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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- JuLY 2017

'Queen of Reggae' Featured at Santa Monica Pier Concert This Week
July 10, 2017 -- After Independence week off, the 33rd Annual Twilight Concert Series returns to the Santa Monica Pier Thursday with a performance by Marcia Griffiths, whose vocals provided the rich harmonies for Bob Marley’s classic recordings.

Architect of Design for a Less Congested but More Crowded Downtown Santa Monica Weighs In
July 7, 2017 -- It has been called everything from a bold model to disastrous. And no wonder. The City of Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan (DCP) banks on the ability of people to embrace lifestyles far less reliant on cars, and designs a future that accommodates some 3 million additional square feet of development and a much larger residential population -- all without worsening traffic.

Proposed Santa Monica Police Contract Includes 11 Percent Raises over Three Years
July 7, 2017 -- Santa Monica police officers receive an 11 percent pay increase over three years and see a hike in the amount they contribute towards their pensions under a proposed contract set to go to the City Council on Tuesday.

New Recreational Space Opens at Santa Monica Airport
July 7, 2017 -- It still looks more like a parking lot than a park, but the former lot used for aircraft tie-downs marks the latest concrete step in the transformation of Santa Monica Airport.

Santa Monica Chamber Opposes Proposal for Voter Approval of Large Developments Downtown
July 6, 2017 -- Santa Monica’s biggest business group says a plan guiding development downtown through 2030 fails to provide enough housing and is too harsh on a trio of big hotel-mixed use projects, including possible requirements for public approval.

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus to Drop Fare Fares for TAP Card Users
July 6, 2017 -- In an effort to go cashless at its bus stops, Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus (BBB) system is dropping the cost of a regular one-way trip from $1.25 to $1.10 if the customer uses a Transit Access Pass (TAP) card instead of money.

Santa Monica Celebrates Park and Recreation Month July 6, 2017 -- Those who have wondered what it takes to play a ukulele, grow an organic plant or twirl a hula hoop can learn to do all of these when Santa Monica celebrates Park and Recreation Month in July. Those are among the activities featured during the City's How To Festival on July 22.

No Major Public Park in Final Draft of Downtown Santa Monica Plan
July 5, 2017 -- A proposal by slow-growth advocates for a major public park in the heart of downtown has been rejected by staff in the final draft of a City plan guiding the future development of Santa Monica's central business district.

Santa Monica Rents Continue to Rise, New Survey Finds
July 5, 2017 -- Santa Monica apartment rental rates -- already among Southern California's highest -- inched up 1.1 percent in June, marking the fifth consecutive month rents have increased, a new survey has found.

Samuel Beckett Returns to Santa Monica
July 5, 2017 -- Samuel Beckett's often despairing take on life may not seem a good fit for sunny, carefree Santa Monica, but the late Nobel-winning author seems to have gained a foothold in the beachside city. The odd-ball relationship continues Sunday with a string quartet setting of Beckett's 1965 prose piece "Imagination Dead Imagine."

Theft Top Reported Crime in Santa Monica During First Half of Year
July 3, 2017 -- As is the case in most years, various forms of theft accounted for the most reported type of crime in the first half of 2017, according to the Santa Monica Open Data Portal.

Santa Monica Hotel Workers Want to Know Who They Work For
July 3, 2017 -- At the request of unionized hotel workers, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously last week to instruct City staff to draw up legal language to make it a requirement that the “true owner” of a hotel be disclosed.

Santa Monica Library Heads Back to the Beach
July 3, 2017 -- For the third year in a row, the Santa Monica Public Library is heading back to the beach this summer when it launches "SMPL at the Beach 2017" Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Annenberg Community Beach House

Crowd Size at Santa Monica Concert Smaller Than Reported, Pier Officials Say
June 30, 2017 -- A widely reported estimate of 60,000 people coming to last week's Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier has triggered lots of negative reaction among City officials. But Pier officials claim the crowd size was much smaller than reported, and they say they have the proof.

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