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EXTRA Graphic Photo of Man Masturbating in Santa Monica Park Causes Uproar
July 13, 2018 -- (This article was updated at 8:24 p.m.) A graphic photograph of a man masturbating in a Santa Monica park posted on social media Thursday has led to the arrest of the suspect and caused an uproar in a City increasingly concerned with crime.

Federal Funding Could be Headed to Route 66 After 'Most Endangered' Designation (With Your Help)

Route 66 sign July 13, 2018 -- The enduring allure of Route 66 -- which ends in Santa Monica -- can be found in the lists of songs, films, books and television shows the old road has inspired. Now America's "Main Street" could be headed for another kind of list with the public's help.

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City Seeking Scooter and Bike Share Services for Pilot Program
July 13, 2018 -- The City this week began taking applications for scooter and bike share services that will be part of Santa Monica's "Shared Mobility Pilot Program" approved by the City Council last month.

Jet Flights From Santa Monica Airport Plummeted During First Half of Year
July 12, 2018 -- Jet departures at Santa Monica Airport plummeted in the first half of the year, while helicopter use has been on the rise, according to the City data released Wednesday.

U.S. District Court Dismisses Suit to Halt Santa Monica Airport Closure
July 12, 2018 -- An agreement between the City and Federal governments to shutter Santa Monica Airport by the end of 2028 has withstood another legal challenge, this one in U.S. District Court.

Election Season Kicks Off in Santa Monica Next Week
July 11, 2018 -- The contests are starting to take shape as Santa Monica kicks off another election season Monday, the first day candidates can begin pulling nomination papers for the November 6 races.

Vacho Shahen Las Vegas Man Charged With Attempted Murder in Santa Monica Shooting
July 11, 2018 -- A suspect in a shooting that took place in Santa Monica's exclusive North of Montana neighborhood two years ago has been charged with attempted murder, police said.

Landlord, Rent Board Battle Over "Ellised" Santa Monica Building
July 10, 2018 -- A Santa Monica landlord and the City's Rent Control Board are waging a heated battle over a vacant five-unit apartment building withdrawn from the rental market two and a half years ago.

Santa Monica Wins Another Victory In Fight Against Illegal Rentals
July 10, 2018 -- Two weeks after winning a major court victory against two short-term rental platforms, the City of Santa Monica was handed another key win when a California Appellate Court affirmed a decision against vacation rental operator Globe Homes LLC last week.

Man Charged With Violent Crime Spree in Santa Monica Gets Maximum Sentence
July 9, 2018 -- A 24-year-old homeless man responsible for a series of violent attacks in Santa Monica last year was sentenced Friday to 32 years in prison.

Suspect Arrested, Victim Identified in Killing on Hospital Grounds in Santa Monica
July 9, 2018 -- Investigators on Tuesday plan to present the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office with a murder case against Daniel Roy Davis, 29, in the stabbing death of a homeless man on a hospital bench in Santa Monica Friday.

School Board Separates Santa Monica, Malibu Fundraising Efforts
July 6, 2018 -- The School Board last Thursday ended a controversial fundraising policy that saw donations from Malibu parents plummet and led in large part to the potential split of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

Police Seek Public's Help in Suspicious Death Investigation
July 6, 2017 -- Santa Monica police are investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found on a bench at St. John’s Hospital early Friday morning.

EXTRA Santa Monica Voters to Decide Term Limits for Council in November
July 5, 2017 -- Santa Monica voters will decide in November whether to limit the length of time members can serve on the City Council, which has seen only two incumbents defeated in the past 24 years.

City of Santa Monica to Replace Security Cameras at Promenade, Pier
July 5, 2018 -- Santa Monica will replace and upgrade police cameras at the Third Street Promenade and the Pier after the Council last week approved contracts with Convergint Technologies LLC totaling $2 million over the next five years.

LETTERS -- Santa Monica's Outside Law Firm Should Pay for Costly Mistake
July 5, 2016 -- Under no circumstances should our City pay a penny for the filing mistake made by its 1,000-lawyer outside law firm.

Santa Monica Lawmaker to Reintroduce Tax on Sugary Beverages
July 3, 2018 -- More than three years after a Santa Monica lawmaker's bill to tax sodas and other sugary beverages failed in committee, a similar measure is back on the agenda for the 2019 legislative session.

PUBLIC NOTICE -- Nomination Period for Santa Monica Candidates Kicks Off This Month
Vote 2018 City Logo The City Clerk is accepting nominations from candidates seeking local office from July 16 to August 10. Interested candidates are encouraged to attend workshops on July 16 at 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers. More information can be found at smvote.org

Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade Expected to Draw Thousands
July 3, 2018 -- "Bringing Communities Together" is the theme of the 12th Annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade Wednesday morning. The parade -- which has become an annual tradition -- is expected to draw hundreds of participants and thousands of spectators as it winds itself along Main Street.

Santa Monica Leaseholders Get Break as Minimum Wage Hike Kicks In
July 2, 2018 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday put to rest a brewing battle with the local business community by nixing a motion that would require restaurants to sign labor peace agreements on all City leases.

City to Hire Consultant to Advise on Paying Down Looming Pension Debt
June 29, 2018 -- Facing a $461 million bill for unfunded pensions, the City of Santa is seeking to hire a consultant to analyze options to pay down and manage the looming debt.

Three Bills by Santa Monica Lawmaker Pass Key Committees
June 29, 2018 -- Three bills by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom -- tackling fishing, toxic chemicals and affordable housing on the coast -- passed out of key committees this week, his office announced.

Fireworks icon Don't Play with Fireworks, Santa Monica Fire Department Officials Remind Public
June 29, 2018 -- Those who want to enjoy fireworks around Independence Day should head to Santa Monica College (SMC) Saturday instead of setting them off at home.

Council Approves Ballot Measure Requiring Super-Majority Vote on Development
June 28, 2018 -- In an effort to quell Santa Monica's development wars, the City Council on Tuesday voted to place a measure on the November ballot that would require a super-majority vote to make changes to the City's zoning standards.

OPINION -- City’s Pico Wellbeing Project Distracts From Dealing With the Real Issue of Gentrification
June 28, 2018 -- The Pico neighborhood is being sold to the highest bidder with no consideration to its residents, and the path is being cleared by the current City Council, which is launching a "Wellbeing Project" to distract and delay the needed zoning rules.

Santa Monica Police to Conduct Checkpoint This Weekend
June 28, 2018 -- DUI once applied almost exclusively to drunk drivers but today twice as many California motorists are under the influence of drugs than of alcohol.

Santa Monica Council Votes to Explore Scaled-Down Rental Ballot Measure
June 27, 2018 -- Scaling back a request to explore two far-reaching rental ballot measures, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to draft a Charter Amendment setting a 2018 base rent if California voters repeal vacancy decontrol.

Douglas Aircraft Subject of Santa Monica Conservancy Talk Next Month
Early Douglas aircraft June 27, 2018 -- Not only did Douglas Aircraft have a decisive impact on commercial passenger airlines, the Santa Monica-based company also left an indelible mark on the city where its airplanes were built. Next month the Santa Monica Conservancy will present a lecture "Douglas Aircraft Impacts Air & Travel in Santa Monica."

Santa Monica Updates Dial-A-Ride Program with Lyft
June 26, 2018 -- The Big Blue Bus is partnering with the rideshare company Lyft to upgrade the agency's Dial-A-Ride program for Santa Monica seniors and those with disabilities, City officials announced Tuesday.

Council to Discuss Ballot Measures That Could Dictate Future of Santa Monica Rent Control
June 26, 2018 -- The request by two Santa Monica City Council members was a short 46 words and it provided no details. But by the time the item -- which could impact the future of rent control in Santa Monica -- is taken up Tuesday niight the battle lines will have been clearly drawn and the arguments laid out in detail.

Santa Monica Business Leaders Seek to Block Proposed Labor Peace Agreements
June 25, 2018 -- Santa Monica's business leaders will attempt to stave off a proposal before the City Council Tuesday that would pave the way for unionizing restaurants on City property.

Parent of Santa Monica Student Commits Suicide in Front of School
June 25, 2018 -- A John Adams Middle School (JAMS) parent took his life in front of the school Saturday, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) officials said.

Traffic at Santa Monica Airport Continues to Drop, According to the Latest Departure Data
June 22, 2018 -- Aircraft departures from Santa Monica Airport (SMO) continued to decline last month furthering a trend that started when the City shortened the runway in December, according to the latest data.

Santa Monica Pier paddleboard races Santa Monica Pier to Host Paddle Board Races This Weekend
June 22, 2018 -- This weekend, paddle board racing returns to one of the first spots where the sport was launched on the mainland using a lifeguard's wooden board -- the Santa Monica Pier, the site of the first paddleboard race in 1934.

Homeless Man Faces 32 Years in Prison for Santa Monica Violent Crime Spree
June 22, 2018 -- A homeless man pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges stemming from three attacks in Santa Monica last year, including two violent home invasions in the upscale North of Montana neighborhood.

EXTRA 'Super-Majority' Ballot Measure Would Have No Impact on Proposed Developments
June 21, 2018 -- A proposed ballot measure to require a "super-majority" vote by the City Council for developments that exceed zoning limits will have no impact on projects currently in the planning pipeline, according to City planning officials.

 

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