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Millennials 'Gamechangers' Shaping Santa Monica, Mayor Says in State of the City Speech
February 16, 2020 -- Santa Monica is increasingly becoming a city of Millennials who are shaping its economy, social views and policies, Mayor Kevin McKeown said Wednesday in his State of the City address.

OPINION -- Most Residents Don’t Think They Have Influence at City Hall -- It’s No Wonder Why
February 16, 2020 -- Judging by the latest data from the 2019 Wellbeing Index, it looks like a propensity for hearing from just one small group of people might be a theme at City Hall.

Uninion Facts Citizen's Power Myth

Santa Monica City Attorney Joins in Announcing Marijuana Conviction Dismissals
February 13, 2020 -- Santa Monica City Attorney Lane Dilg joined County and municipal prosecutors Thursday to announce the completion of a pilot program that cleared more than 50,000 marijuana-related convictions countywide.

Rescue of Man Trapped on Bluffs Not Uncommon, Fire Officials Say
Bluffs rescue February 13, 2020 -- Firefighters rescued a man Wednesday afternoon who had fallen part way down the bluffs below Palisades Park in an incident that is not altogether unusual. Two engines and the Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team reached the victim from PCH using a 100-foot aerial ladder.

Wilshire to Get Safety Improvements to Curb Pedestrian Collisions
February 12, 2020 -- Four Wilshire Boulevard intersections will get more than $1 million in short-term roadway safety improvements to help cut down on serious traffic collisions.

UPDATE -- Driver of Car That Slammed Into Pico Building Under Arrest for DUI
February 12, 2020 -- The driver of a speeding car that ricocheted into a building on Pico Bouleverd early Sunday morning was placed under arrest for DUI at a local hospital where he was treated for a broken ankle, police said.

SMC Ranked Among Nation's Top Military Friendly Community Colleges
February 12, 2020 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) has been designated a Top 10 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School in the large community colleges category, school officials announced this week.

Two Thirds of City Workers Continue to Drive Alone to Work, Slow-Growth Group Reports
February 11, 2020 -- Despite City Hall's longstanding efforts to get motorists out of their cars, two-thirds of municipal employees continue to drive alone to work and to park Downtown for free, the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) reported Tuesday.

Speeding Car Ricochets into Pico Building Trapping Three
Crashed car on Pico February 10, 2020 -- Three people were extricated from a car that crashed into a building early Sunday morning on Pico Boulevard, fire department officials said. They were transported to a trauma center.

Santa Monica Poised to Extend Pot Ordinance as Dispensaries Await Go-Ahead
February 10, 2020 -- More than two years after choosing two companies to run Santa Monica's first "pot shops," the City Council on Tuesday is expected to extend an ordinance as appeals from competitors are heard.

Toni Morrison in 1970 Santa Monica College Celebrates Black History Month
February 10, 2020 -- Rappers, a Nobel-prize-winning author and a social justice warrior are the subjects of three documentaries Santa Monica College (SMC) will present to celebrate Black History Month.

Pacific Park Roller Coaster Takes Route 66 Theme Ride
Rndering of Pacific Park's Route 66 roller coaster car February 7, 2020 -- Pacific Park will pay tribute to the storied highway than ended a few blocks east by making over its roller coaster with a Route 66 theme, amusement park officials announced this week.

LETTERS -- Just Say No to Stealing From Our Schools
February 7, 2020 -- Our tax dollars should go to school programs not to a greedy Malibu lawyer. Every dollar that goes to him or some parent seeking reimbursement is one less dollar to educate our kids.

Deadline for School Reimbursement Claims Approaches
February 6, 2020 -- Local public school parents have until Monday to claim reimbursement for mandatory expenditures under the settlement of a lawsuit charging the District violated a student's right to a free education.

Visitors to Five Local Establishments Possibly Exposed to Measles, Health Officials Say
February 6, 2020 -- Visitors to five Santa Monica establishments may have been exposed to measles last week, Los Angeles County Health officials warned Wednesday.

Muir Woods mural
February 5, 2020 -- Santa Monica's iconic Muir Woods mural will be scraped off a high school's walls, but at least part of the existing artwork will resurface when they are repainted.

Plumbing Contractor Sentenced for Defrauding Elderly Santa Monica Homeowner
February 5, 2020 -- A Los Angeles plumbing business was convicted last month for collecting $92,000 from an 82-year old Santa Monica homeowner for what began as routine repair and installation work, City officials announced Wednesday.

Ed Foundation Raises Nearly $200,000 During 10-Day Drive
February 5, 2020 -- The Santa Monica Education Foundation raised $186,154 during a 10-day fundraising campaign inspired by a $50,000 match from Bird, Foundation officials announced Wednesday.

EXTRA Man Commits Fifth Suicide By Leaping from Downtown Parking Structure
January 3, 2020 -- A man leaped to his death from the top of a Downtown Parking Structure Sunday, marking the fifth such suicide in Santa Monica in less than a year and a half.

Pedestrian Killed in Ocean Park Collision
February 3, 2020 -- A 35-year-old man was struck and killed by a car in Ocean Park Saturday morning, marking the second pedestrian fatality of the year. The collision comes one week after a homeless man took his life by stepping in front an Expo train.

Rendering of the Space Launch System Santa Monica College Planetarium Explores NASA's Return to the Moon
February 3, 2020 -- Santa Monica College's John Drescher Planetarium on Friday will explore the Trump administration's plans to return a crew to the lunar surface by 2024.

Arts Commission Declines to Seek Explanation for Treasured Mural's Loss
January 30, 2020 -- The Arts Commission on Monday defeated a motion asking the City to reconsider releasing documents that could explain why it rejected a 50-year-old iconic mural without the public's knowledge.

City Council Doubles Water Rates
January 30, 3010 -- Santa Monica residents, landlords and businesses will see their water and wastewater bills double over the next five years after the City Council approved new rates Tuesday.

Fatal Collision with Train Marks Ninth Public Santa Monica Suicide in Two Years
January 29, 2020 -- The pedestrian struck by a Metro train early Sunday morning marked the ninth public suicide in Santa Monica over the past two years, the Los Angeles Coroner has determined.

Council Approves Second Pilot Program for E-Scooters, E-Bikes
January 29, 2020 -- Santa Monica will reduce the number of operators but maintain the maximum number of shared e-scooters and e-bikes under a second pilot program approved by the City Council Tuesday.

Santa Monica College Leads in Transfers for 29th Straight Year
January 29, 2020 -- The last time Santa Monica College (SMC) failed to rank as the top transfer institution to the University of California (UC) system, the vast majority of its students hadn't been born.

Pest Control, Cemetery Transport and Monitoring a Major Dig on Council's Agenda Tuesday
January 28, 2020 -- The City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve contracts to keep pests out of City buildings, transport the deceased to the municipal mortuary and make sure a large major dig doesn't overlook paleontological finds.

OBITUARY -- Joanne Bonner Leavitt (February 9, 1940 - December 22, 2019)
January 28, 2020 -- Joanne Leavitt's living legacy is thousands upon thousands of safer, healthier, happier, more accomplished children busily making the world a better place.

City Council to Consider Doubling Water Rates by 2024
January 27, 2020 -- Santa Monica residents could see water rates double over the next five years under hikes the City Council will consider Tuesday.

LETTERS -- Another Close Call at Site of Fatal Train Collision
January 27, 2020 -- My husband and I got into a serious situation with an oncoming westbound train at this same intersection six weeks ago, an elderly pedestrian writes.

Fatal Collision Sunday Marks Third Pedestrian Killed by Expo Train in Santa Monica
January 26, 2020 -- (UPDATED) A homeless man was killed by an Expo train in Santa Monica Sunday, marking the third such fatality since rail service reached the beach city in 2016.

Santa Monica Arts Commission to Seek Full Disclosure of Iconic Mural's Loss
January 24, 2020 -- The Arts Commission on Monday is expected to take initial steps to uncover key documents that could explain why City officials rejected an iconic mosaic that stood in Santa Monica for 50 years.

EXTRA -- Fire Bombing Suspect Was City Council Hopeful
January 24, 2020 -- Korie Schmidt -- the suspect charged in connection with a series of fire bombings in Santa Monica -- applied for a City Council seat last January citing his "unconventional thoughts" and the possibility of "burnout."

 
   
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