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Santa Monica Pier Only Beach Area Left Under County Advisory
August 10, 2021 -- The area around the Santa Monica pier remained the last beach under a health advisory for high levels of bacteria updated by Los Angeles County Health officials on Tuesday.

Santa Monica College to Hold Open Houses for Dance, Theatre Departments
August 10, 2021 -- The public will get a behind-the-scenes look at Santa Monica College's (SMC) performing arts programs when its Dance and Theatre Arts departments hold virtual open houses next week.

Schools Superintendent Recommends Mandatory Staff Vaccinations, Outdoor Masking
August 9, 2021 -- District Superintendent Ben Drati said Monday that he is recommending the School Board approve mandatory staff vaccinations and universal masking on all campuses at a special meeting Tuesday.

Main Street Collision Marks Third Pedestrian Death This Year
August 9, 2021 -- A woman was struck and killed by a vehicle on Main Street early Saturday morning, marking the third pedestrian fatality in Santa Monica this year.

SPECIAL REPORT -- Discarded Face Masks Flooding Oceans, Reports Find
Masks on the beach August 6, 2021 -- More masks and gloves have been removed from Santa Monica Bay beaches over the past year than common items such as glass bottles, according to data from Heal The Bay's Coastal Cleanups. The impact of the COVID-19 emergency and widespread mandates requiring the use of face masks is being chronicled in oceans across the globe.

Tourism Agency Announces Leadership Changes
August 6, 2021 -- Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT) recently promoted three members of its Executive Leadership Team and saw several shifts made within its Board, agency officials announced.

Downtown Officials Unveil Plan to Revitalize The Promenade
August 5, 2021 -- Imagine visiting the Promenade and enjoying a concert at a cultural venue, browsing a makers market at a new Town Square, then topping off the night at a rooftop bar or underground hideaway.

Health Advisory Issued for Water Near Pier
August 5, 2021 -- Swimmers and surfers should stay out of the water near the Santa Monica Pier after Los Angeles County Health officials detected high levels of bacteria from the massive Hyperion sewage spill.

City Launches Effort to Ensure Needy Households Apply for Relief
August 4, 2021 -- Santa Monica on Wednesday launched an outreach program to ensure residential tenants and landlords who have fallen behind on rent or utility payments have a chance to apply for financial relief from the State.

Nicolas Ralph Sloan Hit-and-Run Driver Charged with Murder Outside Santa Monica Bar
August 4, 2021 -- A man suspected of a fatal hit-and-run while driving drunk outside a Santa Monica bar early Monday has been charged with murder.

Special Interests Help Bloom Amass Large Warchest in Supervisor Race
August 3, 2021 – Assemblymember Richard Bloom raised more than $500,000 in six months in the race for County Supervisor thanks in large part to maximum donations from dozens of unions and special interest groups.

Santa Monica Senior Building Accepting Applications
August 3, 2021 -- The City of Santa Monica is taking applications for 39 one-bedroom units with private balconies in a senior building that will soon complete construction near Downtown.

Santa Monica Vaccination Rate Tops 80 Percent
August 2, 2021 -- There were 181 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Santa Monica last week -- the second-highest weekly tally since January -- as the city's vaccination rate topped 80 percent.

City Turns Page in Library Leadership
August 2, 2021 -- Erica Cuyugan -- who manages system-wide library operations -- will replace City Librarian Patty Wong when she leaves her post September 5, City officials announced Monday.

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