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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- December 2013

Santa Monica City Staff Reverses Position on “Chain Reaction”
December 31, 2013 -- Santa Monica's iconic “Chain Reaction” sculpture could stand for another two decades after City officials Tuesday reversed their recommendation to take down the structure.

Looking Back at Santa Monica in 2013
December 24, 2013 -- New battles started and old battles began anew this year in Santa Monica. Development remained a major flashpoint in the beachside city.

Eat Well to Kick off the Year in Santa Monica
December 24, 2013 -- The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) is making it easy to start the year eating healthy with the 2nd annual Eat Well Week.

Santa Monica Rings in the New Year in Style
December 24, 2013 -- From “roaring 20s” theme parties to an eight-hour meditation marathon, Santa Monica has something for everyone looking to start 2014 off right.

Cesar Pelli's Return to Santa Monica for Miramar Project Stirs Mixed Reactions
December 23, 2013 -- Friday's announcement that world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli and his son Rafael would design Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar ambitious redevelopment project raised some eyebrows and some questions.

Survey Results Show Dueling Visions for Santa Monica's Michigan Avenue Greenway
December 23, 2013 -- While residents of Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood mostly agree that a new bike-friendly corridor down Michigan Avenue is a good idea, the details could prove more divisive.

Couple Targets Seniors in Santa Monica Parking Lot Scam
December 23, 2013 -- If you are a senior who has been involved in a minor traffic accident in a Santa Monica store parking lot, you may have been a victim of an elder abuse scam.

Extra! -- Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Taps Petronas Towers Architect for Redesign Project
December 20, 2013 -- The architect who designed what were once the world’s two tallest buildings has been tapped to lead the Santa Monica Fairmont Miramar’s redevelopment project.

New Parking Garage in Downtown Santa Monica is More than a Place to Stow Cars
December 20, 2013 -- Eight stories above the bustling streets of Downtown Santa Monica, visitors can get a glimpse of sweeping ocean vistas and panoramic urban scenes.

Santa Monica Agency Needs Food and Clothing for the Holidays
December 20, 2013
-- The Westside Family Health Center is once again bringing home the gift of giving this Holiday Season with its annual Heart2Heart food and clothing drive.

Union Wants More Guarantees for Workers at Santa Monica’s Wyndham Hotel
December 19, 2013 -- Labor leaders announced Wednesday that if they are going to support plans to redevelop Santa Monica’s Wyndham Hotel, they want protections for the non-union hotel’s current workers.

City Council Expedites Santa Monica Place Theater Project
December 19, 2013 -- The City Council approved minor tweaks to its development process Tuesday that would expedite plans to build a movie theater in Santa Monica Place.

New Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structure to Open Thursday
December 19, 2013 -- City officials Thursday will cut the ribbon on the newly completed Parking Structure 6 they say promises to be “a game-changer for Downtown parking.”

State Says Santa Monica Can Keep Downtown Parking Structures
December 18, 2013 -- Santa Monica officials breathed a sigh of relief Monday when State officials announced that the City could keep six vital Downtown parking structures formerly owned by the bayside city’s now-defunct redevelopment agency (RDA).

New Parking Lot at Santa Monica Post Office Will Open in Two Weeks, Officials Say
December 18, 2013 -- A new parking lot at Santa Monica’s 7th Street post office will open in approximately two weeks, providing an alternative to onstreet parking patrons say is unsafe.

Mexican National Convicted in 2012 Stabbing in Downtown Santa Monica
December 18, 2013 -- Francisco Leon-Urbalexo from Sonora, Mexico pled guilty last month to stabbing a Los Angeles resident in Downtown Santa Monica.

Santa Monica City Council to Weigh Funding Options for New $32 Million Fire Station
December 17, 2013 -- With voters unlikely to approve a bond measure, City officials Tuesday will look for another way to finance a new $32 million fire station in Downtown Santa Monica.

Santa Monica City Council Contemplates Half A Million Dollars in Expenses
December 17, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday will consider about half a million dollars of routine expenses -- from carpeting to water pipes -- during its final meeting of 2013.

Santa Monica Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday
December 17, 2013 -- Santa Monica Police will conduct a checkpoint Friday to identify and remove motorists driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or without a valid driver’s license.

“Green” Developer Could Be Partner in Santa Monica’s Village Trailer Park Development
December 16, 2013 -- One of the nation’s leading developers of “green” housing could back plans to build on one of Santa Monica’s two remaining trailer parks.

Santa Monica Wants to Raise Rental Fees for Civic Auditorium
December 16, 2013 -- The City Council Tuesday will consider raising the cost of renting out the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium after shutting down the venue last summer.

Santa Monica Seeks Volunteers for Homeless Count
December 16, 2013
-- Santa Monica is known for its community involvement, but few gatherings bring out the sense of commitment and communion as does the City’s annual homeless count that will take place next month.

Santa Monica High School Students Stump for New Crosswalk
December 13, 2013 -- Everyday around 3 p.m., when school lets out, Pico Boulevard between Lincoln Boulevard and 4th Street is flooded with thousands of Santa Monica High School students.

US Postal Service Doubles Estimate for Onsite Parking at New Santa Monica Post Office
December 13, 2013 -- Patrons lobbying for more parking at Santa Monica’s new 7th Street post office will get what they want and more, US Postal officials told The Lookout Thursday.

Santa Monica College Maintains Top Ranking in Transfers
December 13, 2013 -- Santa Monica College ranked first in transfers to University of California campuses for the 23rd year in a row and saw an increase in the number of Latino students who made the jump.

City Council Taps Local Developer for Downtown Santa Monica Dream Site
December 12, 2013 -- A world-class architect will design the development that could occupy 2.5 acres of prime real estate in Downtown Santa Monica City officials have called "a dream site."

Congressman Wants Answers about Santa Monica Post Office Parking
December 12, 2013 -- U.S. Congressman Henry Waxman is asking the United States Postal Service (USPS) to make good on its promise to provide customers with on-site parking at the relocated postal facility in Santa Monica.

Neighborhood Church Will Host Santa Monica’s 60th Annual Nativity Scene Display
December 12, 2013 -- Hoping to carry on a 60-year tradition, Santa Monica’s Mt. Olive Lutheran Church has agreed to host a dozen life-sized figures representing the Christmas story on its property starting Sunday.

Santa Monica Considers Capping Tax Breaks for Historic Properties
December 11, 2013 -- Officials want to limit the amount of revenue Santa Monica loses each year in the form of tax breaks to historic property owners.

Santa Monica Post Office to Get “Eight to Ten” Onsite Parking Spaces Next Month
December 11, 2013 -- US Postal Service officials said that the Santa Monica's new Post Office will get up to 10 additional parking spaces on site next month.

Santa Monica Chamber Announces State of the City Event
December 11, 2013 -- Santa Monica will hold its State of the City event under the big top next month and focus on the future of cities, Chamber of Commerce officials announced this week.

Santa Monica's Miramar Gathers More than Four Tons of Food for the Hungry
December 10, 2013 -- More than 700 Santa Monica residents donated more than four tons of food at Sunday's Meet Me Under the Fig Tree event at theFairmont Miramar Hotel.

Santa Monica City Council to Consider $1.3 Million in Expenses
December 10, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council will consider $1.3 million worth of routine expenses at the top of its Tuesday meeting.

Santa Monica Looking for Sustainable Award Nominees
December 10, 2013 -- What do a surfing store, a yoga studio and a car dealer have in common? All are past winners of the Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA).

Letter -- Parking at New Santa Monica Post Office is Dangerous
December 10, 2013 -- I am old and grew up in the south in the fifties. I remember straight in parking and I remember why it was abandoned. Because people were killed backing out.

Postal Officials Promised More Parking at New Santa Monica Facility, Residents Say
December 9, 2013 -- Hoping to relieve what patrons say is a dangerous situation at Santa Monica’s new Seventh Street post office caused by over-crowded street parking, residents are calling for postal officials to make good on a promise to open the facility’s parking lot to the public.

Graduates of Santa Monica College Recycling Program Land Jobs
December 9, 2013 -- Some 260 of the 600 students who graduated from Santa Monica College’s “Jobs Through Recycling” program have landed jobs since completing their training, college officials said.

Santa Monica City Council to Consider Ordinance to Protect Tenants' Right to Protest Developments
December 9, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday will consider a new ordinance that would prevent landowners from making deals with tenants to limit protests against pending developments that would displace them.

Hines Project Squeaks Past Santa Monica Planning Commission, Heads to City Council
December 6, 2013 -- Plans to develop the former Papermate factory site in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Area will move forward after the Planning Commission narrowly voted to recommend it for Council approval Wednesday.

Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hosts Open House Benefit for Westside Food Bank
December 6, 2013 -- There will be food, music and even snow at Santa Monica’s historic Fairmont Miramar this Sunday, when the hotel hosts a canned food drive to help feed to hungry.

Cabaret Comes to the Santa Monica Pier
December 6, 2013
-- Walk the wooden planks of the historic Santa Monica Pier when the fog rolls in, and it’s easy to imagine a lost world of gambling ships and ballrooms and speakeasies that invite drinking and murder.

US Postal Service Says Sale of Historic Downtown Santa Monica Facility Close
December 5, 2013 -- US Postal Service officials said Wednesday they are close to striking a deal to sell the 75-year-old building that was once home to Downtown Santa Monica’s main post office.

Santa Monica’s Planning Department in Your Living Room
December 5, 2013 -- Gone are the days when the curious citizen had to trek to Santa Monica’s City Hall to get the latest information on projects popping up around town or to thumb through the latest planning documents.

Santa Makes Santa Monica Visit Saturday
December 5, 2013
-- No wonder Santa will be in town early this year -- he’s coming to Santa Monica with a police and fire escort that will have the sirens wailing to announce his arrival.

Parking Troubles Patrons at New Santa Monica Post Office
December 4, 2013 -- Five months after the US Postal Service shuttered Downtown Santa Monica’s 75-year-old post office, patrons are still adjusting.

Downtown Santa Monica “Dream Site” Project Goes Before City Council, Again
December 4, 2013 -- Staff is once again recommending that the City Council accept a proposal by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas and backed by local developer John Warfel to build out one of the last remaining undeveloped lots in Downtown Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Library Ranked Among Top in Nation
December 4, 2013
--The Santa Monica Public Library was the only Southern California library to earn the prestigious five-star rating this year from the Library Journal, City officials announced Tuesday.

Long-Time Santa Monica Resident and Renowned Computer Scientist Dies
December 3, 2013 -- Willis Ware, a former RAND Corporation engineer, a pioneer of computer technology and an early advocate for personal privacy in the digital age, died last month at his Santa Monica home. He was 93.

New Rules Mean Third Term for Santa Monica Landmarks Commissioner
December 3, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously to give Landmarks Commissioner John Berley a third four-year term Tuesday after first doing away with restrictions that limited his tenure to two terms.

Santa Monica College Showcases Musical Talent this Month
December 3, 2013 -- Santa Monica College will present a cornucopia of concerts this month, including a performance under the expert baton of Kevin McKeown.

City Council Wants Better Wheelchair and Bike Access for New Santa Monica Pier Bridge
December 2, 2013 -- As plans move forward to replace Santa Monica's 74-year-old Pier Bridge, the City Council wants to make sure the new connector will ease access for bicyclists and people with disabilities.

Santa Monica City Council Earmarks $45,000 to Repair Copper Theft Damage
December 2, 2013 -- The City Council Tuesday approved $45,000 worth of repairs to Santa Monica’s street lights after thieves seeking the copper wiring inside left residents in the dark.

City Hall Announces New Rules for Private Trainers in Santa Monica Parks
December 2, 2013 -- City Hall announced Wednesday that it will start enforcing new rules that limit the number of private trainers in Santa Monica’s public parks starting January 1.

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