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Biking in Santa Monica Still Needs to be '50,000 Times Safer and Easier,' Commissioner Says
July 20, 2017 -- A safety “czar” to watch over them. Physical barriers for protection. More police enforcement. Those are just a few of the strategies the City of Santa Monica is embarking upon. But bicyclists received a warning just days ago on how far the city must still progress to make the streets safe for them.

lowrider Lowriders to Show Unity in Classic Car Event in Santa Monica
July 20, 2017 -- They glide, “low and slow,” inspiring fear or, depending on who’s sitting inside, awe from onlookers as they watch labors of love cruise by, like hydraulically hepped-up works of art on 1950s whitewall tires.

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Santa Monica Public Library Invites Residents to Create 'Seed Bombs'
July 20, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Library next month will once again help support local honeybees by showing residents how to "seed bomb" their gardens.

Parking in Downtown Santa Monica Could Get Even Harder as City Leaves Cars in Rearview Mirror
July 19, 2017 -- As it ditches the car-centric ways of the past, the City of Santa Monica is also soon to bid farewell in its downtown to a prize cherished for decades by drivers everywhere: A parking spot of one’s own.

Santa Monica City Donates BBB Van to Charity for Paralyzed Youths
July 19, 2017 -- A charity group helping paralyzed young people with everything from getting to doctor appointments to once-in-a-lifetime destinations like a Yankees game is getting a lift from Santa Monica’s municipal bus system.

Eric Burdon & The Animals album cover Eric Burdon Takes Stage at Santa Monica Pier Thursday
July 19, 2017 -- Eric Burdon and The Animals, a seminal band in the blues-tinged "British Invasion" that took America by storm in the early 1960s, will perform Thursday as part of the 33rd Annual Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier.

Conservative Talk Show Host Slated to Conduct Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra
July 18, 2017 -- Conservative commentator Dennis Prager is slated to be a guest conductor at a gala fundraiser for the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra next month, and several musicians are sitting out the charity concert to protest the popular radio host's political views.

Santa Monica 4th Worst City for First-Time Home Buyers, New Study Finds
July 18, 2017 -- Glittering waves and swaying palm trees aside, trying to buy a home in Santa Monica is no day at the beach for first-time buyers, a new study has found.

Downtown Santa Monica Square Transformed Into Art Destination
Bumblebee's Dowwntown Art Work July 18, 2017 -- A whimsical "teaser" popped up on a grassy triangle near the pier Monday to promote a new series of four temporary art works that will be rolled out in Downtown Santa Monica starting next month.

Santa Monica Files First Tenant Harasment Lawsuit Alleging Landlord Targeted Roommates
July 17, 2017 -- Tthe Santa Monica City Attorney's Office last week filed its first lawsuit claiming a landlord harassed tenants by forcing existing roommates who were not on the lease to vacate, officials said.

Santa Monica Water 'Neutrality' Law Begins with Trickle of Doubts
July 17, 2017 -- Can a city, especially one scarred by drought, embrace significant increases in population and new development without dipping deeper into a troubled water supply? The City of Santa Monica began testing that equation this month.

PAL Golf Tournament Nets More than $91,000 for Santa Monica Youth
July 17, 2017 -- Last month's 8th Annual PAL Charity Golf Classic raised $91,000 that will support youth programs offered by the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL), organization officials announced Friday.

State Officials Release Earthquake Fault Map for Santa Monica
July 14, 2017 -- For the first time, the California Geological Survey on Thursday released new draft maps that show the location of earthquake fault lines that run beneath the city of Santa Monica.

Affordable Housing Bill by Santa Monica Lawmaker Clears Hurdle
July 14, 2017 -- A bill authored by Assembly Member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) that would channel more money to local governments to finance construction of affordable housing cleared a hurdle Wednesday.

Rocket Scientist to Discuss Mars Mission at Santa Monica Library
Image of Mars July 14, 2017 -- Dr. Anita Sengupta, the aerospace engineer who designed the supersonic parachute system that allowed NASA's Curiosity Rover to safely land on Mars, will give a talk at the Santa Monica Library this month.

Downtown Plan 3-D Plan for Santa Monica’s Downtown Receives Initial Nod from City Council
July 13, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday gave the initial nod to a plan to construct nearly 6,000 multi-family rental units downtown and potentially clear the way for a trio of mixed-use hotel projects as tall as 12 stories.

Santa Monica Bicyclists Could See New Protection from Cars
July 13, 2017 -- Beset by a rise in complaints about the dangers motor vehicles pose, bicyclists on Santa Monica streets could one day see more physical barriers, like posts, added to help protect bike lanes, a key City official said.

Two Bills Sponsored by Santa Monica Lawmaker Win Key Committee Approval
July 13, 2017 -- Bills sponsored by Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom to preserve affordable housing and create a new decal program for zero emission vehicles were approved by a key committee this week.

Expo Line to Santa Monica Hits Target Ridership 13 Years Ahead of Schedule
July 11, 2017 -- Thirteen months after opening, the Downtown L.A.-to-Santa Monica Expo line has hit a ridership target it was projected to reach in 13 years, also posting a 40 percent increase in passengers in June that left the rest of the Metro Rail system far behind, according to L.A. Metro.

Santa Monica Lawmaker’s Bill for Official State Dinosaur Steps Closer to Final Approval

Artist rendering of duck-billed Augustynolophus morissi July 12, 2017 -- Proposed legislation by a Santa Monica lawmaker to designate a duck-billed dinosaur as the official California dinosaur moved a step closer to final approval Tuesday.

Santa Monica's Reed Park to Host String Theory Performance
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July 12, 2017 -- A spiderweb of strings will resonate across Reed Park in Santa Monica on Saturday when String Theory strums ad plucks its custom harps hanging from giant Eucalyptus trees.

Final Arguments Start in Bitter Battle Over Downtown Santa Monica's Future
July 11, 2017 -- Rivals in the long, bitter battle over downtown Santa Monica's future began final arguments Monday, split by a call for a central public park and recommendations for more hotels, businesses and, especially, more housing.

City of Santa Monica Proposes Drilling Exploratory Groundwater Wells
July 11, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica is proposing to drill three 600-foot deep wells to hunt for more groundwater as well as to plug and replace an under-performing well as it moves toward becoming completely independent of imported water by 2020.

Santa Monica Rep Kicks off Reading Series with Play About Gender Politics
Rapture, Blister, Burn Poster July 11, 2017 -- Santa Monica Rep is bringing its popular play reading series back to The Edye on Sunday for a second season with "Rapture, Blister, Burn," a 2013 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama that offers "an unflinching look at gender politics in the wake of 20th century feminist ideals."

Santa Monica Has Two Latino Council Members, City Officials Contend
July 10, 2017 -- Those who think Tony Vazquez is the only Latino ever to serve on the Santa Monica City Council are being asked to reconsider that commonly accepted notion. In a voting Rights lawsuit against the City, officials are arguing there have been two Latinos on the Council, and both are currently sitting on the dais.

Santa Monica Council Set to Pave Way for Airport Avenue Improvements
July 10, 2017 -- The City Council on Tuesday is expected to approve funding that paves the way for the transformation of the main road to Santa Monica Airport into a tree-lined corridor that encourages walking and bicycling.


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