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Conservative Talk Show Host Declares Santa Monica Symphony Appearance a Victory
August 18, 2017 -- Dennis Prager, the conservative talk-show host whose guest appearance with the Santa Monica Symphony prompted disdain among some civic leaders and a boycott by musicians, declared victory -- even before he showed up Wednesday to guest conduct.

Santa Monica Jazz on the Lawn Presents Sounds of a Bygone Era Sunday
Jessica Fichot Band July 28, 2017 -- L.A.-based chanteuse, songwriter and accordionist Jessica Fichot will showcase her fusion of styles from a bygone era this Sunday during Santa Monica's 12th Annual Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series. Fichot performs from 5 to 7 p.m. at Gandara Park (formerly Stewart Street Park).

School Board Fills Two Top Positions on Santa Monica Campuses
August 18, 2017 -- A former Inglewood high school principal has been hired by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board as a new Santa Monica High School house principal, district officials announced this week.

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Aviation Industry Accuses FAA of 'Trickery' in Santa Monica Airport Closure Deal
August 17, 2017 -- A national aviation group, the Santa Monica Airport Association and others Wednesday called for an appeals court to vacate the “consent decree” reached by the City and federal government in January to close the municipal airport by the end of 2028.

Santa Monica Volunteer Groups Deliver Mini-Freezers to VA Campus
August 17, 2017 -- A contingent of volunteers from two Santa Monica community groups last week helped a wave of military veterans feel more at home at the expanded West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus.

Dream Pop band Warpaint Warpaint's Dream Pop Wraps Up Santa Monica Pier Concert Series
August 17, 2017 -- The 33rd annual Twilight Concert Series wraps up Thursday evening when LA-based indie quartet Warpaint brings its blend of art rock, dream pop and psychedelic rock to the century old pier.

Santa Monica-Malibu Public Schools Lagging in Up-to-Date Vaccinations
August 16, 2017 -- With school starting soon, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is failing to reach the level of vaccinations for kindergarten students health officials view as vital to heading off a repeat of the measles outbreak that hit California in 2015, state data shows.

Rendering of affordable senior housing project downtown New Affordable Housing Project in Santa Monica for Seniors Headed for Downtown
August 16, 2017 -- A six-floor affordable housing complex for senior citizens in downtown Santa Monica could soon be heading toward construction after years of legal wrangling and other issues. The 26,390-square foot building is slated for a less than one-acre site at 1437 5th Street

Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica to Hold Poker Tournament
August 16, 2017 -- To help boost its scholarships and grants funding, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica will bring back its popular Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament next month, club officials announced.

Santa Monica Museum of Flying Cleared for Continued Operations
DC-3 at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying August 15, 2017 -- Despite the political and legal turbulence swirling around Santa Monica Airport, the Museum of Flying has been cleared for continued operations over at least the next five years at SMO, and at a deeply discounted rent.

Santa Monica City Council Awards Contract for Homeless Street Team
August 15, 2017 -- Trying to reach deeper into Santa Monica’s increasing homeless population, the City Council has approved a three-year contract of up to $1.65 million to a local nonprofit to send specialized mental health, medical and substance abuse professionals into the streets for faster intervention.

Something New for Vegetarians -- and Meat Eaters -- in Santa Monica
Tallula's Hot Chocolate August 15, 2017 -- In Santa Monica, it takes a lot more than another avocado toast or IPA to grab the attention of locals. But on the edge of town, tucked in the Santa Monica canyon, is the fresh new hotspot, Tallula’s.

Raises Approved for Santa Monica City Manager and Others Throughout City Hall
August 14, 2017 -- From the City manager's new basic salary of $342,780 to others in upper echelons of staff at City Hall, salaries are rising modestly for the 2017-2018 fiscal year as many jobs continue trending well into six figures, or getting close.

Santa Monica College Film Program Receives Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grant
August 14, 2017 -- The organization that produces the annual Golden Globe Awards has given Santa Monica College a $30,000 fellowship grant to help fund its award-winning Film Production Program, school officials announced last week.

Original Quartet foor tthe End of Time poster Santa Monica Soundwaves Series Presents Messian's 'Quartet for the End of Time'
August 14, 2017 -- A famous quartet that received its premiere in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp more than 75 years ago will be performed at the Santa Monica Library on September 30 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the monthly Soundwaves concert series.

Accusations Arise Over Lack of Funding for Santa Monica Youth Center
August 11, 2017 -- Two years ago, when the Santa Monica City Council threatened to strip funding from a local nonprofit for at-risk youth, neighborhood outcry poured forth in a public hearing, including name calling and even tears.

Santa Monica Council Expands Outreach for City's Minimum Wage Law
August 11, 2017 -- Discovering that segments of the immigrant and restaurant workforce and some employers remain confused or uninformed of Santa Monica’s higher minimum wage, the City is expanding its public education campaign on the ordinance.

Santa Monica College Student Film Wins Top Prize at International Festival
Munecas Film Poster August 11, 2017 -- A Santa Monica College student film that focuses on the impact of the Mexican drug trade on innocent children has won the Best Student Film Award at the 2017 Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF), college officials announced this week.

City of Santa Monica on Top List of Biggest Public Pensions in California
August 10, 2017 -- A total of 190 retirees of Santa Monica’s City government are receiving annual public pensions ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, a new analysis of 2016 public pension data statewide by a California watchdog group has found.

Santa Monica City Council Approves Contract to Shorten Municipal Airport Runway
August 10, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved a $3.5 million contract to shorten the sole runway at the municipal airport by more than a third, a move meant to drastically cut the rising jet traffic neighbors have long sought to stop.

School District Assures Public Use of Lincoln Middle School Field and Track in Santa Monica
August 10, 2017 -- School District officials issued a statement Wednesday assuring that the Lincoln Middle School Field and Track in Santa Monica will be open to the public when renovations are completed.

First Housing Wait List Opens for Moderate-Income Santa Monica Residents, Workers
August 9, 2017 -- In a first, the City of Santa Monica is opening a wait list of affordable housing especially for moderate-income earners who live or work in the city.

City of Santa Monica Adds to “Smart” Irrigation System in Conservation Move
August 9, 2017 -- In a move to save water, the City of Santa Monica is adding to the new “smart” irrigation system used for its hundreds of acres of parkland, landscaped byways, lawn bowling, Woodlawn Cemetery and other public green spaces.


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