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Two Hospitalized After Second Home Invasion Robbery in Santa Monica's North of Montana Neighborhood
May 27, 2017 -- A victim was stabbed and another beaten Friday evening during the second violent home invasion robbery in two weeks in Santa Monica's North of Montana neighborhood, according to police.

Santa Monica Airport Runway Shortening Approved
May 26, 2017 -- The City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday in favor of a plan to reduce the size of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) runway by removing both ends for a total of about 1,500 feet.

Santa Monica Nonprofit Puts Fear of Sharks in Perspective
May 26, 2017 -- As people enter the natural water, including Santa Monica Bay, this Memorial Day weekend, they might be doing it with a heightened fear of sharks.

Santa Monica College Foundation to Award $670,000 in Scholarships
May 26, 2017 -- The Santa Monica College Foundation will award scholarships totalling $670,000 to 548 students at a ceremony next month, college officials announced this week.

“The Wolf is Here,” Santa Monica City Manager Warns as Budget Woes Mount
May 25, 2017 -- With shortages in revenue set to double, Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole on Tuesday warned “the wolf is here” as the City Council took its first dive into a record $1.57 billion biennial budget for the 2017-2019 fiscal year.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Receives Prime Bond Rating
May 25, 2017 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified Schools District (SMMUSD) has received the highest credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service, one of the top two bond credit rating agencies, district officials announced Wednesday.

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May 25, 2017 -- The July 4 Main Street Parade in Santa Monica -- usually an all-volunteer production that has been growing larger every year -- will get some paid professional help this summer.

Santa Monica City Officials Set to Add, Update Fees
May 24, 2107 -- As the Santa Monica City Council wades into its proposed $1.57 billion biennial budget for 2017-2019, it is considering adding 40 new user fees for everything from vendor carts at special events to seismic retrofits of buildings.

City of Santa Monica Receives Nearly $750,000 in Anti-Terrorism Funds
May 24, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica is receiving almost $750,000 in Homeland Security anti-terrorism funds used to pay for everything from a bomb-detecting canine and emergency medical training to updating security cameras on the Third Street Promenade.

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Santa Monica's Woodlawn Cemetery to Host Memorial Day Observance
May 24, 2017 -- Santa Monica will hold its 79th annual Memorial Day Observance at the city's historic Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday at 11 a.m.

In City of Santa Monica, Big Plans -- and Big Pension Costs -- Lead to Shaky Times
May 23, 2017 -- With pension costs poised to drive it into the red and ambitious capital projects requiring huge chunks of money, the City of Santa Monica is facing a reality seemingly far-fetched for such a popular and prosperous seaside enclave: It is starting to run short of revenue.

Employee Costs Pose Major Fiscal Challenge for Santa Monica Officials
May 23, 2017 -- Like the public sector elsewhere, Santa Monica is facing a daunting bill for unfunded pension-related liabilities -- $387 million in the City’s case, according to the record 2017-2019 biennial budget proposed last week.

Santa Monica State Senator Urges Passage of Statewide Ban on Styrofoam Containers
May 23, 2017 -- Santa Monica State Senator Ben Allen on Monday joined environmentalists and Los Angeles City leaders to urge passage of a bill he co-authored that would ban Styrofoam take-out food containers across California.

Man Charged in Connection with Santa Monica Teen’s Murder
May 22, 2017 -- A 42-year-old man has been charged with the February murder of a teenager who graduated from Santa Monica High School last year.

Santa Monica Airport Runway Reduction Returns to Council
May 22, 2017 -- The proposal to reduce the size of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) runway heads to the City Council on Tuesday, with staff proposing two options that have spurred disagreements and controversy.

Santa Monica Park Stormwater Project to Be Unveiled Tuesday
May 22, 2017 -- A more than $2 million stormwater project that will further Santa Monica's goal of "moving toward water self-sufficiency" will be unveiled at Los Amigos Park on Tuesday, City officials announced last week.

"Record Santa Monica City Budget Proposed as Future Deficits Loom
May 19, 2017 -- Efficiency, effectiveness and discipline will be critical if Santa Monica’s government operation is to thrive through upcoming difficult financial times, City Manager Rick Cole wrote in a message this week introducing a record biennial budget of nearly $1.6 billion.

"President’s Foreign Trip Has Santa Monica Ties
May 19, 2017 -- When Donald Trump makes his first speech in a foreign country as president on Sunday, he will be reading the words partially written by a Santa Monica High School alumnus.
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Santa Monica Pier Concert Series Announces Lineup
May 19, 2017 -- The 33rd Annual Twilight Concert Series kicks off this month with a line-up that includes everything from a seminal classic rock band to a Norwegian indie electronic duo, event organizers announced this week.

City of Santa Monica the “One Hold Out” in Voting Rights Litigation, Lawyer says
May 18, 2017 -- One by one, they fold, either willingly or nudged by a judge. But in the wake of dozens of California Voting Rights Act lawsuits filed against the state’s municipalities, only the City of Santa Monica -- a proud bastion of liberalism -- is still fighting litigation meant to usher in more minority representation on the City Council, says a lawyer prominent in the wave of change.

Expo Line to Santa Monica Marks First Birthday with Big Ridership Boost
May 18, 2017 -- The Expo light rail extension to Santa Monica marks its first anniversary Saturday, and ridership has been soaring, according to statistics from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), which runs the system.

Santa Monica Resident Severely Assaulted in North of Montana Home
May 17, 2017 -- Santa Monica police are searching for two suspects in the severe beating of a man during a possible home invasion robbery Monday in the North of Montana Neighborhood.

Final Battle Over Plan for Downtown Santa Monica Begins
May 17, 2017 -- A sweeping plan to add up to 3.2 million square feet in new development to Santa Monica's downtown heads into the final stage of a bitter longstanding battle tonight.

More Than 3,500 Violations of Santa Monica Leaf Blower Ban Reported in Three Years
May 17, 2017 -- Although Santa Monica imposes a stiff fine, the City continues to struggle to enforce its 1991 ban of the popular but noisy and pollution-prone gardening tools, according to an update issued this month by City code enforcement officials.

Scientology-Affiliated Anti-Drug Group Dropped After Samohi After Parents Complain
May 16, 2017 -- An anti-drug group affiliated with the Church of Scientology has been dropped by Santa Monica High School, although it remains on the school district's list of recommended sources for help in dealing with substance abuse.

Mar Vista Community Groups Urges Strong Effort to Blunt Impact of Santa Monica Airport Changes
May 16, 2017 -- With the consent decree for Santa Monica Airport (SMO) ushering in changes that include a shortened runway, a bordering Westside community is gearing up for the potential impact with a call to head off any additional toxic emissions from idling aircraft.

Peggy Clifford Tribute for Local Activist, Journalist Wednesday at the Santa Monica Pier
May 16, 2017 -- The different facets of the life of Santa Monica journalist and preservation activist Peggy Clifford will be celebrated during a tribute on the Pier Wednesday.

Council Divided on Preferential Parking in Santa Monica’s Ocean Park
May 15, 2017 -- Residents living in a section of Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Neighborhood will have an easier time finding parking after the City Council on Tuesday approved a preferential parking application. But not everybody on the council thought it was a good idea.

Santa Monica Supervisor Opposes Plan to Expand County Board, Suggests Sexism
May 15, 2017 -- Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, whose district includes Santa Monica, issued a statement over the weekend slamming a proposal by State lawmakers to expand the number of seats on the County board from five to seven.

Wine Auction Raises More than $250,000 for Santa Monica-Malibu Public Schools
May 15, 2015 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation's (SMMEF) second annual wine auction raised more than $250,000 to support programs at all local public schools, foundation officials announced last week.

Santa Monica Bed Taxes Pumped Nearly $51 Million into City Coffers Last Year, Report Says
ay 12, 2017 -- Santa Monica's tourism industry pumped $1.87 billion into the city's economy last year, with nearly $51 million in bed taxes going directly into the City’s general fund, according to figures released by Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) officials Thursday.

Shelley Luce Surfing Santa Monica-based Heal The Bay Marks Turning Point
May 12, 2017 -- Heal the Bay marked what will likely be a turning point this week when Dr. Shelley Luce took the reins after a nationwide search led to the Santa Monica-based non-profit's own backyard.

Group Seeks More Development for Downtown Santa Monica
May 12, 2017 -- A proposed plan to guide development for Downtown sets too many restrictions for developers and is a "woefully inadequate response" to climate change and the need for affordable housing, according to a local group advocating transit-oriented growth.


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