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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- February 2017

Santa Monica Paves Way for Downtown Area Art Installations
February 14, 2017 -- Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and the new Colorado Esplanade near the Downtown light rail station should soon be enhanced with temporary public art installations.

'Faint Fuzzies' and Other Celestial Phenomena at Santa Monica College Planetarium Next Month
February 14, 2017 -- View the Apollo 11 moon landing site, glimpse comet-like "fuzzies" that don't move and learn about the science behind the equinoxes and solstices that have inspired religious festivals throughout the ages next month at the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium.

Santa Monica High School Student Dies of Unknown Illness Not Related to Recent Virus Outbreak
February 13, 2017 -- A Santa Monica High School student died Saturday of an unknown illness that is not thought to be related to the suspected Norovirus outbreak that forced the closure of a district middle school earlier this month.

Santa Monica Council to Consider Barring Requests for Religious Affiliation
February 13, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to draft an ordinance prohibiting employers and landlords from gathering information on the “religious affiliation” of various people connected to them.

Santa Monica Rent Board Commissioner Takes on ‘Ideologues’
February 13, 2017 -- During a Santa Monica Rent Control Board meeting on Thursday that Chair Steve Duron described as adversarial, landlords accused the board of making regulations for the sake of doing something and a commissioner responded that the accusers were threatening democracy.

Santa Monica Rent Board Recommends Landlords Install Water Meters for Each Unit
February 10, 2017 -- The City Council could soon consider a measure that would require Santa Monica landlords to assess tenants’ water bills based on actual monthly use.

Possible Norovirus Still Present in Santa Monica-Malibu Schools
February 10, 2017 -- John Adams Middle School was open again this week after being closed due to an illness outbreak that was possibly Norovirus, but the sickness was still floating around the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) as of Wednesday, according to officials.

Santa Monica College Kicks off Spring Global Connections Lecture Series
February 19, 2017 -- Santa Monica College's (SMC) Global Connections Lectures series -- which explores the effects, benefits, and drawbacks of globalization -- offers three presentations this spring starting this month.

Santa Monica City Council to Consider Divesting from Wells Fargo Bank
February 9, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday will consider divesting all its funds from scandal-plagued Wells Fargo Bank because of its “business practices” as well as its role in financing the $3.8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline.

Santa Monica Hires New Library Director
February 9, 2017 -- After a half-year search, the City of Santa Monica has hired the librarian of Yolo County as its new library director, City officials confirmed this week.

Local Writers Featured at Santa Monica College This Month
February 9, 2017 -- Two Los Angeles area authors will read from their works this month as part of Santa Monica Colleges Spring Literary Series, college officials announced Wednesday.

City of Santa Monica Touts Accomplishments in 'Interactive' Annual Report
February 8, 2017 -- The City of Sana Monica posted its annual report for 2015-2016 on its website Tuesday, and it's not the trational text-driven document readers are used to.

'Plaza at Santa Monica' Project Scaled Back
February 8, 2017 -- The “Plaza at Santa Monica,” a major mixed-use project on City-owned land downtown that helped fuel a slow-growth ballot measure, is making the rounds in a new, scaled-down version.

Santa Monica College to Partner with UCLA in New STEM Program
October 9, 2017 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) has been chosen to partner with UCLA in a pilot four-year program that prepares future teachers in math and science, college officials announced Tuesday.

Construction of Affordable Housing in Santa Monica Expected to Drop Again
February 7, 2017 -- The construction of new apartments in Santa Monica earmarked for lower-income earners is dropping again in 2017, a trend that could continue over the next few years, according a new City report.

Landlords to Appeal in Santa Monica Legal Fight Over Section 8 Vouchers
February 6, 2017 -- Landlords are vowing to appeal a court ruling last week that upheld a Santa Monica law banning income discrimination against the holders of Section 8 vouchers, the federal subsidies used to help low-income tenants find housing in privately owned apartment buildings.

Santa Monica College Celebrates Black History Month
February 7, 2017 -- The "N-word" will be put on trial during a series of events at Santa Monica College (SMC) commemorating Black History Month.

More Than $1.2 Million Spent to Defeat Santa Monica’s LUVE Measure
February 6, 2017 -- Measure LV, which would have required voter approval for most major developments and planning regulations, was soundly defeated, but the opponents’ victory had a large price tag, according to the semi-annual campaign finance disclosure statements filed with the City.

Davis Tops Santa Monica Council Campaign Spending
February 6, 2017 -- The 2016 edition of the Santa Monica City Council election campaign was the most uneventful in recent memory, so it was fitting that there was relatively a small amount of spending.

Foundation Raises More Than $160,000 to Meet Miramar Matching Grant
February 6, 2017 -- In a record-breaking response, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation raised $161,801 to meet a grant challenge from Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows/MSD Capital, Foundation officials announced Friday.

Federal Judge Approves Santa Monica Airport Closure Deal
February 3, 2017 -- The countdown to Santa Monica Airport’s (SMO) closure can officially begin after United States District Court Judge John F. Walter on Wednesday approved the agreement between the City and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to shut down the facility December 31, 2028.

Unidentified Virus Spreads Among Santa Monica Students, Forces School Closure
February 3, 2017 -- With 80 students and ten teachers at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) sick as of Thursday from what is believed to be the same illness, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) decided to cancel classes for Friday.

Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus Hires New Chief Operations Officer
February 3, 2017 -- Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus (BBB) has hired a Long Beach transit executive to serve as the agency's Chief Operations Officer, BBB officials announced Thursday.

Nearly 4,600 Addresses in Santa Monica At Risk in Quake
February 2, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica has released a new list of almost 4,600 addresses in some 2,4000 structures identified as at-risk in earthquakes. Note: A previous version of this article has been edited to clarify that there can be multiple addresses per structure.

JetSuiteX Cancels All Flights at Santa Monica Airport through February 24
February 2, 2017 -- JetSuiteX announced Wednesday it has canceled all flights from Monday, the day of its intended debut at Santa Monica Airport, through February 24. But the company said talks will continue with the City over its plan to operate there.

Unusual String Ensemble to Perform Bach and Rock in Santa Monica
February 2, 2017 -- One usually expects a string ensemble to play classical chamber music, but while The Hutchins Consort will tackle Bach, it also ventures far from tradition.

Santa Monica City to Maintain Cuts in Water Use Despite Recent Storms
February 1, 2017 -- Water-logged by recent storms but still not drought-free, the City of Santa Monica announced Tuesday it is maintaining the big cuts in water use, and fines, it imposed in 2015 as California entered its fourth year of drought.

Santa Monica Rent Increases Slow but Prices Still Among Highest in Metro L.A.
February 1, 2017 -- Rent hikes in Santa Monica are starting the new year with a minus sign, although the cost of living in an apartment is still the second highest in metropolitan Los Angeles, outdone only by Westwood, a new study released Tuesday found.

Santa Monica Agency Receives Grant from Alzheimer's Foundation
February 1, 2017 -- Santa Monica's WISE & Healthy Aging has received a $5,000 grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) to help fund the agency's on-site adult day care program, foundation officials said.

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