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Santa Monica Council Poised to Approve Major Development at Fred Segal Site
May 5, 2016 -- A seven-story development replacing the old Fred Segal shopping complex in downtown Santa Monica goes to the City Council Tuesday, possibly the last project tied to a way of doing business at City Hall that inspired the wrath of slow-growth advocates.

Santa Monica Population Increases Slightly
May 5, 2016 -- The population of Santa Monica increased from 93,093 to 93,640 between January 2015 and January 2016 for a change of .6 percent, according to information released this week by the California Department of Finance Santa Monica ranked 264th of California’s 482 cities in population change by percentage.

HUD Vouchers in Santa Monica Increased to Help Needy
May 5, 2012 -- Coping with a crippling shortage of affordable housing, Santa Monica officials finally have some good news, courtesy of the federal government.

Santa Monica to Require Solar Rooftops on New Buildings
May 4, 2016 -- At the end of the month, Santa Monica will start requiring solar rooftops for all new buildings, becoming the fourth municipality in California with such a law on the books.

Departing Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Superintendent Gets Generally Positive Reviews
May 4, 2016 -- Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Superintendent Sandra Lyon is leaving her post of five years with mixed reviews, with supporters citing her efforts to help poor and minority students but at least one critic saying her exit is welcomed.

Santa Monica Looks North for New Cultural Affairs Manager
May 4, 2016 -- Santa Monica looked to the frigid north for its new cultural affairs manager, tapping Shannon Daut, who headed the Alaska State Council of the Arts for five years before accepting the City post.

Santa Monica Workers’ Compensation Costs on Rise Again
May 3, 2016 -- After briefly slowing, costs for employees injured on the job are rising again for Santa Monica’s city government and are likely to continue rising well into the future, a new risk management report has found.

Organizers for Santa Monica LUVE Initiative Say Signature Goal Met
May 3, 2016 -- Organizers for a proposed initiative that could sharply cut new development in Santa Monica announced Monday they have collected 10,000 signatures, far more than needed to help earn LUVE a spot on the ballot in November.

Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Superintendent to Leave Post
May 3, 2016 -- After a five-year stint, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon on Monday announced she is leaving her post to head the public school district serving Palm Springs and surrounding cities.

New Park Names Honor Santa Monica World War II Veterans
May 2, 2016 -- Two Santa Monica men who fought in World War II -- one who died on the battlefield in France and another who lived until 2009 -- will soon be memorialized when Pico Neighborhood parks carry their names.

First Santa Monica Homicide of the Year Remains Unsolved
May 2, 2016 -- Almost a month after a 35-year-old man was found stabbed to death in the middle of the afternoon on April 5 at a 46-unit apartment building in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, the City's first homicide of 2016 remains an unsolved mystery.

Santa Monica Students Get Chance to Explore Careers in Space
May 2, 2016 -- More than 150 Santa Monica College students and faculty have applied for a program that will allow them to work as paid interns at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena this year, college officials announced last week.

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.
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