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New Report Finds Santa Monica City Government Might Require “Painful” Fiscal Changes
May 22, 2018 -- Santa Monica’s City government will require “tangible and likely painful” changes in the coming years as it shudders under $461 million in red ink for unfunded employee pensions and other costs continue to outpace revenue, a new fiscal update warns.

Santa Monica College Receives Nation's Top Award for Increasing Exports
May 22, 2018 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce recognized Santa Monica College (SMC) for its significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports during a ceremony in the nation's capital Monday.

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Organizers Submit More than 19,000 Signatures for Santa Monica Term Limits Measure
May 21, 2018 -- Organizers of a proposed measure mandating terms limits for Santa Monica City Council members submitted petitions with more than 19,000 signatures Monday morning to the City Clerk, sponsors of the measure said..

Santa Monica College to Celebrate First-Ever Bachelor’s Degree Graduates in Interaction Design
May 21, 2018 -- Santa Monica College's (SMC) Bachelors Degree program in Interaction Design (IXD) -- the first of its kind offered by a community college -- will celebrate its first graduates next month, school officials announced last week.

Santa Monica Police Crack Down on Seat Belt Violations
Click It or Ticket logo May 21, 2018 -- Santa Monica police on Monday began a crackdown on drivers and passengers who fail to fasten their seat belts. The "Click It or Ticket" campaign will run through Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to the summer season, and end June 3, Police Department officials said.

Jet Operations at Santa Monica Airport Plummet After Runway Shortened
May 18, 2018 -- Jet operations at Santa Monica Airport plummeted 86 percent in four months after the runway was shortened, according to a City report released Thursday.

Santa Monica Council Edges Closer to November Ballot Measure Requiring Super-Majority for Oversized Developments
May 17, 2018 -- Santa Monica’s City Council is edging closer to approving a November ballot measure that would require developers to win a super-majority council vote for projects that are bigger or taller than zoning allows.

Landmarked Sycamore Imperiled Century-Old Sycamores in Santa Monica Win Landmark Protection
May 17, 2018 -- Imperiled by development, two billowing old Sycamore trees in Santa Monica’s Wilmont neighborhood won the protection of landmark status on Monday, the sixth and seventh trees to win the rare designation.

LETTERS -- Santa Monica Homeless Service Agency Responds to Information Presented to Council
May 17, 2018 -- The People Concern is held accountable by multiple outside regulatory agencies, our clients, and the public. It’s very unfortunate that anyone would distort or misrepresent information in an attempt to mislead the public.

Board to Decide on Improvement District to Bond $650 Million for Santa Monica Schools
May 15, 2018 -- (Updated) The School Board is set to decide Thursday whether to create a school improvement district for Santa Monica schools with the authority to issue, ultimately, $650 million in bonds for facility needs.

Santa Monica Sees Rash of Thefts of Catalytic Converters from Cars
May 16, 2018 -- Santa Monica police Tuesday reported a new rash of thefts of catalytic converts from cars, the favored target this time being the popular Toyota Prius.

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Raises $285,000 at Wine Auction
May 16, 2018 -- More than $285,000, including $92,500 in corporate support, was raised by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation at its third annual Wine Auction fundraiser this month.

Santa Monica Rent Control Board Raises Allowable Rent Increases by 2.9 Percent
May 15, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Rent Control Board last week raised the amount landlords under rent control can charge tenants by 2.9 percent.

Corridor rendering Busy Santa Monica Corridor Goes to Planning Commission with 'People-Oriented' Redesign
May 15, 2018 -- An extensive plan to redesign the congested corridor near the Santa Monica College rail stop to make it more “people-oriented” goes to the City Planning Commission on Wednesday.

'Aeroplane Bungalow' Showcased at Conservancy Fundraiser Next Month
May 15, 2018 -- A unique style of bungalow dating back to the early years of air travel will be showcased during the Santa Monica Conservancy's Annual Fundraising Salon on Sunday, June 10.

Violent Crime in Santa Monica Jumps Almost 50 Percent to Reach Highest Level in Two Decades
May 14, 2018 -- Violent crime in Santa Monica jumped almost 50 percent in 2017 over the previous year, reaching its highest level in two decades, according to police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics.

City of Santa Monica Fails to Meet Affordable Housing Mandate for Third Year in a Row
May 14, 2018 -- The City of Santa Monica failed to meet its own affordable housing mandate for the third consecutive year in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to a report issued Friday.

OPINION -- City Held Tax Revenues Hostage, School District Left Millions on the Table
May 14, 2018 -- Ill-informed and economically bad decisions have been made by our School Board that waste our resources and negatively impact our kids, yet the District will expect the public to unquestioningly open our wallets the next time we’re asked.

Santa Monica’s Telephone Company Building Downtown Recommended for Landmark Status
Associated Telephone Company buildiing May 11, 2018 -- The new owners of Santa Monica’s Depression-era Associated Telephone Company building downtown are seeking landmark status for the structure, a six-story Art Deco reminder of a century when the telephone was high-tech.

Man Found Guilty of Attempted Murder in Shooting of Santa Monica Police Officer
May 11, 2018 -- An ex-convict who seriously wounded a Santa Monica police officer and attempted to shoot two others during a DUI stop in 2010 was found guilty Thusday of three counts of attempted murder.

Santa Monica to Hold Its First ClimateFest
May 11, 2018 -- Speakers, workshops and interactive activities will be featured during Santa Monica's first ClimateFest, a free event held next week at St. Monica’s Campus.

After 'Frank' Exchange of Views, Santa Monica Citizen Committee Is Bid Farewell
May 10, 2018 -- A first-ever ad hoc citizens committee that looked into costly pay and pensions at Santa Monica City Hall was bid farewell Tuesday, with the calls for action by some of its members rejected.

Santa Monica City Council Approves Bonds to Finance Construction of New Downtown Fire Station
Downtown Fire Station rendering May 10, 2018 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved $38 million in bonds to finance construction of a new three-story fire station that more than doubles the size of the existing Downtown facility, which dates back the mid-1950s. The bonds reach final maturity in 2048 with a “maximum true interest” cost of 5 percent.

Santa Monica College Seeks Business Representative for Bond Oversight Committee
May 10, 2018 -- Santa Monica College is seeking applicants to serve on the committee that oversees the implementation of four bond measures that fund capital improvements at its campuses, officials announced Wednesday.

Increased Call for “Accountability” of City-Funded Shelter and Services for Homeless
May 9, 2018 -- A trail of complaints from the county, the state and people claiming abusive treatment has spurred a call for “accountability” and new monitoring of City-funded shelters and services for Santa Monica’s rising homeless population.

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
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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. The School Board voted to hire Ryan T. Bourke at its meeting last Thursday. He will start July1.


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
Picture of Whitney Huima 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. Whitney Huima, 31, last contacted her family on March 10 and has not been heard from since, according to officers in the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau, Missing Persons Unit.

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
River of 1,000 Streams CD cover 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. The free concert features solo works by Daniel Lentz and Michael Byron that were recently released on CD by the Venice-based Cold Blue Music label.

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.)

 

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