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Santa Monica Museum of Flying Cleared for Continued Operations
DC-3 at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying August 15, 2017 -- Despite the political and legal turbulence swirling around Santa Monica Airport, the Museum of Flying has been cleared for continued operations over at least the next five years at SMO, and at a deeply discounted rent.

Santa Monica City Council Awards Contract for Homeless Street Team
August 15, 2017 -- Trying to reach deeper into Santa Monica’s increasing homeless population, the City Council has approved a three-year contract of up to $1.65 million to a local nonprofit to send specialized mental health, medical and substance abuse professionals into the streets for faster intervention.

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Something New for Vegetarians -- and Meat Eaters -- in Santa Monica
Tallula's Hot Chocolate August 15, 2017 -- In Santa Monica, it takes a lot more than another avocado toast or IPA to grab the attention of locals. But on the edge of town, tucked in the Santa Monica canyon, is the fresh new hotspot, Tallula’s.

Raises Approved for Santa Monica City Manager and Others Throughout City Hall
August 14, 2017 -- From the City manager's new basic salary of $342,780 to others in upper echelons of staff at City Hall, salaries are rising modestly for the 2017-2018 fiscal year as many jobs continue trending well into six figures, or getting close.

Santa Monica College Film Program Receives Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grant
August 14, 2017 -- The organization that produces the annual Golden Globe Awards has given Santa Monica College a $30,000 fellowship grant to help fund its award-winning Film Production Program, school officials announced last week.

Original Quartet foor tthe End of Time poster Santa Monica Soundwaves Series Presents Messian's 'Quartet for the End of Time'
August 14, 2017 -- A famous quartet that received its premiere in a Nazi prisoner-of-war camp more than 75 years ago will be performed at the Santa Monica Library on September 30 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the monthly Soundwaves concert series.

Accusations Arise Over Lack of Funding for Santa Monica Youth Center
August 11, 2017 -- Two years ago, when the Santa Monica City Council threatened to strip funding from a local nonprofit for at-risk youth, neighborhood outcry poured forth in a public hearing, including name calling and even tears.

Santa Monica Council Expands Outreach for City's Minimum Wage Law
August 11, 2017 -- Discovering that segments of the immigrant and restaurant workforce and some employers remain confused or uninformed of Santa Monica’s higher minimum wage, the City is expanding its public education campaign on the ordinance.

Santa Monica College Student Film Wins Top Prize at International Festival
Munecas Film Poster August 11, 2017 -- A Santa Monica College student film that focuses on the impact of the Mexican drug trade on innocent children has won the Best Student Film Award at the 2017 Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF), college officials announced this week.

City of Santa Monica on Top List of Biggest Public Pensions in California
August 10, 2017 -- A total of 190 retirees of Santa Monica’s City government are receiving annual public pensions ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, a new analysis of 2016 public pension data statewide by a California watchdog group has found.

Santa Monica City Council Approves Contract to Shorten Municipal Airport Runway
August 10, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved a $3.5 million contract to shorten the sole runway at the municipal airport by more than a third, a move meant to drastically cut the rising jet traffic neighbors have long sought to stop.

School District Assures Public Use of Lincoln Middle School Field and Track in Santa Monica
August 10, 2017 -- School District officials issued a statement Wednesday assuring that the Lincoln Middle School Field and Track in Santa Monica will be open to the public when renovations are completed.

First Housing Wait List Opens for Moderate-Income Santa Monica Residents, Workers
August 9, 2017 -- In a first, the City of Santa Monica is opening a wait list of affordable housing especially for moderate-income earners who live or work in the city.

City of Santa Monica Adds to “Smart” Irrigation System in Conservation Move
August 9, 2017 -- In a move to save water, the City of Santa Monica is adding to the new “smart” irrigation system used for its hundreds of acres of parkland, landscaped byways, lawn bowling, Woodlawn Cemetery and other public green spaces.

Thursday's Santa Monica Twilight Concert Features Hybrid Latin Sounds
Mon Laferte August 9, 2017 -- The Twilight Concert Series' penultimate show on the Santa Monica Pier features performers that showcase a growing hybrid sound in Latin music.Headliner Mon Laferte taps the influence of rock, blues, pop and electronic music to create a compelling backdrop for her melancholic voice.

Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica Facing $310,000 Fine for Concealing Contributions in 2012 and 2014 City Elections
August 8, 2017 -- (Updated) The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica faces a $310,000 fine by the state’s fair political practices watchdog for improperly concealing contributions to city political candidates in the 2012 and 2014 local elections as it battled against a rival’s redevelopment plans.

Katie Lichtig to Return to Santa Monica as Second in Command
August 8, 2017 -- Katie Lichtig, who coordinated Santa Monica's earthquake recovery efforts and played a key role in the construction of its Public Safety Facility, is headed back to City Hall.

OPINION: Council Does a Bait and Switch With Sales Tax Revenue
August 8, 2017 -- The City Council wanted to raise funds for low income housing. The Council put two measures on the November 2016 ballot. Measure GS increased the sales tax to 10.25 percent.

Suspect, Victim in Santa Monica Shooting May Have Been Homeless, Police Say
August 7, 2017 -- (UPDATE) Santa Monica police have identified the suspect in Friday's fatal shooting on Main Street as Christopher Charles Davis, a 46-year-old homeless man.

Santa Monica Police Shoot, Arrest Suspect in Year's Second Homicide
August 7, 2017 -- Santa Monica police shot and arrested a fleeing gunman who fatally shot a man on a busy stretch of Main Street Friday evening, police said.

City's Former Land Use Attorney Now Serves on Santa Monica Landmarks Commission
August 7, 2017 -- When the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission meets next Monday, a familiar face will be on the dais serving in a very different capacity.

Santa Monica Playhouse Receives Two City Grants
Santa Monica Playhouse August 7, 2017 -- The City has awarded two grants to the Santa Monica Playhouse to support a free theater festival and free school theater field trips, Playhouse officials announced last week. The grants are from the Community Access and Participation (CAP) Grant Program and the Santa Monica Arts Commission.

Top City Officials Decline to Attend Santa Monica Symphony Performance Featuring Conservative Talk Show Host
August 4, 2017 -- A spot as guest conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra for conservative talk-show host Dennis Prager has prompted the city’s mayor and some council members to snub the August 16 performance.

City of Santa Monica Prepares to Bond Nearly $77 million for Greenest Building in California History

August 4, 2017 -- Tackling a project touted for its environmental features and blasted for its cost, the Santa Monica City Council next Tuesday will hold a public hearing on its plan to bond out almost $77 million for a new uber-green annex to its 1938 City Hall.


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