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Santa Monica Ahead of L.A.'s New Bee-Keeping Law
September 4, 2015
-- Bee-keepers in L.A.'s neighborhoods are close to getting that city's green light to practice their hobby, but homeowners in Santa Monica have been raising bees in their backyards for years, and chickens and roosters, too.

Santa Monica College Foundation Awards Faculty Grants
September 4, 2015 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) professors received a total of more than $90,000 in grants from the Santa Monica College Foundation, SMC officials announced Thursday.

Santa Monica Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday
September 4, 2015 -- Santa Monica police are ushering in the long Labor Day weekend with a DUI checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city this Friday from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m., police announced.

Lawsuit Accuses Popular Santa Monica Restaurants of Price Fixing
September 3, 2015 -- Two popular Santa Monica restaurants are named in a new lawsuit alleging they are part of cadre of Los Angeles area restaurants conspiring to illegally engage in price fixing to offset rising health care costs.

Governor Signs Santa Monica Assembly member’s Initiative Bill
September 3, 2015 -- With no fanfare, Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Tuesday a bill co-authored by Santa Monica Assembly member Richard Bloom that raises the filing fee for State ballot initiatives from $200 to $2,000.

Santa Monica College Selected for Top NASA Grant
September 3, 2015 -- Santa Monica College was only one of four community colleges nationwide selected for a special NASA grant to expand training for professors in math and science-related fields, officials announced Wednesday.

Santa Monica Mayor Wants Scrutiny of Council member's Role in Firing Controversy
September 2, 2015 -- The controversy surrounding Elizabeth Riel, the woman the City hired and fired last year allegedly because she was involved in an old political campaign against Santa Monica Council member Pam O’Connor, is ratcheting up a level.

Smaller Changes to Yield Welcome Results in New Big Blue Bus System, Santa Monica Officials Say
September 2, 2015 -- The coming of the Expo Light Rail to Santa Monica next year will bring a multitude of changes to the Big Blue Bus system, including more routes and higher fares to help offset higher costs. But riding the Big Blue Bus of the future could be different in other ways too.

Santa Monica College Kicks Off Fall Literary Series
September 2, 2015 -- Expect the unexpected when British author Geoff Dyer kicks off Santa Monica College’s Fall Literary Series with a reading from his works this month.

Santa Monica Activists Seek Probe of Councilmember’s Role in Employee Firing
September 1, 2015 -- A Santa Monica activist organization Monday asked for two separate investigations into its allegations that Councilmember Pam O’Connor illegally used her position to maneuver the abrupt firing last year of a communications director who had politically tangled with her eight years earlier.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Seeks Parents’ Critiques
September 1, 2015 -- Parents are being asked to critique the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in a survey posted Monday at the district’s website.

Santa Monica’s Tongva Park to Celebrate Nature, Aztec Culture
September 1, 2015 -- Two abiding legacies of the Santa Monica region – the Aztec legends from the south and the nature than surrounds the scenic beach city – will be celebrated this month at two events in Tongva Park.

Santa Monica Falls In Line With State's Solar Push
August 31 2015 -- Santa Monica provides local homeowners and businesses looking to go solar free technical advice and help picking a reputable contractor, but the beach city has never had a formal permit process within its codes for the often-complex rooftop systems until now.

Santa Monica Takes Another Step Towards Water Self-sufficiency
August 31,2015 -- Santa Monica moved closer to eliminating its dependence on imported water by 2020 after the City Council last week approved a nearly $2 million contract to hire a groundwater geologist for up to five years.

Unique Sculpture Exhibit Opening at Santa Monica College
August 31, 2015 -- Sometimes, artist Ann Page's sculptures look like objects of different textures stacked together in delicate balancing acts.

Santa Monicans Beat Water Conservation Goal
August 28, 2015 -- Residential water use in Santa Monica edged up slightly last month from June, but consumers still saved enough to avoid putting the City in hot water with state's regulators.

Santa Monica Law Change Doesn’t Extend Physical Arrest Power to Civilians, Officials Say
August 28, 2015 -- Certain Santa Monica Police Department civilian employees have been granted the ability to make arrests, but these arrests cannot be physical, police officials told the City Council at its meeting Tuesday.

The Moon, Stars and Equinoxes at Santa Monica College Planetarium this Month
August 28, 2015 -- How do you know when the moon is waxing or waning? How many times a year does an equinox take place? And what is the “Summer Triangle,” anyway?

Mapping Shows Pico Neighborhood Ground Zero for Skyrocketing Evictions in Santa Monica
August 27, 2015 --The Pico Neighborhood was hit with a skyrocketing number of rental evictions last year, a sign that Santa Monica’s last affordable neighborhood is being gentrified with the coming of light rail, an eviction-monitoring research group has concluded.

Santa Monica Faces “Complicated Challenge” with Affordable Housing Deficit
August 27, 2015 -- City Council members reached no conclusions on how to increase the availability of affordable housing in Santa Monica during a study session dedicated to the subject on Tuesday.

Youth Competition Seeks Artworks to Help Power the Santa Monica Pier
August 27, 2015 -- Can wind and solar power plants be designed to be as beautiful as a piece of public artwork? What will be the visual impact of such renewable energy installations on local landscapes?

Santa Monica Council member Fought to Oust City Spokeswoman, Group Contends
August 26, 2015 -- The costly political saga of a communications director hired by the City of Santa Monica and quickly fired took another turn Tuesday.

Santa Monica Black Legal Pioneer Dies
August 26, 2016 -- Marcus O. Tucker, Jr., a Santa Monica native who became the first African American lawyer in the City Attorney’s Office before launching a decades-long career as a highly respected jurist, has died.

Jefferson Starship to Land on Santa Monica Pier Thursday
August 26, 2015 -- Take a trip back to the “Summer of Love” when Jefferson Airplane’s offspring, Jefferson Starship, brings the sounds of that drug-hazed year to the Santa Monica Pier.

Council Sets Priorities for Santa Monica
August 25, 2015 -- Confronting a slew of headaches tied to Santa Monica’s growing popularity, the City Council emerged from a special retreat Sunday vowing to double down on three top problems: Congestion on car-clogged city streets, the lack of affordable housing and getting the municipal airport closed.

Santa Monica Mayor Angered Over FAA Delay
August 25, 2015 -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has delayed weighing in on a key element of the Santa Monica’s battle to eventually close its municipal airport, sparking talk of litigation from an angry Mayor Kevin McKeown.

Three Santa Monica Schools Get New Administrators
August 25, 2015 -- A former House Principal at Samohi has returned to campus and two long-time educators have joined the administrative teams at John Muir and McKinley Elementary schools, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials announced last week.

Santa Monica Planning Commission Gives Thumbs Down to Downtown Movie Theater
August 24, 2015 -- The reviews are in for the proposed movie theater complex on Fourth Street in Downtown Santa Monica—and they aren’t good.

Three Santa Monica Council Members Back Moratorium on Ellis Act Evictions
August 24, 2015 -- Three Santa Monica City Council members are asking their colleagues to support a resolution calling on state lawmakers to freeze Ellis Act evictions, which critics charge are undermining cities' efforts to keep rents affordable.

Santa Monica Police Conducting Motorcycle Safety Program This Week
August 24, 2015 -- Despite California pumping millions each year into local efforts to prevent them, fatal crashes involving motorcyclists continue to go up, state traffic figures show.

Retail Store Expected to Replace Johnnie’s Pizzeria on Santa Monica Promenade
August 21, 2015 -- Nearly a quarter-century of unsuccessful restaurant operations at the Third Street Promenade space currently occupied by Johnnie’s New York Pizzeria will soon come to an end.

Santa Monica Buses to See Major Route Changes Starting Sunday
August 21, 2015 -- With the Expo train fast approaching, the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus will begin rolling out major service and stop changes on several routes starting Sunday to better integrate them with the coming light rail service, transit officials annouced.

Santa Monica Colleges Announces New Social Justice Scholarship
August 21, 2015 -- During his tenure as a Santa Monica College (SMC) trustee and professor, Judge David Finkel furthered his passion for championing the cause of those society threatened to leave behind.

 

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