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Santa Monica Hires Former U.S. Prosecutor as 'Chief of Staff' for City Attorney's Office
February 16, 2018 -- Santa Monica City Attorney Lane Dilg announced Thursday the hiring of a top former U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecutor to act as Special Counsel/Chief of Staff for her office.

Santa Monica City Council Votes to Continue COAST Festival as Attendance Drops
February 16, 2018 -- Undaunted by a 20 percent drop in attendance in the second year of its car-free COAST Open Streets festival, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday voted to continue the event annually through 2020.

Santa Monica College to Host Panel on Reducing Violence
February 16, 2018 -- A panel discussion at Santa Monica College announced earlier this week assumed a new urgency after the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Wednesday.

OPINION -- Florida Tragedy – A Message from the SMMUSD Superintendent
February 16, 2018 -- Our hearts go out to the families and staff involved in yesterday’s tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Florida. We hope and pray that nothing like that ever happens in our schools or community. However, if it does, we are prepared as much as possible.

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City Official Counters Fears Charter Jets Will Continue to Use Santa Monica Airport
Dassault Falcon 50 February 15, 2018 -- A City official on Wednesday countered fears expressed by an anti-airport activist that Santa Monica Airport's shortened runaway would be routinely used by charter jets. But the official acknowledged a charter jet had landed this week on the newly shortened runway.

Santa Monica Lawmaker Tackles Microfibers
February 15, 2018 -- Under a bill introduced this week by Santa Monica State Rep. Richard Bloom, warning labels would be required on synthetic fabrics that shed tiny fibers when washed.

Bird Rides Agrees to ‘No Contest’ Plea, More Than $300,000 in Fines in Santa Monica Case
February 15, 2018 -- Bird Rides, Inc., the Santa Monica start-up behind the wildly popular motorized scooters zipping through the city's streets, has agreed to a “No Contest” plea and more than $300,000 in fines and restitution, City prosecutors announced Wednesday.

SPECIAL REPORT The Price of City Services
Outside Audit Finds Santa Monica Far Outspent Peer Cities for Services
January 18, 2018 -- From police protection to City libraries, planning, housing and buses, the City of Santa Monica generally far outspent comparable peers in Southern California on a per capita basis in the last fiscal year, an outside audit has found.
Audit Report Finds High Santa Monica Police Cost, Low Clearance Rate
January 23, 2018 -- A new audit of City finances by an outside firm is posing again a longtime question: Is Santa Monica getting its money's worth for the high price of policing?

Earthquake-Vulnerable Apartment Buildings in Santa Monica Get Simplified Retrofit Rules
February 14, 2018 -- With retrofit deadlines approaching for almost 1,600 earthquake-vulnerable apartment buildings in Santa Monica, the City has introduced a simplified process to help owners naviagte more easily through a complex law.

Santa Monica City Officials Promise Civic Center Sports Field Will Be Built
February 14, 2018 -- City Officials assured skeptical Samohi parents Tuesday night that the Civic Center sports field they have sought for more than a decade will be built. They also said it would be on time, if not earlier, and hopefully will have adequate parking.

Santa Monica Place Lunar New Year Celebration 2017

Santa Monica Place to Celebrate Year of the Dog This Saturday
February 14, 2018 -- Santa Monica will join in the global celebration of the Chinese New Year with festivities Saturday afternoon at Santa Monica Place. The celebration takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. and features the Chinese Dragon Dance.

Santa Monica Not Alone as Coastal Cities Grapple with Increases in Homelessness
February 13, 2018 -- Behind a dramatic 23 percent jump in the homeless population throughout Los Angeles County in 2017, coastal cities like Santa Monica experienced a particular blow.

Santa Monica Water Customers to See Five Percent Hike in March Bills
February 13, 2018 -- Time has come to set aside more money for using Santa Monica’s municipal water system, with a five percent hike in the rate set to start showing up on customer water bills on, or about, March 1.

Santa Monica College Gallery Features Work of Public Artist with Exhibit Starting this Month
Anne Marie Karlsen's "Mitologi" February 13, 2018 -- Perhaps the best way to experience Anne Marie Karlsen's art is to ride the Red Line Subway to the North Hollywood station and take in the giant mosaic murals she created two decades ago. Those who want a broader survey of the artist's work will get a chance starting this month during an exhibit at the Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery.

Santa Monica Police Make Four DUI Arrests During Checkpoint
February 12, 2018 -- Police arrested four motorists driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol during a DUI checkpoint this month, Police Department officials said.

Santa Monica Readies More Parking Signs to Ease Downtown Gridlock
February 12, 2018 -- A proposed contract adding more “real-time” parking signs downtown to steer drivers to spots in Santa Monica’s city parking garages goes to the City Council on Tuesday, part of an overarching plan that allows more development downtown but doesn’t require new parking in general.

Food for Thought at Santa Monica's Aero Theater
Wasted poster February 12, 2018 -- Every year, about one third of the food produced for human consumption -- or some 1.3 billion tons -- is lost or wasted, according to the documentary "WASTED! The Story Of Food Waste," which will be screened at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica this month.

City of Santa Monica Poised to Expand Training, Coaching Services for Staff
February 9, 2018 -- The City of Santa Monica is poised to pay an additional $150,000 to provide "staff development, team building and coaching services" at City Hall, according to Tuesday's City Council agenda.

Santa Monica’s Embattled Bus System Coming Under New Scrutiny
February 9, 2018 -- Ninety years ago, Santa Monica’s population had doubled in a single decade when the City launched a municipal bus operation eventually named the “Big Blue Bus” system and christened the “cornerstone” of the City’s future sustainability. What a difference trying to operate a bus system in this century has been.

Communication & Media Series Continues at Santa Monica College
February 9, 2018 -- From comic books to social media, Santa Monica College's Communication & Media Series will explore the opportunities and challenges in today's expanding communications world.

Fiscal Forecast Improves but Red Ink Looms for Santa Monica City Hall
February 8, 2018 -- Cobbling together a record $45 million payment last year for unfunded employee pensions helped postpone a deficit at Santa Monica City Hall, but millions of dollars in red ink are coming anyway, according to a new fiscal forecast.

Parent Donations Surge for Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation
February 8, 2018 -- In a 15-day surge, parent donations at the annual fundraiser for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) jumped to almost $185,000, Foundation officials said Tuesday.

Suspect Charged in Santa Monica Jewelry Store Theft
February 8, 2018 -- Charges were filed with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Wednesday against a suspect in a jewelry store theft on Montana Avenue last month, police said.

Santa Monica Capital Project Spending Hit $185 Million Last Year
February 7, 2018 -- From a $66 million annex to City Hall to a series of other building projects both big and small, the City of Santa Monica spent, or committed to spending, $185 million as it progressed on hundreds of capital-improvement projects last year, according to a year-end progress report.

Supporters Hope Term Limits for Santa Monica Council is Idea 'Whose Time Has Come'
February 7, 2018 -- Back in 2002, reformers took on the status quo at Santa Monica’s City Hall with a ballot measure which, among other especially divisive proposals, sought term limits for a City Council where turnover was rare.

Santa Monica Library Ocean Park Branch Celebrates Centennial
Ocean Park Library February 7, 2018 -- When the first branch of the Santa Monica Public Library opened in Ocean Park 100 years ago, the main library building Downtown had grown from 800 donated books when it opened in 1890 to some 20,000 books. On Saturday, the City will kick off a year-long celebration honoring the Centennial of the Ocean Park Branch Library.

UCLA Study Suggests Low-Income Riders in Santa Monica, Southern California Switching to Own Wheels
February 6, 2018 -- A new study by UCLA is suggesting plummeting ridership on public buses in Santa Monica and across the rest of Southern California is being driven by an unanticipated dynamic.

Big Blue Bus Santa Monica Finds Itself at Transit Crossroads
February 6, 2018 -- Unlike older metropolitan areas with mass transit, such as New York or Chicago, Southern California grew up in suburban sprawl and was built to serve vehicles with freeways and vast amounts of parking.

OPINION -- The Road Ahead: Mayor Ted Winterer's State of the City Address
February 6, 2018 -- On February 1, Mayor Ted Winterer delivered the annual State of the City Address. "Our work today can build a more resilient and more vibrant community for tomorrow," he said.

Five Mixed-Use Apartment Projects Go to Santa Monica Planning Commission
February 5, 2018 -- Five mixed-use apartment projects, most of them downtown and all from three to five stories in height, go to the Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday, as the City’s future of greater density -- but also more housing -- continues to roll forward.

Santa Monica Conservancy Offers Walk into the Past
February 5, 2018 -- On Saturday mornings, history buffs can gather outside Santa Monica's oldest building -- a defunct shoe-box saloon -- and for the next two hours walk into the beach city's past. The six-block tour offered by the Santa Monica Conservancy explores more than 130 years of history.


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