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Opposition to Santa Monica LUVE Measure Raises Nearly $1 Million
September 30, 2016 -- It won’t be known until November who wins the battle for LUVE, the proposal appearing on the ballot as Measure LV that calls for voters to have the final say on a significant number of construction projects and planning documents. But the opposition has already clinched the fundraising victory.

Santa Monica Council Incumbents Do Nearly All the Campaign Fundraising
September 30, 2016 -- Two years after Santa Monica City Council campaign fundraising reached record levels, the 2016 edition is rather quiet.

Image of artwork at Snorkel Dreams Santa Monica Beach House to Hold Underwater Art Exhibit
September 30, 2016 -- Those who want to immerse themselves in art can do so by literally diving into the Annenberg Community Beach House pool next month, City officials announced this week.

Report Finds Fewer Santa Monica City Employees Commuting Solo
September 29, 2016 -- Criticized for the number of municipal employees driving alone to work, the City of Santa Monica on Wednesday said it is now a modestly better role model for the "multimodal" future it champions for congested downtown.

Santa Monica Police Excessive Force Case Cost Rises to More Than $2 Million
September 29, 2016 -- Without comment, the Santa Monica City Council voted on Tuesday not to appeal a federal jury’s decision to award $1.1 million to an African American man who alleged police used excessive force when arresting him last year at Virginia Avenue Park’s electric vehicle charging station.

Santa Monica Courthouse Evacuated After Report of Suspicious Package
September 29, 2016 -- The Santa Monica Courthouse was temporarily evacuated at around 2 p.m. Wednesday and the public warned to stay away as the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s bomb squad handled a “suspicious package” on the grounds outside, authorities said.

FAA Opens Probe of City Plans to Close Santa Monica Airport
September 28, 2016 -- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is opening an investigation into the City Council’s new plans to finally close Santa Monica Airport, according to a letter the City said it received from the agency Monday.

Santa Monica Program to Help Poor and Elderly with Rent Halted Before Starting
September 28, 2016 -- A last-chance effort primarily aimed at saving Santa Monica's elderly and poor tenants from eviction because they can’t make the rent has stalled before it could start, after the City learned need far outstripped funding.

Santa Monica Assemblyman's "Granny Flats" Bill Signed into Law
September 28, 2016 -- A bill sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom that will make second units, commonly known as "granny flats," easier to build was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown on Monday.

Neighborhood Forum Pits Santa Monica Council Incumbents, Challengers
September 27, 2016 -- Candidates in a ten-way race for four seats on the Santa Monica City Council face off Wednesday on issues such as traffic and development in the first such forum jointly sponsored by neighborhood associations.

Santa Monica Education Group Backs Incumbents, Opposes LV
September 27, 2016 -- The Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS), which was a major player in the 2014 election, announced Thursday its endorsement of the four Santa Monica City Council incumbents seeking re-election.

Santa Monica Airport Park Expansion Moving Forward
September 27, 2016 -- Despite an ongoing battle to close Santa Monica Airport, the City’s plan to expand Airport Park is moving along as scheduled and now features 12 additional acres of everything from new sports fields and places to play to picnic areas and a native meadow habitat.

Santa Monica City Attorney Announces Retirement
September 26, 2016 -- City Attorney Marsha Moutrie, who has held Santa Monica’s top legal post for more than two decades and guided the City’s legal battles that often put it in the national spotlight, announced late Friday that she would retire at the end of the year.

Governor Signs Santa Monica Lawmaker’s Bill Against Israel Boycotts
September 26, 2016 -- Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom’s bill prohibiting the State from doing business with contractors that boycott the nation of Israel was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Santa Monica College Launches New Media Lecture Series
September 26, 2016 -- Santa Monica College will launch a new lecture series next month that presents a line-up of communication and media industry professionals who will talk about their work, college officials announced Friday.

Santa Monica-Malibu School Board members Kneel to Protest Police Shooting
September 23, 2016 -- Two Santa Monica-Malibu School Board members knelt during the pledge of allegiance at the board's meeting Thursday night to protest the police shooting this week of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Picture of Penguin Coffee Shop Sign Restaurant Returning to Santa Monica’s Old Penguin Coffee Shop Location
September 23, 2016 -- After being used as a dental office for nearly 25 years, the building on Lincoln Boulevard that once housed the Penguin Coffee Shop will soon become a restaurant again.

City Proposes Santa Monica Rent Assistance Program
September 23, 2016 -- Santa Monica residents most in need of assistance to afford their monthly rent could soon get help from the local government with a proposed pilot program.

New Study Finds Santa Monica Far Down List of Best Places to Raise Families
September 22, 2016 -- Surf, sun and fun aside, Santa Monica is not even close to California’s best place to raise a family, a new study has found.

Santa Monica Hires Gilroy Transportation Engineer
September 22, 2016 -- The former transportation engineer for a farmland-turned-suburban community outside of San Jose has been hired by Santa Monica to lead the City division handling issues that include traffic flow and safety, City officials announced Wednesday.

Detail of Santa Monica Review Cover Santa Monica Review to Launch New Issue
September 22, 2016
-- The Santa Monica Review will launch its Fall 2016 issue next month with a party featuring readings by four of its contributors, Santa Monica College (SMC) officials announced this week.

Santa Monica Airport Tenant Seeks Emergency FAA Order to Stop Eviction
September 21, 2016 -- Given 30 days to vacate, the tenant responsible for most aviation at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) asked federal authorities Monday for an emergency “cease and desist” order to stop its eviction by the City.

Rendering of Clear Orb Mysterious Giant Orb and Other Renewable Energy Projects Proposed off Santa Monica Pier
September 21, 2016 -- Of all the sights you’d ever expect to witness off the iconic Santa Monica Pier, a mysterious giant orb aglow on nearby ocean waters probably isn’t one of them.

Santa Monica Pier Movie Series Announces Lineup
September 21, 2016
-- From a food documentary to an episode of "Star Wars," the Santa Monica Pier is offering an eclectic lineup of films during its Front Porch Cinema series, pier officials announced Tuesday.

Another Step This Week in Transformation of Santa Monica's Lincoln Boulevard
September 20, 2016 -- Moving from Santa Monica’s backlog of proposed developments, a project to replace the now vacant site of Aaron Brothers Art and Framing on Lincoln Boulevard with a five-story mixed-use apartment complex heads to the Planning Commission on Wednesday. HOME ad for NO on LV Initiative link

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