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

Hotels Workers at Santa Monica DoubleTree Announce Decision to Join Union
June 14, 2017 -- After a 16-year battle, hotel workers employed by the DoubleTree in Santa Monica announced Tuesday they are joining UNITE Here Local 11, a hospitality workers union already representing employees at some of the larger local hotels.

Santa Monica Launches Program to Cap Water Use
June 14, 2017 -- A new Santa Monica law that caps water use for developments to the historical use levels for the site will go into effect July 1, City officals said this week.

Santa Monica Arts Community Torn Over Bergamot Conceptual Plan
June 13, 2017 -- A conceptual plan to redevelop the Bergamot Station Arts Center that includes a seven-story hotel has created a rift in Santa Monica's art community as it heads to the City Council tonight.

Santa Monica City Set to Purchase New Video Production Truck, Equipment
June 13, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica is proposing to spend $625,471 for a new video production truck and equipment, saying the current version is at the end of a 15-year life cycle and already sometimes failing.

Santa Monica College to Celebrate America This Month
June 13, 2017 -- Sana Monica's College's annual “Celebrate America” event -- which includes fireworks and entertainment -- will be held this year on Saturday, June 24, college officials announced Monday.

Facing Deficit, Santa Monica Rent Board Raises Registration Fee
June 12, 2017 -- Not wanting to dig into the reserve fund to overcome a projected budget deficit in excess of $500,000 for the next fiscal year, the Santa Monica Rent Control Board decided Thursday that it would make up the money by raising landlords’ registration fees.

Santa Monica Road Rage Leads to Carjacking, Injured Victim in Wheelchair
June 12, 2017 -- (Updated) A case of road rage in Santa Monica's congested Downtown Saturday took a bizarre turn when the angry driver's pickup was carjacked while he argued with a bicyclist, according to police.

Santa Monica Councilman Challenges President on Environment
June 12, 2017 -- When President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate accord, the decision received a mixed reaction nationwide and a mostly negative reception in left-leaning Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Board Sets Maximum $40 Monthly Rent Increase
June 9, 2017 -- Monthly residential rent charges of controlled units in Santa Monica could increase as much as 2 percent or $40, whichever is smaller, beginning in September.

UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica Wins Certification as Primary Stroke Center

June 9, 2017 -- UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center, a designation that allows its Nethercutt Emergency Center to receive suspected stroke patients brought by paramedics, hospital officials announced Friday.

Santa Monica Council Could Further Restrict Short-Term Rentals
June 9, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica already has arguably the strongest restrictions on the short-term rental business popularized by companies such as Airbnb. And those restrictions could go further with a proposal that the City Council will consider on Tuesday.

Santa Monica Council to Take Next Step in Bergamot Arts Center Development
June 8, 2017 -- A Santa Monica arts enclave on City owned land could be the future home of a seven-story hotel under a conceptual plan to preserve the cultural site that will go before the City Council Tuesday.

Santa Monica College to Offer Program for Teaching Transitional Kindergarten
June 8, 2017 -- Santa Monica College will become the first community college in California to offer a program that trains and certifies teachers for Transitional Kindergarten (TK), school officials announced Wednesday.

Titanic Exhibit at Reagan Library has Santa Monica Ties
June 8, 2017 -- In her nightgown, the frail grandmother leaned far over the ship’s railing and dropped the necklace into the dark water. But the iconic “Heart of the Ocean” is not lost to the depths of the sea. This “Titanic” movie prop, used by actress and Santa Monica native Gloria Stuart, is on view in a new exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum.

Residential Burglaries, Aggravated Assaults Rise in Santa Monica's North of Montana Area
June 7, 2017 -- While the number of serious crimes reported North of Montana has remained relatively stable since 2012, there has been an increase in the rate of residential burglaries and aggravated assaults this year, according to statistics provided to The Lookout by the Santa Monica Police Department.

Santa Monica Legislator's Affordable Housing Bill Clears Key Senate Committee
June 7, 2017 -- Legislation co-authored by Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom that would restore the authority of local governments to require affordable rental units took another step closer to becoming law Tuesday.

Dance Troupe Brings Unique Movement to Santa Monica's Tongva Park
June 7, 2017 -- Choreographer Mecca Vazie Andrews and "The MOVEMENT movement" will turn Santa Monica's Tongva Park into a stage Wednesday and Thursday night as the troupe performs a dance work created and adapted for the award-winning space.

City Wins Injunction to Keep Santa Monica Landlord from Rental Property
June 6, 2017 -- A Superior Court judge on Friday blocked an elderly landlord's access to the Santa Monica home he rents amid charges that he repeatedly entered the premises without providing proper notice to its young female tenants.

Santa Monica College to Celebrate Graduation Next Week
June 6, 2017 -- The youngest is 17, the oldest 71. Some took decades to get there, others breezed through in a semester or two. They are among the 3,753 students who will be awarded Associate Degrees and Certificates of Achievement this year by Santa Monica College (SMC).

Annual Ball Raises $45,000 for Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation
June 6, 2017 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation's gala dinner and dance competition last month raised $45,000 that will help fund programs at all district schools, Foundation officials announced Monday.

Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan Moves Ahead
June 5, 2017 -- The document that will guide development in Downtown Santa Monica over the next 20 years received the Planning Commission’s blessing last week and will head to the City Council for possible passage next month.

Busy Week for Santa Monica Legislators Sees Passage of 12 Bills
June 5, 2017 -- A total of 12 bills authored by Santa Monica’s State legislators -- Sen. Ben Allen and Assemblyman Richard Bloom -- passed their respective houses last week by the Friday deadline.

Electronic Music Pioneer's Works to Be Performed at Santa Monica Library
June 5, 2017 -- Works by pioneering electronic composer Pauline Oliveros -- whose soundscapes have entranced listeners for more than 50 years -- will be performed this week at the Santa Monica Public Library.

Assembly Passes Two of Santa Monica Legislators’ Housing Bills
June 2, 2017 -- Two pieces of legislation proposed by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, whose district includes Santa Monica, that are aimed at tackling what he calls California’s “housing crisis” easily passed in the State Assembly on Thursday.

Santa Monica Police Assessing Body Cameras’ Effectiveness
June 2, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) completed a six-month pilot program in March in which some officers and civilian personnel wore body cameras. And now the department is working with researchers at Cal State Fullerton to determine the effectiveness of those cameras.

Santa Monica College's Law Pathway Program Marks First Year
June 2, 2017 -- Ten students from Santa Monica College's Law Pathway Program have earned priority admission review at six California law schools, college officials announced this week.

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