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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- MaRCH 2020

Police on Lookout for Traffic Violations that Put Pedestrians, Bicyclists At Risk
March 11, 2020 -- Santa Monica police will conduct the first of six operations on Friday to enforce traffic laws that help keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe, Department officials said.

EXTRA -- Santa Monica to Pay $42.6 Million to Alleged Victims of Sexual Abuse
March 10, 2020 -- The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to pay a total of $42.6 million to settle claims filed by two dozen individuals who allege they were sexually abused while participating in a City run youth program.

Community Groups Urge Santa Monica Council to Reject Housing Targets
March 10, 2020 -- Nine community groups on Tuesday urged the City Council to appeal the "unattainable, irrational, and environmentally unsustainable" housing targets mandated by the State.

SPECIAL REPORT -- Santa Monica Scrambles to Meet Housing Targets Other Cities Are Opposing
March 9, 2020 -- As Santa Monica revs up to meet its State mandate to add nearly 9,000 new housing units over eight years, other cities have taken a much more cautious, if not contentious, approach.

LETTERS -- Where's the Analysis?
March 9, 2020 -- Left unrestrained by public outrage, large, dense Soviet-style housing projects will spring up in every corner of Santa Monica. Why this rush to annihilation?

Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday
March 9, 2020 -- In an effort to curb the number of motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, Santa Monica traffic officers will conduct a DUI Checkpoint Friday from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. at an undisclosed location.

Santa Monica Expected to Hire "Child Protection Officer" in Wake of Sex Abuse Allegations
March 6, 2020 -- Santa Monica is poised to hire a consulting firm for $625,000 over four years to serve as a "child protection officer" to help safeguard against sexual abuse at City-run youth programs.

Marathon Crowds to Descend on Santa Monica Sunday
March 6, 2020 -- On Sunday, some 20,000 runners will race through Santa Monica for the final three miles of the Los Angeles Marathon, offering a boost for local shops and a wayfinding challenge for residents.

EXTRA -- Council Could Immediately Streamline Permit Process to Spur Housing Development
March 5, 2020 -- The City Council could vote Tuesday to eliminate hearings for many large housing projects in an effort to issue permits for some 1,100 units a year, up from 200. The proposed emergency action comes after the State dramatically hiked Santa Monica's mandated housing target late last year.

Santa Monica Legislator Proposes Changes to LA County's Voting System
March 5, 2020 -- Following reports of widespread voting problems, Santa Monica State Senator Ben Allen announced Thursday that he is introducing legislation to improve Los Angeles County's voting system.

Consumers Should Beware of Price Gauging Under Coronavirus State of Emergency
March 5, 2020 -- As health-related supplies fly off store shelves amid growing fears of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office is asking consumers to beware of illegal price gauging.

WS Communities Secures $157 Million Loan for Market-Rate SRO Developments
March 4, 2020 -- Santa Monica's largest residential developer has received a $157 million loan to build ten apartment buildings Downtown. They include six market-rate single room occupancy (SRO) developments that triggered a legal battle with the City.

Santa Monica Joins Westside Cities to Prepare for Coronavirus
March 4, 2020 -- Santa Monica joined four other Westside cities Wednesday to prepare for potential cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as Los Angeles County declared a public health emergency.

Disabled Tenant Sues Santa Monica Landlord For Refusing Housing Voucher
March 3, 2020 -- A disabled 72-year-old tenant sued her Santa Monica landlord Monday for refusing to accept a housing voucher needed to pay the rent-controlled apartment she has occupied for 38 years.

Santa Monica Hands Out More 'Wellbeing Microgrants'
March 3, 2020 -- Santa Monica recently awarded eight Wellbeing Microgrants that include funding for "dog walking meetups" and "axis awareness classes," City officials announced last week.

Superintendent’s Message: Budget Realignment and Our High-Quality Schools
March 3, 2020 -- I understand how difficult it can be to talk about or hear about budget realignment or budget reduction. I ask that we all please keep our eyes on the facts provided by the school district and that we not spread misinformation.

Gargiulo's Sentencing Delayed After Defense Questions Credibility of Key Witness
March 2, 2020 -- Michael Gargiulo, who was convicted last August of killing and mutilating two Los Angeles area women and attacking a third in Santa Monica, won a reprieve in his sentencing Friday.

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