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Big Blue Bus Continues to Lose Riders
November 21, 2019 -- Ridership on Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus (BBB) continued its downward slide, dropping by more than 650,000 passengers, or 5 percent, agency officials reported Wednesday.

Suicide Under Pier Marks Eighth in Less than 2 Years
November 21, 2019 -- A man committed suicide shortly before dawn Thursday by hanging himself underneath the Santa Monica Pier, according to police. The suicide marks the eighth in Santa Monica in less than two years and the third at the pier.

Councilmember Seeks Public's Help in Saving Sycamore
November 21, 2019 -- A century old sycamore tree remains in jeopardy after its owners declined to sign a deed restriction protecting it while the City Council drafts a citywide tree ordinance.

Union Facts -- Keeping It in the Family

Homeless sculpture by Ed Massey Homeless Sculpture Installed in Former Home of Iconic Mural
November 20, 2019 -- A seven-foot-tall sculpture of a homeless man was unveiled Monday in the courtyard of the former Santa Monica bank building once graced by the iconic mural "Pleasures Along the Beach." The new sculpture by Ed Massey titled “In The Image” will be on display at the corner of 26th and Wilshire for six weeks.

Santa Monica College Planetarium Explores the Winter Solstice
November 20, 2019 -- For the pagans, Persians, Romans, Christians and other cultures around the world, the Winter Solstice marks a turning point in the year. Next month, the Santa Monica College (SMC) John Drescher Planetarium will explore the annual phenomenon marked by festivals and rituals.

Height, Density Limits Curb Santa Monica's Ability to Meet Affordable Housing Goals
November 19, 2019 -- Santa Monica will have to allow taller, denser buildings on major thoroughfares if it hopes to meet its affordable housing goals, according to a new report.

It's Winterlit Season in Santa Monica
November 19, 2019 -- Downtown Santa Monica is being transformed into a winter wonderland for the holidays where visitors can stroll under the glow of thousands of colorful lights and glide on real ice.

Elderly Pedestrian Killed by Drunk Hit-and-Run Driver
Rogelio Bobadillo November 18, 2019 -- A drunk hit-and-run driver killed an elderly woman crossing the street in Downtown Santa Monica shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday. Rogelio Bobadilla, 28, was booked on four counts, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Santa Monica Names New Writer-In-Residence
November 18, 2019 -- Queer Latinx artist Analisa Raya-Flores, whose work explores ethnicity and class, has been named the Annenberg Community Beach House writer in residence.

OPINION -- Santa Monica's Slow-Growth Movement Is Energized to Defeat the “Plaza”
November 18, 2019 -- Residents don’t have to allow their tax dollars to go towards a bad project that will redefine our Downtown for the next 100 years.

Council Extends Emergency Ordinances for Fast Food Restaurants, Landmark Demolitions
November 15, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday extended emergency ordinances that ban fast food restaurants on the Promenade and set standards for the demolition of potential landmarks.

Santa Monica Launches Extra Bedroom Program
November 15, 2019 -- Santa Monica hotels are making it easier to heed the call of health experts who are urging workers to take much-needed vacations.

Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share Up in the Air
November 14, 2019 -- The future of Santa Monica's Breeze bike share program -- LA County's first shared micro-mobility effort -- is up in the air as private firms corner the growing market.

Big Blue Bus Riders Can Use App to Buy Single Ride Tickets
November 14, 2019 -- Big Blue Bus (BBB) passengers can now buy single ride passes using the agency's mobile app and payment system in what is the first collaboration of its kind, BBB officials announced Tuesday.

Santa Monica Banks on Future of Micro Mobility
November 13, 2019 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to continue, and "sharpen," a pilot program for e-scooters and e-bikes credited with replacing 1.3 million car trips over the past year.

Police Arrest Repeat Offender in Downtown Stabbing
Jalen Perrot November 13, 2019 -- Jalen Markeith Perrot, 27, a repeat offender with a string of prior misdemeanor arrests, was charged Tuesday with assault with a deadly weapon in a stabbing near the Downtown library last week.

OPINION -- Questions about the Plaza at Santa Monica Development
November 13, 2019 -- These questions by the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) were written "to spark discussion and a greater understanding" of the proposed mixed-use hotel project on City owned land at 4th and Arizona.

Santa Monica Water Rates Set to Jump
November 12, 2019 -- Santa Monica homeowners could see their bimonthly water bills increase by $36 over the next five years under a plan the City Council will consider early next year.

LETTERS -- Hotel Union, Slow Growth Activists at Odds Over 'Plaza' Development
November 12, 2019 -- As is often the case in Santa Monica, when it comes to the proposed Plaza development, it’s not the community calling the shots, but the hotel union.

'Bold' Plan to Transform the Promenade Gets Go-Ahead from Council
November 7, 2019 -- Santa Monica should embark on a "bold" plan to transform its iconic Promenade, the City Council said Tuesday, but it will take much more than money to make it work.

Two Suspects Arrested in Wednesday Night Stabbing Downtown
November 7, 2019 -- Police arrested two suspects Thursday in a stabbing that took place in Downtown Santa Monica Wednesday night.

PUBLIC NOTICE -- Ice at Santa Monica Reopens Sunday
After a temporary closure, Ice at Santa Monica returns this Sunday at 10 am. An all-new free skate day will be held Monday, November 18th from 2 to 10 p.m.

Proposed Downtown Development Could Reinvigorate Slow Growth Movement
November 6, 2019 -- Leaders of Santa Monica's slow-growth movement are taking on a major Downtown development this week after being largely inactive since a defeat at the polls three years ago.

Santa Monica to Celebrate Veteran's Day Monday with Traditional Ceremony in Palisades Park
November 6, 2019 -- Santa Monica will celebrate Veteran's Day on Monday with a ceremony at Palisades Park that includes the traditional posting of colors and the playing of taps. The ceremony takes place from 9 to 9:30 a.m.

EXTRA -- E-Scooters Get Mixed Results as City's 16-Month Pilot Program Nears End
November 5, 2019 -- E-scooters have had mixed results in Santa Monica, the beach city that helped kick off a craze that has forced local governments around the world to find ways to curb their use.

American Film Market (AFM) Puts Santa Monica Back in the Spotlight
1961 Academy Awards in Santa Monica (detail) November 5, 2019 -- Tuesday marks the 29th consecutive year Santa Monica hosts the American Film Market (AFM), putting the beach city that once hosted the Oscars at the center of the film world and pumping some $20 million into the local economy.

PUBLIC NOTICE -- Ice Opening Delayed
Due to unforeseen mechanical issues, Ice at Santa Monica is temporarily closed and the Grand Opening Celebration scheduled for Thursday, November 7, has been postponed until further notice.

Santa Monica Is Reimagining The Promenade Three Decades After It Was Launched
Promenade rendering detail November 4, 2019 -- Third Street has pretty much remained the same since it was closed to traffic, re-designed and rechristened the Promenade in September 1989. Only the names on the stores have changed. It's more than time for another major transformation, Downtown and City officials say.

Santa Monica Man Suspected in Riverside County Murder Found Dead
November 4, 2019 -- A Santa Monica man suspected of killing a woman a Morena Valley home last Wednesday committed suicide shortly after the slaying, local sheriff's deputies said Monday.

Police Seek Help Finding Missing Man Suffering from Dementia
Jerry Peels November 4, 2019 -- Santa Monica police are asking the public's help in locating a man suffering from dementia who has been missing since Friday. Jerry Peels, 62, was last seen leaving a dialysis appointment at 2020 Santa Monica Boulevard wearing a blue hooded sweater with the word "Cali," according to police.

Making Memories on Ice in Downtown Santa Monica
November 1 , 2019 -- After skating for years on a patch of frozen lake her father would clear behind the family's Minnesota home, Kathleen Rawson knew the magic of spending holiday seasons on the ice.

Santa Monica Home Prices Post Highest Jump in Nation, Study Finds
November 1, 2019 -- Santa Monica saw home prices rise higher than any other large city in the nation, with the median price of a home soaring by $155,000 over the past year, according to an analysis by Forbes magazine.

City's Wellbeing Summit to Cost Nearly $250,000
October 31, 2019 -- The City of Santa Monica's Wellbeing Summit next month -- meant to "spark conversation and action around community wellbeing" -- will cost $242,500, which will be paid for by sponsors.

Medical Costs Rising at Santa Monica Jail
October 31, 2019 -- Medical costs at Santa Monica jail are "significantly" rising as more arrestees than expected need medical attention, according to police.

Synapse dander SMC's Synapse Dance Theater to Showcase New Works This Weekend
October 31, 2019 -- Black churches and the concentration camps of WWII are among the inspirations for new dance pieces performed by Santa Monica College’s Synapse Contemporary Dance Theater this weekend.

Santa Monica Firefighters Battling Two Major Fires
October 30, 2019 -- Santa Monica firefighters have been helping battle raging wildfires near their own back yard and hundreds of miles north in wine country.

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