Moratorium on Ellis Act Evictions
August 24, 2015 -- Three Santa Monica City Council members are asking their colleagues to support a resolution calling on state lawmakers to freeze Ellis Act evictions, which critics charge are undermining cities' efforts to keep rents affordable.

Santa Monica Police Conducting Motorcycle Safety Program This Week
August 24, 2015 -- Despite California pumping millions each year into local efforts to prevent them, fatal crashes involving motorcyclists continue to go up, state traffic figures show.

Retail Store Expected to Replace Johnnie’s Pizzeria on Santa Monica Promenade
August 21, 2015 -- Nearly a quarter-century of unsuccessful restaurant operations at the Third Street Promenade space currently occupied by Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria will soon come to an end.

Santa Monica Buses to See Major Route Changes Starting Sunday
August 21, 2015 -- With the Expo train fast approaching, the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus will begin rolling out major service and stop changes on several routes starting Sunday to better integrate them with the coming light rail service, transit officials annouced.

Santa Monica Colleges Announces New Social Justice Scholarship
August 21, 2015 -- During his tenure as a Santa Monica College (SMC) trustee and professor, Judge David Finkel furthered his passion for championing the cause of those society threatened to leave behind.

Cost of Santa Monica City Council Travel Adds Up
August 20, 2015 -- Whether embracing a sister city in the shadow of Mt. Fuji in Japan, lobbying federal officials in the nation’s capital or sojourning to Denver to see how other municipalities handle airports that are no longer wanted, travel costs for the Santa Monica City Council are adding up.

Beleaguered Santa Monica Center Raises Big Money from New Sponsors
August 20, 2015 -- Fighting to keep its doors open, Santa Monica’s Pico Youth and Family Center has high hopes for its annual fundraiser later this month and is buoyed by a sudden, long list of new sponsors bringing in some big money.

Santa Monica Police to Enforce Bicycle, Pedestrian Laws
August 20, 2015 -- As Santa Monica revs up LA County’s first Bike Share program, local police hope to make the streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians with another enforcement operation, police officials said.

Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Feature Improvements for New School Year
August 19, 2015 -- Making significant use of voter-approved bond money, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) prepared to start the new school year Thursday with a big new $55 million science building for Santa Monica High School, as well as hi-tech touches added to buildings throughout the district.

VA Seeks to Hire for Homeless Vets Center
August 19, 2015-- Hundreds of new employees will have to be hired when the Veterans Administration expands services at its West Los Angeles Medical Center campus to include long-term care and residential housing.

Santa Monica Officials Seek Input on Lincoln Boulevard Makeover
August 19, 2015 -- If you have ideas about how Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica can be turned from a bland, busy thoroughfare into a more inviting strip, City officials are listening.

Big Crowds Flock to Santa Monica Beaches to Beat Heat Wave
August 18, 2015 -- Huge crowds hit the sands of Santa Monica Bay this weekend, fleeing from another heat wave that reached triple digits across Southern California’s inland areas.

Santa Monica Watchdog Group Urges Defeat of Initiative Fee Hike
August 18, 2015 -- Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog urged the California State Assembly Monday to defeat a bill co-sponsored by former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom that would hike the ballot initiative filing fee from $200 to $2,000.

Santa Monica Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Sister City in Japan
August 18, 2015 -- There was sake, youth soccer and international travel this month as the City of Santa Monica celebrated four decades of friendship with its Japanese sister city of Fujinomiya, on the flanks of  Mt. Fuji.

Board Tweaks Santa Monica's Rent Control Law
August 17, 2015 --The Santa Monica Rent Control Board voted unanimously Thursday to redefine the “principal place of residence” regulation that excludes from rent control duplexes and triplexes whose owners prove they live in one of the units.

Santa Monica Doctor Faces Jail Time on Drug Conviction
June 17, 2015 -- A doctor who ran a pain clinic in Santa Monica faces three years in county jail at his scheduled sentencing in November after he pleaded no contest earlier this month to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a District Attorney spokeswoman said.

Santa Monica Beach House Turns to Dance
August 17, 2015 -- The art of motion will be celebrated at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica starting with a “Mindful Movement Workshop” on Tuesday and culminating next month with the creation of a new dance work in the courtyard.


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