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Affordable Santa Monica Hotels Oppose Proposed Assessment Rate
August 26, 2016 -- Lower-priced hotels and motels are asking for some relief in the amount they must contribute to the Santa Monica Tourism Marketing District (SMTMD), which was formed in 2012 to enhance promotion of the beach city as a travel destination.

Rivals Argue About Santa Monica College Bond Measure Needs
August 26, 2016 -- Supporters of a proposed $345 million bond measure to pay for facilities improvements at Santa Monica College (SMC) say the money is needed so the college "can better meet the needs of our community."

Santa Monica's New California Incline to Open Thursday
August 26, 2016 -- After 17 months of construction, the historic California Incline is set to reopen on Thursday with a re-dedication ceremony, City officials announced.

Santa Monica Council Votes for 2018 Airport Closure
August 25, 2016 -- With crucial City elections fast approaching, the Santa Monica City Council Tuesday approved the closure of the besieged City airport no later than 2018, if legally possible, and ordered a City takeover of such services as fuel and aircraft storage by December 31, or as soon as feasible.

Santa Monica Police to Start Wearing Body Cameras
August 25, 2016 -- Joining Los Angeles police and a rising number of other law enforcement forces, the Santa Monica Police Department announced Tuesday some officers and civilian personnel will be outfitted with body worn cameras on the job next month.

Santa Monica Conservancy Center Celebrates 1,000th Visitor
August 25, 2016 -- Santa Monica's historic "shotgun house" reached a milestone last week when the 1,000th visitor walked through the doors of the Santa Monica Conservancy's Preservation Resource Center housed in the tiny 1890s structure.

Opponents Call Santa Monica Tax Measure "Growth Stimulating Hormone," Supporters Disagree
August 24, 2016 -- The leaders of the campaign against a half-cent Santa Monica sales tax measure are focusing on the development angle to persuade people to join them in rejecting the proposal.

Santa Monica Police Search for Witnesses to Motorcycle Fatality
August 24, 2016 -- Santa Monica police are still looking for witnesses to a motorcycle collision with a vehicle on Pacific Coast Highway Friday that left one of the riders dead and the other in critical condition.

Santa Monica College Film Wins Prague Festival Award
August 24, 2016 -- A Santa Monica College student film about the trials and tribulations of a black woman in the 1960s won Best Short Film at the 2016 Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF) last week.

Record Crowds Jam Downtown Santa Monica this Summer
August 23, 2016 -- Between Santa Monica's jammed Twilight Concert Series and the opening of Expo and the Esplanade, downtown this summer has been the most packed in recent history, with gridlock so extensive it has overwhelmed the City's traffic-calming efforts at times, City Manager Rick Cole said.

Local Ballot Measures Receive Names
August 23, 2016 -- Four of the local measures that will appear on the Santa Monica ballot in November have received their official names from the County.

Downtown Santa Monica Becoming Urban Core of the Future
August 23, 2016 -- Santa Monica’s downtown is transforming into the urban core of the future as its population grows, stable high-tech jobs move in and the lifestyle there becomes about eschewing cars for walking, or hopping a bus or Metro train, the head of the group that manages downtown said.

Santa Monica Ballot Set with 10 Council Candidates
August 22, 2016 -- Four incumbents and six challengers will compete for four seats on the Santa Monica City Council in the November election.

Artist Zeal Harris Begins Residency at Santa Monica's Camera Obscura
August 22, 2016 -- Artist Zeal Harris -- whose work tackles "diffuclt realities" in a colorful style -- began her stint as the Camera Obscura Art Lab's new Studio Artist-in-Residence in Santa Monica this month, City officials said.
Zeal Harris at an exhibit opening

Santa Monica City Council Supports Move to Add Irish Sister City
August 22, 2016 -- Santa Monica could soon have a new sister--Galway, Ireland.

Santa Monica Assemblyman’s Digital Autopsy Bill Gets Signed Into Law
August 19, 2016 -- Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Wednesday a bill introduced by Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom that allows autopsies to be performed through digital imaging technology in certain cases.

Gay Games Bid Could Earn Santa Monica Council’s Backing
August 19, 2016 -- The Gay Games could be coming to the Los Angeles area in 2022, and possibly with the support of the Santa Monica City Council.

Santa Monica College Lecture Series Tackles Nanomaterials, Nutrition and Quakes
August 19, 2016 -- New dietary guidelines, self-assembled nanomaterials and studying earthquakes from space are amonng the topics discussed at Santa Monica College's Fall 2016 Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series, organizers announced this week.

Anti-Airport Forces Pressuring Santa Monica City Council to Step-Up Evictions
August 18, 2016 -- After decades of waging an odds-defying campaign to shut down Santa Monica’s century-old airport, local community groups believe their chances of getting the upper hand are, at long last, improving somewhat.

Brock Drops from Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Race as Possible Field of Four Forms
August 18, 2017 -- A field of up to four candidates will compete in the November election for three seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board. The deadline to enter the race was Wednesday at 5 p.m.

City Utility Boxes to be Re-Born as Public Art on Santa Monica Streets
August 18, 2017 -- The lowly City utility box is being re-born as public art starting later this month, enveloped in colorful “art wraps” painted to tell tales of life in lovely, sunny Santa Monica.

Clinton Leads Substantially in Santa Monica Fundraising
August 17, 2016 -- Whether Hillary Clinton will become the nation’s next commander in chief is still up in the air, but it appears she has clinched the title for presidential fundraising in Santa Monica.

Pitched Battle Over 1950s Ocean-Front Apartment Building in Santa Monica Ends Quietly
August 17, 2016 -- A pitched battle to stop demolition of a 1950s ocean-front apartment complex built for a then booming middle-class in Santa Monica quietly ended last month, clearing the path to the leasing soon of ultra-deluxe-apartments there instead.

SMC John Dreschler Planetarium Starts Exploration of Autumn Night Skies with New Schedule
August 17, 2016 -- Follow autumn by watching the night skies as Santa Monica College’s John Dreschler Planetarium begins exploring the season next month, first peering up into rings of Saturn and later winding along the mysterious canyon on the near side of the Moon known as “Schroter’s Valley.”

FAA Denies City Appeal in Fight to Close Santa Monica Airport
August 16, 2016 -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Monday denied a City appeal of the agency's administrative ruling that ordered Santa Monica Airport to remain open until 2023.

Theft Tops Santa Monica Crime Reports for First Half of Year
August 16, 2016 -- Various forms of theft accounted for more than one-third of the reported crimes in Santa Monica in the first half of this year, according to the Santa Monica Open Data Portal.

Picture of Woodlawn Cemetery Santa Monica Woodlawn Cemetery to Offer “Eco-Friendly” Burials
August 16, 2015 -- Santa Monica’s Woodlawn Cemetery will soon offer “eco-friendly” burial plots, joining a small but growing “green” movement in North America.

MRR Decides Against Endorsing Full Slate for Santa Monica City Council
August 15, 2016 -- For the first time since 2008, the powerful political group Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) will not back a full slate of candidates for the City Council.

Nomination Period Ends with Potential Field of 11 Candidates for Santa Monica Council
August 15, 2016 -- A field of as many as 11 candidates will compete in the November election for four seats on the Santa Monica City Council.

Santa Monica's Virginia Avenue Park Flourishing After First Decade, Director Says
August 15, 2016 -- Virginia Avenue Park, 9.5 acres in Santa Monica’s poorest neighborhood, is flourishing after a total redesign ushered in more activities for the young and a construction of a campus-like hub that offers community services to the Pico area, its director said Tuesday.


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California Incline Celebration Thursday, September 1
“open street” activities
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – community celebration
5 p.m. – opens to cars
Where: California Incline – Ocean and California Avenues
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