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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- June 2020

Oral Arguments Set for June 30 in Santa Monica Voting Rights Case
June 15, 2020 -- More than four years after Latino activists filed a lawsuit challenging Santa Monica's election system, an Appeals Court panel will hold its final hearing in the case this month.

Santa Monica College Cancels 28th Annual Fireworks Display
June 15, 2020 -- For the first time since 1991, Santa Monica will not hold an Independence Day fireworks display this year as a result of the ongoing coronavirus emergency. The event had been scheduled for Saturday, June 27.

OPINION -- Revelations for the Class of 2020
June 15, 2020 -- Understand that each and every one of you, once you find your purpose, has the power to change yourselves and the world we live in, School Board member Oscar de la Torre told the Samohi graduating class last week.

Santa Monica's Homeless Population Sees 8 Percent Drop
June 12, 2020 -- Santa Monica's homeless population dropped by 8 percent this year, from 985 individuals in 2019 to 907, based on a census conducted on the night of January 22.

OPINION -- Interim City Manager Lane Dilg's Comments at Tuesday's City Council Meeting
June 10, 2020 -- As your Interim City Manager, I respond to the resounding call of this moment by affirming, without reservation and with humility for the progress we have yet to make, that Black Lives Matter.

Council to Consider Charging for Candidate Statements
June 9, 2020 -- Local candidates will have to pay $1,700 if they want the City Clerk to distribute their candidate statements to voters, according to a proposed resolution the City Council will take up today.

OPINION -- Local 11's Dues Collection From Out-of-Work Employees Sparks Congressional Action
According to Unite Here Local 11 co-president Kurt Petersen, 95 percent of the union’s members have been laid off amid the coronavirus crisis. But that doesn’t mean Local 11 has slowed down its commitment to collecting dues payments.

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Santa Monica Saw Record Spike Last Week
June 8, 2020 -- Santa Monica saw its biggest spike in reported coronavirus cases last week -- with 52 new confirmed cases following a record low eight the previous week. That brings the total number of coronavirus cases confirmed to 306 in the city of 93,000.

Santa Monica Won't Press Charges Against "Peaceful Protesters" Arrested During Last Week's Unrest
June 8, 2020 --Santa Monica will not be prosecuting demonstrators arrested for violating curfews or refusing to disperse during the protests May 31 over the police killing of George Floyd, City officials announced Monday.

Santa Monica Councilmember Calls for Independent Probe of Police Actions During Looting Spree
June 8, 2020 -- The City Council on Tuesday will take up a request from Councilmember Sue Himmelrich to review the police response to a looting spree that damaged more than 200 Santa Monica businesses on May 31.

OPINION -- Chiefs Kneeling with Protesters Shows "A Complete Failure of Leadership"
June 8, 2020 -- When Chiefs of Police get down on their knees with protesters, they are abandoning their oath to Serve and Protect all citizens without any appearance of bias, retired SMPD Captain writes.

Pharmacy Owner Assaulted During Looting Gets Help Picking Up the Pieces
June 5, 2020 -- Like hundreds of local businesses, Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy saw its reopening plans smashed in a matter of hours during a spasm of lawlessness Sunday. Instead, owner Steve Litvak found himself picking up the pieces after being assaulted.

OPINION -- A Message to Santa Monica from Police Chief Cynthia Renaud
June 5, 2020 -- Broken windows can be replaced and buildings can be repaired, but the lives of Santa Monicans, peaceful protestors, my officers, and even the looters, would have been impossible to restore if lost that day.

Police Did Not Expect Looting, Demonstrations Sunday, Chief Says
June 4, 2020 -- Santa Monica police did not expect the demonstrations and looting that swept through the city on Sunday, Police Chief Cynthia Renaud told the Lookout, adding that there was "no specific or credible information that there was a threat to the city."

Police Faced "Terrible Dilemma" During Looting Rampage, Mayor Says
June 4, 2020 --- In his first public exchange since violence erupted in Santa Monica Sunday, Mayor Kevin McKeown defended the Police Department's decision not to confront those who looted Downtown stores.

LETTERS -- Where Were the Cops?
June 3, 2020 -- The looters had a plan; the cops didn’t. They were confronting protesters on Ocean Avenue who were legally rallying while scores of looters scoured stores then poured the stolen goods into waiting vehicles.

LETTERS -- Home Ownership is the Only True Solution
June 3, 2020 -- There is no substitute for hard work; there is no substitute from merit-based performance. Let's keep building our confidence and grow our nation's love and strength.

Santa Monica Public Library Announces Reopening Plans
June 3, 2020 -- The Santa Monica Public Library on Wednesday announced plans to safely re-open some of its facilities during the ongoing coronavirus emergency.

Santa Monica Imposes Curfew Wednesday Night
June 3, 2020 -- For the fifth straight night, Santa Monica imposed a curfew Wednesday as the city recovers from looting and sporadic violence that erupted Sunday as thousands of protesters descended on the city.

Santa Monica Sees Weekly Spike in Coronavisus Cases
June 2, 2020 -- There were 27 new cases of the coronavirus confirmed in Santa Monica last week, up from a record low eight cases the previous week, according to data from the Los Angeles County Health Department.

More Than 150 Santa Monica Businesses Report "Significant Damage" from Sunday's Violence
June 2, 2020 -- More than 150 local businesses sustained "significant damage" during a spree of looting and violence that made Santa Monica a focal point during nationwide protests on Sunday.

Petition Circulates to Recall Santa Monica Police Chief After Rampant Looting
June 1, 2020 -- A petition to remove Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud had garnered more than 11,000 signatures by 3 p.m. Tuesday, less than two days after bands of looters began sweeping freely through the city's Downtown meeting no resistance from law enforcement.

EXTRA! -- Santa Monica Demonstration Turns Violent, Looters Ransack Stores
June 1, 2020 -- Protests over the killing of George Floyd turned violent in Santa Monica on Sunday, as looters ransacked stores, demonstrators faced off with police and fires were set in different parts of the city.
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