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

Thousands Flock to Santa Monica Beach for Incandescent Art Show
September 30, 2013 -- With a shout of “Let's glow!” Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tem Terry O'Day loosed a crowd of thousands upon the beach Saturday night.

Santa Monica Police Department Says Goodbye to Its Longtime Spiritual Leader
September 30, 2013 -- Reverend Clarence Crites, who served as chaplain to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), retired Wednesday after more than three decades of service.

Santa Monica College Wins Prestigious Assessment Award
September 30, 2013 – Santa Monica College has won a prestigious award for innovative assessment practices that “improve student success and create institutional change,” college officials announced last week.

Santa Monica Wyndham Hotel Redevelopment Gets Warm Reception at Community Meeting
September 27, 2013 -- Residents got their first chance Thursday to weigh-in on plans by FelCor Lodgning Trust for a $160 million renovation of its 47 year-old hotel across the street from the iconic Santa Monica Pier.

City Council Votes to Eliminate Local Bus Transfers in Santa Monica
September 27, 2013 -- Starting January 1, 2014, Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus (BBB) will not offer 50 cent transfers between its bus lines after the City Council voted to eliminate the service Tuesday.

Santa Monica Named Nation’s Best-Dressed Small City
September 27, 2013 -- Santa Monica has been picked by the real estate blog as the nation’s best-dressed small city.

City Council Approves Santa Monica Bike Share Plan
September 26, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council voted 5 to 1 Tuesday to push ahead with plans to develop a what could be the first bike share system in Los Angeles County.

Santa Monica's Sheila Kuehl Guns for L.A. County Supervisor Seat
September 26, 2013 -- With County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky terming out after two decades, Santa Monica resident and veteran state legislator Sheila Kuehl is in the midst of a mostly uncontested campaign for his seat.

Santa Monica Agency Launches Medical Advisory Board
September 26, 2013 – The Santa Monica-based Clare Foundation announced this week the launch of a Medical Advisory Board that will help the agency develop innovative substance abuse treatment programming for its clients.

Santa Monica's Former Mayor Rounds Out First Year in Sacramento
September 25, 2013 -- It has been nine months since Assemblymember Richard Bloom, after a hotly contested race against incumbent candidate Betsy Butler in November, became Santa Monica's first City Councilmember to make the leap from City Hall to Sacramento.

Santa Monica College’s Broad Stage Offers Shakespeare with a Spanish Twist
September 25, 2013 -- The story of Henry VIII and his six wives has always been told from a distinctly English perspective, as Shakespeare did in his late collaboration with fellow dramatist John Fletcher.

Santa Monica City Council Approves $1.6 Million in Spending
September 25, 2013 -- At the top of its Tuesday meeting, the Santa Monica City Council approved $1.6 million in expenditures.

Santa Monica's Powerful Renters' Rights Group Chooses New Leadership
September 24, 2013 -- After four years, former mayor Denny Zane has returned to the steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR), a group that he helped found 35 years ago and has since become the city's most powerful political organization.

Brothers Sentenced in Santa Monica Vacation Rental Scam
September 24, 2013 -- Eran and Yerev Shabtay, two brothers in their early 40s, pled guilty Wednesday to defrauding tourists in a Santa Monica vacation rental scam.

Newport Folk Festival Comes to Santa Monica Pier
September 24, 2013 -- Best known as the venue where Dylan plugged in and outraged the folk purists, the Newport Folk Festival is headed west to the Santa Monica Pier for a two-day show next month, promoters announced Monday.

City Council to Consider Santa Monica Bike Share Program
September 23, 2013
-- Santa Monica could get one of the first public bike share systems in Los Angeles County as early as next year if the City Council signs off Tuesday on plans to seek an operator.

Santa Monica High School Students Convert Vintage Volkswagen Bug into Electric Car
September 23, 2013
-- It has been four years since a team of Santa Monica High School students went to work converting a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle into an all-electric car.

Santa Monica Review Publishes New Issue, Holds Reading
September 23, 2013
– Santa Monica College’s acclaimed national literary arts journal has released its Fall Issue, and to celebrate, some of the talent showcased will read from their work next month.

Santa Monica to Consider Signing Charter for Compassion
September 20, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council could add the bayside city's name to a “charter” calling for compassion in world religions Tuesday.

Without The Shack, Philadelphia Sports Fans without Home in Santa Monica
September 20, 2013 -- Early autumn on the corner of 26th Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica was a lively place whenever the Philadelphia Eagles took the field or the Phillies were up at bat.

Catch a Movie this Fall at the Santa Monica Pier
September 20, 2013 – Unwind on the front porch of California in an old-fashioned lounge chair and catch a movie on the Santa Monica Pier each Friday night this fall.

Santa Monica's Assembly Rep Staves Off Financial Disaster for Metro
September 19, 2013 -- Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law this week a new bill sponsored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, Santa Monica's former mayor, that will save $3.6 billion of Federal funding slated for public transit projects in Los Angeles.

State Pension Reform Will Spell Relief For Santa Monica, But Not For A While
September 19, 2013 -- A recent State law designed to help California cities rein in runaway pension costs could help Santa Monica lower its $40 million-a-year pension bill, but not for many years.

Sharks, 3-D printing and Cancer Are Topics of Santa Monica College Lecture Series
September 19, 2013 -- The migration of sharks, making solid 3-D objects from digital models and genes that have the potential to cause cancer are among the topics that will be discussed during Santa Monica College’s Fall 2013 Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series starting next month.

Crowded Field Vies for Santa Monica's Historic Post Office Building
September 18, 2013 -- Hollywood producer David Ellison has begun eyeing the New Deal-era building, once home to Downtown Santa Monica's post office, as a potential expansion to his booming business.

Pico Youth Get Ready for Debut at Santa Monica's Glow Festival
September 18, 2013 -- For the last six months, the kids at Virginia Avenue Park Teen Center in the heart of Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood have been hard at work.

Santa Monica Pier Hosts Two-Day Reggae and Soul Concert
September 18, 2013 -- The days may be getting shorter and colder but KCRW and the Santa Monica Pier have just the thing for the end-of-summer blues.

Santa Monica Gets Ready to Glow
September 17, 2013 -- There will be a musical tour through the 20th century for riders of Santa Monica's carousel, a wishing well filled with bioluminescent plankton and a puppet show about conquistadors.

Artist Will Transform Smartphones into Instruments of Art at Santa Monica's Glow Festival
September 17, 2013 -- How can we stop ourselves from “becoming a nation of narcissist cyborgs”? That's the question at the root of Steve Boyer's project for Santa Monica's all-night art festival on September 28.

Santa Monica City Website Makes Final Cut
September 17, 2013 -- The City of Santa Monica website has made the cut as one of the top ten on-line city portals in the country and is now vying for the top spot.

Santa Monica City Council Axes Art Project in New Parking Structure
September 16, 2013 -- A colorful art installation depicting paint dripping from the top of the rebuilt Parking Structure 6 in Downtown Santa Monica has been scrapped after coming in at almost double the allotted budget.

Santa Monica's City Council Requests $14.6 Million from County for RDA Obligations
September 16, 2013 -- Santa Monica will seek another $14.6 million in property taxes from the County in order to pay off the debts owed by its former Redevelopment Agency (RDA).

Santa Monica College to Launch Program for Foster Youth
September 16, 2013 – Santa Monica College is launching a program with two local universities to steer foster youth towards College, SMC officials announced Friday.

Location and Design of Santa Monica Medical Building Behind Record Sale Price
September 13, 2013 -- The $55 million sale of a small medical office building in Santa Monica reveals the power of zoning regulations, location and design in the real estate market, according to local realtors and officials.

Santa Monica Prepares for Fourth Annual Buy Local Expo
September 13, 2013 -- When residents of the bayside town shop in Santa Monica, it helps schools, reduces traffic and can even increase well-being.

Santa Monica Police to Target Unsafe Motorcyclists, Drivers This Weekend
September 13, 2013 -- Santa Monica Police will be out in force Saturday on the lookout for motorcyclists with dangerous riding habits and inattentive drivers who could cause accidents.

Santa Monica City Council Adopts Bergamot Area Plan
September 12, 2013 -- After six hours of discussion and public comment, the City Council adopted a plan to reinvent Santa Monica's formerly-industrial Bergamot area as a residential neighborhood and creative district.

One of Santa Monica's Oldest Residents Celebrates a Lifetime of Memories
September 12, 2013 -- Henry Hunt Jr. can remember a time when boats docked at the Santa Monica Pier, the Red Car took visitors to and from the beach and Leo Carillo rode his horse in the bayside city's parades.

Reggae Legend to Close out Santa Monica Concert Series
September 12, 2013 -- Santa Monica’s Twilight Concert Series ends with a bang Thursday night when Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff takes the pier stage.

Letter -- A Special Thanks to the Santa Monica City Council
September 12, 2013 -- I wanted to take a moment to let Council members know how proud they should be of the many organizations and individuals who worked together on the Pier promotional event for the SYTA (Student & Youth Travel Association) conference on August 25th.

Santa Monica Planning Commission to Vet Bergamot Transit Village Again
September 11, 2013 -- After two years of relative quiet from Texas-based developer Hines about plans to build a 767,000 square-foot mixed-use project in the heart of Santa Monica's Bergamot neighborhood, it will go before the Planning Commission again Wednesday.

Santa Monica Shutters Hazardous Waste Facility, Opts for Home Pickup
September 11, 2013 – Citing the cost of keeping the facility open, Santa Monica shuttered its Household Hazardous Waste Management Center this weekend, opting instead for a door-to-door pickup program.

Santa Monica’s Heal the Bay Gets New Leader
September 11, 2013 – Ruskin Hartley will shift his focus from the Redwood Forests to the Santa Monica waters as the new leader of Heal the Bay.

Tongva Park is a Unique Experience in Santa Monica
September 10, 2013 -- Santa Monica's $40 million Tongva Park across the street from City Hall opens to the public Tuesday and the six-acre park is unlike any of the bayside city's other public spaces.

Santa Monica's Bergamot Area Plan Discussion Raises Questions About Traffic, Green Space
September 10, 2013 -- The City Council Tuesday will consider adopting a plan to recreate Santa Monica's formerly industrial Bergamot Area as a residential and creative arts district, but some residents are worried about what that means for traffic.

Santa Monica Offers Great Chance to View the Stars
September 10, 2013 -- From starry summer skies to the Winter Solstice, plenty of cosmic wonders will be on display for live viewing over the next five months at the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium.

Santa Monica's Peace Activist Still Going Strong at 70
September 9, 2013 -- “I'm a pessimist trying to work on becoming an optimist,” said Jerry Rubin, a self-described peace activist and perennial candidate for Santa Monica's City Council.

Santa Monica City Council to Consider Homeland Security Grant
September 9, 2013 -- The City Council Tuesday will consider accepting a $99,378 grant from the federal government to help prep Santa Monica's fire department for the possibility of a terrorist attack.

Santa Monica's Heal the Bay Calls for Coastal Cleanup Day Volunteers
September 9, 2013 -- Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay is looking for volunteers for its annual coastal cleanup day, one of the largest volunteer days in the world, on September 21.

Santa Monica Celebrates Sustainability Plan's 19th Anniversary All Month Long
September 6, 2013 -- Nineteen years ago this September, Santa Monica adopted its Sustainable City Plan, and City Hall plans to celebrate with a month of events geared toward the environmentally conscious.

Santa Monica Offers Stage for Authors This Month
September 6, 2013 -- If you’re into literature, it’s a good month to be in Santa Monica, with two best-selling authors holding a conversation at the Main Library and a lineup of distinguished authors and poets reading and discussing their work at Santa Monica College.

Bathrooms, Street Improvements Top Santa Monica City Council's Pending Expenses
September 6, 2013 -- A park bathroom remodel and street improvements are the most expensive projects Santa Monica's City Council will consider at the top of its Tuesday meeting.

Opinion -- A Declaration for Downtown Santa Monica
September 6, 2013 -- What’s happening to downtown is painful to watch, like reading a book and slowly turning the pages to find out what the ending will be. A slow death by a thousand cuts, by a hundred buildings, by a handful of developers – who don’t even live in our community.

New Resident Coalition Wants to Remake Santa Monica Airport into a Park
September 5, 2013 --, a new coalition of residents and community groups, wants to close down Santa Monica's 96-year-old airport and build a park on the 227 acres of publicly-owned land.

Developer Responds to Union Demonstration at Santa Monica City Hall
September 5, 2013 -- OTO Development, the company with two pending hotel projects in Downtown Santa Monica, said Wednesday its projects would be labor friendly and offer a living wage.

Two Coasts to Meet Thursday at the Santa Monica Pier
September 5, 2013 -- Two bands from seaside towns half a planet apart will share the stage at Thursday night’s Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica Affordable Housing Advocates Back Senate Bill
September 4, 2013 -- As property values rise, Santa Monica's affordable housing advocates are backing a State Assembly bill they hope will help empower City Hall to shore up the number of low-rent units.

Santa Monica Architect Proposes Housing Project on Fred Segal Site
September 4, 2013 -- Santa Monica-based Koning Eizenberg Architecture unveiled its plans last week for a six-story mixed-use apartment building at one of eight prime locations in the city's Downtown.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Hires New Administrators
September 4, 2013 – The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board tapped talent both inside and outside the system when it hired two new directors to head Curriculum and Instruction last week.

Union Marches on City Hall for Higher Wages in New Santa Monica Hotels
September 3, 2013 -- Unite Here Local 11, the regional hospitality workers' union, took to City Hall Friday with a petition demanding officials require higher wages for two new hotels proposed in Downtown Santa Monica.

Bike Ride Promises Glimpse of Santa Monica Airport's Possible Futures
September 3, 2013 -- Two advocates of closing Santa Monica's embattled airport will host a bike tour of the 96-year-old airfield on September 15 to discuss its future.

Santa Monica Airport Celebrates Flight This Month
September 3, 2013 – While opponents want to shut down Santa Monica’s Municipal Airport, plenty of supports will gather next month to celebrate the thrills of flying at an airfield that has marked major advances in human flight.

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