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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- January 2014

Santa Monica’s State Assembly Rep Considers Congressional Bid as Waxman Retires
January 31, 2014 -- State Assemblymember and former Santa Monica mayor Richard Bloom is considering a bid to replace Representative Henry Waxman, 74, who announced Thursday he would retire after 40 years in Congress.

Santa Monica Urges Voluntary Water Reductions
January 31, 2014 -- Due to the ongoing drought, the City of Santa Monica is asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent to avoid a “water crisis” and mandatory water reductions later this year.

Santa Monica Police Still on the Lookout for Attempted Kidnapping Suspects
January 31, 2014 -- More than two weeks after back-to-back attempted kidnappings in Santa Monica, police are still looking for suspects.

Panel Discusses Funding a Park on Santa Monica Airport Property
January 30, 2014 -- Though the fate of Santa Monica’s century-old airport is still very much in limbo, a group dedicated to turning the land into a park is making plans.

Santa Monica City Council Takes Closer Look at Past Development Agreements
January 30, 2014 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday took an in-depth look at whether developers of major projects in the bayside city were making good on their promises.

Santa Monica College Headed to Regional Theater Festival
January 30, 2014
-- For the third year in a row, a Santa Monica College production is headed to the prestigious Regional Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, and local audiences can get a preview during fundraising performances.

Crowd Packs Santa Monica City Hall over Hines Development
January 29, 2014 -- Santa Monica's civic spirit was on full display Tuesday night when more than 150 people flocked to City Hall to speak their minds about one of the largest developments proposed for the bayside city in two decades.

Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club Picks Youth of the Year
January 29, 2014 -- You could say that Gabriela Hernandez had been working her way to the top.

Santa Monica’s State Assembly Rep Expands Availability of Anti-Overdose Drug
January 29, 2014 -- Santa Monica’s State Assembly representative Richard Bloom introduced legislation last week that makes anti-overdose meds available over the counter.

Fundraisers Scramble After Malibu Schools Fail to Contribute
January 28, 2014 -- With four days left to raise a million dollars, the District's fundraising arm is mounting an all-out campaign to meet its $4 million fundraising goal.

Santa Monica Celebrates its Evolution Under the Big Top
January 28, 2014 -- Once an industrial city, Santa Monica has evolved into a thriving destination, attracting families, entrepreneurs and tourists from all over the world.

Santa Monica Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver
January 28, 2014 -- Santa Monica police are looking for a suspect in a hit-and-run accident last Tuesday that left a teenage jogger in critical condition.

Letter -- Bergamot Transit Village Story Not Yet Finished
January 28, 2014 -- Tuesday’s City Council public hearing on the proposed Bergamot Transit Village (BTV) is a once in a few decades opportunity for our community, that goes far beyond the details of what is proposed, to what we are more broadly capable of as a community.

Santa Monica Mayor Wants Higher Living Wage for City Employees
January 27, 2014 -- The City of Santa Monica could give its lowest paid employees their single largest pay hike in almost nine years if the City Council approves it next month.

Pedicabs Thriving in Santa Monica
January 27, 2014 -- Six months after the City Council voted to allow regulated pedicabs in Santa Monica, business is booming, City officials said.

Two New Santa Monica Parks Win National Recognition
January 27, 2014 -- Santa Monica’s two newest parks at the Civic Center are being recognized by a prominent national organization as “inspiring examples” of urban green spaces, City officials announced Friday.

BofA Announces $10 Million Partnership with Charity Co-Founded by Former Santa Monica Mayor
January 24, 2014 -- Bank of America announced a $10 million partnership with (RED), the organization founded by U2 frontman Bono and former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver to raise money to fight AIDS worldwide.

CalParksBoard Gives Santa Monica Thumbs Up
January 24, 2014 -- Santa Monica officials got two nods from the California Association of Park and Recreation Commissioners & Board Members (CalParksBoard) for their work improving greenspace in the bayside city.

Santa Monica Pushes Textile Recycling
January 24, 2014
– Do you have an old pair of socks, but they’re too worn out to donate to a charity? Think twice before throwing them away.

Opinion -- Hines Project Will Cause Too Much Traffic in Santa Monica
January 24, 2014 -- As a former Santa Monica City Councilmember and Mayor and a community activist in Santa Monica for more than 30 years, I have seen my share of local development controversies.

Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver Wants to Change L.A. County Government
January 23, 2014 -- After eight years on the Santa Monica City Council, former mayor Bobby Shriver says he's ready to take on one of the most important local political offices in the country.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Opens New $33 Million Edison Language Academy Campus
January 23, 2014 -- After more than two years of construction, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials celebrated the opening of Edison Language Academy's new $33 million campus Tuesday.

Santa Monica City Council to Review Development Agreement Compliance
January 23, 2014 -- The Santa Monica City Council will make sure developers of major projects are holding up their end of the deal Tuesday during its annual Development Agreement (DA) compliance report.

Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver Announces County Supervisor Bid
January 22, 2014 -- Flanked by friends and family, former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver announced his bid for L.A. County Supervisor Tuesday morning calling himself a “political outsider” and a “philanthropist” working in the private sector for social causes.

Reject Bergamot Transit Village, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights Tells City Council
January 22, 2014 -- A week before the Santa Monica City Council decides the fate of a large mixed-use development in the Bergamot Area, the bayside city’s most powerful political organization wants to kill the project.

Santa Monica Police Nab Suspected Serial Arsonist
January 22, 2014 -- Santa Monica police have arrested a man suspected of setting fires to discarded Christmas trees and dumpsters at ten locations in the heart of the city.

Letter -- I Am Running for the Board of Supervisors
January 22, 2014 -- I am running for the Board of Supervisors because I want to fix things, I want to shake things up at the county, to get it done, make it transparent, and get projects done on time and on budget.

Hines Development Sparks Talk of Referendum in Santa Monica

January 21, 2013 -- Some residents are ready to go to the ballot box should the Santa Monica City Council approve the controversial 767,000 square-foot Bergamot Transit Village next week.

Record Attendance for Heal the Bay's Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Grand Reopening
January 21, 2014 -- A record number of visitors turned out to celebrate the grand reopening of Heal the Bay's Dorthy Green classroom at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Saturday.

Santa Monica College Seeks Trustee to Fill Vacant Board Seat
January 21, 2014 -- Santa Monica College is looking for applicants to fill the seat on the Board of Trustees vacated by Judge David Finkel, who announced last week that he was stepping down due to health problems.

Santa Monica City Council Wants More Civic Engagement from Residents
January 17, 2014 -- Santa Monicans aren’t shy when it comes to voicing their opinions, often turning out in droves to public meetings to speak -- not always politely -- their minds.

City Council Votes to “Right Size” Santa Monica Pier Summer Concert Series
January 17, 2014 -- After 30 years, the days when visitors to the Santa Monica Pier could catch a free summer concert by the likes of Jimmy Cliff, Ozomatli, Joan Baez or Dick Dale are over.

Santa Monica Hosts Classical Take on the Summer of Love
January 17, 2014 -- German composer Karlheinz Stockhausen’s vocal masterpiece “Stimmung,” which will be performed in Santa Monica this month, literally evokes the vibe of the sixties.

Bobby Shriver Expected to Announce L.A. County Supervisor Bid Tuesday
January 16, 2014 -- Former Santa Monica mayor Bobby Shriver is expected to announce his bid for L.A. County Supervisor Tuesday, according to sources familiar with the campaign.

Acquitted Murder Suspect Sues Santa Monica Police Detective
January 16, 2014 -- A Santa Monica Police detective is facing a lawsuit over alleged misconduct in the trial of Kelly Soo Park, who was accused of the 2008 murder of 21-year-old aspiring model Julianna Redding.

Homer Comes to Santa Monica
January 16, 2014 -- Called “explosive,” “breathtaking” and “spellbinding” by critics across the country, “An Illiad” comes to Santa Monica this week for what promises to be a highlight of the theater season.

Macerich Taps ArcLight Cinemas for New Theaters in Santa Monica Place
January 15, 2014 -- ArcLight Cinemas will run the bayside city’s first new movie theater in more than 20 years, according to Santa Monica Place-owner Macerich.

Santa Monica Promenade Food Court Building Sells for $20 Million
January 15, 2014 -- Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade is widely regarded as some of the best commercial real estate in the region.

Santa Monica to Stage MLK Day Celebration
January 15, 2014 -- Actor Gerald C. Rivers, who is renowned for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. on stage, will be the keynote speaker at Santa Monica’s annual celebration of the life of the Civil Rights leader.

Letter -- Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City is Not Against Growth
January 15, 2014 -- Your referring to Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) as a "no-growth" group is incorrect.

Santa Monica No-Growth Group Rallies Against “Largest Development in 25 Years”
January 14, 2014 -- Two weeks before Bergamot Transit Village plans go before the City Council for final approval, local no-growth group Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) has begun rallying opposition.

Santa Monica to Crack Down on Water Waste
January 14, 2014 -- After three years of reducing enforcement of its water conservation law, Santa Monica will begin cracking down on wasteful water use this spring, City officials said.

Santa Monica’s Westside Family Health Center Celebrates 40 Years
January 14, 2014 -- Pull out the bell-bottoms and parachute pants and take a tour through the decades with Santa Monica’s Westside Family Health Center as the nonprofit celebrates 40 years of service.

Progress Made But More Work Needed for New Parking Lot at Santa Monica Post Office
January 13, 2014 -- Nearly a month after U.S. Postal Service officials promised a parking lot at Santa Monica’s 7th Street post office, construction is still underway.

City Council to Consider $6.5 Million for Parking System Upgrades
January 13, 2014 -- The Santa Monica City Council will consider Tuesday spending $6.5 million for improvements to the parking system Downtown and at the beach.

Los Angeles Region Red Cross Gets New Leader
January 13, 2014 -- Two years after the Santa Monica Red Cross tapped the head of a Boston homeless agency as its new CEO, the agency's Los Angeles Region office has also turned to Massachusetts.

Shriver’s In and Greuel’s Out of the Race for L.A. County Supervisor
Editor's note: This article has been updated
January 10, 2013 -- Former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel is out of the race to sit on the L.A. County Board of Supervisors while former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver is in.

Former Judge David Finkel to Step Down from Santa Monica College Trustee Board
January 10, 2014 -- Retired judge David Finkel will step down from the Santa Monica Board of Trustees Tuesday after almost a decade due to “health problems," officials said.

Life Sentence for Gang Member Convicted of Two Santa Monica Murders
January 10, 2013 -- A known gang member was sentenced to life in prison for the 2006 killings of two Santa Monica youth, including 15-year-old Eddie Lopez.

Santa Monica Wants to Scale Down Pier Concerts
January 9, 2014 -- Santa Monica officials want to tone down the Pier’s annual summer concert series because they say the crowds, sometimes in the “tens of thousands,” have gotten too much to handle.

Santa Monica Moves Forward Plans to Commemorate War Dead
January 9, 2014 -- Santa Monica lost eight of its native sons in the war that engulfed Europe from 1914 to 1918.

Santa Monica to Begin Construction of Ocean Avenue Median
January 9, 2014 -- Santa Monica officials will hold a public meeting Monday to discuss construction of a new median on a stretch of Ocean Avenue fronting the Civic Center.

West Hollywood Councilmember Wants to Bring Grassroots Government to L.A. County
January 8, 2014 -- It’s time for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to start thinking locally, says West Hollywood Councilmember John Duran.

Former Santa Monica City Council Candidate Takes to the Internet to Protest Development
January 8, 2014 -- A new anti-development website launched Tuesday, making it the latest Internet-based resident group to pop up among Santa Monica’s politically active denizens.

Santa Monica Police Clarify Pedestrian Assault
January 8, 2013 -- Santa Monica police are seeking information concerning an incident that was erroneously believed to be a “knockout game” assault Downtown last month.

Former Malibu Mayor Wants to Bring Creativity to County Government
January 7, 2014 -- Creativity is the cure for what ails Los Angeles County’s 3rd District.

Santa Monica Mayor Honored for Lifetime of Public Transit Work
January 7, 2013 -- The Los Angeles chapter of the national transit advocacy website, Streetsblog, recently awarded Santa Monica Mayor Pam O’Connor for her work in expanding regional public transit.

Santa Monica College Community Education Courses Thrive in Winter and Spring
January 7, 2013 -- With the Community Education Winter Session about to begin, Santa Monica College is looking to the spring.

Bike Advocate Looks to Santa Monica’s Eco Bill of Rights to Reduce Traffic
January 6, 2014 -- Cutting auto traffic along Michigan Avenue is not only a good idea, it’s guaranteed in Santa Monica’s Sustainability Bill of Rights.

Santa Monica’s Sheila Kuehl Racks Up Cash, Endorsements in County Race
January 6, 2014 -- The race to replace outgoing Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will heat up this week and former State Senator Sheila Kuehl is ready.

Santa Monica Residents Have Chance to Weigh in On Greenway
January 6, 2014 -- Santa Monica residents can weigh in Tuesday on a plan to create a state-of-the-art bike and pedestrian route that will make Michigan Avenue an inviting place to bike, walk and interact.

FAA Must Respond to Santa Monica Airport Lawsuit Next Week, Court Says
January 3, 2014 -- The fight over the future of Santa Monica Airport continues after a federal judge told the Federal Aviation Administration to respond to the City’s lawsuit next week.

Old Santa Monica Bus to Help Paralyzed Children
January 3, 2014 -- One of Santa Monica’s old diesel buses will get a new life this year after being donated to a local nonprofit that specializes in helping paralyzed children.

Santa Monica to Celebrate Marion Davies’ Birthday
January 3, 2014 -- The guests may not include the likes of Charlie Chaplin, and it will take place in only a sliver of what was once a magnificent estate on Santa Monica Beach, but it is Marion Davies’ birthday and, true to her legacy, the party must go on.

Santa Monica Offers Christmas Tree Recycling
January 2, 2014 -- The 12 days of Christmas may not be over until January 6, but the City of Santa Monica is once again offering tree recycling starting the day after Christmas.

Santa Monica Welcomes College Bowl Fans to “Neutral Territory”
January 2, 2014 -- Michigan State may have triumphed over Stanford at the 100th annual Rose Bowl this year but Santa Monica is the real winner.

Santa Monica Sets Goals for 2014
January 2, 2014 -- The new year is here and, to celebrate, The Lookout asked community leaders, City officials and other Santa Monica notables to talk about their personal goals for 2014
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