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

Santa Monica Consumer Advocacy Group Goes After Anthem Blue Cross
July 14, 2014 – The Santa Monica-based consumer advocacy organization Consumer Watchdog is taking one of the state’s biggest insurance companies to court for fraud, according to a class action lawsuit filed last week.

Santa Monica Issues “Out is In” Challenge During National Parks and Rec Month
July 14, 2014 -- The City of Santa Monica is partnering with the National Recreation and Park Association for the “Out is In” challenge designed to promote outdoor activities – whether it’s working at the beach or lunching in the park.

Malibu Resident Announces Candidacy for School Board
July 11, 2014 -- Although two cities are included in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, no Malibu resident has sat on the Board of Education since 2008. Education activist Craig Foster hopes to change that situation by getting elected to the board in November.

Council Approves Three Housing Measures for November Ballot
July 11, 2014 -- In addition to voting on candidates for various local, County and State political offices as well as possibly two competing referendums on Santa Monica Airport, city voters will be asked to make decisions on three measures related to housing in the November election.

Anti-Airport Activist to Run for Santa Monica City Council
July 11, 2014 – Former Lookout Columnist Frank Gruber – a leading advocate of shutting down the Santa Monica Airport -- announced Wednesday that he will run for City Council in November.

Council Searches for Perfect Airport Ballot Measure
July 10, 2014 -- Santa Monica City Council members struggled Tuesday to craft a ballot measure regarding the future of Santa Monica Airport that would avoid tying the hands of City leaders while also appealing to a voting public wanting a say on land-use decisions for the 277-acre City-owned property.

Santa Monica Council Approves MINI Car Dealership, with a Cafe
July 10, 2014 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a development agreement for a proposed 33,400-square-foot MINI car dealership on Santa Monica Boulevard and 14th Street.

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus Changes Bus Stop Design
July 10, 2014 –Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) announced plans on Wednesday to add more comfortable seats and shade at their new bus stops, which have been widely criticized by riders.

Review - Museum’s Worth of Exhibits at Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station
July 10, 2014 -- I am not a big art lover. While I enjoy an occasional visit to an art museum, I will pause at the Van Goghs and breeze by most of the modern exhibits. An annual pilgrimage to LACMA is enough for me.

SMRR Founder’s Involvement in Council Race Removes Him From Endorsement Process
July 9, 2014 -- When the steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) meets to talk about the City Council race, and possibly choose candidates to support, the co-founder of the powerful political group will not be involved.

Duran Endorses Shriver for LA County Supervisor
July 9, 2014 – Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver Tuesday won the backing of rival candidate John Duran in his hotly contested runoff against Sheila Kuehl for County Supervisor.

Indie Rock Groups Kick Off Santa Monica Pier Concert Series
July 9, 2014 – Santa Monica’s 30th annual Twilight Concert Series on the historic Pier will kick off  Thursday night with a night filled with Indie rock music.

City Seeks Shorter Time Frame on Oil Pipeline Deal
July 8, 2014 -- Continued operation of an underground pipeline that has been flowing crude oil through Santa Monica for nearly 75 years will be before the City Council on Tuesday.

Santa Monica Election Season to Officially Open Monday
July 8, 2014 -- Potential candidates can begin the nomination process for Santa Monica’s November 4 general election next Monday with a total of 14 seats up for grabs.

Santa Monica Council to Consider $1 million Consent Calendar
July 8, 2014 -- The Santa Monica City Council will consider nearly $1 million in expenses on Tuesday’s Consent Calendar, which includes a number of public works projects.

City Tackles Airport Property Development in Proposed Measure
July 7, 2014 -- Development on the 277-acre Santa Monica Airport property would be prohibited until the City Council approves a Specific Plan for the area crafted “through an inclusive public process,” if voters approve a City Charter amendment proposed by the municipal legal team.

Santa Monica Ballot Gets Crowded with Measures
July 7, 2014 – In addition to placing a measure on the ballot in November protecting Council authority over the airport, the Santa Monica City Council will consider including two other ballot measures during its meeting Tuesday.

Santa Monica College Awards 2014 Transfer Scholarship
July 7, 2014 -- Sierra McDonald -- a journalism major who plans to probe pressing issues in the black community -- has received Santa Monica College’s second annual Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship.

Santa Monica Airport Proponents Gain Star Power in Complaint
July 4, 2014 – Santa Monica Airport tenants, along with national aviation advocacy groups, were joined in a federal complaint filed Wednesday against the City by none other than Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford.

Santa Monica to Celebrate Fourth of July with Parade, Light Show
July 4, 2014 -- Santa Monica will celebrate American Independence on the ground and in the air with an old-fashioned Fourth of July Parade and a state-of-the-art Ferris wheel light show at Pacific Park on the Pier.

E-Petitions Flood Santa Monica, But Are They Effective?
July 3, 2014 --. Seemingly overnight, the online petition, or e-petition, has become a popular method in Santa Monica, and across the nation, to influence those in power. But there is disagreement about the effectiveness of these campaigns.

As Shriver Caps Spending, Another Super Pac Steps In
July 3, 2014 – In his bid for County Supervisor, former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has agreed to a $1.4 million spending cap, but will count of the support of a newly created Super Pac.

Santa Monica Fire Department Raises More than $12,000 After Toddler’s Tragic Death
July 3, 2014 -- The car accident that took Noah Looney’s life occurred during Battalion Chief Mark Bridges’s last shift before retiring from the Santa Monica Fire Department after 34 years.

Letter To The Editor - Re:Santa Monica Residents Cry Foul on Farmers Market Pony Rides

Santa Monica to Support Film Tax Credits
July 2, 2014 -- Elected officials from Santa Monica are acting to bring film production jobs back to California, boosting State revenues and benefiting those in the industry who work in the beachside city.

Santa Monica Meets Affordable Housing Requirements, But Dark Clouds Could Be Ahead
July 2, 2014 -- Of the 478 residential units produced in Santa Monica from July 2012 to June 2013, 246 are considered affordable, exceeding a voter-approved requirement for the amount of multi-family affordable housing that must be created annually.

Santa Monica College Planetarium to Explore Vast Universe
July 2, 2014 – Featuring deep-sky images of star clusters, planetary nebulae, and a bright supernova remnant, the Santa Monica College (SMC) John Drescher Planetarium is hosting a series of shows in July designed to inform the public of the vastness of the universe.

Santa Monica Residents Cry Foul on Farmers Market Pony Rides
July 1, 2014 – The battle over the pony rides at the Santa Monica Farmers Market on Main Street has won the backing of major political and civic leaders who have signed an e-petition  to shut down the popular Sunday attraction.

Commissioners Rip Denny’s Replacement Project
July 1, 2014 -- Kind words were not plentiful last Wednesday when members of the Planning Commission shared their opinions on the proposed design for a 103,000-square-foot mixed-use project that would replace a Denny’s on Lincoln Boulevard off Colorado Avenue.

Santa Monica Theater Troupe Brings Galileo to the Stage
July 1, 2014 – The Santa Monica Repertory Theater will perform a reading of Bertolt Brecht’s the “Life of Galileo” this month as part of a summer monthly series of play readings at the Santa Monica Public Library’s MLK Jr. Auditorium.

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