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Santa Monica Celebrates Memorial Day
May 24, 20019 -- Santa Monica will celebrates Memorial Day weekend the traditional way -- with food, music and a ceremonial salute at the city's historic Woodlawn Cemetery.

Man Dies After Suspected Swimming Accident at Santa Monica Beach
May 23, 2019 -- A man died on the shore north of the Pier Thursday morning after what authorities describe as a swim-related accident.

Santa Monica Wins Award for Its Wellbeing Index
May 23, 2019 -- Santa Monica was the only U.S. city to win the first NewCities award for wellbeing, a concept officials have been incorporating into local policies and trying to explain to residents.

OPINION -- Santa Monica Should Proceed With Caution on Hotel Ordinance
May 23, 2019 -- It would be tragic if a new law intended to make workers more secure instead left them with less income, say the authors of a study of Santa Monica's proposed hotel ordinance.

Slow Down Santa Monica

SPECIAL REPORT Santa Monica Crime Continues Dropping, Mirroring Los Angeles City Trend
May 22, 2019 -- Serious crime in Santa Monica dropped by 3.2 percent during the first quarter of this year, and it has continued dropping in April and May, according to data provided by the Santa Monica Police Department.

Man Arrested After Standoff with Santa Monica Police Guilty of Murder
May 22, 2019 -- The man charged with a fatal 2015 stabbing that led to a standoff with police at a Santa Monica apartment was found guilt of second degree murder Tuesday.

OPINION -- Local 11's Push for Harmful Hotel Worker Policies
May 22, 2019 -- The City Council should reconsider adopting the hotel union’s policies at face value when a recent study found they would hurt tourism and the housekeepers it employs, says the Center for Union Facts.

Proposed Santa Monica Law to Protect Hotel Housekeepers Could Backfire, Report Says
May 21, 2019 -- UPDATED A proposed Santa Monica ordinance to protect hotel housekeepers could hurt those it intends to help and deal a blow to Santa Monica's thriving hotel industry, according to a report released Tuesday.

Santa Monica Police to Crack Down on E-Scooters on Beach Bike Path
May 21, 2019 -- Santa Monica police on Friday will crack down on e-scooter and e-bike riders who violate the law by using the beach bike path, police officials announced Tuesday.

Sarah Elgart / Arrogant Elbow and company rehearsing during "Beach Dances" in 2018
Local Choreographers Take Their Art to the Beach
May 21, 2019 -- Those fascinated by the art of dance can catch local choreographers going through their creative motions Tuesday, June 18, through Sunday, June 23, at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

Low-Income Housing Project Slated for Pico Neighborhood Subject of Meeting Tuesday
May 20, 2019 -- A 55-unit low-income housing project in the Pico Neighborhood estimated to cost nearly $42 million -- or more than $750,000 per unit -- will be the subject of the first of two community meetings Tuesday.

Mel's Drive-In
Santa Monica Conservancy Announces 2019 Award Winners
May 20, 2019 -- A redesigned diner that stands at what was once the end of Route 66 and the city's latest historic district are among the winners of this year's Historic Preservation Awards, the Santa Monica Conservancy announced Monday.

Police Seeking Information on Burglary Suspects Who Targeted Elderly Residents
May 20, 2019 -- Santa Monica police are seeking victims in a burglary scheme that targeted elderly residents earlier this year. The suspects entered victims' homes by posing as gardeners or pretending to be new neighbors, police said.

EXTRA! "Nightmare Neighbor" Arrested, Locked Out of Santa Monica Apartment
May 17, 2019 -- Mark Yaskoweak, the "nightmare neighbor" at an affordable housing building on the beach, was arrested by Santa Monica police Wednesday evening after Sheriff's deputies trapped the reclusive tenant in a cat-and-mouse scheme.

SMPD arrrest Yaskoweak

Santa Monica Lawmaker Backs Transportation Funding Lawsuit
May 17, 2019 -- Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom on Friday backed California Governor Gavin Newsom's decision to wage a legal battle over the nearly $1 billion in transportation funds the federal government pulled from the state's high-speed rail project.

SMC Emeritus Concert Band to Feature Magic in Free Performance June 2
May 17, 2019 -- It promises to be a magical afternoon when Santa Monica College’s Emeritus Concert Band performs next month at The Broad Stage.

SPECIAL REPORT -- "Nightmare Neighbor" Poses Risk to Law Enforcement, Court Records Show
May 16, 2019 -- His rants and threats in the hallway of an old Santa Monica apartment building have earned him the nickname "the nightmare neighbor." His name is Mark Yaskoweak and according to court records obtained by The Lookout he "has been under investigation with federal authorities for domestic terrorist threats."

SMC’s Law Pathway Sees Number of Graduates More than Triple in Three Years
May 16, 2019 -- Nearly three dozen Santa Monica College (SMC) students graduated from the school's Law Pathway Program, more than triple the number that graduated in the program's first year.

Council Permanently Bans Market-Rate "Micro Units," At Least For Now
May 15, 2019 -- The City Council Tuesday night voted unanimously to permanently ban market rate "micro units" in Santa Monica but will revisit the issue later this year.

Old Sycamore Triggers Citywide Tree Ordinance
May 15, 2019 -- Worried it might be missing the forest for the tree, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday voted to allow a lone sycamore to remain while staff crafts a tree ordinance for the entire city.

OPINION -- Community, Not Staff, Should Chart Future of Pico Boulevard
May 15, 2019 -- The zoning rules that are being recommended to the Planning Commission Wednesday night will work to destroy the character and scale of our neighborhoods, writes the Pico Neighborhood Association Board of Directors

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Mobster Whitey Bulger Believed Homeless Santa Monica Cat Led to His Arrest
May 14, 2019 -- Boston mobster Whitey Bulger, who was killed in prison last October, said he "predicted" that feeding a homeless cat in Santa Monica "will cost me my life."

City Set to Renew Childcare Center Leases for $1 a Year
May 14, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday is expected to renew $1 annual leases with the operators of two daycare centers in Santa Monica's Sunset Park neighborhood.

Santa Monica Sees Lowest Affordable Housing Production in More Than a Decade
May 13, 2019 -- Santa Monica added two affordable hosuing units during the past fiscal year, making it the fewest affordable multi-family residences built in the city in more than a decade, according to a report released Thursday.

John Cage in 1988
Santa Monica Library to Present "Lecture on Nothing" Next Month
May 5, 2019 -- "I am here and there is nothing to say" begins John Cage's "Lecture on Nothing," which will be performed by poet Brendan Constantin as part of the Soundwaves new music series at the Santa Monica Public Library next month.

Santa Monica College Seeks Applicants for Citizens Bond Oversight Committee
May 13, 2019 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) is seeking business representatives to help oversee the implementation of bond measures that are funding capital improvement projects.

City Survey Finds E-Scooter, E-Bike Riders Are Affluent, Live Outside City
May 10, 2019 -- Nearly two-thirds of e-scooter and e-bike riders in Santa Monica live outside the city and more than a third make over $100,000 a year, according to a survey released by the City Wednesday.

Traffic Crackdown to Include E-Scooter Riders
May 10, 2019 -- In addition to citing bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws, Santa Monica police on Friday will be pulling over e-scooter riders for the first time.

City to Hire Company to Administer Homeless Database
May 9, 2019 -- The City is expected to hire a company that specializes in administering social service databases to maintain the system that tracks the progress of homeless clients in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Debate Team Wraps Up Winning Season
May 9, 2019 -- Two weeks after taking first place in the national championships, Santa Monica College's Speech and Debate Team appropriately cooled down in the season's last tournament.

Shore Hotel
EXTRA -- Santa Monica Hotel Hit with Biggest Fine in Coastal Commission History
May 8, 2019 -- The California Coastal Commission on Wednesday hit the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica with the biggest fine in the agency's 40-year history and denied a retroactive permit for the owner's "bait-and-switch" development.

Visitors Pumped Nearly $2 Billion into Santa Monica Economy, Tourism Officials Report
May 8, 2019 -- Santa Monica's thriving tourism industry pumped $1.93 billion into the local economy last year, with more than $58 million in bed taxes going directly into the City's coffers, tourism officials reported Wednesday.

Santa Monica College Teaches Schoolchildren Science Can Be Fun
May 8, 2019 -- More than 100 kids found unraveling the principles of gravity and other scientific mysteries can be fun at the 2nd Annual Santa Monica College (SMC) STEM Festival on Saturday.

Santa Monica College Student Wins Prestigious Scholarship
May 7, 2019 -- Santa Monica College student Hesham Jarmakani, who volunteered to aid his fellow Syrians while the country was under siege, is this year's winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

SPECIAL REPORT -- Nearly Two Dozen Homeless People Died in Santa Monica Last Year; Rate Was Higher than County's
May 6, 2019 -- One died of an accidental overdose on a Santa Monica sidewalk. Another was stabbed to death in a walkway. A third hung himself in a shed. They were among the 22 homeless people living in Santa Monica who died in 2018.

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