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Decision in Santa Monica Voting Rights Lawsuit Could be Revealed Today
November 13, 2018 -- Attorneys in the Voting Rights lawsuit against the City are awaiting the arrival today of the judge's decision in a case that could upend local politics.

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Term Limits' Landslide Win Sends Strong Message, Sponsor Says
November 9, 2018 – When Santa Monica voters in Tuesday’s election granted overwhelming approval to term limits for the City Council, they were also blasting out a stern warning, says the City Hall watchdog who helped craft Measure TL.


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Uller Free on Bail, No Longer City Employee
November 9, 2018 -- Eric Uller, who pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges he sexually abused children as a Police Activities League (PAL) volunteer two decades ago, is free after posting bail but is no longer an employee of the City.

Santa Monica Library Holds Annual Book Sale Saturday
November 8, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Library's used bookstore has seen some rare finds pass through their shelves. On Saturday thousands of donated books will be offered at the annual Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library Bookstore sale.

Abandoned building at Broadway and Stanford Saga of Abandoned Santa Monica Building Finally Comes to an End
November 8, 2018 -- An abandoned half-finished building near the eastern edge of Santa Monica that has spooked and rankled neighbors since the turn of the century will finally be torn down and replaced.

LETTERS -- Message from Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati
The "overwhelming support" of school bonds in Santa Monica and Malibu "is testament to the unwavering trust you have in our schools and ongoing interest in supporting our students."

City Determining if Vazquez Must Vacate Council Seat after Winning Election to State Board
November 7, 2018 -- Santa Monica Councilmember Tony Vazquez easily won a seat on the State Board of Equalization Tuesday, likely creating a vacancy on the Council that could be filled as early as January.

NEWS ANALYSIS -- Development Remains Major Issue in Tuesday's Santa Monica Election
November 7, 2018 -- Development may not have been a hot-button issue on Tuesday's Santa Monica ballot, but it was a determining factor in the race for three City Council seats and the resounding support for term limits.

EXTRA O'Connor Out, Morena In; Term Limits Wins in Landslide
November 7, 2018 -- Santa Monica City Councilmember Pam O'Connor lost her bid for a record seventh four-year term on Tuesday, while a measure to impose Council term limits won in a surprising landslide.

Uller Pleads Not Guilty to Sexually Abusing Minors
November 6, 2018 -- Santa Monica City employee Eric Uller pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that he sexually abused children as a Police Activities League (PAL) volunteer two decades ago.

NEWS ANALYSIS -- Tuesday's Local Elections Will Likely Bring Little Change
November 5, 2018 -- Based on Santa Monica's recent political history -- and the dearth of candidates and hot-button issues on the ballot -- Tuesday's election will likely bring little change.

OPINION -- Will The City Council Get Serious About Crime?
November 4, 2018 -- We just aren’t as safe as we were a few years ago, and if our leaders continue to provide the same wishy-washy solutions for this ever-growing problem, getting our safe, amiable city back will be near impossible.

EXTRA Opponents of School Bond Measure Mount Last Ditch Effort to Sway Voters
November 2, 2018 -- A rag-tag army of school parents and neighborhood activists is mounting a last-ditch effort to oppose a record $485 million school facilities bond on Tuesday's ballot.

Pico Neighborhood Peace and Healing March to Take Place Tonight
November 2, 2018 -- Twenty years ago, in the wake of what was likely the bloodiest spree of gang violence in Santa Monica history, more than 1,000 Pico Neighborhood residents took to the streets in a demonstration against youth violence.

American Film Market to Boost Santa Monica Economy
November 1, 2018 -- The world's largest film market is back in Santa Monica for the 28th straight year providing a boost to the local economy after the peak summer season.

Kaled Elasyedsa Ali Santa Monica Police Arrest Uber Driver for Kidnapping Passengers
November 1, 2018 -- An Uber driver was arrested in Santa Monica Wednesday evening after leading police on a chase with two victims he had kipnapped in the vehicle, Santa Monica police said.

School Bond Campaign Contributions Near $250,000, Dominated by Outside Firms
October 31, 2018 -- The campaign for a local school bond has raised nearly $250,000, thanks to major contributions from companies outside Santa Monica and local PTAs, according to the latest campaign finance disclosure statements.

OPINION -- A Santa Monica Mother’s Response to Alleged Child Abuse in the City-run Police Activities League
October 31, 2018 -- As parents no matter what part of the City we reside in, we must stand united to protect our children from harm, Pico Neighborhood activist Maria Loya writes. When we stand together against sexual abuse, we are stronger.

Whitey Bulger Former Santa Monica Resident "Whitey" Bulger Found Dead in Prison Cell
October 30, 2018 -- James J. “Whitey” Bulger Jr., a ruthless Boston mob boss who lived in hiding in a Santa Monica rent control apartment for nearly 16 years, was found dead in his prison cell on Tuesday, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was 89.

Santa Monica College Holds Prayer Vigil for Victims of Synagogue Massacre
October 30, 2018 -- More than 200 Santa Monica College students and staff gathered on the school's main campus Tuesday for an interfaith prayer vigil and service honoring the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue massacre.

Santa Monica Slow-Growth Group Endorses One Council Candidate, Term Limits
October 30, 2018 -- While some local political organizations are endorsing more City Council candidates than there are seats up for grabs November 6, a prominent slow-growth group opted to make only one endorsement.

Pico Activst Calls for Citizens Oversight Committee for Uller City Probe
October 29, 2018 -- Pico Neighborhood activist Oscar de la Torre is calling for a Citizens Oversight Committee to monitor the City of Santa Monica's internal probe into child molestation charges against City employee Eric Uller.

City to Draft Groundbreaking Ordinance Protecting Santa Monica Hotel Workers from Sexual Violence
October 26, 2018 -- In what the local hotel union called a "historic moment for Santa Monica," the City Council on Tuesday voted to quickly draft a groundbreaking ordinance to protect housekeepers from sexual violence and heavy workloads.

PAL Spooktacular Santa Monica PAL Holds Annual Halloween "Spooktacular" Wednesday
October 26, 2018 -- On Halloween evening, the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) will hold its annual "Spooktacular" event "full of frolicking fun and festivities."

City Council Challengers Continue Reaping Contributions
October 26, 2018 -- City Council challenger Ashley Powell continued filling her campaign coffers, raising nearly $40,000 over the past month, according to campaign finance statements submitted by Thursday's deadline.

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EXTRA Santa Monica City Officials Take Additional Actions as Sexual Assault Crisis Expands
October 25, 2018 -- With six more individuals claiming City employee Eric Uller sexually assaulted them, the City issued an update of the measures it is taking to deal with the growing crisis.

Santa Monica Moves Closer to Energy Efficiency
October 25, 2018 -- The Santa Monica City Council took two additional steps Tuesday to encourage residents to become more energy efficient both in their homes and cars.

LETTERS -- School Facilities Bond Protects Our Children’s Future, Senator Says
October 25, 2018 – As a former School Board member, a proud graduate of SMMUSD schools, and a current Santa Monica resident awaiting the birth of my first child, I know the importance of quality public schools.

SMRR Mailer SMRR Campaign Mailer Raises Waves
October 23, 2018 -- A campaign mailer sent by Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) is deceiving voters by making it appear local Democrats oppose term limits, according to supporters of Measure TL.

Santa Monica Councilmember Pam O'Connor Appointed to Metrolink Board
October 24, 2018 -- Growing up in Chicago, Santa Monica Councilmember Pam O'Connor would sometimes ride the commuter trains. Now she'll be in the conductor's seat as the newest member of the Metrolink Board.

Santa Monica City Employee Charged with Five Counts of Sexual Crimes
October 23, 2018 -- The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office on Monday charged Santa Monica City employee Eric Uller with five counts of sexual crimes against four minors, DA officials said.

PART VIII -- Council Candidates Weigh in on Future of Rent Control
October 23, 2018 -- If California voters repeal Costa-Hawkins by approving Proposition 10, cities with rent control would have the authority to expand their laws. But should that include new buildings? Council candidates weigh in.

LETTERS -- "Worker Protections" Resulted From Backroom Deals
October 23, 2018 --Santa Monica has plenty of problems right now. Perhaps the City should deal with them first, before looking for other union-inspired "problems" to solve.

High Ranking Santa Monica Officials Told About Alleged Child Molestation, School Board Member Says
October 22, 2018 -- School Board member Oscar de la Torre said he personally alerted high-ranking law enforcement and City officials that City employee Eric Uller had allegedly molested children as a Police Activities League (PAL) volunteer.

PART VII -- City Council Candidates Share Their Thoughts on Development
October 22, 2018 -- Unlike 2008 and 2016 when ballot measures to curb development triggered fierce battles, the development measure on the November ballot has drawn little attention and no opposition. We asked council members what that means.

LETTERS -- Right-Wing Propaganda Has No Place in Our Local Press
October 22, 2018 -- The Commission on the Status of Women (“COSW”) deserves recognition and praise as it stands with women all over the country who are courageously coming forward with stories of sexual assault and harassment.

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