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

Santa Monica’s Sheila Kuehl Sees Support Grow as County Race Heats Up
This article has been updated.
November 27, 2013 -- With the race to represent L.A. County’s third district on the Board of Supervisors about to get crowded, Santa Monica resident and former State Senator Sheila Kuehl has begun to rack up support.

Santa Monica Police Boost Training to Combat “Active Shooters”
November 27, 2013
-- The Santa Monica Police Department has boosted its special training to combat the kind of “active shooter” that left five dead during a killing spree in the beachside city this summer.

Santa Monica City TV Cultivates Next Generation of Filmmakers
November 26, 2013
-- Standing in the hallway at the Santa Monica's City TV studio, Sadie Eller's eyes dart between the entrance to the filming studio and the green room.

Civic Auditorium Closure Squeezes Annual Westside Thanksgiving Celebration
November 26, 2013 -- For decades, the annual Westside Thanksgiving drew more than 2,000 needy people to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for food and festivities.

Man Dead after Apparent Jump from Santa Monica Medical Building Roof (updated)
November 26, 2013 -- Santa Monica Police have confirmed that a 25 year old man is dead after apparently jumping from the roof of a medical building near Santa Monica Boulevard and 20th Street Monday afternoon.

Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver County Supervisor Bid Almost Certain, Sources Say
November 25, 2013 -- Former Santa Monica Mayor and member of the Kennedy clan Bobby Shriver will almost certainly run for County Supervisor, according to sources close to Shriver.

Santa Monica's Main Street and Broadway to Get Green Bike Lanes
November 25, 2013 -- Santa Monica will likely see its network of green bike lanes expand if the City Council approves a half-million dollar contract Tuesday for Chrisp Company to build them.

Santa Monica College Hosts Program for “Vetrepreneurs”
November 25, 2013 -- Military veterans hoping to start a business or own a franchise can get basic training at a free bootcamp hosted by Santa Monica College.

Rainstorm Brings Deluge of Trash to Santa Monica Beaches
November 22, 2013 -- The downpour Wednesday night may have been welcome by some as Los Angeles faces one of its driest years on record.

Winter Shelter Program to Offer Beds for Santa Monica, L.A. County Homeless
November 22, 2013 -- People living on the streets in Santa Monica and L.A. County will get some relief from dropping temperatures and wet weather starting next month.

Santa Monica Police Receive Grants to Curb Traffic Collisions
November 22, 2013 -- The Santa Monica Police Department has received two grants totaling $185,000 to help reduce traffic collisions in the bayside city.

Two Years Later, Santa Monica Bike Center is “Huge Success”
November 21, 2013 -- Two years after the doors opened to the Santa Monica Bike Center -- the largest facility of its kind in the U.S. -- officials are calling it a huge success.

Santa Monica Gets $5.4 Million from Metro for Light Rail-Related Projects
November 21, 2013 -- New bike lanes, better traffic signals and more signs are just some of the improvements coming to Santa Monica after L.A. County Metro awarded City Hall $5.4 million in grants.

Santa Monica Hotels Offer Residents Holiday Discounts
November 21, 2013
-- If you have family coming to Santa Monica for the holidays and no room for them at home or always wanted to stay at a local hotel yourself but had no reason to, you’re in luck.

Santa Monica Recreation and Parks Commission Eyes Reservoir for Future Park
November 20, 2013 -- Santa Monica’s Recreation and Parks Commission will discuss the future of more than an acre of unused grassland that covers Mt. Olivet Reservoir on the eastern edge of the city’s Wilmont Neighborhood Thursday.

Santa Monica Student Wins Poetry Prize
November 20, 2013
-- There are plenty of kids who say they want to be an astronaut, but not many say they want to be an astronaut -- and a poet.

Santa Monica, Malibu Leaders Discuss Dramatic Changes to State’s School Funding Formula
November 20, 2013 -- Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) officials gathered in the cafeteria at Lincoln Middle School Tuesday to discuss the biggest changes to school funding in 40 years.

Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Holds Special Meeting on State Funding Changes
November 19, 2013 -- Substantive changes to the State’s school funding formula passed in June will be the subject of a special meeting Tuesday of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Board.

Congressman Urges Faster Investigation into Santa Monica Airport Crash
November 19, 2013 -- Citing concerns that further delays would hurt an investigation into September’s fatal plane crash at Santa Monica Airport (SMO), Congressman Henry Waxman called for federal investigators to fast-track efforts Monday.

Santa Monica Library Presents Lecture on Architect who Defined LA
November 19, 2013 -- His buildings have been seen on movie and television screens by hundreds of millions of viewers for more than eighty years, helping to establish the very identity of the City of Los Angeles.

Living Wage Persists in Santa Monica A Decade After Losing at the Polls
November 18, 2013 -- In Santa Monica, a city known for its progressive politics and labor-friendly policies, it’s no surprise that a developer hoping to build two new hotels Downtown would be required to pay future workers a living wage.

Santa Monica College's Community Education Unveils “Robust” Winter Session Options
November 18, 2013 -- Spend this winter learning French, how to mediate or exactly what goes into California's public works projects at Santa Monica College's Community Education Winter Session.

Santa Monica's City TV Premiers New Talk Show
November 18, 2013 -- In collaboration with the Commission on the Status of Women, City TV has launched a new weekly 30-minute talk show designed to educate and inspire Santa Monica viewers.

Gang Member Found Guilty of 2006 Slaying of Santa Monica Youths
November 15, 2013 -- Seven years after two Santa Monica youth were shot dead in the streets of their home town, a jury found Jose Zapien guilty of the crimes.

Santa Monica Police Arrest Suspect in Rash of Store Burglaries
This story has been updated
November 15, 2013 -- Police arrested Ronald Perkins, 55, Thursday as a suspect in a rash of burglaries in one of Santa Monica’s wealthiest shopping districts.

Meet Downtown Santa Monica’s Newest Board Member
November 15, 2013 -- Debra Zehm has spent ten years managing property for Equity Office in Downtown Santa Monica, and she has seen firsthand how the district has become “a destination” in the region.

Fugitive Mobster Captured in Santa Monica Gets Double Life Sentence
November 15, 2013 -- A Boston judge handed down two life sentences plus five years Thursday to James “Whitey” Bulger, the infamous Boston mobster captured in Santa Monica two years ago.

City Council Green-lights Two Mid-Priced Hotels in Downtown Santa Monica
November 14, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved plans for two six-story, moderately-priced hotels in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica Tuesday.

Santa Monica Car Wash to Pay for Labor Violations
November 14, 2013 -- Santa Monica’s Wilshire West Car Wash will pay $656,000 in restitution to employees after pleading “no contest” to six counts of labor law violation Wednesday.

Community Leader Heads Downtown Santa Monica Board
November 14, 2013 -- When Patricia Hoffman took the helm as chair of the Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. (DTSM) Board in August, she brought with her three decades of community involvement and more than ten years as a community voice on the 13-member board.

Makeover of Downtown Santa Monica’s “Back Door” in the Works
November 13, 2013 -- Centennial Real Estate Company has begun exploring plans to revamp its property, situated on one of eight opportunity sites in Downtown Santa Monica.

Downtown Santa Monica Thrives as Economy Recovers
November 13, 2013 -- Downtown Santa Monica has not only weathered the recent recession, its overall economy is stronger than it was before the national downturn, according to consultants and district officials.

Santa Monica Police Warn Residents to Watch Out for Coyotes
November 13, 2013 -- After several reports of coyotes roving the streets of Santa Monica, the Police Department is asking residents to be careful.

Santa Monica Looks to RAND Corporation to Measure City’s Well-Being
November 12, 2013 -- The City Council Tuesday could tap the Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation to design a way to measure the “wellbeing” of the city’s residents.

The Art of Orchestrating Downtown Santa Monica Traffic
November 12, 2013 -- With major construction underway in and around Santa Monica’s increasingly popular central business district, City and Downtown officials are working hard to keep the steady flow of pedestrians, bikes and cars moving smoothly.

Downtown Santa Monica Wins Award for Parking Strategy
November 12, 2013 -- Downtown Santa Monica has won the International Downtown Association’s (IDA) Merit Award for its Interim Parking Strategy. The award was presented at the IDA’s World Congress & 59th Annual Conference in October in New York City.

EXTRA!! Union Signs Agreement with OTO Development for Two Downtown Santa Monica Hotels
November 9, 2013 -- After months of testifying against plans by OTO Development to build two mid-priced hotels in Downtown Santa Monica, the regional hospitality workers' union brokered a deal Friday that will guarantee union support for the projects.

Latest Version of Downtown Santa Monica Specific Plan Sparks Concern
November 8, 2013 -- As Santa Monica’s new Downtown Specific Plan winds its way to approval early next year, some are worried that the final draft could be too specific.

Downtown Kicks Off Winter Season with Skating Rink Opening
November 8, 2013 -- It may have a balmy 67 degrees in Downtown Santa Monica Thursday night, but that didn’t stop hundreds from flocking to the city’s famous outdoor ice skating rink.

Hollywood Canteen Topic of Santa Monica Library Presentation
November 8, 2013 -- For a long spell during World War II, servicemen and women from towns across America got a chance to dance with some of the biggest Hollywood stars.

Santa Monica Working to Keep American Film Market in Town
November 7, 2013 -- If American Film Market leaders knew in December 2011 what they know now, the big independent film industry trade show might not have returned to Santa Monica this year for its November 6 to 13 gathering that will bring millions of dollars into the city.

Staff “Cautiously Optimistic” About Future of Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structures
November 7, 2013 -- Officials are optimistic that Santa Monica will hold on to six vital downtown properties threatened by the dissolution of the City’s former redevelopment agency (RDA).

Family Files Lawsuit in Fatal Santa Monica Airport Crash
November 7, 2013 -- The family of one of the victims killed in a plane crash at Santa Monica Airport in September is seeking damages from the estate of the plane’s pilot.

American Film Market Kicks Off Week-Long Trade Show in Santa Monica
November 6, 2013 -- Thousands of industry professionals are expected to descend on Santa Monica when the American Film Market kicks off its week-long tradeshow Wednesday.

State Assembly Candidate Vows to Support Closure of Santa Monica Airport
November 6, 2013 -- In a bid for a seat in the State Assembly, former Culver City Mayor Christopher Armenta has pledged his support for efforts to close Santa Monica Airport.

Santa Monica Beach House Seeks Performance Ensemble
November 6, 2013 -- “Play at the beach” is taking on new meaning in Santa Monica as actors, instead of beachgoers, get a chance to strut their stuff at the historic structure.

Santa Monica Neighborhood Group Wants Moratorium on Development
November 5, 2013 -- Members of the Wilmont Neighborhood Coalition at the group’s annual meeting Saturday called for a moratorium on development in Santa Monica.

City Hall Hands Out Fines for Illegal Signs in Santa Monica
November 5, 2013 -- Six months after City Hall stepped up efforts to curb violations of Santa Monica’s 28-year-old sign ordinance, officials say they are making headway.

Pacific Park CEO Wins Prestigious PAL Award
November 5, 2013
-- It would be hard to imagine PAL’s PALpalooza without Pacific Park, and it’s not just the alliteration. The amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier is a major supporter of the Santa Monica Police Activities League.

Santa Monica’s Lawsuit Against FAA Resonates with City’s Property Owners
November 4, 2013 -- When City Hall sued the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday to affirm its control over the 97-year-old Santa Monica Airport (SMO), one argument resonated with the city’s landlords.

Santa Monica’s State Assembly Rep Joins Call for Major L.A. River Revitalization
November 4, 2013 -- Santa Monica’s State Assembly Representative Richard Bloom added his voice to a growing chorus calling for a massive revitalization of the Los Angeles River.

Santa Monica Library Explores the Comforting Side of Science
November 4, 2013
-- While scientific investigation has resulted in many beneficial discoveries over the centuries, few would call it a source of emotional comfort.

Letter -- Lawsuit to Close Santa Monica Airport Meritless
November 4, 2013 -- The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) characterized as lacking any merit in law a federal lawsuit filed Thursday by the City of Santa Monica against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in what is clearly another desperate bid by the city to close Santa Monica Municipal Airport.

City Hall Sues FAA Over Future of Santa Monica Airport
November 1, 2013 -- City Hall announced Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish local control over the future of Santa Monica’s controversial airport.

Long Road Ahead for New Movie Theater at Santa Monica Place
November 1, 2013 -- When Santa Monica Place owner Macerich submitted plans to build the bayside city’s newest movie theater in more than 20 years last month, local business leaders breathed a sigh of relief.

Santa Monica Couple to Receive Anti-Defamation League Humanitarian Award
November 1, 2013
-- A Santa Monica couple will receive the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) Humanitarian Award at the organization’s Centennial Gala Celebration next month, ADL officials announced this week.

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