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SPECIAL REPORT Santa Monica Tops List of California Cities with Biggest Pensions
August 13, 2019 -- The City of Santa Monica this year will make separate payments to 28 retired employees whose pensions were so large they exceeded IRS limits, an analysis of pension data by The Lookout found. In fact, Santa Monica had more retirees whose pensions exceeded the federal limit than any other city in the state.

Suspected Burglar Hospitalized After Police-Involved Shooting
September 13, 2019 -- A suspected burglar was shot and wounded by Santa Monica police Thursday evening after he barricaded himself in a backyard with a gun, where he was confronted by police and taken into custody.

Learn How to Keep Children Safe Online at the Santa Monica Library
September 13, 2019 -- As part of National Cybersecurity Month, the Santa Monica Public Library will present a series of free classes next month to help keep children safe online.

Union Facts Council Deaf to Housekeepers

Battle Over 'McMansions' Escalates in Santa Monica as New Standards Head to Council
Monster Mansion Mailer detail September 12, 2019 -- In the image, a masked burglar who resembles a terrorist is breaking into a home to steal its value. The postcard -- mailed to Santa Monica homeowners this week -- is an effort to rally them before the Council considers proposed revisions to curb the size of Santa Monica homes.

Santa Monica Police to Conduct Second DUI Checkpoint in Three Weeks on Friday
September 12, 2019 -- As Santa Monica police prepare to conduct their 15th DUI checkpoint since 2016 on Friday and the second in the past three weeks, data released by the department shows the extent of the problem of driving under the influence.

COAST Creates Slice of Car-Free Life in Santa Monica
Coast icon detail September 12, 2019 -- On Sunday, attendees at Santa Monica's COAST celebration will "bike, skate, scoot, run, walk and roll" along two miles of city streets that will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., City officals said.

Santa Monica Tightens Loopholes in Home-Sharing Law
September 11, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday closed a series of loopholes in Santa Monica's home-sharing law that allowed a house on upscale Adelaide Drive to be rented as a quasi youth hostel.

Back-to-School Fundraising Drive Nets Nearly $670,000
September 11, 2019 -- The Santa Monica Education Foundation's back-to-school fundraising campaign raised $669,222 from 798 donors to fund staff and programs at local public schools, the non-profit's officials said.

Santa Monica-Based Lab Targeted in New York Vaping Investigation
September 10, 2019 -- A Santa Monica-based lab is being subpoenaed by New York health officials investigating a nationwide outbreak of mysterious vaping-related lung illnesses, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday.

Santa Monica Bank Robber at Large After Extensive Police Search
Montana Avenue bank robber September 10, 2019 -- A masked robber who held up a bank on Montana Avenue Tuesday morning remains at large after police locked down two schools and conducted an extensive search of the area. The suspect -- who was carrying "a long barreled weapon"-- made off with more than $3,000 in cash.

LETTERS: Will the City Council Play Local 11's Game?
September 10, 2019 -- It's unlikely a public unmasking of the union's true motives will play out tonight. But we can always hope.

LETTERS -- Santa Monica Needs to Wake Up
September 10, 2019 -- It's our responsibility as voters to remove the Councilmembers from office and put in men and women who care about the voters and taxpayers more than their own personal greedy self interests.

EXCLUSIVE -- Most Union Housekeepers Have Heavier Workloads Than Required by Hotel Ordinance
September 9, 2019 -- The hotel union does not use the system it pushed for in an ordinance the City Council is expected to give final approval on Tuesday, generally resulting in heavier workloads for union housekeepers, the Lookout has learned.

Family of Man Killed by Expo Train in Santa Monica Sues Metro
September 9, 2019 -- The heirs of a man killed this year when he was struck by an Expo train in Santa Monica filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Metro last week.

Santa Monica Fire Department to Hold 9/11 Commemoration
9/11 Commemorative stamp September 9, 2019 -- On Wednesday, the Santa Monica Fire Department will honor the memories of those who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that included two residents of the beach city. The ceremonies will take place at four local fire stations starting promptly at 6:45 a.m.

Santa Monica to Boost Its Homeless Outreach Efforts
September 6, 2019 -- Santa Monica is posied to boost its homeless outreach efforts by spending an additional $2 million over the next two years.

Santa Monica College Kicks Off 19th Annual Fall Literary Series
September 6, 2019 -- From viewing gun rights and affirmative action through a constitutional lens to searching for an abiding image of LA, the Santa Monica College fall literary series provides plenty of food for thought.

LETTERS -- Don't Force Landlords Who Move Into Small Buildings to Pay Relocation Fees
September 6, 2019 -- If the City Council requires landlords to pay tenant relocation fees when they move into their buildings, many units will simply be left empty when tenants move out.

Bloom's Bill to Close Ellis "Loopholes" Headed for Governor's Signature
September 5, 2019 -- A Santa Monica lawmaker's bill that attempts to close loopholes in the Ellis Act was approved by the California Assembly Wednesday and is expected to be signed by the Governor into law.

Son of Man Killed Under Santa Monica Pier Sues City
September 5, 2019 -- A lawsuit was filed Wednesday charging the City and other parties with negligence in the death of a San Gabriel man assaulted by a serial killer under the Santa Monica Pier last year.

Santa Monica Police Captain to Head Force in Home of Microsoft
Police Captain Darrell Lowe September 5, 2019 -- Santa Monica Police Captain Darrell Lowe has been tapped to become the police chief of Redmond, Washington, the home of Microsoft. Lowe, a 26 year veteran of the force, was responsible for reconfiguring Santa Monica's police beats when the Expo line arrived in 2015.

Two Santa Monica Residents Among Dead in Diving Boat Fire
Marybeth Guiney September 4, 2019 -- Two Santa Monica residents were among the 34 people killed early Monday morning when a scuba diving boat caught fire near the Santa Cruz Islands. Charles McIlvain and Marybeth Guiney were diving enthusiasts who lived in a condominium building on the 2600 block of Centinela Avenue.

Council Moves to Add Tenant Protections to Small Owner-Occupied Buildings
September 4, 2019 -- Santa Monica landlords who occupy their two-and three unit buildings may have to give tenants relocation payments if they jack up the rents.

Downtown Santa Monica Thriving But Faces Challenges, Officials Say
September 3, 2019 -- Thirty years after Downtown Santa Monica's moribund Third Street was transformed into the Promenade, its paved streets were visited by strollers more than 29.2 million times last year.

Santa Monica Moves to Tighten Home Sharing Law
September 3, 2019 -- The nation's strictest home sharing ordinance could be further tightened after the Santa Monica City Council directed staff to look for ways to limit hostel-style operations.

OPINION -- The Planning Commission Should Hit Pause on Pico Boulevard Changes
September 3, 2019 -- The proposed zoning changes for Pico Boulevard are part of a City-run pro-gentrification project to push out what government officials consider undesirable businesses and residents.

EXTRA -- Skaggs Died of Accidental Overdose, Texas Autopsy Finds
August 30, 2019 -- Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and powerful painkillers, a Texas medical examiner said in a report released Friday. Skaggs' family is investigating how the Samohi graduate came to possess the fentanyl and oxycodone found in his system.

Santa Monica College Showcases Works by Major California Artists
"Ceaseless Memory" by Lita Albuquerque, 1984 August 30, 2019 -- Isolated after World War II, Los Angeles artists developed a scene far removed in spirit and distance from the metropolitan confines of New York City. Their work is the subject of an exhibit that kicked off this week at the Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery.

Personal Trainer Brad Bolton Remembered as an Inspirational Force
Brad Bolton August 29, 2019 -- Even as he was falling, Brad Bolton tried to lift others up, his former friends say. For years, the personal trainer, who took his life Saturday at age 49, inspired those he knew and mentored -- from Santa Monica and Venice residents to well-known athletes and LA's elite.

Camera Obscura Artists Invite Participants to Share in Their Work
August 29, 2019 -- The two artists in residence at Santa Monica's Camera Obscura Art Lab will hold a series of workshops and events next month that invite participants to explore their bodies and the world around them in novel ways

Santa Monica Council Unanimously Approves Groundbreaking Hotel Ordinance
August 28, 2019 -- The Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that protects housekeepers from sexual violence and dictates workloads normally negotiated by the hotel workers union.

Santa Monica Man Charged in Brother's Murder
Christopher Michael Mondev August 28, 2019 -- A man who shot his teenage brother to death in a Santa Monica apartment Sunday has been charged with murder, police said. Christopher Michael Mondev was charged Tuesday with murdering his 19-year-old brother Charles Edward Mondev.

OPINION -- Santa Monica's Anti-Worker City Council
August 28, 2019 -- As long as Local 11 continues to act as the "man behind the curtain" at City Hall, the best interests of workers in Santa Monica will continue to go ignored.

Fewer Scooters, New Helmet Law Spur Drop in Citations, Police Officials Say
August 27, 2019 -- The number of traffic tickets issued to e-scooter riders in Santa Monica has seen a dramatic drop over the past year due to fewer such vehicles on the streets and a major change to the state law, according to police.

Samohi Pool Reopens After Gas Leak
August 27, 2019 -- The Santa Monica High School pool reopened Tuesday after a chlorine gas leak last week left members of the boys water polo team suffering from "acute respiratory distress," District officials said.

Chan in "Refuge Nation" Two Playwrights Awarded Santa Monica Artist Fellowships
August 27, 2019 -- Two playwrights who chronicle the plights of Native Americans and Laotian refuges are the recipients of $20,000 artist fellowships from the City of Santa Monica.

Suicide on Saturday Marks Fourth in Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structure in Less than a Year
August 26, 2019 -- In what marks the fourth suicide in a Downtown Santa Monica parking garage in less than a year, a man jumped to his death from the top of Structure 2 Saturday morning.
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