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Santa Monica City Council Gives Nod to Pilot Project for Sub-Fleet of Electric City Buses

April 24, 2018 -- Amid sinking ridership and rising red ink, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus system was given to go-ahead Tuesday for a pilot project to start a sub-fleet of electric City buses.

Something Affordable in Santa Monica -- Used Cars
April 25, 2018 -- From the price of a home to monthly rent and even a parking space, Santa Monica is known for being among the nation’s most expensive slices of seaside paradise.

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Young Students Exposed to STEM at Santa Monica College Festival
SMC STEM Fest April 25, 2018 -- Some 80 families attended Santa Monica College's free STEM Festival on Saturday giving their middle and elementary school children a fun, hands-on look at the growing technical fields, college officials said.

Judge Rules Against Returning Renovated Santa Monica Apartment Building to Rent Control
April 24, 2018 -- A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled last week that the City's Rent Control Board lacked to power to revoke a removal permit granted a quarter century ago.

Suspect Charged in Santa Monica Train Collision
April 24, 2018 -- Santa Monica police filed charges Monday against a drunk driver involved in a collision with a Metro Expo Line train last week, police officials said.

OPINION: Major Landlord Group Reacts to “Affordable Housing Act” Voter Initiative
April 24, 2018 -- While the proponents of the “Affordable Housing Act” voter initiative falsely claim that repealing Costa-Hawkins will result in more affordable housing, real world experience in city after city has proven this to be false.

Mixed-Use Project on Lincoln Will Have “Devastating” Impact, Neighbors Claim in Appeal

Rendering of 2903 Lincoln mixed-use project April 23, 2018 -- Neighbors are appealing a four-story apartment mixed-use project on Lincoln Boulevard to the City Council Tuesday, saying it would have a “devastating impact in perpetuity” to neighbors and commuters alike.

Santa Monica Term Limits Campaign Enters Final Lap

April 21, 2018 -- With a self-imposed deadline of April 30, volunteers are “on track” to collect more than enough signatures to place a proposed initiative on the November ballot imposing term limits on the Santa Monica City Council, the head organizer said Friday.

Santa Monica College Debate Team Takes Home Awards in National Tournament
April 23, 2018 -- The Santa Monica College (SMC) Debate Team continued to garner national recognition this month, winning multiple awards at a national tournament in Florida.

Backers of Statewide Affording Housing Initiative to Submit Signed Petitions Monday, According to Report
April 20, 2018 -- The campaign to repeal California' vacancy decontrol law, which if approved could have a major impact in Santa Monica, has announced it has gathered more than enough signatures to place the measure on the ballot, according to a news report.

Bicyclist using Breeze Santa Monica Bike Share Program Expands to Neighboring Communities
April 20, 2018 -- On Monday, Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share system will expand to encompass a 35-square mile system area that includes three neighboring Westside communities, Santa Monica officials announced this week.

90-Minute Free Street Parking Survives as Santa Monica City Council Considers Raising Parking Fees
April 20, 2018 – After community push back, parking in City-owned Parking Structures in Santa Monica remains free for the first 90 minutes, although long-term parking in crowded downtown City parking structures zooms as much as 70 percent in a Citywide fee adjustment meant, ultimately, to discourage cars and more congestion.

Students Expected to Descend on Santa Monica City Hall to Protest National School Violence
April 19, 2018 -- Marking the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school killings, hundreds of students and others are expected at the steps of Santa Monica City Hall on Friday as part of a national school walkout to protest school gun violence.

Santa Monica City Council “Retreat” to Look at Offering Faster and More Agile City Services
April 19, 2018 -- Faced with a community that demands more and faster City services, the Santa Monica City Council on Saturday will discuss how to make City Hall quicker, more agile and affordable as it tries to meet the demands of a growing population.

Santa Monica's New Pedestrian Bridge Wins Major Engineering Award
Idaho Pedestrian Bridge stairs April 19, 2018 -- Santa Monica's new pedestrian bridge across the California Incline has been named California’s Outstanding Bikeway and Trails Project for 2017, TRC Companies Inc. announced this week. The spiraling footbridge stretches from the Palisades Park cliffs to Santa Monica Beach.

City of Santa Monica Enters Second Year of Fight Against Voting Rights Lawsuit

April 19, 2018 -- Legal costs are rising, although it is not clear how much the City of Santa Monica has spent on the Voting Rights lawsuit filed by local Latino activists that is entering its second year.

Three Injured in Train Collision in Santa Monica
April 18, 2018 -- Three people were injured when a vehicle driven by a drunk driver ran a red light and was struck by a Metro train in Santa Monica shortly after midnight Wednesday, police said.

Julie Clark Santa Monica School Teacher Becomes Debut Novelist
April 18, 2018 -- For 20 years, Julie Clark has taught at Roosevelt Elementary School in Santa Monica, studying alongside her students how stories are made. Next month, the years of teaching young readers is paying off in an unexpected way.

Downtown Officials Seek Public's Help in Reimagining the Promenade
April 17, 2018 -- Three decades after the newly christened Third Street Promenade began pumping new life into Santa Monica's moribund central shopping strip, Downtown officials are seeking the public's help reimagining its future.

Santa Monica Rent Board Again Tables Measure to Expand Rent Control
April 17, 2018 --The Santa Monica Rent Control Board last week once again tabled a motion, this time indefinitely, supporting a ballot measure to expand rent control in the beach city.

Life in Color film poster Fourth Santa Monica College Student Film Picked to Screen at Cannes
April 17 -- A Santa Monica College student film about an aging closeted gay man struggling with Alzheimer’s has been accepted into the American Pavilion at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, school officials announced this week.

Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Takes Steps to Create Separate Funding Districts
April 16, 2018 -- Paving the way for potentially splitting the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, the School Board on Thursday took initial steps to form two school facilities improvement districts (SFIDs).

New Santa Monica Library Program Allows Young Cardholders to Pay Fines By Reading
April 16, 2018 -- Starting today, Santa Monica Library cardholders who are 18 years old and younger can read -- or be read to -- as a way to earn "bucks" to pay their overdue fines.

Santa Monica's Meet Me at Reed Free Performance Series Kicks of with Jazz
Meet Me at Reed Concert April 16, 2018 -- The City's 2nd annual Meet Me at Reed outdoor performance series at Christine Emerson Reed Park kicks off next Saturday with the Santa Monica Jazz All-Stars, City officials announced last week. The concert -- which takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -- features jazz/world guitarist Greg Porée and his combo with special guests. Pre-concert activities start at 3:30 p.m.

Santa Monica Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Fair Housing Act
April 13, 2018 -- The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office will hold a workshop and student poster contest to commemorate Fair Housing Month.

Santa Monica Slow-Growth Group Gives Miramar Hotel's New Plan Negative Reviews, Residocracy Leader Says
April 13, 2018 -- If the initial reaction from members of Santa Monica's largest slow-growth group is an indication, the redevelopment plans unveiled by the Miramar Hotel this week could meet some stiff opposition.

Memoir of Japanese Family's Internment Subject of 16th Annual Santa Monica Reads
Photograph of children at Manzanar Camp April 13, 2018 -- A 45-year-old memoir that traces a Japanese family's forced relocation from their Ocean Park home to a WWII internment camp in the high desert is this year's pick for "Santa Monica Reads," library officials announced this week. The program features an appearance by the author and a slide show presentation of the Manzanar photographs by Dorothea Lange.

EXTRA New Miramar Hotel Design Embraces Past, Present and Future of Santa Monica, Developers SayApril 12, 2018 -- Compared to previous versions floated over the past six years, the Miramar Hotel's new design -- publicly unveiled on Thursday -- seems low-slung with a design that developers say embraces Santa Monica's past, present and future.


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