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EXTRA Woman Stabbed Multiple Times During Home Invasion in Santa Monica
February 23, 2018 -- Santa Monica police are looking for a suspect who stabbed a woman multiple times during a violent home invasion robbery Downtown early Friday morning. The incident took place at approximately 3:30 a.m. in an apartment complex in the 1700 block of 5th Street just north of the 10 Freeway, police said.

Big Blue Bus Proposes City Fee for Drivers Entering Santa Monica During Rush Hours
February 23, 2018 -- With ridership plummeting, the head of Big Blue Bus system suggests in a new report that the City provide more incentive to hop a bus by charging motorists a special fee if they enter Santa Monica during rush hours.

Father Pleads for Financial Help After Daughter Hospitalized in 'Brutal' Incident in Santa Monica
February 23, 2018 -- A father whose young daughter’s head was reportedly slammed onto a concrete floor multiple times in an incident last month on 11th Street in Santa Monica has launched an online campaign to raise money to treat extensive injuries.

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Santa Monica's Short-Term Rental Market Thriving
February 22, 2018 -- Short-term rentals in Santa Monica that were listed on sites such as Airbnb generated nearly $2.5 million in hotel bed taxes during the past fiscal year, according to a report issued by the City this month.

Santa Monica Beach Makes TripAdvisor's Top Ten U.S. Beaches
February 22, 2018 -- TripAdvisor, the largest travel site in the world, has named Santa Monica Beach one of the country's top ten beaches. The annual Travelers' Choice awards, which were announced on Wednesday, is based on the number and quality of reviews posted by the site's users.

Santa Monica's 18th Street Arts Center to Feature Installations by LA-Based Latina Artists
Mariángeles Soto-Díaz art February 22, 2018 -- An imagined art school in the middle of the Amazon and the notion of home and place are among the concepts explored in an exhibition of work by two Latina artists at Santa Monica's 18th Street Arts Center.The opening reception for Los Angeles-based artists Mariángeles Soto-Díaz and Carmen Argote will take place Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Arts Center, 1639 18th Street.

Santa Monica Watchdog Group Endorses Proposal for City Council Term Limits
February 21, 2018 -- A prominent Santa Monica watchdog group on Tuesday offered its endorsement of a proposal for November’s ballot that would impose term limits on the seven-member City Council.

Completion of Lincoln Middle School Track Project Delayed as Cost Increases
Lincoln Middle School Field Construcction February 21, 2018 -- Delayed by some surprise “challenges,” the track and field construction project for Santa Monica’s Lincoln Middle School is now scheduled for completion in the spring, and at a higher cost. The project was scheduled to be completed last month at a cost of $4,092,000.

Santa Monica College's Emeritus Band to Perform Spring Concert Next Month
February 21, 2018 -- Santa Monica College’s Emeritus Concert Band will take listeners on an eclectic musical journey from Sousa to Soul at its spring concert March 4.

Outside Audit Warns Santa Monica City Might Not Be Able to “Absorb” Coming Recessions
February20, 2018 -- With high personnel costs and record unfunded employee pensions equaling more than two thirds of its operating budget, the City of Santa Monica might not be able to “absorb” the fiscal shock of future recessions, according to the findings of an outside auditor.

Santa Monica State Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Protect Tenants from Ellis Evictions
February 20, 2018 -- Santa Monica State Rep. Richard Bloom introduced a bill last week that would bar landlords who empty rent controlled buildings under the state Ellis Act to return the property "piecemeal" to the rental market.

Equinoxes, Neutron Stars and Commercial Space Flight at the Santa Monica College Planetarium
Neutron Star February 20, 2018 -- Can a billionaire beat NASA to the moon? Can an egg be balanced on its end during the equinox? And what is a gravitational wave? Those are some off the questions that will be answered next month during five feature shows on Fridays at 8 p.m. at the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium.

Santa Monica Hires Former U.S. Prosecutor as 'Chief of Staff' for City Attorney's Office
February 16, 2018 -- Santa Monica City Attorney Lane Dilg announced Thursday the hiring of a top former U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutor to act as Special Counsel/Chief of Staff for her office.

Santa Monica City Council Votes to Continue COAST Festival as Attendance Drops
February 16, 2018 -- Undaunted by a 20 percent drop in attendance in the second year of its car-free COAST Open Streets festival, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday voted to continue the event annually through 2020.

Santa Monica College to Host Panel on Reducing Violence
February 16, 2018 -- A panel discussion at Santa Monica College announced earlier this week assumed a new urgency after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.

OPINION -- Florida Tragedy – A Message from the SMMUSD Superintendent
February 16, 2018 -- Our hearts go out to the families and staff involved in yesterday’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida. We hope and pray that nothing like that ever happens in our schools or community. However, if it does, we are prepared as much as possible.

City Official Counters Fears Charter Jets Will Continue to Use Santa Monica Airport
Dassault Falcon 50 February 15, 2018 -- A City official on Wednesday countered fears expressed by an anti-airport activist that Santa Monica Airport's shortened runaway would be routinely used by charter jets. But the official acknowledged a charter jet had landed this week on the newly shortened runway.

Santa Monica Lawmaker Tackles Microfibers
February 15, 2018 -- Under a bill introduced this week by Santa Monica State Rep. Richard Bloom, warning labels would be required on synthetic fabrics that shed tiny fibers when washed.

Bird Rides Agrees to ‘No Contest’ Plea, More Than $300,000 in Fines in Santa Monica Case
February 15, 2018 -- Bird Rides, Inc., the Santa Monica start-up behind the wildly popular motorized scooters zipping through the city's streets, has agreed to a “No Contest” plea and more than $300,000 in fines and restitution, City prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Earthquake-Vulnerable Apartment Buildings in Santa Monica Get Simplified Retrofit Rules
February 14, 2018 -- With retrofit deadlines approaching for almost 1,600 earthquake-vulnerable apartment buildings in Santa Monica, the City has introduced a simplified process to help owners naviagte more easily through a complex law.

Santa Monica City Officials Promise Civic Center Sports Field Will Be Built
February 14, 2018 -- City Officials assured skeptical Samohi parents Tuesday night that the Civic Center sports field they have sought for more than a decade will be built. They also said it would be on time, if not earlier, and hopefully will have adequate parking.

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Santa Monica Place to Celebrate Year of the Dog This Saturday
February 14, 2018 -- Santa Monica will join in the global celebration of the Chinese New Year with festivities Saturday afternoon at Santa Monica Place. The celebration takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. and features the Chinese Dragon Dance.

Santa Monica Not Alone as Coastal Cities Grapple with Increases in Homelessness
February 13, 2018 -- Behind a dramatic 23 percent jump in the homeless population throughout Los Angeles County in 2017, coastal cities like Santa Monica experienced a particular blow.

Santa Monica Water Customers to See Five Percent Hike in March Bills
February 13, 2018 -- Time has come to set aside more money for using Santa Monica’s municipal water system, with a five percent hike in the rate set to start showing up on customer water bills on, or about, March 1.

Santa Monica College Gallery Features Work of Public Artist with Exhibit Starting this Month
Anne Marie Karlsen's "Mitologi" February 13, 2018 -- Perhaps the best way to experience Anne Marie Karlsen's art is to ride the Red Line Subway to the North Hollywood station and take in the giant mosaic murals she created two decades ago. Those who want a broader survey of the artist's work will get a chance starting this month during an exhibit at the Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery.

Santa Monica Police Make Four DUI Arrests During Checkpoint
February 12, 2018 -- Police arrested four motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a DUI checkpoint this month, Police Department officials said.

Santa Monica Readies More Parking Signs to Ease Downtown Gridlock
February 12, 2018 -- A proposed contract adding more “real-time” parking signs downtown to steer drivers to spots in Santa Monica’s city parking garages goes to the City Council on Tuesday, part of an overarching plan that allows more development downtown but doesn’t require new parking in general.

Food for Thought at Santa Monica's Aero Theater
Wasted poster February 12, 2018 -- Every year, about one third of the food produced for human consumption -- or some 1.3 billion tons -- is lost or wasted, according to the documentary "WASTED! The Story Of Food Waste," which will be screened at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica this month.

City of Santa Monica Poised to Expand Training, Coaching Services for Staff
February 9, 2018 -- The City of Santa Monica is poised to pay an additional $150,000 to provide "staff development, team building and coaching services" at City Hall, according to Tuesday's City Council agenda.


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