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Proposed Closure of Denny’s in Santa Monica Could Mark Passing of an Era
July 28, 2015 -- Zina Josephs, who has lived in Santa Monica since 1969, can remember the days when there were plenty of coffee shops and diners to choose from if you wanted to a relaxing but economical meal out.

Santa Monica Bike Sharing, Car Sharing Programs Set for Approval
July 28, 2015 -- With some initial test runs coming soon, Santa Monica City officials are putting the finishing touches on much-anticipated bike sharing and car sharing programs meant to reduce the gridlock on city streets.

Santa Monica Center Banking on Major Fundraiser to Keep Doors Open
July 28,2015 --The beleaguered Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC), stripped of funding by the City of Santa Monica, is trying just about everything to raise cash so it can keep its doors open.

Santa Monica Police Will Test Body Cameras On Officers
July 27, 2015 -- Four months after an African-American man claimed officers used excessive force  during his arrest at a local park, Santa Monica police announced the department will begin testing body cameras for officers in a pilot program.

Planning Panel Backs Downtown Santa Monica Mixed-Use Project
July 27, 2015 -- The Planning Commission on Wednesday voted 4-1 to recommend the City Council approve a 52,000-square-foot mixed-use development on 5th Street between Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway but suggested some minor changes be made to the project.

Turf Replacement Rebates Still Open to Santa Monica Residents
July 27, 2015 -- Metropolitan Water District customers looking to get paid to replace water-guzzling lawns quickly learn from the utility's SoCal WaterSmart website that funding for the $340 million program “has been exhausted.”

Santa Monica Planning Commission Supports Denny’s Replacement Project
July 24, 2015 -- A proposed mixed-used development at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Colorado Avenue currently occupied by Denny’s came closer to final approval Wednesday night when the Planning Commission gave a unanimous endorsement.

Santa Monica Slow-Growth Activists Launch Investigation of Controversial Hire and Fire Decision
July 24, 2015 -- A Santa Monica activist organization is launching its own investigation into the City’s controversial hiring of a communications director who was then abruptly fired, allegedly after her political activities came to light.

Santa Monica College Awards Chui L. Tsang Scholarship to Undocumented Student
July 24, 2015 -- A Santa Monica College student who overcame poverty and her undocumented immigration status to transfer to UCLA was the winner of the third annual Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship.

Santa Monica to Explore Locations, Requirements for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
July 23, 2015 -- With medical marijuana dispensaries now allowed under Santa Monica’s new zoning code, the City is expected to start discussing how best to “allocate” them and possibly require that they offer free or discounted services for some patients.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Could Face Increased Health Care Contributions
July 23, 2015 -- With $64.7 million in unfunded retiree health care costs looming, a finance board is asking the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to more than double its annual contribution so it can pay down its debt.

Santa Monica Launches New Realtime Bus App
July 23, 2015 -- Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus has become the second transit agency in California to offer “realtime” data that allows passengers to know where their bus is and when it is expected to arrive at their stop.

Talk of Splitting Santa Monica-Malibu School District Gains Momentum
July 22, 2015 -- Talk of Malibu schools seceding from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is gaining momentum, with experts reporting that such a split will not create a “substantial negative effect” for either entity.

Santa Monica Creates Federal Priorities List
July 22, 2015 -- Santa Monica's wish-list to Uncle Sam is a long one. The City's 2015 Federal Agenda, the first of what will be regular reports delivered annually to the City Council, is up for approval as part of the consent calendar at Tuesday’s City  Council meeting.

Santa Monica College Steps Transfer Efforts
July 22, 2015 -- Already at the top of the class for transferring students to the University at California system, Santa Monica College (SMC) is stepping up efforts to improve its record as it prepares for California’s new Transfer Pathways Initiative.

Town Hall Meeting Set as VA Makes Progress Housing Homeless Vets
July 21, 2015 -- As part of a far-reaching plan to end homelessness among veterans in Los Angeles County, officials will meet face-to-face with homeless veterans at a town hall-style meeting this week, Veterans Administration (VA) officials announced.

Santa Monica Area Supervisor's County Minimum Wage Law Up for Vote
July 21, 2015 -- A motion by Santa Monica-area Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to raise the minimum wage for workers in unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, as well as for all county workers, is scheduled for a vote by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

Saint John's in Santa Monica Installs Hi-Tech Disinfection System
July 21, 2015 -- Already ranked among the best in the nation for preventing in-patient infections, Providence Saint John's Medical Center in Santa Monica has now gone even further, installing state-of-the-art equipment to clean and disinfect rooms after traditional house-cleaning is completed, officials announced.

Council Wants Santa Monica Government Ethics Code
July 20, 2015 -- Santa Monica officials and candidates as well as those who do business with the City could soon be forced to meet the standards of an official ethics code. 

Experts Will Tackle Water Crisis During Event at Santa Monica Library
July 20, 2015 -- A panel of experts will discuss California’s water crisis, climate change and other aspects of the drought at a presentation this month at the Santa Monica Public Library, officials announced.

Santa Monica City Officials Want to Get Tough on “Wage Theft”
July 20, 2015 -- With Santa Monica contemplating an ordinance to boost its minimum wage, City officials are exploring ways to enforce it.

Santa Monica City Approves $710,000 Settlement in Hiring Case
July 17, 2015 -- Santa Monica officials Tuesday approved a $710,000 settlement of a lawsuit filed by a woman who was hired and then fired as the City’s communications chief, allegedly after her political activities came to light.

Santa Monica Schools Superintendent Gets New Contract
July 17, 2015 -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra L. Lyon was granted a new three-year contract Wednesday, raising her salary to $239,200 annually, among the highest in California.

Two New House Principals Approved by SMMUSD for Santa Monica High School
July 17, 2015 -- Two new house principals for Santa Monica High School officially assumed their posts Thursday after being approved by the  School Board, officials announced.

Santa Monica City Council Poised to Approve Budget Audit Subcommittee
July 16, 2015 -- Criticized for the way the City handles its governance and finances, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday delayed a vote to approve the creation of a subcommittee to oversee auditing of the budget.

Santa Monica Officials Call FAA “Frustrating”
July 16, 2015 -- A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hearing last week in Washington D.C. on the fate of Santa Monica Airport left the attending City officials feeling frustrated with the agency, but satisfied they have a strong ally in Congressman Ted Lieu.

Santa Monica Council Tackles Airport Leases
July 16, 2015 -- The City Council on Tuesday approved some of the lease renewals for tenants at Santa Monica Airport, but delayed action on the more controversial ones, including those that are aviation-related.

Santa Monica Seeks Federal Grant to Fight Drought
July 15, 2015 -- Santa Monica will go after federal money to help pay for new water-treatment equipment expected to save more than 5 billion gallons a year once it’s installed at the City’s runoff recycling facility.

El Nino Could Be Mixed Blessing for Santa Monica, Officials Warn
July 15, 2015 -- Rain may seem a godsend for Santa Monica and the rest of California, but the rainfall expected from El Nino conditions predicted for this fall could have a major downside.

Santa Monica College Student Headed to Stanford On Full Scholarship
July 15, 2015 -- A search on the Web reveals the odds Angela Smith beat to make it into Stanford University this fall.

 

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