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Report Finds Fewer Santa Monica City Employees Commuting Solo
September 29, 2016 -- Criticized for the number of municipal employees driving alone to work, the City of Santa Monica on Wednesday said it is now a modestly better role model for the "multimodal" future it champions for congested downtown.

Santa Monica Police Excessive Force Case Cost Rises to More Than $2 Million
September 29, 2016 -- Without comment, the Santa Monica City Council voted on Tuesday not to appeal a federal jury’s decision to award $1.1 million to an African American man who alleged police used excessive force when arresting him last year at Virginia Avenue Park’s electric vehicle charging station.

Santa Monica Courthouse Evacuated After Report of Suspicious Package
September 29, 2016 -- The Santa Monica Courthouse was temporarily evacuated at around 2 p.m. Wednesday and the public warned to stay away as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s bomb squad handled a “suspicious package” on the grounds outside, authorities said.

FAA Opens Probe of City Plans to Close Santa Monica Airport
September 28, 2016 -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is opening an investigation into the City Council’s new plans to finally close Santa Monica Airport, according to a letter the City said it received from the agency Monday.

Santa Monica Program to Help Poor and Elderly with Rent Halted Before Starting
September 28, 2016 -- A last-chance effort primarily aimed at saving Santa Monica's elderly and poor tenants from eviction because they can’t make the rent has stalled before it could start, after the City learned need far outstripped funding.

Santa Monica Assemblyman's "Granny Flats" Bill Signed into Law
September 28, 2016 -- A bill sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom that will make second units, commonly known as "granny flats," easier to build was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday.

Neighborhood Forum Pits Santa Monica Council Incumbents, Challengers
September 27, 2016 -- Candidates in a ten-way race for four seats on the Santa Monica City Council face off Wednesday on issues such as traffic and development in the first such forum jointly sponsored by neighborhood associations.

Santa Monica Education Group Backs Incumbents, Opposes LV
September 27, 2016 -- The Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS), which was a major player in the 2014 election, announced Thursday its endorsement of the four Santa Monica City Council incumbents seeking re-election.

Santa Monica Airport Park Expansion Moving Forward
September 27, 2016 -- Despite an ongoing battle to close Santa Monica Airport, the City’s plan to expand Airport Park is moving along as scheduled and now features 12 additional acres of everything from new sports fields and places to play to picnic areas and a native meadow habitat.

Santa Monica City Attorney Announces Retirement
September 26, 2016 -- City Attorney Marsha Moutrie, who has held Santa Monica’s top legal post for more than two decades and guided the City’s legal battles that often put it in the national spotlight, announced late Friday that she would retire at the end of the year.

Governor Signs Santa Monica Lawmaker’s Bill Against Israel Boycotts
September 26, 2016 -- Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s bill prohibiting the State from doing business with contractors that boycott the nation of Israel was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Santa Monica College Launches New Media Lecture Series
September 26, 2016 -- Santa Monica College will launch a new lecture series next month that presents a line-up of communication and media industry professionals who will talk about their work, college officials announced Friday.

Santa Monica-Malibu School Board members Kneel to Protest Police Shooting
September 23, 2016 -- Two Santa Monica-Malibu School Board members knelt during the pledge of allegiance at the board's meeting Thursday night to protest the police shooting this week of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Picture of Penguin Coffee Shop Sign Restaurant Returning to Santa Monica’s Old Penguin Coffee Shop Location
September 23, 2016 -- After being used as a dental office for nearly 25 years, the building on Lincoln Boulevard that once housed the Penguin Coffee Shop will soon become a restaurant again.

City Proposes Santa Monica Rent Assistance Program
September 23, 2016 -- Santa Monica residents most in need of assistance to afford their monthly rent could soon get help from the local government with a proposed pilot program.

New Study Finds Santa Monica Far Down List of Best Places to Raise Families
September 22, 2016 -- Surf, sun and fun aside, Santa Monica is not even close to California’s best place to raise a family, a new study has found.

Santa Monica Hires Gilroy Transportation Engineer
September 22, 2016 -- The former transportation engineer for a farmland-turned-suburban community outside of San Jose has been hired by Santa Monica to lead the City division handling issues that include traffic flow and safety, City officials announced Wednesday.

Detail of Santa Monica Review Cover Santa Monica Review to Launch New Issue
September 22, 2016
-- The Santa Monica Review will launch its Fall 2016 issue next month with a party featuring readings by four of its contributors, Santa Monica College (SMC) officials announced this week.

Santa Monica Airport Tenant Seeks Emergency FAA Order to Stop Eviction
September 21, 2016 -- Given 30 days to vacate, the tenant responsible for most aviation at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) asked federal authorities Monday for an emergency “cease and desist” order to stop its eviction by the City.

Rendering of Clear Orb Mysterious Giant Orb and Other Renewable Energy Projects Proposed off Santa Monica Pier
September 21, 2016 -- Of all the sights you’d ever expect to witness off the iconic Santa Monica Pier, a mysterious giant orb aglow on nearby ocean waters probably isn’t one of them.

Santa Monica Pier Movie Series Announces Lineup
September 21, 2016
-- From a food documentary to an episode of "Star Wars," the Santa Monica Pier is offering an eclectic lineup of films during its Front Porch Cinema series, pier officials announced Tuesday.

Another Step This Week in Transformation of Santa Monica's Lincoln Boulevard
September 20, 2016 -- Moving from Santa Monica’s backlog of proposed developments, a project to replace the now vacant site of Aaron Brothers Art and Framing on Lincoln Boulevard with a five-story mixed-use apartment complex heads to the Planning Commission on Wednesday.

Santa Monica Coalition Endorses Slow Growth Initiative
September 20, 2016 -- A measure on the November 8 ballot requiring a public vote of most new developments taller than 32 feet won the formal endorsement Monday of one of Santa Monica’s largest and most outspoken grassroots organizations.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article stated that Council member Sue Himmelrich is an opponent of Measure LV. She neither supports nor opposes it.

Picture of Joseph Cevetello Santa Monica Hires New Chief Information Officer
September 20, 2016 -- Joseph Cevetello will become the City's second Chief Information Officer since the internet was in its infancy, City officials announced Monday.

Santa Monica City Employees Back Council Incumbents, Oppose LUVE
September 19, 2016 -- The Coalition of Santa Monica City Employees (CSMCE), which represents the City’s more than 1,600 non-public safety workers, has endorsed the four council incumbents and recommended voters reject the slow-growth LUVE Initiative.

Santa Monica Quaker School Receives Commission Approval
September 19, 2016 -- After hearing from numerous speakers in favor and opposed to the project, the Santa Monica Planning Commission earlier this month approved a request from the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) for a conditional-use permit to operate childcare and early education at its facility on Harvard Street.

Santa Monica College Celebrates Hispanic Hertitage Month
September 19, 2016 -- Music and the written word will be showcased during Santa Monica College's celebration of Hispanic Heritage month starting this week.

Major Santa Monica Airport Tenant Issued Eviction Notice
September 16, 2016 -- A major tenant responsible for most of the aviation operations at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) was issued a 30-day notice to vacate on Thursday, City officials said.

Santa Monica Police and Firefighters Endorse Council Incumbents, No Vote on LUVE
September 16, 2016 -- The four incumbents in this year’s City Council race won influential and well-funded endorsements on Wednesday from Santa Monica’s public safety unions.

College, School Boards to Hold Annual Joint Meeting
September 16, 2016 -- The Santa Monica College and Santa Monica-Malibu School boards will hold a second annual special joint meeting on Tuesday to gauge the progress of mutual goals established a year ago.

City Leaders Speak Favorably About Olympics in Santa Monica
September 15,, 2016 -- The City Council on Tuesday approved steps toward making Santa Monica the host of beach volleyball in the 2024 Olympics if the Los Angeles area is picked as the site for the games.

Santa Monica Launches Project to Combat Human Trafficking
September 15, 2016 -- Santa Monica officials are wasting no time in implementing a plan approved by the City Council Tuesday night to tackle human trafficking, the City Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Santa Monica Council Battles Human Trafficking, Supports Cheap Student Bus Passes
September 15, 2016 -- The Santa Monica City Council tackled the hot-button issues of human trafficking and environmental/traffic pollution with the passage of two measures at its meeting on Tuesday.

Santa Monica Reduces Local Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Report Concludes
September 14, 2016 -- Relying on everything from bike sharing to cleaner-running buses and more energy efficient buildings, Santa Monica ended a 15-year plan in 2015 to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent with greater reductions than anticipated, City officials said in a final report by the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

Santa Monica Education Foundation Raises $643,000
September 14, 2016 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) raised $643,336 in just five weeks following a $70,000 matching gift from a major corporate donor, officials announced Monday.

Santa Monica Wins Prestigious Health Prize
September 14, 2016 -- Santa Monica is one of seven cities awarded the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, City officials announced Wednesday morning.

Santa Monica Democratic Club Won't Support Slow Growth Ballot Measure
September 13, 2016 -- Joining a list of established names in Santa Monica political circles, the city’s Democratic Club voted Monday not to endorse a hotly debated measure on the November 8 ballot that gives voters the final say on most major developments.

Santa Monica Forward Endorses Council Incumbents, Tax Measures
September 13, 2016 -- Santa Monica Forward, one of two groups spearheading opposition to a slow-growth initiative on the November ballot, announced Monday that it is endorsing the four City Council incumbents running for re-election.

Play Commemorates Activists Who Saved Santa Monica Pier
September 13, 2016 -- Next time you find yourself enjoying the iconic Santa Monica Pier -- colorful, quirky and today a major tourist destination -- think about this:
Rendering of proposed island and causeway

Santa Monica Housing Developer Donates $125,000 to Oppose LV
September 12, 2016 -- NMS Properties, one of Santa Monica's largest housing developers, has donated $125,000 to one of the two organizations conducting campaigns against a slow-growth initiative on the November ballot.

 

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