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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- March 2016

Former Westside Councilman Who Championed Santa Monica Causes Dies
March 31, 2016 -- Former Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represented the Westside and championed causes in nearby Santa Monica, has died. He was 70.

Vote on Santa Monica Downtown Plan Delayed Yet Again
March 31, 2016 -- The City has once again delayed final action on a blueprint for future development in Downtown Santa Monica that has been in the making for more than six years, officials announced this week.

Pacific Park Ferris Wheel to Get New Lights
March 31, 2016 -- Pacific Park's iconic solar-powered Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier will get a new, nearly $1 million lighting package in time for its 20th Birthday Celebration May 20, amusement park officials announced Wednesday.

Santa Monica Planning Commission to Consider New Fire Station Downtown
March 30, 2016 -- A $37 million project to replace the 1950s-era fire station in downtown Santa Monica will go before the Planning Commission next week, with officials promising the new structure will last another half century.

Santa Monica Airport Park Expansion Hits Milestone
March 30, 2016 -- Santa Monica’s battle to close its airport has suffered decades of roadblocks, but officials this week reported hitting a major milestone.

Santa Monica College Concert Series Showcases Students
March 30, 2016 -- Santa Monica College music students will get a chance to display their musical chops during a series of April concerts that kicks off Saturday.

“Abundance of Caution” Cited for Santa Monica Airport Warnings
March 29, 2016 -- An “abundance of caution” is being cited as the reason the City has posted signs warnings of possible exposure to toxic chemicals at the observation decks at Santa Monica Airport, according to a new report.

IRS Warns of Payroll Email Scheme
March 29, 2016 -- Cybercriminals posing as company executives are seeking to obtain payroll data in what is an "emerging phishing email scheme" that has claimed five victims in the LA area, IRS officials said Monday.

Girl Caught in Rip Current Near Santa Monica Pier May Not Survive
March 29, 2016 -- Chances of survival are bleak for a teenage girl rescued Saturday following a search by air, land and sea after she waded a few feet into the ocean waters near the Santa Monica Pier and was suddenly sucked under by a rip current, a lifeguard said Monday.

Proposed Changes for Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus Routes Hit Roadblock
March 28, 2016 -- Santa Monica transit officials plan to hold a series of meetings in Venice after residents there expressed concerns over proposed Big Blue Bus route changes that are aimed at better integrating the service with Expo Light Rail trains, officials said.

Santa Monica Education Activist Plans School Board Run
March 28, 2016 -- There will be at least one challenger in the November election for three seats on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) board.

Conservancy Highlights Santa Monica History in April
March 28, 2016 -- It's all about the past this weekend when the Santa Monica Conservancy showcases two of its preservation success stories and the City celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Dudley Cup Tennis Tournament.

Santa Monica Group Promps Federal Safety Hearings on Self-Driving Vehicles
March 25, 2016 -- Would you feel safe in a completely driver-less car? Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based nationally recognized advocacy group prone to litigating issues involving taxpayers and shoppers, says no way.

Slow-Growth Group Raises $20K for Santa Monica Ballot Measure
March 25, 2016 -- Residocracy is in the beginning stages of building a treasury to fund its campaign for a ballot measure that, if approved, would radically change the development approval process in Santa Monica and put many decisions in the hands of the voters.

Santa Monica Amusement Park Now Hiring
March 25, 2016 -- Last year, Pacific Park employed more than 500 workers at any given time throughout the year, making it one of Santa Monica’s largest employers, park officials said. The amusement park hires, trains and employs more than 750 individuals a year.

Major Construction Projects in Downtown Santa Monica Nearing Completion
March 24, 2016 -- The frenzy of construction on big projects that has produced no small number of traffic jams and a lot of headaches in downtown Santa Monica is starting to wind down.

Santa Monica Council Awards Multi-Million Dollar Contracts
March 24, 2016 -- Major contracts to boost monitoring for contamination of Santa Monica’s second-largest drinking water aquifer, to pay for landfills and recycling and to expand the City-run fiber optics network were approved by the City Council Tuesday.

Santa Monica Police to Enforce Bicycle Safety Saturday
March 24, 2016 -- The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will be on the lookout for those violating bicycle safety rules this Saturday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Simulated Expo Train Runs Start in Santa Monica
March 23, 2016 -- Simulated passenger service to Santa Monica on the Expo Light Rail Line started Monday – albeit without actual passengers – as Metro works to establish final scheduling of the trains and completed last-minute business like fencing before the official May 20 opening.

Santa Monica City Council Approves New Airport Leasing Policy
March 23, 2016 -- Struggling to regain ground in its long, uphill battle to close the municipal airport, the Santa Monica City Council Tuesday approved a new leasing policy that will make it harder for aviation to continue operating there.

Santa Monica Review Celebrates New Issue
March 23, 2016 -- Santa Monica College will celebrate the Spring 2016 issue of its biannual national literary arts journal with readings by an eclectic mix of contributors next month.

Aging Santa Monica High School to Expand by Nearly 50 Percent
March 22, 2016 -- More than a half century after its last major rebuild, Santa Monica High School officials are talking about increasing the size of the campus by nearly 50 percent, not to accommodate more students but to keep up with 21st Century needs for technology and space for education.

Santa Monica Enforcers Crack Down on Short-Term Rentals
March 22, 2016 -- After nine months, Santa Monica’s crackdown on short-term vacation rentals – one of the most aggressive in the nation -- is being called a success so far by its enforcers.

Santa Monica Library Event Focuses on Post-Apocalyptic Fiction
March 22, 2016 -- In Edan Lepucki's 2014 debut novel, "California," LA has been hit by a series of devastating catastrophes that has erased all power and communications systems and sent survivors scrambling into the wilderness.

Fate of City Claim Over Santa Monica Airport in Hands of Appeals Court
March 21, 2016 -- Whether the City ever gets its day in court in its David versus Goliath legal battle against the United States of America over Santa Monica Airport is now in the hands of the three judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Santa Monica Poised to Spend Nearly Half a Million on Expo Party
March 21, 2016 –- The City of Santa Monica raised eyebrows after approving a $500,000 contract earlier this month to an outside media firm to handle marketing for the already highly publicized arrival of the Expo Light rail line on May 20.

Equity within Santa Monica-Malibu School District Subject of Report
March 21, 2016 -- A UCLA professor and his team will present the first phase of his research into gaps in achievement among Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students at a special upcoming community meeting.

Council to Pick Santa Monica Parks for Potential County Funding
March 18, 2016 -- At their next meeting, elected leaders in park-starved Santa Monica could approve a wish list of open-space projects for inclusion in a county parks survey aimed at laying the groundwork for future public spending.

Fans Gather for Big Bang
March 18, 2016 -- Simon Helberg leaned back in his chair with a crossed leg resting on his knee. The father of two who attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica fiddled with the cuff of his slim fit jeans.

Commissioners, Former Mayor Irked by Fence Planned for Santa Monica Post Office Remodeling Project
March 17, 2016 -- Television and film production company Skydance Media’s plan for transforming the historic Santa Monica post office on 5th Street off Arizona Avenue into an office includes a controversial five-foot fence around the perimeter of the property.

College Bond Measure Considered for Santa Monica Ballot
March 17, 2016 -- Voters could be asked in November to vote on a bond measure to fund Santa Monica College (SMC) facilities projects. This would be the fourth such proposal put before SMC district residents since 2002.

Space Exploration Subject of Santa Monica College Planetarium Series
March 17, 2016 -- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk share more than a zeal for making billions on the internet. Both are betting a chuck of their fortunes on personally exploring space.

Santa Monica State Senator Authors Bill to Protect Marine Wildlife
March 16, 2016 -- State Senator Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, announced Tuesday that he is authoring legislation to phase out the controversial use of drifting gillnets off the California coast.

Santa Monica Files Tenant Harassment Lawsuit
March 16, 2016 -- The City Attorney's Office filed a lawsuit Friday claiming that a Santa Monica landlord and his attorney tried to harass a tenant by installing video cameras aimed at her apartment.

Santa Monica 2016 Sustainability Awards Announced
March 16, 2016 -- A Santa Monica-based urban design firm, a well-known national environmental group, a medical center and a luxury hotel are top winners of the 2016 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), officials announced Wednesday.

Nobel Prize Winner, Researcher at Santa Monica RAND Dies
March 15, 2016 -- Lloyd S. Shapley, a longtime RAND Corporation researcher and academic who shared a Nobel Prize in economics for his study of strategic decision-making called “game theory,” died Saturday. He was 92.

Historic Santa Monica Post Office Could Be “Creative” Space
March 15, 2016 -- Santa Monica’s U.S. Post Office on 5th Street, a legacy of the New Deal-era that was closed three years ago, might re-open as a “creative” office space under a proposal that adds a new building while also trying to preserve the site’s historic character.

Winners of Santa Monica Conservancy Awards
March 15, 2016 -- Grassroots groups that successfully campaigned to preserve the
historic Third Street neighborhood and the iconic courtyard apartments of San
Vicente Boulevard just last year are among winners of the 2016 Santa Monica
Conservancy Awards.

Santa Monica Assistant City Manager Honored
March 14, 2016 -- Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek, a veteran administrator who leads Santa Monica's economic efforts, is among 77 women from Assembly districts across the state scheduled to be honored in Sacramento Monday.

Santa Monica Chamber Presents Entrepreneurship Series
March 14, 2016 -- Starting a business from the ground up will be explained in three free upcoming discussions sponsored by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce.

Santa Monica College Professors Spread a Message of Financial Literacy March 14, 2016 -- Santa Monica College has held its first financial literacy music concert, the latest effort of an ongoing SMC initiative launched by faculty members who grew concerned after learning that most of their student had no idea how to budget or save, a spokesperson said.

Planning Commission Endorses Major Downtown Santa Monica Project
March 11, 2016 -- In an unusual night at Santa Monica City Hall on Wednesday, a large-scale development proposal received high praise and little criticism from all the public speakers and nearly all the members of a government panel

Santa Monica Airport Case Gets Hearing Friday
March 11, 2016 -- Santa Monica's attorney Friday will argue before a three-judge panel why a district court judge made an error in siding with the federal government's continuing claim over Santa Monica Airport property.

Santa Monica Library Hosts Panel on Local Phenomenon
March 10, 2016 -- What is boxy, considered ugly, synonymous with idiot, moron and fool, and found across Santa Monica?

Santa Monica Council Members Could Consider Initiative to Counter LUVE
March 10, 2016 -- Members of the Santa Monica City Council are considering floating a ballot measure to counter LUVE, an initiative that would require voter approval of most developments taller than two floors, The Lookout has learned.

Santa Monica School Board Wants More Civility at Meetings
March 10, 2016 -- In reaction to an emotional and heated meeting last month in Malibu, Laurie Lieberman, president of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board, proposed the board should adopt a policy regarding civility.

Fundraising for Santa Monica-Malibu Public Schools Closer to Goal
March 10, 2016 -- With less than three months to go, fundraising for Santa Monica-Malibu public schools has reached nearly $2.6 million in contributions, or about $1.1 million shy of the goal, officials said.

Study Finds Santa Monica Affordable Housing Disappearing
March 9, 2016
-- To afford anything larger than a one-bedroom rental unit in Santa Monica requires a household annual income of $100,000.

Proposed LUVE Initiative Getting Little Support from Santa Monica Council Members
March 9, 2016 -- The slow-growth “LUVE” initiative proposed for Santa Monica sure isn’t getting much of that sentiment from members of the City Council, including those considered part of the slow-growth majority.

Santa Monica Representative to Submit New Bill Targeting Sugar-sweetened Drinks
March 9, 2016 -- Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) on Wednesday is expected to introduce legislation that would establish a health impact fee on sugar sweetened-beverages nearly one year after a similar bill died in committee, his office announced Tuesday.

Santa Monica Downtown Plan Will “Open Floodgates” to Massive Development, Group Contends
March 8, 2016 -- The new draft plan for downtown development over the next 20 years will open the “floodgates” to massive development, clear the way for mega-projects and blot out the last of the city’s beach town charm, one of Santa Monica’s two major slow-growth organizations said Monday.

Santa Monica Plan for Aging City Yards Site Gets Public Airing
March 8, 2016 -- Santa Monica’s 1940s-era City Yards, home to everything from maintenance of City vehicles to training for its firefighters, is winding its way toward a long-sought modernization, with officials taking their newest designs to the public for another look next week.

Santa Monica College Extension Program Wins Award
March 8, 2016 -- Santa Monica College's newly launched Extension Program has won the 2016 “Excellence in Community Education” award from the statewide Association of Community and Continuing Education (ACCE) for its “profound effect” on community education.

Santa Monica Library Showcases a Universe of Sound
March 7, 2016 -- Other-worldly sounds will invade the Santa Monica Library this month when composer Ulrich Krieger performs excerpts from his four-hour "Universe" for saxophone and electronics.

Santa Monica Hires Media Firm for Expo Launch and Education Campaign
March 7, 2016 -- A media company with links to publishing, video production, event organizing and promotion will lead a $500,000 public relations campaign tied to the May launch of the Expo Light Rail Line in Santa Monica.

City Rebukes National Business Aviation Association Letter to Vazque
March 7, 2016 -- The City's point person on Santa Monica Airport is rebuking a national commercial aviation association's letter linking the Council's recent restrictions at the airfield to federal transportation funding, describing it as a veiled threat to low-income bus users.

Tough Road for Voter Initiatives in Santa Monica
March 4, 2016 -- Slow-growth activist group Residocracy will begin a signature drive on Sunday to qualify its LUVE Initiative for the Santa Monica ballot. If successful, it must then convince voters to pass the measure in November. Recent history shows this is no easy task.

Call for Implementation of Action on Immigration
March 4, 2016 -- A case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court that will determine the validity of President Obama’s use of executive action and the fate of millions of people living in the United States illegally has a Santa Monica connection.

Santa Monica College Gets New
Police Chief

March 4, 2015 -- Johnnie Adams, a 32-year veteran of law enforcement, was sworn in by the Board of Trustees Tuesday as Santa Monica College's new police chief. Adams will oversee safety, law enforcement, emergency preparedness operations and parking on SMC's main campus at 1900 Pico Boulevard and on satellite campuses throughout the city.

Bi-Annual Survey To Query Residents on Travel Modes
March 3, 2016 -- The City wants to know how you get around town. Santa Monica officials hope to get a better picture of what modes of transportation residents use to get about the City, and will pay a research firm an extra $69,000 to find out.

Santa Monica Conservancy to Elect New Board Members at Annual Meeting
March 3, 2016 -- The Santa Monica Conservancy is electing new board members and handing out preservation awards at its annual meeting on Saturday.

Santa Monica City Officials Approve Lobbyists Regulations
March 3, 2016 -- First it was too complicated; then it was too simple. But on Tuesday, a once-again revised law that requires greater disclosure on public issues by both lobbyists and Santa Monica City officials finally won initial adoption by the City Council.

Santa Monicas Homeless Population Declines
March 2, 2016 -- For the third year in a row, Santa Monica's overall homeless population including those who live in shelters, has decreased, but more individuals are living in the streets, acccording to Santa Monica’s 2016 Homeless Count released Tuesday night.

Head of Affordable Housing in Santa Monica Leaving
March 2, 2016 -- The head of Santa Monica’s largest affordable-housing organization is leaving after five years for a similar post in Hollywood. The good news for her is it will lessen the weekday commute from Pasadena for Sarah Letts, executive director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Appoints New City Clerk
March 2, 2016 -- As a 21-year veteran of the Santa Monica City Clerk’s Office, Denise Anderson-Warren has done almost every job there is to do in that office.

Fines Start in Santa Monica for Customers Using Too Much Water
March 1, 2016 -- Customers using too much City water in Santa Monica as the drought worsens are about to face first-ever fines, officials said Monday.

Major Aviation-Related Tenant at Santa Monica Airport to Vacate
March 1, 2016 -- A major aviation-related tenant involved in the bitter battle to close the Santa Monica Municipal Airport was scheduled to vacate the airport as of Monday following failed negotiations with the City, an official representing the airport said.

Women of Mystery Featured at Santa Monica Public Library
March 1, 2016 -- A former journalist and an actress who took very different paths to becoming popular mystery writers will discuss the craft of thrilling readers at the Santa Monica Public Library next week.

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