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Santa Monica Helps Win Judgment in Rihanna Lingerie Website Case
November 30, 2022 -- The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office helped win a $1.2 million stipulated judgment in a case against Savage X Fenty, a lingerie brand founded by popular Barbadian singer Rihanna.

Santa Monica Rents Remain Flat
November 30, 2022 -- Santa Monica rents remained relatively flat in November, falling by 0.5 percent to an average median rent of $2,202, according to Apartment List's monthly report released Wednesday.

LETTERS -- Repeat Violent Offenders Expose Folly of Criminal Justice Policies
November 30, 2022 -- Habitual offenders are being released to commit violent crimes in Santa Monica that include murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

Votes Still Being Slowly Counted 3 Weeks After Election
November 29, 2022 -- A trickle of votes were counted by the LA County registrar over the past week, with fewer than 50 of the 3,370 ballots counted countywide cast in Santa Monica.

School Board to Appoint Interim Superintendent Next Month
November 29, 2022 -- The School Board is expected to appoint a temporary replacement for outgoing Superintendent Ben Drati at its December 15 meeting and launch a search for a permanent successor.

EXTRA -- Councilmember Negrete Declares Victory in Reelection Bid
November 28, 2022 -- After nearly one month watching her third place lead slowly expand, Council member Lana Negrete on Monday declared victory in her bid for reelection.

Car Goes Over Bluffs, Another Fatally Strikes Pedestrian
November 28, 2022 -- A car went over the edge of the Palisades Park bluffs and another fatally struck a pedestrian in two separate traffic accidents during the extended holiday weekend.

COVID Cases Spike in Santa Monica; Deaths Nationwide Mostly Among Vaccinated
November 23, 2022 -- As the holidays get underway, Coronavirus cases jumped last week in Santa Monica after rising steadily for more than a month, according to data from Los Angeles County Public Health.

The Last Man on the Moon and the Star of Bethlehem at SMC Planetarium
November 23, 2022 -- If most people know Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, far fewer know that Gene Cernan was the last.

Status Quo Prevails in Santa Monica
November 22, 2022 -- With an estimated 15,105 ballots left to count -- out of the nearly 2.5 million cast in LA County -- the political status quo has prevailed in Santa Monica this election season.

Ballot Measures Nearly Make Clean Sweep
November 22, 2022 -- Santa Monica voters approved three new taxes that will bring in nearly $60 million a year and joined Malibu voters to approve a $375 million bond for Santa Monica College.

Drati Makes Surprise Departure from School District
November 21, 2022 -- In a move that caught School District officials by surprise, Superintendent Ben Drati was hired Thursday evening to run the Bellflower public school system.

SMC to Provide Free Thanksgiving Meals to Needy Students
November 21, 2022 -- For the third straight year, Santa Monica College (SMC) will give away more than 1,000 meals to students experiencing hunger as food prices continue to rise.

Santa Monica Developer Puts 3 'Builder's Remedy' Properties for Sale
November 18, 2022 -- WSC is selling three Santa Monica properties rushed into the planning pipeline last month before the City's Housing Element was given final approval by the State, The Lookout has confirmed.

Homeless Man Arrested after Stabbing Two at Santa Monica Beach
November 18, 2022 -- Police arrested a homeless man suspected of stabbing two men on the beach in Ocean Park Thursday night -- one by a public restroom, the other on the bike path.

Negrete Headed Back to Council; GS, SMC Win
November 17, 2022 -- With just 13.5 percent of the countywide ballots left to count, Councilmember Lana Negrete will hold on to the seat she was appointed to fill less than a year-and-a-half ago. Measures GS and SMC have also won (Latest Election Results)

Extra Bedroom Program Returns
November 17, 2022 -- Santa Monica residents can experience their town like a tourist this holiday season or help put up a guest with the return of the "I Wish I had an Extra Bedroom" program.

City Council Left Speechless
November 16, 2022 -- According to some of those present, Tuesday night's City Council meeting was one of the most memorable and entertaining in memory. Only you had to be there.

Negrete, Measures GS, SMC Expand Vote Margins
November 16, 2022 -- Councilmember Lana Negrete, as well as Mayor Himmelrich's transfer tax hike and Santa Monica College's bond measure, expanded their leads in the only local competitive races left.

Local COVID Cases Inch Above 100, As County Officials Prepare Major Vaccination Push
November 15, 2022 -- Coronavirus cases in Santa Monica inched over 100 last week as LA County Health officials prepare a major push to vaccinate hesitant residents before winter comes.

Leaders in Competitive Races Hold On After More Ballots Counted
November 15, 2022 -- Leaders in the three Santa Monica races that remain to be decided inched further ahead after 284,084 votes were counted since Saturday.

Neighborhood Groups Push Back on 'Gag Order'
November 14, 2022 -- Neighborhood groups are pushing back against a proposal by Councilmember Gleam Davis asking them to "refrain" from taking positions in local races.

Three Santa Monica Races Remain Close
November 14, 2022 -- Three Santa Monica races remained undecided Monday, as LA County election officials continue to process the nearly than 750,000 mail-in ballots still to be counted.

Ice Returns to Santa Monica Wednesday
November 11, 2022 -- Skaters can hit the ice for the first time in nearly three years during the grand opening of ICE at Santa Monica next Wednesday, Downtown officials announced this week.

Friday Vote Tally Changes Little in Local Races
November 11, 2022 -- The LA County Registrar counted some 79,000 ballots on Friday but the new votes did little to change the margins built Thursday in local races.

Candidates, Ballot Measures Hold on to Leads as More Ballots Counted
November 10, 2022 -- The frontrunners in Santa Monica races held on to -- and in some cases padded -- their leads after the LA County Registrar unexpectedly released a new batch of votes Thursday afternoon.

SMC Forum Features Old Sounds and a New Way of Seeing
November 10, 2022 -- For the next month, Santa Monica College's (SMC) Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum will explore the theme “Changing the Way We See.”

An Estimated 1 Million Ballots Countywide Yet to be Counted
November 9, 2022 -- An estimated 1 million ballots countywide -- most of them mailed in -- remain to be counted in Tuesday's general election, according to the LA County Registrar.

Torosis, Zwick Lead Early Voting; Negrete in Battle to Keep Seat
November 8, 2022 -- Rent Board Commissioner Caroline Torosis has built a large lead in the race for City Council, followed by Jesse Zwick, while incumbent Lana Negrete is in a tight battle for the third open seat, based on a tally of early votes cast.

COVID Cases Slowly Rising in Santa Monica
November 8, 2022 -- Coronavirus cases have been steadily rising in Santa Monica over the past month, mirroring a countywide trend, according to LA County Public Health data.

Brock Drops Support for Voting Rights Settlement
November 7, 2022 -- Efforts to settle a landmark voting rights lawsuit against the City have hit a major roadblock no matter who wins Tuesday's race for three open City Council seats, The Lookout has learned.

NEWS ANALYSIS -- Council Race May Be More About Power Than Issues
November 6, 2022 -- Santa Monica candidates mounted a last-ditch effort this weekend to get out the vote in a race that could tilt the balance of power on the City Council.

A Few Donors Carry Heavy Clout in Local Races
November 3, 2022 -- Santa Monica's low cap on candidate donations has bolstered the influence of both unknown donors from outside the City and powerful political players from within.

Council Revisits Smoking Ordinance
November 3, 2022 -- If you've repeatedly told your neighboring tenant to stop smoking on the sidewalk under your apartment window but he refuses, what can you do? On Tuesday, the City Council tried to find an answer.

All County Beaches Unsafe After Wednesday Storm
November 3, 2022 -- More than 80 beaches -- from San Pedro to Malibu -- joined the Santa Monica Pier on LA County's Health advisory list after a major rainstorm drove bacteria levels above State standards.

OPINION Who’s Backing City Council Candidates?
November 2, 2022 -- This is a hotly contested City Council election with 3 seats open. Political office here doesn’t come cheap. A little help from your friends goes toward candidates gaining a winning edge.

EXTRA -- City Could Be Vastly Overestimating 'Rent-Burdened' Households
November 1, 2022 -- If a widely publicized "rent relief" program is any indication, City officials have been vastly overestimating the number of "rent-burdened" households in Santa Monica.

Council Votes Not to Support Charter Amendment to Remove Sheriff
November 1, 2022 -- The City Council on Tuesday shot down a motion to support a countywide ballot measure giving LA County Supervisors the power to remove the sheriff.

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