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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- May 2018

Santa Monica Lawmakers' Bills Clear Committee Hurdles
May 9, 2018 -- Two State bills by Santa Monica lawmakers that are geared to boost or protect affordable housing passed key committees Tuesday.

New York City Principal to Head Will Rogers Elementary in Santa Monica
May 9, 2018 -- The former principal of two New York City elementary schools who is known for his "hand-on approach" will take the helm at Will Rogers Learning Community in Santa Monica, District officials said.

Neighborhood Organization and Union-Watcher Join in Verbal Attack of High Pay
May 8, 2018 -- A key neighborhood organization and a new ally, a group fighting the influential hotel-workers union, is pushing back against the City of Santa Monica after an outside audit of City finances.

Transient Woman Who Frequents Santa Monica Missing

May 8, 2018 -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is trying to find a tansient woman who frequents the Santa Monica area after she lost touch with her family.

Outside Audit of Employee Pay at Santa Monica City Hall Heads to Council
May 7, 2018 -- Employee costs are higher at Santa Monica City Hall than its Southern California peers, although the same cannot necessarily be said for worker productivity, according to the final version of an outside audit headed to the City Council on Tuesday.

Staff Recommends Santa Monica Council Scrap Idea of Development Ballot Measure
May, 7, 2018 -- Planning staff is recommending that the City Council not place a measure on the November ballot that would require a "super-majority" approval for developments that exceed Santa Monica's height and density limitations.

Cascading Minimalist Works Featured in Santa Monica Soundwaves Concert
May 7, 2018 -- Minimalist music that features slowly changing cascades of sound will be featured this month as part of the Santa Monica Public Library's Soundwaves concert series.

Mayor Calls Racist Rant in Santa Monica College Parking Lot “Ugly”
May 7, 2018 -- Santa Monica’s mayor is calling a parking-lot confrontation that unleashed a racist rant by an elderly white man captured on video an “ugly incident.” Mayor Ted Wintered said Friday that the incident serves as a reminder that “hate is not welcome in our city, or any city.”

Neighbors of Santa Monica Park Greet End of Free Lunches for Homeless
May 4, 2018 -- Neighbors of Santa Monica’s Reed Park are expressing relief after a church announced it would no longer serve Sunday lunches to homeless people amid a reported rise in crime and behavior that has scared families away. (This article was revised and updated Friday at 9:10 p.m.)

Dorothy Parker's Wit Showcased by Impro Theatre in Santa Monica
May 4, 2018 -- American author Dorothy Parker once wrote, “The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.” This month, LA’s Impro Theatre will attempt to emulate Parker's sharp wit on the spot when it performs "Dorothy Parker UnScripted" May 18 to 20 at the The Edye at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica College Emeritus Artists Display Their Talents at Annual Exhibition
May 4, 2015 -- You don't have to look far to find artists working well into their later years. John Baldessari, who created many of his major works in Santa Monica, is now in his 80s and going strong. That could serve as inspiration for students at Santa Monica College's program for older adults who will showcase their latest works in an exhibit starting next Thursday at the SMC Emeritus College Art Gallery.

Woman Charged with Murder of Elderly Resident in Santa Monica House Fire
May 3, 2018 -- Murder charges were filed Thursday against a 26-year-old Santa Monica woman believed to be involved in an arson house fire on Monday that resulted in the death of an elderly woman, police said.

Santa Monica City Prosecutors to Evaluate “Hate Crime” Fight Involving N-Word
May 3, 2018 -- Santa Monica City prosecutors will evaluate a confrontation caught on video Tuesday of an elderly white man screaming the N-word repeatedly at a black woman because she took two spaces for her car in a Santa Monica College parking lot.

Ownership of Santa Monica’s Iconic Pacific Park Turned Over to Oklahoma-Based Operator
May 3, 2018 -- With its owner of five years reportedly retiring, the reins for the popular amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier are being turned over to a new Oklahoma-based operator, the company's officials announced this week.

EXTRA Westside Church to Stop Sunday Lunches for Homeless at Reed Park
May 2, 2018 -- After rising complaints about crime and other problems, the Westside Vineyard Church said Tuesday that its congregants will stop providing Sunday lunches to the homeless at Santa Monica's Reed Park.

Santa Monica’s Troubled Transit System Gets Grant for Electric Buses
May 2, 2018 -- Dogged by failing ridership and rising costs, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) system finally had good news to report on Tuesday: It has been selection for a $3 million grant to buy the first batch new zero-emission electric buses.

Santa Monica College Planetarium Explores Race Back to the Moon
May 2, 2018 -- The race to the Moon is back on, and it's not only NASA that's interested in getting there again. The public, and private, endeavors to return to Earth's only permanent natural satellite is the subject of a lecture this month at the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium.

EXTRA Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Looks at Potential $485 Million Bond Measure
May 1, 2018 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu School Board is looking at a record $485 million bond measure for the November ballot, although a spokesperson for the district said discussion has just begun. The amount is based on a new survey that found 66 percent voter support for such a bond.

Revised Gehry Hotel Mixed-Use Project Goes Back to Planning Commission
May 1, 2018 -- Shorter and minus the original luxury condominiums, Frank Gehry’s 12-story hotel-mixed use project overlooking the Pacific in Santa Monica goes back to the City’s Planning Commission on Wednesday.

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