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Santa Monica Sees Spike in Coronavirus Cases as County Closes Area Beaches
March 27, 2019 -- The number of coronavirus cases in Santa Monica rose by seven to 28 on Friday, as County health officials temporarily closed area beaches and hiking trails.

City Extends Closures Through April, Schools Shuttered Until Further Notice
March 27, 2020 -- All public spaces and City facilities in Santa Monica will remain closed through at least April 30, and local public schools will remain shuttered until further notice, City and School District officials announced.

District Attorney Warns of Census Scams
March 27, 2020 -- In addition to being on the lookout for cornonavirus scams and price gauging, LA County residents should beware of scammers posing as census takers, the District Attorneys office said Friday.

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Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Santa Monica Seem to Level Off as County Cases Spike
March 26, 2020 -- Three new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Santa Monica Thursday, as Los Angeles County saw more new cases over a 24-hour period than over the previous three days.

As Coronavirus Spreads, Santa Monica Takes Steps to Keep Homeless Safe
March 25, 2020 -- Portable hand-washing stations are cropping up in strategic locations and public restrooms are staying open longer as Santa Monica tries to help curb the spread of coranavirus among its homeless population, City officials said Wednesday.

Two New Cases of Coronavirus in Santa Monica, As Trend Slows
March 25, 2020 -- After a two-day surge saw confirmed cases of the coronavirus more than double to 16 in Santa Monica, County Health officials reported two new cases over a 24-hour period.

EXTRA -- State Housing Officials Find "Plaza" Project Exempt from Surplus Land Act
March 24, 2020 -- (Updated) California housing officials on Tuesday paved the way for the City to resume negotiations with developers of the proposed "The Plaza at Santa Monica" project, saying it is exempt from the State's recently expanded Surplus Land Act.

Santa Monica Ranks 6th Countywide in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
March 24, 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica rose from 12 to 16 in 24 hours, making it the sixth most infected area in Los Angeles County.

Public School Students Can Sign Up for Free Internet During Coronavirus Emergency
March 24, 2020 -- Students enrolled in local public schools, which have shuttered during the coronavirus emergency, are eligible for free high speed internet service, District officials announced Tuesday.

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases in Santa Monica See Steepest Daily Rise
March 23, 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica rose from seven to 12 during a 24-hour period, the steepest rise since the virus was first detected in the beach city one week ago.

City to Fine Those Who Violate Emergency Coronavirus Orders
March 23, 2020 -- Those who violate orders to stay at home, shut down non-essential businesses, halt tenant evictions or keep away from the Santa Monica Pier during the coronavirus emergency face fines of as much as $1,000 per citation.

Seven Coronavirus Cases Confirmed in Santa Monica, Culver City Resident Dies
March 22, 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica rose to seven as of noon Sunday, and one resident of nearby Culver City was among five deaths so far in Los Angeles County.

Santa Monica Closes Beach Lots
March 22, 2020 -- Santa Monica closed its beach parking lots Sunday after thousands flocked to the city's coastline in defiance of State orders to stay at home and not gather in large groups during the coronavirus emergency.

Santa Monica's Coronavirus Count Reaches Four as Californians Ordered to Stay Home
March 20, 2020 -- The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Santa Monica reached four on Friday, one day after Californians were ordered to stay at home.

Santa Monica College Student Tests Positive for Coronavirus
March 20, 2020 -- A Santa Monica College student has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed case of the virus at the school, SMC officials said Thursday.

Small Apartment Owners Ask City to 'Share Financial Burden' When Tenants Can't Pay Rent
March 19, 2020 -- Santa Monica'a small landlords are asking the City to "share the financial burden" after the City manager issued an emergency order barring evictions for non-payment of rent during the coronavirus emergency.

Santa Monica College Declares State of Emergency
March 19, 2020 -- The Santa Monica College (SMC) Board of Trustees on Tuesday declared a state of local emergency and authorized the school's superintendent to take the necessary actions to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Santa Monica Expands Eviction Protections to Business Tenants, Suspends Bus Fares, Late Fees
March 18, 2020 -- The City of Santa Monica on Tuesday expanded its eviction protections to business tenants and suspended parking restrictions, bus fares and late penalties on City bills during the coronavirus emergency.

Two New Cases of Coronavirus Confirmed in Santa Monica
March 18, 2020 -- Los Angeles County health officials confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus in Santa Monica Wednesday, bringing the total to three.

First Coronavirus Case Confirmed in Santa Monica
March 17, 2020 -- Los Angeles County Health officials on Monday confirmed the first case of coronavirus in Santa Monica but gave no details about the case.

City Suspends Street Sweeping, Preferential Parking Regulations
March 17, 2020 -- Santa Monica suspended street sweeping and preferential parking regulations Monday night to make it easier for residents to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.

District Closes Schools Through April 20
March 17, 2020 -- The School Board voted Monday to close District Schools for five weeks in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The emergency resolution includes three weeks of regular session and two previously scheduled weeks of spring break.

OPINION -- Local 11 Uses Coronavirus Concerns to Push Its Own Agenda
March 17, 2020 -- Local 11 is merely repackaging its usual policy pushes in an effort to take advantage of the panic surrounding this public health scare.

Santa Monica Closes Restaurants to Sit-in Diners
March 16, 2020 -- Following Los Angeles' lead, the City of Santa Monica on Monday banned restaurants from serving food for consumption on their premises effective at noon. It also closed all movie theaters, live performance venues, bowling alleys and arcades, as well all gyms, fitness centers, spas and salons.

Santa Monica Man Charged for Attempting to Kill Father
March 16, 2020 -- A 19-year-old Santa Monica man was arrested early Sunday morning for attempting to kill his father in an apartment building in the Wilmont neighborhood.

Santa Monica Closes Pier, City Hall
March 16, 2020 -- City Hall is closed, so is the Santa Monica Pier, as the City ramped up efforts this weekend to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus. The City also halted water shutoffs and late penalties for water bills and parking tickets, and instituted eviction protections against tenants affected by the virus.

City Declares Local Coronavirus Emergency, Apple, Universal Music Shutter
March 14, 2020 -- Apple has closed all its stores outside China, including its Promenade outlet; Universal Music Group evacuated its Santa Monica headquarters, and the City proclaimed a local emergency in response to the coronavirus.

Santa Monica Apple Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus
March 13, 2020 -- An employee on leave from the Apple store in Downtown Santa Monica has tested positive for coronavirus, company officials said Friday.

Potential Coronavirus Exposure at Three Santa Monica Schools, District Officials Say
March 13, 2020 -- School District officials announced late Thursday that there may have been potential exposures to coronavirus at three Santa Monica schools.

Local Public Schools Close, City Postpones Board Meetings, Events
March 13, 2020 -- The City of Santa Monica has canceled all public gatherings, and local public schools will close through at least Monday after it was learned a parent of students was exposed to coronavirus.

City Council Begins Clearing Path for Nearly 9,000 New Housing Units
March 12, 2020 -- In what one Council member characterized as "taking baby steps," the City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to allow most large housing projects to be approved by planning staff effective immediately.

UPDATE -- Local Schools Boost Efforts to Prevent Coronavirus Spread
March 12, 2020 -- The School District has cancelled the annual Stairway of the Stars concerts and Santa Monica College (SMC) will cancel classes Friday as it transitions to remote teaching to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, officials said.

SMC, School District Prepare Plans for Remote Classes as Coronavirus Declared Pandemic
March 11, 2020 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) and School District officials announced Wednesday they have plans in place to switch to online teaching as the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic.

 
   
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