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

PART III: Cole a Key Player as “New Urbanism” and Fears of Over-Development Clash in Santa Monica
March 15, 2017 -- The Santa Monica of 2030 could be a far cry from its days as an eclectic mix of hipsters and tourists lolled into a mellow state of mind by perpetually sunny skies, swaying palm trees and the glittering views and soothing sea breezes of the Pacific Ocean.

Santa Monica Lawmaker's Bill to Allow Therapy Dogs in Court Wins Key Vote
March 15, 2017 -- A state bill proposed by a Santa Monica lawmaker to allow “therapy” dogs in court during witness testimony cleared a key hurdle on Tuesday, officials announced.

The Sounds of Traditional Ireland at Santa Monica's Broad Stage
March 15, 2017 -- Those who want to feel Irish more than once a year can head to The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at Santa Monica College a week after Saint Patrick's Day for a concert by the traditional Irish group Dervish.

PART II: Critics Zero in on Santa Monica City Manager's Spending Priorities
March 14, 2017 -- Arriving in Santa Monica in June 2015, City Manager Rick Cole pledged to provide transparency, connect with a community divided over crucial issues like development and use the innovation and practices of good governance for which he was already reputed.

Santa Monica Preservation Activist, Journalist Peggy Clifford Dead at 87
March 14, 2017
-- Preservation activist and journalist Peggy Clifford -- who for two decades used her pen to fight what she viewed as Santa Monica's rampant development -- died last month at a Santa Monica Hospital. She was 87.

Santa Monica College Presentations to Focus on Latino Experience
March 14, 2017 -- First-generation Latinos born in the U.S. and the recent history of Chicana art will be the topics of two presentations at Santa Monica College (SMC) starting this month, school officials announced.

PART I: Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole Is 'Distinctly Different'
March 13, 2017 -- It isn’t often that a city manager takes his mic on the dais to liken those he is unhappy with to Stalinists and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un -- not even in Santa Monica, a city well-known for its outspoken ways.

Adding More Affordable Housing to Lincoln Boulevard Project Unlikely
March 3, 2017 -- A last-minute possibility of adding more affordable housing to a five-story mixed-use apartment project planned for Lincoln Boulevard isn't getting support from City planners, who say the idea is neither legal nor necessary.

Santa Monica College Presents Stoppard's Play "Arcadia"
March 13, 2017 -- Tom Stoppard's play "Arcadia," which begins a short run at Santa Monica College Friday, explores the relationship between the past and present.

Santa Monica Voters Among Strongest Supporters of Measure H
March 10, 2017 -- Santa Monica voters were in line with voters in Los Angeles Tuesday when they overwhelmingly supported Measure H, a countywide quarter-cent sales tax increase to help end homelessness, according to preliminary election results.

Former Football Player Sentenced in 2013 Santa Monica Murder
March 10, 2017 -- Former football player Janzen Jackson was sentenced Thursday for the September 2013 strangling death of his mother's boyfriend inside a Santa Monica Apartment.

Santa Monica College Wins Award for 'Comprehensive Internationalization'
March 10, 2017 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) is the recipient of a new award given by the world’s largest nonprofit international education and exchange association, school officials announced Thursday.

LETTERS: How to Get Santa Monicans Out of Their Cars
March 10, 2017 -- Without implementing more extreme measures, easing Santa Monica traffic is a "fool's errand."

Santa Monica City Councils Steps Closer to Allowing Medicinal 'Pot Shops'
March 9, 2017
-- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday ordered staff to draft an ordinance allowing medical marijuana dispensaries, but balked at taking similar action for future shops selling to recreational users.

Groundwater Supply for Santa Monica Helps Yield 'Encouraging' News
March 9, 2017 -- After years of worry over its drought-strained groundwater supply, the City of Santa Monica is headed into the new year with some good news.

Calder Quartet to Present Three Concerts at Santa Monica College Broad Stage March 9, 2017 -- The Calder Quartet will perform six of Beethoven's string quartets during a series of concerts starting this month at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica, event organizers announced Thursday.

National Aviation Group Asks Court to Delay Reducing Santa Monica Airport Runway
March 8, 2017 -- A national aviation group and others on Monday asked a federal court to temporarily halt shortening Santa Monica Airport’s runway pending an appeal of the City’s surprise pact with the federal government to close the airport in 12 years.

City Plans to Discontinue Santa Monica Festival
March 8, 2017 -- After more than a quarter century, the City plans to say goodbye to the Santa Monica Festival, an annual celebration of spring in the bayside city that was temporarily canceled last year to make way for a much bigger, and costly, newcomer.

Santa Monica Police Seek Hit-and-Run Driver
March 8, 2017 -- Santa Monica Police are looking for the driver who struck a pedestrian in Ocean Park early Sunday morning and fled a scene.

Santa Monica High School Cancels Open House As Norovirus Persists
March 7, 2017 -- Open House Night at Santa Monica High School, which was scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled due to the persistent spread of norovirus on the campus, School District officials said.

Study Finds Santa Monica Residents Still Sticking to Cars
March 7, 2017 -- Years into a City push to get drivers in Santa Monica to switch to alternate transportation, use of cars or other vehicles is still the first choice for almost two of every three trips, a new study has found.

Santa Monica Council Set to Approve Plans to Restore Historic Post Office Lobby
March 7, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council is set to approve plans Tuesday to restore the historic lobby of the old post office on 5th Street now owned by a media production company.

Most Santa Monica Development Agreements Compliant, Annual Report Says
March 6, 2017 -- Nearly all Santa Monica developers are meeting their end of the bargain on agreements with the City, according to an annual review. submitted to the City Council.

Prominent Experimental Composer to Perform at Santa Monica Library
March 6, 2016
-- Expect to be entranced as much by the silences as by the notes played when composer Michael Pisaro performs and discusses one of his solo guitar compositions at the Santa Monica Library.

Santa Monica Confronts President in Council Resolution, Mayor’s Letter
March 6, 2017 -- If the federal government boosts its immigration enforcement in Santa Monica, it will not get much help from City officials.

Council Member Offers ‘Cautionary Statement’ as Santa Monica Moves Toward Airport Closure
March 3, 2017 -- One of the major criticisms about the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) closure agreement between the City and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is that it will be nearly 12 years until the facility shuts down, and many things could happen in that timespan.

Santa Monica Group Praises California Supreme Court Decision on Public Records
March 3, 2017 -- A Santa Monica activist group is happy about the California Supreme Court's ruling on Thursday that widens the scope of what qualifies as a public record.

Santa Monica Assemblymember Announces Creation of Committee to Tackle Two Prevalent Diseases
March 3, 2017 -- Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on Thursday announced the creation of a Select Committee on Diabetes and Heart Disease Prevention, which he will chair.

Santa Monica Inches Forward with Civic Center Sports Field
March 2, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica Tuesday continued to inch toward creating a sports field on a now-packed parking lot at the Civic Center, despite major hurdles on financing the proposal and strong concerns from the California Coastal Commission.

State Senator Ben Allen Appointed to Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
March 2, 2017 -- State Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) has been appointed to the governing board of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, his office announced Tuesday.

Santa Monica College Debate Team Advances to Nationals
March 2, 2017 -- There's little debate that Santa Monica College's (SMC) debate team is one of the best in the region after earning several regional awards during two competitions last month and advancing to a nationals tournament.

Another Election Days Away for Santa Monica
March 1, 2017 -- Still recovering from the November 8 general election, voters in Santa Monica and the rest of metro L.A. will head back to the polls on Tuesday to decide a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase to help house and care for the homeless and those at risk of being homeless.

Santa Monica Pier Hosts Rube Goldberg Machine Contest Sunday
March 1, 2016 -- Cartoonist Rube Golberg drafted contraptions that made the easiest everyday tasks such as lifting a hat or opening an umbrella insanely complex by using everything from rolling balls and rocking chairs to birds and clocks.

Santa Monica Adds More Electric Vehicles to Fleet
March 1, 2017 -- The City Council on Tuesday approved the purchase of 14 electric sedans to replace some of the vehicles in the City's aging fleet.

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