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The Santa Monica Lookout, Santa Monica, California -- MAY 2021

City Manager Delivers Optimistic But Cautious Budget Message
May 12, 2021 -- (UPDATED) Santa Monica is facing a "bright future ahead," although the city's economy "is nearing a point of diminishing returns." That was the optimistic, yet cautious message, delivered by Interim City Manager Lane Dilg when presenting the proposed $1.3 billion Fiscal Year 2021-23 Biennial Budget on Tuesday.

Council Awards Legal Fees in Plaza Lawsuit
May 12, 2021 -- (UPDATED) In a highly unusual move, the City Council on Tuesday voted 6 to 1 to award attorneys fees in a lawsuit challenging the Council's decision last summer to proceed with negotiations over The Plaza project.

Top Cops Missing As Violence Gripped Santa Monica, Report Finds
May 11, 2021 -- Two captains charged with the police response to the riots that erupted in Santa Monica on May 31 were sidetracked for most of the day, leaving a lieutenant in charge, according to an Independent After-Acton Report released last week.

Santa Monica Fire Chief to Leave Post
May 11, 2021 -- Santa Monica Fire Chief Bill Walker -- who headed the department through major changes and challenges, including the coronavirus shutdown -- announced he will be leaving the force next month.

Council Takes Up Controversial City Hall Mural
May 10, 2021 -- A historic 82-year-old City Hall mural that depicts Spanish Conquistadors standing before kneeling Native Americans could be veiled and eventually removed under an item the City Council will take up on Tuesday.

Police Make Weekend Arrests for Attempted Murder, Possession of Handgun
May 10, 2021 -- Santa Monica police made separate arrests this weekend for an attempted murder in the Pico Neighborhood and for possession of a handgun by a DUI driver North of Montana.

Series of Missteps Led to Botched Police Response to Riots, Report Concludes
May 7, 2021 -- A report released by the City Thursday provides an inside look at the developments that culminated in the Police Department's failed response to the riots that erupted in Santa Monica on May 31, 2020. Following is the first of a two-part summary of the narrative laid out in the OIR Group's 117-page Independent After-Action Report.

EXTRA -- Report Harshly Criticizes Police Response to May 31 Riots, Chronicles Department in "Disarray"
May 6, 2021 -- On May 31, 2020, a woefully unprepared Santa Monica Police Department with no action plan or clear leadership was left to improvise a response to violent protests and looting it should have seen coming, according to a report by the OIR Group released Thursday.

SMC Seeks Local Business Reps for Bond Committee
May 6, 2021 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) is seeking business representatives to help oversee the implementation of bond measures that are funding capital improvement projects.

COVID Cases Hold Steady in Santa Monica As County Eases Restrictions
May 5, 2021 -- Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose slightly in Santa Monica last week, while one resident with the virus died after no deaths were reported the previous week.

Santa Monica Police Make Two Firearms Arrests
May 5, 2021 -- Over the past three days police made two separate arrests involving firearms in Santa Monica. One incident took place Sunday in Ocean Park, the other on Tuesday near the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center.

EXCLUSIVE -- New Councilmembers Support Legal Fees for Attorneys Who Sued the City
May 4, 2021 -- In what is likely an unprecedented move, three City Councilmembers on Monday filed declarations in Superior Court on behalf of plaintiffs seeking attorneys fees in a lawsuit against the City.

Pacific Park To Hold Job Fair Saturday
May 4, 2021 -- Pacific Park is looking for more than 200 "fun, outgoing, energetic team members" to work this spring and summer at the amusement park on the Santa Monica Pier.

New Police Reform Commission Set to Begin Work
May 3, 2021 -- A former City Councilmember, a retired Santa Monica police officer, a hotel manager and two local youths are among the 11 members of Santa Monica's new police reform commission.

Homeless Woman Killed Walking on Freeway On-Ramp
May 3, 2021 -- A 50-year-old homeless woman was struck and killed by
a car Sunday night on a 10 Freeway on-ramp, marking the first pedestrian fatality in Santa Monica this year.
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