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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- November 2012

Judge Throws Out Bid to Bring Back Santa Monica Nativity Scenes
November 30, 2012 -- A federal judge Thursday dismissed a lawsuit to force Santa Monica to display the traditional Christmas Nativity scenes banned by the City this year.

Shrinking Funds and Higher Demand Could Squeeze Santa Monica's Homeless Support Programs
November 30, 2012 -- Santa Monica has over 150 fewer people sleeping on its streets since 2009, staff told the City Council Tuesday, but with resources for affordable housing drying up, more prisoners released and veterans returning from war, times could get tough.

Three Not-So-Wise Men Nabbed in Santa Monica Charity Schemes
November 30, 2012 -- Three men were charged Wednesday with theft for aggressively soliciting charitable donations on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade after a joint investigation by police and the City Attorney's Office.

Santa Monica City Attorney Charges Lindsay Lohan with Reckless Driving, Lying to Police
November 30, 2012 -- Actress Lindsay Lohan was charged by the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office Thursday with reckless driving and providing false information to an officer in connection with a June traffic accident on Pacific Coast Highway, according to City officials.

Santa Monica Mayor Poised to Head to Sacramento After Latest Vote Count
November 29, 2012 -- With the Los Angeles County Registrar expected to certify the results of the November 6 election Friday -- ahead of the December 3 deadline -- Mayor Richard Bloom is poised to become the first Santa Monica Council member to make the leap to State politics.

Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club and Hospice Partners Will Light Up A Life
November 29, 2012 -- The holiday season is sometimes the most difficult time of the year for people who have lost a loved one. But this year, the Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club is joining with Hospice Partners of Southern California to create a new approach to the holiday season, one that serves to remember and honor friends and family members who are no longer with us.

Shriver, Bloom Bid Adieu to Santa Monica City Council
November 29, 2012 -- Council member Bobby Shriver and Mayor Richard Bloom officially resigned from Santa Monica's City Council Tuesday as each prepares to move on to different stages in their careers and lives.

Retrospective -- What Kind of Santa Monica Will We Leave for Our Children?
April 1999 -- Thank you Mayor O'Connor, Mayor Pro Tem Genser and fellow City Council members. It feels great to finally be able to say that! And, thank you to the volunteers and contributors who placed their faith and energy in me and who are the reason I sit here today.

No Winter Sessions for Santa Monica's Emeritus College
November 28, 2012 -- Though Santa Monica College will be able to offer 250 classes this winter, they will not offer any of the Emeritus College classes, which are designed for members of the senior community.

Santa Monica Council Set to Pass $1.2 Million Consent Calendar
November 28, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council is expected to approve about $1.2 million in expenditures Tuesday when it votes on the consent calendar.

Santa Monica to Hold Its First Ever Bike Festival
November 28, 2012 -- Santa Monica will hold its first ever bike festival on December 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Civic Auditorium.

Santa Monica to Draw Up “Work Plan” to Deal with Increased Development
November 27, 2012 -- With more than two dozen Development Agreements (DA) in the pipeline, Santa Monica City Staff will draw up a “work plan” to help put them through the lengthy approval process.

Santa Monica Council to Weigh In on Proposed Development on Former Grammy Building Site
November 27, 2012 -- Texas-based developer Trammel Crow Company will propose a project to the Council Tuesday that would replace the abandoned Grammy building at the eastern edge of Santa Monica with a 260-unit mixed-use development.

Santa Monica Residents to Discuss Downtown Specific Plan
November 27, 2012 -- On December 5, Santa Monica City officials will hold a third community workshop for the Downtown Specific Plan.

Santa Monica Mayor Stretches Lead Over Butler in Assembly Race
November 26, 2012 -- According to the most recent tally by the Los Angeles County Registrar, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom is now 439 votes -- his largest lead yet -- ahead of incumbent Assembly member Betsy Butler in the race to represent State Assembly District 50.

Black Friday is Bright for Santa Monica Merchants
November 26, 2012 -- The National Retailers Association claims that Black Friday weekend sales, both in-store and online, hit a record $59 billion this year and Santa Monica merchants were ready for the crowds.

Red Cross to Hold Fundraiser Run on the Santa Monica Beach
November 26, 2012 -- The American Red Cross with film actor Josh Duhamel will host the third Youth Run fundraiser at Santa Monica Beach on December 2.

Santa Monica College Announces Partial Return of Winter Session
November 21, 2012 -- With the passing of Proposition 30 and what officials are calling “an improving state economy,” Santa Monica College announced that it would go ahead with its six-week winter session which was originally slated to be cancelled due to State budget cuts.

Butler Closes Vote Gap with Santa Monica Mayor in Assembly Race
November 21, 2012 -- Incumbent Assembly member Betsy Butler is now only 79 votes behind Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar's most recent tally of outstanding provisional and absentee ballots.

Santa Monica's Miles Playhouse Gets Ready for the Holiday Season
November 21, 2012 -- The Miles Memorial Playhouse in Reed Park is getting ready to kick off its fourth annual “Fireside at the Miles,” 16 nights of a variety of performances both musical and theatrical.

Judge Upholds Santa Monica's Ban on Nativity Scenes
November 20, 2012 -- There will be no Nativity scenes in Santa Monica this holiday season after a Federal judge denied an injunction by a group hoping to bring them back to Palisades Park.

Santa Monica Place Lights Up the Holiday Season
November 20, 2012 -- It might not yet be Thanksgiving, but Santa Monica Place was ready to kick off the holiday season Saturday. The Central Plaza was packed with shoppers ready for the festivities, despite a light rain that visiting dignitary Mrs. Claus referred to as “California snow.”

Santa Monica College Offers Up Winter Concerts
November 20, 2012 -- The Santa Monica College Music Department is offering up a slew of concerts this December for a variety of musical tastes.

Santa Monica Moves Forward with Water Self-Sufficiency Plan
November 19, 2012 -- Santa Monica has been taking steps to rely entirely on its own water by 2020 by boosting local supply and managing demand, according to a report to the City Council this month.

Good Taste -- Giving Thanks for Santa Monica's "Good Tastes"
November 19, 2012 -- To me, the holidays are about cooking and eating great food and counting my blessings. I have so much to be thankful for: my business, my staff, my clients, my husband Larry, my kitty Humphrey, my peaceful, comfortable home, my beautiful office in Santa Monica, among many other people and things.

Santa Monica College Celebrates the Holidays with Theater and Music
November 19, 2012 -- Holiday music and a classic French comedy are on the bill this month, courtesy of Santa Monica College (SMC).

City Council OKs Development on Santa Monica Trailer Park Property
November 16, 2012 -- After six years of discussion, planning and controversy, the Santa Monica City Council voted Wednesday to allow the East Village Project to go ahead, replacing one of the City's two remaining trailer parks with a 377-unit mixed-use development.

Santa Monica Bike Center Celebrates First Year
November 16, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Bike Center at Second Street and Colorado Avenue will celebrate its first year of operations this weekend with two rides, including a “Sweet Spots” tour, taking residents to places around town where they can grab treats.

Santa Monica Priest Sentenced in Sexual Battery Case
November 16, 2012 -- A Santa Monica priest who was charged of sexual battery July 26 has been sentenced to one day in jail and 364 days of probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts last week.

“Alarming” Traffic Signs Warn Santa Monica Visitors About Rise in Crime
November 15, 2012 -- With a 12 percent increase in property-related crime in the City, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) has put up signs warning visitors to take their valuables with them when they leave their vehicles.

Council Puts an End to Santa Monica's House of Rock
November 15, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council adopted an ordinance Tuesday that would outlaw the use of private homes as event venues starting in mid-December.

Final "Santa Monica Talks" Session Thursday
November 15, 2012 -- Santa Monica residents have a final chance on Thursday to discuss safety and quality-of-life issues with top City officials.

Trash Bin Gets Exemption from Santa Monica's Landmark Commission
November 14, 2012 -- A 430-square-foot concrete trash bin, owned by the City, will be completed 10 feet from the recently-landmarked Chez Jay restaurant, the Landmarks Commission ruled Monday.

Santa Monica Mayor Maintains Narrow Lead in Assembly Race
November 14, 2012 -- With nearly 9,000 votes counted since last Friday, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom remains ahead of incumbent Assemblymember Betsy Butler in the race to represent Assembly District 50.

Santa Monica Council Expected to Approve $5.5 Million in Expenses
November 14, 2012 -- Santa Monica's City Council will dish out some $5.5 million if they approve the consent calendar Tuesday night.

Letter -- I Oppose the Village Trailer Park Evictions
November 14, 2012 -- My name is Jim Pickrell. I'm one of the group of local residents that recently ousted the board of the Wilmont neighborhood group.

Letter -- Reflecting on the Santa Monica Election
November 14, 2012 --Thank you for your coverage of the Santa Monica election.  I notice that many of you have posted stories about the outcome, but I wanted to share my thoughts after the months of campaigning in which we have all been involved.

Santa Monica Council to Vote on Revised Trailer Park Development
November 13, 2012 -- The City Council will vote on whether to replace one of the City's two remaining trailer parks with a 377-unit residential complex Tuesday.

Santa Monica Red Cross Gets New CEO
November 13, 2012 -- Last week, Santa Monica Red Cross officials annouced that Julie Thomas would take over as Chief Executive Officer for the organization.

Good Taste -- Happy Hour Heaven Trumps Traffic Hell at Santa Monica's Daily Grill
November 13, 2012 -- I am not a Happy Hour person. However, when it's raining and windy and you're about to embark upon an hour and a half commute that should only take 20 minutes, Happy Hour sounded like the perfect thing to do to wait out the "storm" of traffic.

Santa Monica's ICE Opens with Music and Dancing
November 12, 2012 -- The Grand Opening of ICE -- Downtown Santa Monica’s annual kickoff of the Winterlit Festival at the community ice skating rink located at Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue -- lived up to its name after lashing winds and rain lifted.

Feature -- Election Night Out on the Town in Santa Monica
November 12, 2012 -- The room erupted into a chorus of moans and boos. I looked up from my glass and glanced around. Everyone was wearing a suit or a dress. Even the three kids -- I think they were the only kids -- running around the tables were wearing suits and ties.

Santa Monica College Panel Explores Environmental Legislation Impact
November 12, 2012 -- Santa Monica College's Public Policy Institute will discuss the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and its impact in the state.

Santa Monica Mayor's Lead in Assembly Race Narrows
November 9, 2012 -- Three days after the election November 6, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom maintains a narrow lead over his opponent, incumbent Assemblymember Betsy Butler, in the race to represent California's 50th District in the State Assembly.

Downtown Santa Monica Holiday Inn Set to Propose Major Redevelopment
November 9, 2012 -- FelCor Lodging Trust have approached City staff about redeveloping the Holiday Inn on Colorado Avenue, a project which could add a 195-foot tower to the Downtown Santa Monica site, The Lookout has learned.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Breathes Sigh of Relief After Bond Measure Passes
November 9, 2012 -- When Measure ES -- the bond that will upgrade Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s infrastructure -- passed on Tuesday, it showed that local voters overwhelmingly support the idea of handing the district up to $385 million to improve children’s school experience.

Santa Monica Police Gets Traffic Safety Grant
November 9, 2012 -- The California Office of Traffic Safety has awarded the Santa Monica Police Department a $100,000 grant.

Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights Sweeps Elections
November 7, 2012 -- Santa Monica's powerful renters' rights group managed to sweep all three major local races, according to preliminary counts by the Los Angeles County Registrar's office.

Santa Monica Mayor Ahead in Tight Assembly District Race
November 7, 2012 -- With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom is ahead of incumbent Betsy Butler by 222 votes in the race to represent California State Assembly District 50, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar's office.

Election Day in Santa Monica

November 7, 2012 -- With three hours left before polls closed Tuesday, Santa Monica residents flocked to their nearest polling stations to cast their vote.

PACs Outspend Candidates in Santa Monica City Council Race
November 6, 2012 -- Mirroring a national trend, political action committees are far outspending the individual campaigns of the Santa Monica City Council candidates they support, according to a local watchdog group.

Santa Monica Goes to the Polls
November 6, 2012 -- Aside from the City Council race, with 13 candidates contending for four seats, Santa Monica residents will cast their votes for a number of other local races.

Get the Latest on Santa Monica's Elections in Real Time
November 6, 2012 -- Santa Monica residents will be able to get up-to-date information about the local elections from two places Tuesday.

Letter -- Setting the Record Straight
November 6, 2012 -- It has come to our attention that the logos of the California League of Conservation Voters and the local Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters were used without either organizations' authorization or permission on campaign mail distributed to Santa Monica voters by a group calling itself "Santa Monicans for Responsible Growth."

Letter -- Pointing Fingers
November 6, 2012 -- Jason Islas' article, "'Misleading' Mailer Causes Uproar in Santa Monica Election" reads like a script for Saturday Night Live, or the Daily Show, without the open buffoonery.

“Misleading” Mailer Causes Uproar in Santa Monica Election
November 5, 2012 -- Santa Monicans for Responsible Growth (SMRG) has caused an uproar after using the California League of Conservation Voters' (CLCV) logo on a mailer featuring two City Council candidates that the organization did not endorse.

Being There: Downtown Santa Monica
November 5, 2012 -- British Prime Minister Winston Churchill once famously said, “We shape our buildings and afterwards, our buildings shape us.”

Art Auction to Help Save Santa Monica Sculpture
November 5, 2012 -- The family of the late artist Paul Conrad will auction off some of the artist's work on November 11 to help raise money to save Santa Monica's “Chain Reaction” sculpture.

Santa Monica City Clerk Ready for High Voter Turnout
November 2, 2012 -- “Election day is the longest day ever,” said Sarah Gorman, Santa Monica's new city clerk and self-described election geek.

Santa Monica Police Seek Forgery Suspect
November 2, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Police are asking for help identifying a suspect in a string of check forgeries at the Bank of America in Downtown Santa Monica.

Good Taste -- Louise's Delivers with Great Food, on Time
November 2, 2012 -- This week started at 90 miles an hour, and has not slowed 
down sinceTuesday morning I had a meeting in my Santa Monica offices with my 
biggest client. We planned for a working lunch. 

Equity Fund Slump Related to District-Wide Fundraising Effort, Say Malibu Parents
November 1, 2012 -- With the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's equity fund falling $40,000 shy of 2010-2011 levels, some are concerned that it could portend problems with a plan to centralize fundraising.

Revisioning Downtown Santa Monica
November 1, 2012 -- The vision for Downtown is coming into sharper focus, the Main Post office could soon be a thing of the past and the fee paid by developers who choose not to build parking on site is set to go up. Those are among the major developments taking place Downtown as the year comes closer to an end.

Suspect in Assault on Santa Monica Woman in Custody
November 1, 2012
-- Police have arrested a suspect in connection with an assault on a woman in a Santa Monica parking garage that occurred in mid-July.

Letter -- Dia de los Muertos: Against Forgetting and Cultural Imperialism
November 1, 2012 -- This Day of the Dead season in Santa Monica brings some usual challenges. The recent deaths of two Santa Monica youth clouds the celebratory day in tragedy and loss. A procession called by the Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) on Saturday November 3 at 5:30 pm beginning at St. Annes Church (20th & Colorado) will address this concern.

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