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Councilmembers Fear Conversion of Santa Monica Beachfront Hotels to Condos
June 23, 2017 -- Nearly 30 years ago Santa Monica voters approved Proposition S that prohibited further construction of hotels and restaurants along the city’s coast. City Councilmembers now fear the “control on coastal land use intensification” created by the measure is threatened by the potential conversion of hotels into luxury condos.

Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium Prepares Viewers for Solar Eclipse
Total Solar Eclipse June 23, 2017 -- On August 21, the sun will disappear behind the moon, temperatures will drop and massive ribbons of lights will twist and curl across the summer sky. And while Californians will only get a partial glimpse, the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium will help enhance the eerie experience.

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Santa Monica Senator Joins Statement Against President on Environment
June 23, 2017 -- State Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) added his name this week to an online statement challenging President Donald Trump’s announcement earlier this month that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

Santa Monica Police Chief Recommends Permanent Use of Body-Worn Cameras
June 22, 2017 -- After a six-month trial run, Santa Monica police should now shift to permanent use of body-worn cameras, Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks recommended in a report to the City Council Wednesday.

City Proposes Six Options for Santa Monica Civic Center Sports Field
Civic Center temorary playing field June 22, 2017 -- What started as a call from Santa Monica High School parents and others for a temporary, inexpensive playing field on a Civic Center parking lot has mushroomed into six options, including one that isn't on the same site at all and another with a price tag of $95.4 million.

Santa Monica High Parents "Astonished" by City's Latest Sports Field Proposal
June 22, 2017 -- A City report that outlines six options for a sports field at Santa Monica's Civic Center was met with "astonished" opposition from Samohi parents who have lobbied for a permanent field for more than 12 years.

Proposed Santa Monica-Malibu School District Budget Rises Five Percent as Enrollment Remains Flat
June 21, 2017 -- Tugged by rising employee benefits costs, the Santa Monica-Malibu public school system is proposing a $179 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year that represents a 5 percent increase over the current budget, even as enrollment remains flat. Editor's note: The June 22 Special School Board meeting has been rescheduled to June 27 due to a lack of quorum.

Two Men Charged with Attempted Murder in Santa Monica Stabbing
June 21, 2017 -- Two men were charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon Tuesday following the stabbing at a Santa Monica parking structure of a man reported to be a bodyguard for an alt-right internet figure known by his twitter handle, @BakedAlaska.

2007 Independence Day Parade band Santa Monica 4th of July Parade Marks 11th Year
June 21, 2017 -- Thousands of spectators are expected to line Main Street for the 11th Annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade on Independence Day. Presented by the Ocean Park Association (OPA), the parade combines an old-time homespun feel and the city's funky beach town sensibility.

Recreation and Parks Commission Calls for Downtown Park on Proposed "Plaza at Santa Monica" Site
June 20, 2017 -- Santa Monica’s Recreation and Parks Commission is recommending a public park be created over two-thirds of the nearly three-acre site slated for a 12-story, 357,000-square-foot mixed-use project anchored by a hotel.

Santa Monica's Largest Lincoln Project Seeks Final Go-Ahead
June 20, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday is expected to grant a development review permit that paves the way for the construction of the largest proposed mix-used development on Lincoln Boulevard.

The Nix book cover Author of Highly Acclaimed "The Nix" to Make Santa Monica Appearance
June 20, 2017 -- When Nathan Hill's debut novel "The Nix" was released last year, critics clamored to hail the young author as a bold new voice in American fiction. Next Monday, Hill will discuss his 620-page New York Times Bestseller at the Santa Monica library as part of the Emerging Voices author series.

Santa Monica Animal Control Wants Coyotes Fearing Humans
June 19, 2017 -- Spring and early summer means Santa Monica’s already great weather becomes even greater. But it also means that newborn coyotes enter the world. And not just in some far off natural area--but in the neighborhoods, City officials warn.

Santa Monica Post Office Site for Sale
June 19, 2017 -- Reconstruction of the old post office in Downtown Santa Monica has already begun, but the owner who fought through several controversial hearings to get the project approved apparently doesn’t want the property anymore.

Santa Monica Pier Concert Series Kicks off with Contrasting Views of Teen Years
khalid May 19, 2017 -- The 33rd Annual Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier kicks off Thursday night by celebrating both the bittersweet moments of a teenager's everyday life and expressing the painful sense of loss. The contrasting views are offered by headliner Khalid and opening act Indie Pop songwriter Bibi Bourelly.

Santa Monica Pier Remains on Heal the Bay’s Beach Bummer List
June 16, 2017 -- The good news is that the nonprofit environmental watchdog Heal the Bay issued a higher grade this year for the quality of the water around Santa Monica Pier in its annual report released Thursday on the condition of the California coast. The bad news is that the upgrade is from an F to a D,

Council Appoints Neighborhood Activist to Santa Monica Financial Oversight Panel
June 16, 2017 -- Earlier this year Santa Monica neighborhood activists complained they didn’t have a representative on the Audit Subcommittee, charged with overseeing audits of the municipal budget. Now they have one.

Sun Taror Card Santa Monica to Celebrate Summer Solstice with Music
June 16, 2017 -- Music will be heard across Santa Monica next Wednesday when the bayside city celebrates the summer solstice. The performances sponsored by five neighborhood associations are part of Make Music Los Angeles (MMLA), a countywide celebration.

Santa Monica City Council Approves Hotel for Bergamot Station Arts Center
June 15, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday approved a major redevelopment plan for the five-acre Bergamot Station Arts Center that includes a controversial seven-story hotel to anchor the Expo-adjacent project.

City Council Approves Record Payment Toward Santa Monica's Unfunded Employee Pensions
June 15, 2017 -- Digging deeply into its budget, the Santa Monica City Council Tuesday approved a one-time payment of a record $45 million to reduce a looming bill for unfunded City employee pension liabilities.

A Summer of Aliens, Ships and a Conductorless Orchestra at Santa Monica Beach House
Boat Sculpture June 15, 2017 -- Experience the process of art making in its various forms during "Out of the Blue," a summer cultural series that kicks off next week at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. The series features a different artist working on-site each month .

Judge Orders Voting Rights Lawsuit Against City of Santa Monica to Move Forward
June 14, 2017 -- A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has ordered a voting rights lawsuit on behalf of the Pico Neighborhood Association and a local Latina candidate against the City of Santa Monica to proceed, rejecting the City’s effort to have it thrown out.


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