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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- AUGUST 2018

Updated Santa Monica-Malibu School District Credit Ratings to Save Taxpayers $10 Million
August 31, 2018 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District got a boost from the nation's top credit agencies as it prepares to place a record $680 million in bonds on the November ballot, District officials announced Friday.

Two Housing Bills Sponsored by Santa Monica Lawmaker Approved by State Assembly
August 31, 2018 -- Two housing bills sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom were approved by the State Assembly on Thursday. One bill addresses inconsistencies in the application of housing density bonuses on the coast, the other reforms the process for determining and apportioning regional housing needs.

LETTERS: Bird Rewarded After Failing During Trail Period
August 31, 2018 -- After operating without a license and paying more than $300,000 in fines, Bird already has had its trial period and has failed the public.

EXTRA Bird, Lime Named Among Companies Allowed to Rent E-Scooters in Santa Monica Pilot Program
August 30, 2018 -- After being initially shunned, the two popular but troublesome startups driving the e-scooter craze in Santa Monica on Thursday were named to participate in a 16-month City pilot program testing how such devices will be regulated.

Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder of Woman on Santa Monica Pier
August 30, 2018 -- A Rancho Cucamonga man with a felony record was charged Thursday with attempted murder in the shooting of a woman on the Santa Monica Pier earlier this month.

Santa Monica Council Bans E-Scooters and Other Motorized Devices from Beach Bike Path, Pier and Parks
August 30, 2018 -- Reeling from a summer of electric-scooter-related chaos on already jammed byways, the Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday to ban all electric and motorized devices from its beach bike path, the Pier and City parks.

Santa Monica Pier Partners with Lyft to Offer Ride Services
August 29, 2018 -- The national rideshare company Lyft has entered into an agreement with the Santa Monica Pier Corporation (SMPC) to provide transport service throughout the Downtown, pier officials announced this week.

Art that Pops at Santa Monica College
August 28, 2018 -- Legendary pop artists Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and John Baldessari -- who created many of his major works in a Main Street studio in Santa Monica -- are among the artists on exhibit at Santa Monica College next month.

Top Voting Demographics Expert Advised City, Activists on Santa Monica Redistricting
August 28, 2018 -- An expert in California voting demographics authored a report for Santa Monica officials and also advised neighborhood activists on redistricting during a voting rights lawsuit against the City. (Editor's note: This article was updated Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. to include a statement from the City.)

Incident at Roosevelt Elementary Prompts Changes to After School Safety Protocols
August 27, 2018 -- Officials at Roosevelt Elementary School are boosting security and changing safety protocols after an unknown woman last week tried to persuade a seven-year-old student to leave the campus with her, school officials said.

Santa Monica Gives Out First "Wellbeing Microgrants"
August 24, 2018 -- Eight Pico Neighborhood residents have received $500 each to develop "community-building" projects as part of a Wellbeing Microgrants Program, Santa Monica City officials announced this week.

Santa Monica Prepares to Update Its Traffic Code Amid a Scooter Craze
August 27, 2018 -- Decades ago, when sections of the Santa Monica municipal code were written regulating vehicles on City streets and paths, electric scooters were still years in the future. On Tuesday, the City Council is expected to update the code to keep up with the new craze.

Restored Quickie Aircraft on Display at Museum of Flying
August 27, 2018 -- A two-seat adaptation of the Quickie Aircraft conceived by iconic aircraft designer Burt Rutan will be on display at Santa Monica Airport's Museum of Flying starting Sunday.

Tesla Seeks to Install Charging Stations in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure
August 24, 2018 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday is expected to pave the way for the installation of ten Tesla charging stations in a public parking structure at Santa Monica Place.

Sellers Have Until Labor Day to Register for Citywide Yard Sale
August 24, 2018 -- From a good read to a used set of wheels, there's a chance you can find it at Santa Monica's 8th Annual Citywide Yard Sale next month.

Woman Shot on Santa Monica Pier
August 23, 2018 -- A woman who was shot on the Santa Monica Pier shortly before dawn on Thursday is recuperating at a local hospital but is failing to cooperate with authorities, police said.

Santa Monica College Planetarium Offers Prelude to Apollo 11
August 23, 2018 -- Fifty years ago, amid the upheavals of the late-sixties, scientists and astronauts worked in a technological bubble preparing for a historic event that now seems inevitable.

Santa Monica Residents Appeal Cell Sites
August 23, 2018 -- Three Santa Monica residents have appealed the City's plans to install small Sprint cell sites atop street poles on residential streets, saying they pose health risks and decrease property values.

Santa Monica Man Found Guilty of Samohi Grad's Murder
August 22, 2018 -- A Santa Monica man faces 40 years to life in prison after being found guilty Tuesday of the murder of an 18-year-old Samohi graduate last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

Santa Monica Airport Advisor Tapped for Top Hermosa Beach Post
August 22, 2018 -- Following in the footsteps of Santa Monica City officials who have left to run other cities, airport advisor Suja Lowenthal will take the reins at Hermosa Beach.

Santa Monica Jazz on the Lawn Wraps Up Sunday with Hot Salsa
August 22, 2018 -- Santa Monica's popular Jazz on the Lawn concert series wraps up Sunday with the hot tropical sound of Orquesta Tabaco y Ron.

Air Traffic Reaches Holding Pattern at Santa Monica Airport
August 21, 2018 -- Departures from Santa Monica Airport have fallen into a holding pattern since the runway was shortened in December, according to City data released this week.

City Resolves Two Minimum Wage Cases at Santa Monica Hotel
August 21, 2018 -- Two wage enforcement cases at the Loews Hotel in Santa Monica have been resolved by the City Attorney's office working with County officials, the City announced Tuesday.

Bird Donates $50,000 Matching Grant to Santa Monica Education Foundation
August 20, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Education Foundation on Monday announced it received a $50,000 matching grant from Bird, which recently saw its chances of operating its electric scooter business in the beach city dwindle.

Santa Monica City Council Ballot Thinnest in Decades
August 20, 2018 -- Seven candidates for City Council will appear on the November ballot in Santa Monica, making it the thinnest field in the past 30 years.

Infected Tourist Prompts Measles Warning in Santa Monica
August 20, 2018 -- A tourist who visited Santa Monica earlier this month was infected with the measles and may have spread it to others, Los Angeles County Health officials said this weekend.

Downtown Santa Monica Officials Share Successes, Challenges
August 17, 2018 -- Downtown Santa Monica continues to drive the beach city's economy, generating more than $1.1 billion in taxable sales last year, but it faces challenges -- from an increase in homelessness to competition from online retailers.

Ex-Convict Sentenced to Life in Santa Monica Officer's Shooting
August 17, 2018 -- An ex-convict who seriously wounded a Santa Monica police officer during a traffic stop in 2010 was sentenced Thursday to 125 years to life in prison.

New State Housing Laws will Have Little Impact on Santa Monica, City Planning Director Says
August 16, 2018 -- The California Legislature had a busy year in 2017 addressing the state's housing crunch, but few of the bills signed into law will have an impact on Santa Monica, according to the City's top planning official.

Santa Monica Expands Plastic Ban
August 15, 2018 -- Santa Monica took another step towards achieving zero waste by 2030 when the Council expanded a local ban on single-use plastics Tuesday night.

Two Major Scooter Companies Rally Supporters After Snub From Santa Monica City Officials
August 14, 2018 -- There is no item on Tuesday night's City Council agenda that addresses the issue of electric scooters. But that didn't stop two of the largest companies competing for a coveted contract to operate a pilot program in Santa Monica from descending on City Hall.

Vazquez Council Seat to Likely Open After November Election
August 14, 2018 -- A fourth seat on the Santa Monica City Council will likely become vacant when the votes are counted in the race for three open seats November 6.

Study Surfaces That Could Aid Plaintiffs in Voting Rights Case Against City
August 13, 2018 -- Lawyers for the plaintiffs in a voting rights lawsuit against the City are trying to obtain a report they contend shows a pattern of polarized voting in Santa Monica. The report commissioned by the City surfaced during a deposition Thursday with Councilmember Tony Vazquez.

Third Slow Growth Activist Drops Potential Council Bid
August 13, 2018 -- Nine candidates for Santa Monca City Council filed nominating papers by Friday's deadline, with three leaders of the slow-growth movement choosing not to file.

Two Santa Monica Ballot Initiatives Draw No Opposing Arguments
August 10, 2018 -- You wouldn't know Santa Monica was embroiled in a development war from the reaction to a ballot initiative that addresses the height of new buildings. The measure will appear on the ballot with no opposing argument.

Councilmembers Seek Changes to Strengthen Santa Monica's Tenant Protections
August 9, 2018 -- Worried that long-time rent control tenants will be increasingly displaced in Santa Monica's heated real estate market, two Councilmembers are recommending that staff revisit local renter protections.

O'Connor Submits Nominating Papers for Santa Monica Council
August 9, 2018 -- Councilmember Pam O'Connor submitted her nominating petitions Thursday afternoon, becoming the final incumbent to do so in the race for three open seats.

Another Iconic Santa Monica Venue to Shutter Its Doors
August 8, 2018 -- When Santa Monica rings in the new year it will bid farewell to yet another local establishment that put a stamp on Southern California's cultural scene. After 46 years on Pico Boulevard, Valentino will close its doors.

Ballot Arguments Underscore Key Differences Over Term Limits For Santa Monica Council
August 8, 2018 -- Term limits would either bring new perspectives to a City Council whose members often serve "virtually lifelong" terms or pave the way for "novice" elected officials beholden to the City bureaucracy.

Two Slow-Growth Challengers No Longer Council Hopefuls
August 7, 2018 -- Two slow-growth council hopefuls who had been intent on mounting a stiff challenge against Santa Monica incumbents have decided not to enter the race for three open seats.

Santa Monica College Unveils “Promise Program” to Encourage Full-Time Enrollment
August 7, 2018 -- It will become easier for financially strapped students from Los Angeles area high schools to enroll full-time at Santa Monica College this year thanks to a new program..

Minimum Wage Law Has Had No Major Impact on Santa Monica Economy, Report Finds
August 2, 2018 -- Two years after being implemented, Santa Monica's minimum wage law has apparently had no "substantive impact" on the local economy, although some consumers may have been feeling the pinch, according to an update by City staff.

Santa Monica Voters Faced with Four Measures on November Ballot
August 1, 2018 -- Santa Monica voters will decide the fate of four ballot measures November 6 -- ranging from changes in requirements to serve on boards and commissions to a record bond for the School District.

Journey to Help Make Route 66 a National Trail Ends in Santa Monica This Week
August 1, 2018 -- A nearly 2,500-mile journey to help make Route 66 a National Historic Trail will end Friday at a drive-in diner in Santa Monica blocks from the end of America's most storied highway.

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