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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- December 2019

Renown Public Artist to Help Decide Fate of Her "Muir Woods" Mural
December 19, 2019 -- The artist who created the "Muir Woods" mural four decades ago will return to Santa Monica to help decide the fate of the iconic artwork.

Santa Monica Council Approves Contract for Sidewalk Replacements
December 19, 2019 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.35 million contract to repair broken sidewalks across the city.

Court Gives Santa Monica Go-Ahead to Implement Housekeeper Workload Provisions
December 18, 2019 -- A U.S. District Court on Wednesday gave Santa Monica the go-ahead to implement the workload provisions in its hotel worker protection ordinance set to go into effect January 1.

Miramar's Annual Holiday Event Collects Nearly Four Tons of Food for the Needy
December 18, 2019 -- More than 1,000 Santa Monica residents donated nearly four tons of food at this year's annual Meet Me Under the Fig Tree celebration hosted by the Miramar Hotel this month.

LETTERS -- Santa Monica Property Owners Need to Wake Up
December 18, 20019 -- Once again the entire Santa Monica City Council -- comprised of 100 percent Santa Monica Renters' Rights candidates -- has thrown another wedge into the supply and demand housing equation.

Low-Income Santa Monica Tenants Win $1 Million Settlement
December 17, 2019 -- Nine low-income tenants displaced after the run-down SRO apartments they lived in near the Santa Monica Pier caught fire four years ago have won a $1 million settlement, their attorneys announced Monday.

Petition Seeks Annual Assessments of Social Service Programs Funded by the City
December 16, 2019 -- Santa Monica residents began circulating an online petition Sunday demanding the City conduct annual assessments of the social service agencies and programs it funds.

Santa Monica to Study Creating Two Bus-Only Lanes
December 16, 2019 -- (UPDATED) Santa Monica will study implementing two new bus-only lanes -- one on Pico Boulevard, the other on 4th Street -- to speed up service on the two busy routes.

'Santa Monica Takes Initial Step to Dramatically Boost Housing Production
December 13, 2019 -- Accepting the daunting task of building 9,000 new housing units over the next decade -- more than two-thirds of them affordable -- the City Council this week began exploring removing caps on development.

Shore Hotel Obtains Coastal Permits, Sets Aside Affordable Rooms
December 13, 2019 -- The Shore Hotel in Santa Monica must pay an additional $2.3 million in fees and set aside 72 moderately priced rooms in order to continue operating after opening the luxury hotel without the proper permits.

Suspect in Random Assault on Elderly Man Has Long Arrest Record
December 12, 2019 -- The suspect in an assault on an 87-year-old Santa Monica resident Saturday is part of a revolving-door court system that puts violators quickly back on the street, according to police and court records.

FAA Decision Against Santa Monica Doesn't Go Far Enough, Aviation Plaintiffs Contend
December 12, 2019 -- On Monday the plaintiffs in a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) compliant against the City filed an appeal seeking further reimbursement of airport funds and excessive landing fees.

OPINION -- Contrasting Visions of Santa Monica
The removal of the powerfully optimistic "Pleasures Along the Beach" left a hole in the public art space that, not coincidentally, was filled by Los Angeles activist and artist Ed Massey with "In the Image."

Santa Monica Moves to Offer Free Representation to Tenants Facing Eviction
December 11, 2019 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday took initial steps to fund representation for low-income tenants threatened with eviction in one of the nation's hottest rental markets.

McKeown Assumes Post as Santa Monica Mayor
December 11, 2019 – Councilmember Kevin McKeown was installed as Santa Monica's mayor Tuesday, marking the second time he holds the mostly ceremonial post.

Police Seek Additional Victims After Two Random Street Assaults on Elderly
December 10, 2019 -- An unprovoked attack on an elderly man on Saturday came three weeks after an elderly woman was brutally assaulted in another Santa Monica neighborhood by a different suspect.

EXTRA -- Santa Monica, Airbnb Settle Home-Sharing Battle
December 10, 2019 -- The City signed a major settlement agreement Tuesday with Airbnb, Inc. that is expected to "dramatically reduce" illegal listings under Santa Monica's pioneering home-sharing ordinance, City officials announced.

OPINION -- Free Big Blue Bus Service Can Ease Traffic Congestion
December 10, 2019 -- If the City of Santa Monica really wants to have an impact on reducing traffic on our congested streets, it should turn the Big Blue Bus into a free service.

Elderly Man Victim of Unprovoked Assault Downtown
December 9, 2019 -- Police arrested a suspect Saturday for the unprovoked assault of an elderly man in Downtown Santa Monica that afternoon.

Santa Monica Ranks Third in County for Pedestrian Crashes, Injuries
December 9, 2019 -- Santa Monica ranked near the top of the list of Los Angeles County cities with the most pedestrian crashes and injuries in 2018, according to a new report by a personal injury law firm.

Matching Grant from Miramar Hotel Kicks Off Ed Foundation's Last Fundraiser of 2019
December 9, 2019 -- Supporters of Santa Monica public schools have until December 31 to match a $25,000 grant to the Santa Monica Education Foundation from the Fairmont Miramar Hotel and its owner, the organization announced Monday.

First Two Revised SRO Developments Get Hearing
December 5, 2019 -- The first two market-rate SRO projects resubmitted under a settlement agreement between the developer and City got their first public hearing Monday.

Council to Consider Extending Exemption to Plastic Ban
December 5, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday will consider extending for another year an exemption that allows the use of cups and lids outlawed under its ban on single-use plastics.

Santa Monica Clings to Christmas Tradition
December 4, 2019 -- For 66 years, Santa Monica's nativity scenes have survived -- weathering funding crises, changes in public taste and a near-fatal attack from atheists. On Monday, the 14 quaintly anachronistic scenes will be back, lining the perimeter of Calvary Baptist Church.

SPECIAL REPORT -- Santa Monica Council Members Took 49 Official Trips in Past Two Years
December 3, 2019 -- One of the perks of winning a non-paying City Council seat in Santa Monica is traveling at taxpayers' expense -- with Vancouver, Montreal and Bonn, Germany among the destinations.

Suspect Arrested for Attempted Murder Released Pending Further Investigation
December 3, 2019 -- A suspect arrested Friday for a stabbing that took place on Santa Monica Beach earlier this year was released Tuesday after prosecutors requested further investigation of the case.

Homeless Winter Shelter Opens
December 3, 2019 -- As a winter storm blows in and temperatures begin to drop, Santa Monica's homeless can take shelter in Los Angeles.

FAA Finds Santa Monica Mishandled Airport Loans
December 2, 2019 -- In what aviation advocates called "a morsel of good news," the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last month found the City of Santa Monica mishandled loans to its airport.

LETTERS -- City Puts E-Scooter Company Profits Ahead of Public Safety
December 2, 2019 -- The City can keep on “studying” the e-scooter companies, but it needs to put safeguards in action immediately to protect residents.
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