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Santa Monica Mother Launches Petition Drive After Son Injured by Motorized Scooter
July 18, 2018 -- A Santa Monica mother has launched an online petition drive to ban the use of motorized scooters on the beach bike path after her seven-year-old son lost several teeth in a recent collision.

Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer OPINION -- Highlights From the Last Six Months and What Lies Ahead
July 18, 2018 -- From Homelessness and pensions to motor scooters and fighting crime, Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer takes a look at the City's accomplishments and the challenges it faces.

County Supervisors Give Go-ahead for 'Safe Clean Water Program'
July 18, 2018 -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors signed off Tuesday on a program that would boost the local water supply and improve water quality.


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Twenty Candidates Pull Nominating Papers on First Day of Election Season
July 17, 2018 -- Twenty candidates -- eight of them incumbents -- pulled nomination papers for four local races on Monday, officially kicking off the 2018 election season in Santa Monica.

Portrait in Chris Hero exhibit Santa Monica College Art Exhibit Captures Faces of 'Invisible Women'
July 17, 2018 -- Portraits that capture the "feel" of "invisible women" will be on display at the Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery starting next week, exhibit organizers said. The exhibit opens with a free reception next Thursday and runs through September 19

California Democratic Party Endorses Ballot Measure to Expand Rent Control
July 16, 2018 -- A measure to repeal California's vacancy decontrol law that could have a major impact in Santa Monica "overwhelmingly" won the support of State's Democratic Party on Sunday, campaign officials said.

OPINION: How Many Rent-Burdened Tenants Lose Their Homes in Santa Monica?
July 16, 2018 -- Local Realtor and landlord advocate Wes Wellmen wanted to find out how many "rent-burdened" tenants lose their homes because they can’t afford their rent. This is what he found.

Santa Monica College Planetarium to Prepare Skywatchers for Perseid Shower
Perseid Meteor Shower July 15, 2018 -- The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium will prepare skywatchers next moth for one of the most anticipated celestial wonders of the year, the Perseid meteor shower. The Planetarium will present two shows before the showers reach their peak in mid-August.

EXTRA Graphic Photo of Man Masturbating in Santa Monica Park Causes Uproar
July 13, 2018 -- (This article was updated at 8:24 p.m.) A graphic photograph of a man masturbating in a Santa Monica park posted on social media Thursday has led to the arrest of the suspect and caused an uproar in a City increasingly concerned with crime.

Federal Funding Could be Headed to Route 66 After 'Most Endangered' Designation
Route 66 sign July 13, 2018 -- The enduring allure of Route 66 -- which ends in Santa Monica -- can be found in the lists of songs, films, books and television shows the old road has inspired. Now America's "Main Street" could be headed for another kind of list with the public's help.

City Seeking Scooter and Bike Share Services for Pilot Program
July 13, 2018 -- The City this week began taking applications for scooter and bike share services that will be part of Santa Monica's "Shared Mobility Pilot Program" approved by the City Council last month.

Jet Flights From Santa Monica Airport Plummeted During First Half of Year
July 12, 2018 -- Jet departures at Santa Monica Airport plummeted in the first half of the year, while helicopter use has been on the rise, according to the City data released Wednesday.

U.S. District Court Dismisses Suit to Halt Santa Monica Airport Closure
July 12, 2018 -- An agreement between the City and Federal governments to shutter Santa Monica Airport by the end of 2028 has withstood another legal challenge, this one in U.S. District Court.

Election Season Kicks Off in Santa Monica Next Week
July 11, 2018 -- The contests are starting to take shape as Santa Monica kicks off another election season Monday, the first day candidates can begin pulling nomination papers for the November 6 races.

Vacho Shahen Las Vegas Man Charged With Attempted Murder in Santa Monica Shooting
July 11, 2018 -- A suspect in a shooting that took place in Santa Monica's exclusive North of Montana neighborhood two years ago has been charged with attempted murder, police said.

Landlord, Rent Board Battle Over "Ellised" Santa Monica Building
July 10, 2018 -- A Santa Monica landlord and the City's Rent Control Board are waging a heated battle over a vacant five-unit apartment building withdrawn from the rental market two and a half years ago.

Santa Monica Wins Another Victory In Fight Against Illegal Rentals
July 10, 2018 -- Two weeks after winning a major court victory against two short-term rental platforms, the City of Santa Monica was handed another key win when a California Appellate Court affirmed a decision against vacation rental operator Globe Homes LLC last week.

Man Charged With Violent Crime Spree in Santa Monica Gets Maximum Sentence
July 9, 2018 -- A 24-year-old homeless man responsible for a series of violent attacks in Santa Monica last year was sentenced Friday to 32 years in prison.

Suspect Arrested, Victim Identified in Killing on Hospital Grounds in Santa Monica
July 9, 2018 -- Investigators on Tuesday plan to present the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office with a murder case against Daniel Roy Davis, 29, in the stabbing death of a homeless man on a hospital bench in Santa Monica Friday.

School Board Separates Santa Monica, Malibu Fundraising Efforts
July 6, 2018 -- The School Board last Thursday ended a controversial fundraising policy that saw donations from Malibu parents plummet and led in large part to the potential split of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

Police Seek Public's Help in Suspicious Death Investigation
July 6, 2017 -- Santa Monica police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found on a bench at St. John’s Hospital early Friday morning.

EXTRA Santa Monica Voters to Decide Term Limits for Council in November
July 5, 2017 -- Santa Monica voters will decide in November whether to limit the length of time members can serve on the City Council, which has seen only two incumbents defeated in the past 24 years.

City of Santa Monica to Replace Security Cameras at Promenade, Pier
July 5, 2018 -- Santa Monica will replace and upgrade police cameras at the Third Street Promenade and the Pier after the Council last week approved contracts with Convergint Technologies LLC totaling $2 million over the next five years.

LETTERS -- Santa Monica's Outside Law Firm Should Pay for Costly Mistake
July 5, 2016 -- Under no circumstances should our City pay a penny for the filing mistake made by its 1,000-lawyer outside law firm.

Santa Monica Lawmaker to Reintroduce Tax on Sugary Beverages
July 3, 2018 -- More than three years after a Santa Monica lawmaker's bill to tax sodas and other sugary beverages failed in committee, a similar measure is back on the agenda for the 2019 legislative session.

PUBLIC NOTICE -- Nomination Period for Santa Monica Candidates Kicks Off This Month
Vote 2018 City Logo The City Clerk is accepting nominations from candidates seeking local office from July 16 to August 10. Interested candidates are encouraged to attend workshops on July 16 at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. More information can be found at smvote.org

Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade Expected to Draw Thousands
July 3, 2018 -- "Bringing Communities Together" is the theme of the 12th Annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade Wednesday morning. The parade -- which has become an annual tradition -- is expected to draw hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators as it winds itself along Main Street.

Santa Monica Leaseholders Get Break as Minimum Wage Hike Kicks In
July 2, 2018 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday put to rest a brewing battle with the local business community by nixing a motion that would require restaurants to sign labor peace agreements on all City leases.

City to Hire Consultant to Advise on Paying Down Looming Pension Debt
June 29, 2018 -- Facing a $461 million bill for unfunded pensions, the City of Santa is seeking to hire a consultant to analyze options to pay down and manage the looming debt.

Three Bills by Santa Monica Lawmaker Pass Key Committees
June 29, 2018 -- Three bills by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom -- tackling fishing, toxic chemicals and affordable housing on the coast -- passed out of key committees this week, his office announced.

Fireworks icon Don't Play with Fireworks, Santa Monica Fire Department Officials Remind Public
June 29, 2018 -- Those who want to enjoy fireworks around Independence Day should head to Santa Monica College (SMC) Saturday instead of setting them off at home.

Council Approves Ballot Measure Requiring Super-Majority Vote on Development
June 28, 2018 -- In an effort to quell Santa Monica's development wars, the City Council on Tuesday voted to place a measure on the November ballot that would require a super-majority vote to make changes to the City's zoning standards.

OPINION -- City’s Pico Wellbeing Project Distracts From Dealing With the Real Issue of Gentrification
June 28, 2018 -- The Pico neighborhood is being sold to the highest bidder with no consideration to its residents, and the path is being cleared by the current City Council, which is launching a "Wellbeing Project" to distract and delay the needed zoning rules.

 

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