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November 2023 NewsList

County Pushes Boosters Amid Vaccine Hesitancy
November 30, 2023 -- Los Angeles County heath officials are urging that everyone over 6 months of age be vaccinated despite near record-low hospitalization and death rates.

Santa Coming to Town Saturday
November 29, 2023 -- Santa Claus -- escorted by fire engines, police cars and motorcycles -- will pay his 31st annual visit to Santa Monica on Saturday.

Police Reform Commission to Recast Invalidated Vote
November 29, 2023 -- Santa Monica's Police Reform Commission will hold a special meeting Thursday night to vote -- again -- on a pretexual stop policy after its initial vote was deemed invalid.

Santa Monica Rents Drop After Hot Streak
November 28, 2023 -- Rents in Santa Monica dropped in November after bucking a nationwide trend by rising for three months straight, according to the latest report by Apartment List.

Pub Crawl to Benefit Westside Food Bank
November 28, 2023 -- Holiday revelers can help feed the hungry by raising a toast during the 15th Annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl next month.

Civic Nominated for National Historic Designation
November 27, 2023 -- The Santa Monica Conservancy is seeking to have the Civic Auditorium designated a national historic property to help lure private investors who can renovate the "endangered" iconic structure.

All-Star Trio to Perform at Main Library
November 27, 2023 -- An all-star trio of local musicians will take the stage at the Santa Monica Public Library’s acclaimed Soundwaves new music series Saturday.

City Free to Negotiate Civic Sale with Commercial Developers
November 22, 2023 -- State housing officials have given the City the go-ahead to negotiate the purchase of the Civic Auditorium with any interested party, City officials announced Wednesday.

Two Suspects Arrested After Stealing Safe
November 22, 2023 -- Two suspects were arrested Tuesday after stealing a safe from a residence near Downtown Santa Monica, according to police.

City Holiday Closures and Service Changes
November 21, 2023 -- City Hall will be closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday, the Big Blue Bus (BBB) will operate on weekend hours and some parking meters won't be charging.

Police Reform Commission Approves Recommendations to Address Racial Profiling
November 21, 2023 -- Santa Monica's Police Reform Commission this month approved a report recommending that officers state the reason for all traffic and pedestrian stops on body-worn video (BWV).

Intersection Where Bicyclist Killed to Get 4-Way Stop Signs
November 20, 2023 -- Less than one month after a bicyclist was killed by a car on 19th Street and Idaho Avenue, the City will install four-way stop signs at the dangerous intersection.

Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with Santa Monica Hotel
November 20, 2023 -- The hotel workers union announced Monday that it has reached a tentative agreement with Le Merigot Hotel "after months of strikes across the industry."

Council Takes Steps to Curb Collisions Involving Cyclists, Pedestrians
November 17, 2023 -- Spurred by the death of a bicyclist in Santa Monica last month, the City Council took additional steps Tuesday to eliminate all crashes that seriously injure or kill bicyclists and pedestrians.

Council Bans Bird Feeding on Pier, Beach
November 17, 2023 -- The City Council Tuesday approved a law banning feeding birds and animals on the Pier and beach but worried it could be undermined by a single individual.

Homeless Man Charged with Felony After Tossing Pole from Bridge
November 16, 2023 -- A homeless man was arrested last Friday after he chucked a metal pole from the top of a pedestrian bridge onto oncoming traffic on PCH.

After "Spooktacular" Success, PAL Preps for Toy Drive
November 16, 2023 -- The Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) geared up for its upcoming holiday toy giveaway by hosting a bigger than expected Halloween “Spooktacular” last month.

Winter Skies at Santa Monica College Planetarium
November 15, 2023 -- Non-Western celestial worlds, the Winter Solstice and bodies in outer space will be the topics of lectures next month at the Santa Monica College Planetarium.

Homeless Man Charged with Carjacking, Robbery
November 15, 2023 -- A homeless man faces multiple charges after carjacking six victims, confiscating their cell phones and forcing them to drive him around the city, police said.

Voting Rights Case in Spotlight Again
November 14, 2023 -- For the third time in six months, speakers on Monday weighed in on the voting rights lawsuit filed in 2016 by Latino plaintiffs against the City -- this time urging the Council not to settle the case.

LETTERS -- Police Should Have Weekly Bike Safety Operations
November 14, 20023 -- As a cyclist and a pedestrian, I am very much aware of increased aggressive driving patterns by automotive drivers.

Council Could Ban Feeding Birds Around Pier
November 13, 2023 -- If an effort to tackle persistently high levels of bacteria in the waters near the Pier, the City Council on Tuesday is expected to ban feeding birds and animals on the beach and Pier.

Bicycle Safety Focus of Council Item, Police Operation
November 13, 2023 -- Some three weeks after a bicyclist was struck and killed by a car, the City Council is expected to vote Tuesday night to strengthen Santa Monica's commitment "to eliminate all fatal and severe-injury crashes."

New Hospitality Group Takes on City Hall Policies
November 9, 2023 -- A new political grassroots group made up of local hospitality businesses is being formed to push City Hall to more aggressively fight crime and homelessness and lower operating costs.

EXTRA -- Serial Prowler Arrested in Santa Monica's Most Exclusive Neighborhood
November 9, 2023 -- A homeless serial prowler who is an unregistered sex offender was arrested early Wednesday morning after trying to break into a Santa Monica home in one of the nation's most expensive neighborhoods.

City Hall Mural Findings Subject of Open House
November 8, 2023 -- Nine months after the public began weighing in on the fate of two controversial murals in the City Hall lobby, the City will host an open house on Thursday to discuss the findings.

Commended Crime-Fighter Retires
November 8, 2023 -- After being involved in numerous felony arrests and apprehensions a crime-fighter on Santa Monica's police force is retiring at a total cost to the City of $1.

Calls for Police Service Now Updated Via Text
November 7, 2023 -- Callers who request police services in Santa Monica no longer have to call back to get an update on the incident they reported.

Jewish Caucus Calls for Immediate Halt to Antisemitism on State Campuses
November 7, 2023 -- Two legislators representing Santa Monica signed a letter to top officials of the State's university systems expressing "outrage and concern" over the recent "explosion" of antisemitism on campuses.

OPINION -- Letter from Jewish Caucus to University Administrators
November 7, 2023 -- Administrators must be crystal clear in word and in deed that antisemitism -- like all other forms of hatred and bigotry -- will not be tolerated on our campuses.

Police Reform Commission Takes Up Racial Profiling Policy
November 6, 2023 -- The City's Police Reform Commission on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on a report that addresses whether Santa Monica police are making traffic stops based on race and, if so, what can be done to address the issue.

City Hires Third Info Services Director in Internet Era
November 6, 2023 -- After a nationwide search, City Manager David White has appointed the third person to head the City's Information Services Department since the dawn of the internet three decades ago.

North of Montana Remains Among Most Expensive U.S. Zip Codes
November 3, 2023 -- Santa Monica's North of Montana Neighborhood remains one of the ten priciest zip codes in the nation, although it slipped slightly in the 2023 rankings compiled by PropertyShark.

Veterans Day Ceremony at Pier to Feature Live Rock, Blues and a Flyover
November 3, 2023 -- Santa Monica's Fourth Annual Veterans Day ceremony, which will take place next Friday at 11 a.m. on the Pier, promises to be "the biggest yet," City officials said.

Grand Opening Thursday for New Improved "Ice"
November 2, 2023 -- After encountering several obstacles over the past few years, ICE at Santa Monica will glide into the holiday season with a bang next week.

Monthly Poll Finds Strong Support for Fighting Zero-Bail Protocol
November 2, 2023 -- A monthly poll of "civically engaged" Santa Monica residents found the vast majority agree with the City Council's recent decision to join a lawsuit seeking to block LA County's zero-bail system.

Four Suspects Beat, Rob Elderly Santa Monica Resident
November 1, 2023 -- Four suspects armed with a handgun were arrested Tuesday night after they beat and robbed a 79-year-old woman on Lincoln Boulevard then fled in a stolen vehicle, according to police.

SMC Forum Presents “The Arts & the AI Apocalypse"
November 1, 2023 -- Santa Monica College's Fall Arts and Cultural Affairs Forum will focus on how artificial intelligence (AI) is impacting the arts and how humans are fighting back.

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