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Santa Monica Hotels Poised for a Comeback
July 2, 2020 -- Santa Monica's tourism industry is back on track after the coronavirus shutdown, with nearly all of its 41 hotels open for business with heightened safety measures, tourism officials said.

Santa Monica Issues Face-Covering Order
July 2, 2020 -- Santa Monica customers who don't wear face coverings or maintain social distancing can be refused service and fined, according to an order issued by the City Thursday.

Three Suspects Arrested for Arson, Looting During Violent Protests in Santa Monica
Santa Monica arson, looting suspects July 1, 2020 -- (UPDATED) Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of setting fire to a sushi restaurant and looting seven Downtown Santa Monica businesses during violent protests in the beach city May 31. Micah Tillmon, 19, was arrested for arson, while Gisselle Alexis Pinto, 19, and Mynor Pinto, 18, were arrested for looting.

City Launches Rental Assistance Program for Tenants Impacted by Coronavirus Shutdown
July 1, 2020 -- Santa Monica tenants who can show they have been economically impacted by the coronavirus shutdown can begin applying for rental assistance from the City on Tuesday.

Congress Calls Out Hotel Workers Union

EXTRA -- Appeals Court Issues Tentative Opinion in Favor of City in Voting Rights Suit
June 30, 2020 -- A California Appeals Court on Tuesday issued a tentative opinion finding that Santa Monica's at-large election system does not intentionally discriminate against Latino voters. If finalized, it would reverse a lower court ruling ording Santa Monica to hold District elections.

police car arson suspect Police Seek Suspect in Police Car Fire During Protests
June 30, 2020 -- Police are looking for a suspect involved in setting a police car on fire during violent protests in Santa Monica on May 31. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.

Santa Monica Beaches, Pier Closed Over Holiday Weekend
June 30, 2020 -- Santa Monica beaches, as well as the Pier, will be closed over Independence Day weekend, with LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva saying his department would take a "Care First, Jail Last" approach.

EXTRA -- Santa Monica Surpasses 400 Coronavirus Cases, as County Cases Top 100,000
June 29, 2020 -- Confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica reached 401 on Sunday, as the County surpassed 100,000 reported cases. The 41 cases reported in Santa Monica last week was the highest weekly tally since a record 52 cases were confirmed during the first week of June.

Santa Monica Bars, Restaurants Can Only Serve Drinks With Meals
June 29, 2020 -- Bars, pubs and breweries in Los Angeles County must close down once again or serve drinks only to those who order sit-down meals, under an order issued Sunday by Governor Gavin Newsom.

LETTERS -- Public Needs Full, Transparent Police Investigation
June 29, 2020 -- When it comes to investigating the police actions on May 31, the public is entitled to a full and transparent investigation. That's not what it's getting.

Council Approves Drastically Reduced Budget, Carves Out Funding for 'Black Agenda'
June 26, 2020 -- The City on Tuesday approved a $613.6 million budget decimated by the coronavirus shutdown that provides last-minute funding for "racial justice initiatives" in the wake of nationwide protests against police.

Body Found in Park Was 11th Public Suicide in Santa Monica in Two and a Half Years
June 26, 2016 -- The death of a Santa Monica man whose body was found in a local park early Monday morning has been ruled a suicide, the 11th committed in a public space in two and a half years.

Santa Monica Businesses Go Outdoors
June 25, 2020 -- Santa Monica's shopping districts will begin looking a little more like bazaars after the City on Thursday gave merchants and restaurants the go-ahead to expand in front of their businesses.

Santa Monica Pier Begins 'Phased Reopening'
June 25, 2020 -- More than three months after shutting down during the coronavirus emergency, the Santa Monica Pier began a phased reopening Wednesday that requires visitors to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.

Fireworks Are Illegal in Santa Monica, Fire Officials Warn
June 25, 2020 -- There may not be a fireworks display in Santa Monica this year, but that's no reason to celebrate Independence Day by setting off one your own, Fire Department officials warn.

EXTRA -- Union Protests Fully Reopening Hotels, Cites Health Concerns
June 24, 2020 -- As Santa Monica hotels begin to fully reopen under a recent County order, the local hotel union is protesting the decision, saying it puts hospitality workers in danger during the coronavirus pandemic.

Santa Monica Seeks Applicants for Advisory Committee on Police Reform
June 24, 2020 -- The City of Santa Monica is seeking applicants for a newly created committee to help come up with proposals for police reform, City officials announced Wednesday.

Council Opens Application Process to Fill Morena's Seat
June 23, 2020 -- The City Council on Tuesday paved the way to replace Greg Morana by appointing a new member to serve for approximately three and a half months before facing reelection.

Epic Library Fire Subject of Santa Monica Reads
June 23, 2020 -- Bookworms undergoing withdrawal after libraries closed during the coronavirus emergency can only imagine what it would be like if they didn't reopen for seven years.

Council to Decide Fate of 'The Plaza' Project
June 22, 2020 -- (UPDATED) The City Council postponed until July 14 a decision on whether to continue negotiations on The Plaza mixed-use project Downtown after opponents submitted legal arguments to stop the proposed development on City owned land.

Coronavirus Cases Decrease in Santa Monica for Second Straight Week
June 22, 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica dropped for a second straight week, bucking a countywide trend that saw cases spike as test results approach one million, according to County Health Department data.

NEWS FLASH -- Man found Dead Near Gun in Virginia Avenue Park
June 22, 2020 -- Santa Monica police found the body of a man near a handgun in Virginia Avenue Park in the Pico Neighborhood early Monday morning.

COVID-19 Impacts, Homelessness Top List of Voter Funding Priorities
June 19, 2020 -- Along with reducing homelessness, helping the City cope with the economic and health impacts of COVID-19 are the top funding priorities for local voters, according to a poll for the City taken last month.

EXCLUSIVE REPORT
PART I: Santa Monica Police Could Have Prevented Looting Spree, Former Top Officials Say
PART II -- What Went Wrong?

Santa Monica College Establishes George Floyd Scholarship
June 19, 2020 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) announced a new endowment Friday named in honor of George Floyd, the black man killed by police in Minneapolis last month.

Looting suspect Amanda Toyono Van Duyse Police Arrest Suspect in May 31 Looting Spree
June 18, 2020 -- Santa Monica police on Thursday announced the arrest of a suspect who took part in the wild looting spree that swept through the city's Downtown area on May 31. Amanda Toyono Van Duyse was arrested for burglary, grand theft and burglary during an emergency.

LETTERS -- No Need for Elected Officials
June 18, 2020 -- Why have elected officials on the Council when you can just keep appointing fellow members of their choice? Just think of the money SMRR and the developers could save every election.

Council to Launch Process on Tuesday to Replace Morena
June 18, 2020 -- The City Council on Tuesday is expected to open the application process to replace outgoing Council member Greg Morena, paving the way for the fourth current member initially chosen by the Council.

Santa Monica Extends Eviction Moratorium Another Month
May 17, 2020 -- The City on Wednesday extended its eviction moratorium to July 31 for tenants who can show they were unable to pay rent due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus crackdown.

EXTRA!!! Morena to Resign from City Council
June 17, 2020 -- Greg Morena will resign from the Santa Monica City Council next Wednesday after learning his position prohibits him from renegotiating a lease with the City after his family owned restaurant shut down during the coronavirus emergency.

Santa Monica Sees Drop in Coronavirus Cases as County Deploys 'Contact Tracers'
June 16, 2020 -- Confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica dropped to 30 new cases last week as more than 1,500 Los Angeles County "tracers" were deployed to contact those who have tested positive.

 
   
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