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Special Pollution Study Proposed for Santa Monica Airport
September 19, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Airport Commission is asking the City to approve a special study of how pollution levels change before, during and after SMO closes temporarily for work on significantly reducing the length, and impact on neighbors, of its sole runway.

Santa Monica’s 'Wellbeing Index' Reflects Growing Discontent in Pico Neighborhood, Hispanic Leader Says
September 19, 2017 -- Hispanic activist Maria Loya was far from surprised Monday as she considered the newly released summary of Santa Monica's “2017 Wellbeing Index.” The summary glowed with sunny attitudes and optimism from the populace overall -- until researchers drilled down to the Pico Neighborhood's zip code.

LETTERS: Murals with Racially Insensitive Message Have No Place in City Hall
September 19, 2017 -- Santa Monica City Hall belongs to the people of Santa Monica, and the anachronistic murals at its entrance do not reflect our values as a community.

Santa Monica Fire Department, UCLA Health Launch California's First Mobile Stroke Unit
September 19, 2017 -- California's first mobile stroke unit will be deployed in Santa Monica under a joint program between the City's Fire Department and UCLA Health, SMFD officials announced last week.

New Santa Monica 'Wellbeing Index' Shows Sunnier Attitudes with Some Clouds
September 18, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica’s second “Wellbeing Index” indicates the seaside enclave’s populace is happier than it was when first analyzed two years ago, but nonetheless feels stressed financially and disconnected to City Hall decision making.

Parks Bond Measure Co-Authored by Santa Monica Lawmaker Wins Senate Approval
September 18, 2017 -- A $4 billion water and parks bond co-authored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Bloom won Senate Approval last week and is headed for the Governor's signature.

Stanton Macdonald-Wright Self Portrait OPINION -- A Colorful Piece of Santa Monica’s Cultural Life Could Be Lost
September 18, 2017 -- What is at stake in the debate over Stanton Macdonald-Wright’s mural depicting the history of Santa Monica is what is always at stake in a free society: the parameters of our freedoms.

Mural at Santa Monica City Hall Gets Airing as Petition for Its Removal Circulates
September 15, 2017 -- The battle over a mural's depiction of Native Americans in Santa Monica City Hall is escalating, with the controversy being aired at both the Landmarks and Arts commissions and likely headed to the City Council.

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Sets Record in Fundraising Drive
September 15, 2017 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) announced Thursday it raised a record $658,805 as part of a back-to-school pledge drive, with donors contributing nearly a quarter of the total on the last day.

State Senate Approves Santa Monica Lawmaker's Affordable Housing Bill
September 15, 2017 -- -- A bill authored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom that would channel more money to local governments to finance construction of affordable housing was appproved by the State Senate this week.

Santa Monica City Council Approves New Post of Senior Advisor on Homelessness
September 13, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday approved the creation of a full-time senior advisor for homelessness, agreeing to allocate $320,159 over two years for the job.

Santa Monica Lawmaker's 'Clean Vehicle' Decal Bill Receives Senate Approval
September 14, 2017 -- (Updated) A bill sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom to create a new decal program for "zero emission" vehicles is headed to the Governor for signature.

Jacqueline Mora Santa Monica-Malibu School District Appoints New Assistant Superintendent
September 14, 2017 -- The School Board on Wednesday approved the appointment of a Santa Barbara educator to serve as assistant superintendent of educational services for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD).

New Questions Raised Over Proposed Santa Monica Civic Center Playing Field
September 13, 2017 -- Less than three months after declaring victory in a long fight with the City to turn the Santa Monica Civic Center parking lot into a playing field, parents said Tuesday they have learned the proposal could be endangered again -- this time by the state Coastal Commission.

Emergency Fundraising Drive Started for Santa Monica College DACA Students
September 13, 2017-- With hundreds of Santa Monica College DACA students at risk, the SMC Foundation Tuesday announced an emergency fundraising drive to help pay the $505 renewal fee per student due October 5 to remain protected from deportation.

PUBLIC NOTICE -- Due to the unprecedented multitude of activities on the westside competing for participants this weekend, the Santa Monica Kiwanis Club has decided to postpone its 8th Annual Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament scheduled for Saturday to a later date.

District Officials Warn of Santa Monica High School Fundraising Scam
September 13, 2017 -- Young people posing as Santa Monica High School students are engaging a door-to-door fundraising scam, according to School District officials.

City to Reveal If 'Wellbeing' of Santa Monica’s Populace Has Improved
September 12, 2017 -- Is Santa Monica a happier, or at least more contented, community than it was two years ago? The City is scheduled to address the issue tonight.

Bomb Scare Prompts Temporary Evacuation of Santa Monica Pier
September 11, 2017 – A bomb scare prompted an hours-long evacuation of the Santa Monica Pier Monday afternoon, with law enforcement urging the public to stay away from the famous tourist destination as the bomb squad conducted a search.

Santa Monica Review fall issue cover Santa Monica Review Celebrates New Issue with Multiple Events
September 12, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Review will celebrate the release of its fall issue with readings not only in the beach city but also in Venice, North Hollywood and San Francisco, Santa Monica College officials announced this week.

Mural at Santa Monica City Hall Protesters Renew Call for Removal of Santa Monica City Hall Mural
September 11, 2017 -- (Updated) A mural in Santa Monica’s City Hall depicting indigenous people kneeling before Spanish Conquistadors is back in the spotlight in the wake of President Trump's decision to end a federal program shielding young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Santa Monica Taps Police Department Veteran to Serve as Interim Chief
September 11, 2017 -- Santa Monica Police Capt. Kenneth Semko -- a 26-year veteran of the force -- will head the department while the City searches for a new chief, City Manager Rick Cole announced Friday.

Santa Monica Brings Back COAST Open Streets Event October 1
September 11, 2017 -- Santa Monica will once again provide a glimpse of what it could be like living on vibrant carless streets when it hosts its second annual COAST event next month.

Santa Monica Groups Launch Hurried Drive to Help Hurricane Victims
Image of Hurricane Harvey September 8, 2017 -- Santa Monica veterans and other local groups have launched a drive to rush essentials to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas -- and potentially in Florida -- establishing drop off spots for donations and offering to provide lifts to those who want to help with rebuilding.

Santa Monica College Foundation Names New Board Members, Awards Grants
September 8, 2017 -- A plastic surgeon, a Grammy winning producer and the founder of an on-line apartment rental service are among the new members of the Santa Monica College Foundation's (SMCF) board of directors, college officials announced Thursday.

Santa Monica College Student Newspaper Named Finalist in Prestigious National Competition
September 8, 2017 -- Santa Monica College's student-run paper The Corsair is among 43 finalists for the Associated College Press's (ACP) annual national collegiate Pacemaker competition for print newspapers, college official announced this week.

Parents at Two Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Reported for Alleged Online Harassment of Disabled Students
September 7, 2017 -- Parents at two elementary schools were determined by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to be harassing disabled students during the 2016-2017 year, in one case creating an “inappropriate” website anonymously to harass one student, district records show.

Congressional Bid to Ground Pact Closing Santa Monica Airport by 2028 Thwarted
September 7, 2017 -- An attempt by a Louisiana congressman to de-fund enforcement of a controversial pact closing Santa Monica Airport by 2028 has been blocked, a top City official said Wednesday.


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