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Path Toward $15 Minimum Wage in Santa Monica Begins Friday
June 28, 2016 -- Some workers in Santa Monica will receive a raise on Friday when the first phase of the new local minimum wage law goes into effect.

Auditors to Comb $90 Million in Santa Monica Tax Receipts
June 28, 2016 -- The City of Santa Monica is expected Tuesday to hire outside auditors to comb through receipts for an estimated $90 million in taxes collected from hotels, businesses licenses and through public and private parking fees.

Gemini 10 Featured at Santa Monica College Planetarium Next Month
June 28, 2016 -- Sixty years ago, astronaut Michael Collins stepped out of Gemini 10 and became the first person to "spacewalk" to another spacecraft in orbit. Unfortunately no pictures captured the event. His camera drifted away.

View out of Gemini 10 spacecraft 1966. Image: NASA

LETTERS: The Pharmaceutical Industry's Misinformation Campaign
June 28, 2016
-- Thank you for your coverage of the LA County Board of Supervisors failure to support an industry-funded pharmaceutical and sharps take-back program.

Santa Monica Council to Consider LUVE Alternative for Ballot
June 27, 2016 -- Countering a November ballot initiative that generally requires voter approval for building projects taller than 32 feet, the City Council on Tuesday will discuss placing a competing measure before voters this fall.

Santa Monica’s LUVE Initiative Not Unique Concept in California
June 27, 2016 -- If voters approve Santa Monica’s LUVE initiative in November, it would radically change the local development process, but it would not be a unique moment in California history.

Santa Monica Schools Lose and Gain a Principal
June 27, 2016 -- It has been an eventful past several days in Santa Monica’s public schools with changes at the top levels.

Santa Monica Mayor Likely Running for Re-Election
June 24, 2016 -- It appears Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez will attempt to do something in November that he failed to do more than two decades ago -- win a second consecutive term.

Santa Monica Streets Getting Busier, Police Chief Says
June 24, 2016 -- Santa Monica’s streets are getting busier, with new visitors alighting from Expo trains downtown and drivers so frustrated with gridlock that they are spilling onto quiet side streets as an alternative.

Santa Monica Tongva Park Summer Series Offers Music, Dance
June 24, 2016 -- Ancient music from the Americas, traditional Japanese drumming and dance music that will get feet -- both young and old -- moving will be featured this summer at Tongva Park.

Santa Monica Ranks Third in County for City Employee Compensation Costs, Survey Finds
June 23, 2016 -- Pay and benefits for Santa Monica City employees were the third-highest in Los Angeles County last year, averaging $152,050 annually for the municipality’s full-time workforce, a new survey has found.

Santa Monica Ballot Could Feature Three Tax Measures
June 23, 2016 -- Santa Monica voters will face a large number of decisions at the federal, State and local levels in November, including possibly three tax measures.

Santa Monica Planning Commissioner Announces Council Bid
June 23, 2016 -- Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy, who made an unsuccessful bid for City Council two years ago, announced Tuesday that she would run again for a seat in November.

Santa Monica Malibu School Board to Consider $171 Million Budget
June 22, 2016 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu School board on Wednesday will consider a general fund budget of approximately $171 million for the coming school year that includes a 10 percent increase in district-paid health care benefits, raises for teachers and other employees and a projected fund balance of nearly $21 million.

Santa Monica Asks for Help Updating Landmarks Inventory
June 22, 2016 -- From Santa Monica’s old Rapp Saloon on Second Street, built in 1875 as a beer garden, to the lavish Spanish Colonial Revival/ Art Deco-inspired Charmont Apartments, constructed on California Avenue for the 1920s rich and famous, Santa Monica has more than a century’s worth of modern history tallied and saved.

Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival to Be Held Next Month
June 22, 2016 -- Films by students in local schools will be among the three dozen shorts screened at The 11th Annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival next month, event officials announced.

Santa Monica Welcomes First Day of Summer with Big Beach Crowds
June 21, 2016 -- The first day of summer 2016 arrived Monday for Santa Monica with bigger- than- usual crowds at the beach, as inland Southern California fled the final baking blast of yet another heat wave, this one breaking new records.

Affordable housing component of Santa Monica Civic Center housing complex.

Santa Monica Project Named Finalist for Global Award
June 21, 2016 -- Ocean Avenue South, a mixed-use housing complex that met stiff opposition when it was approved a decade ago, is a finalist in the 2016 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence.

Drivers License Bill Passes State Assembly Panel

June 21, 2016 -- State legislation to stop the automatic suspension of driver’s licenses for people with minor traffic offenses who fail to appear in court or to pay initial fines that snowball into huge financial burdens passed a key committee Monday.

Olympics Could Come to Santa Monica in 2024
June 20, 2016 -- Don’t go looking for tickets quite yet because it’s a long way from being official, but at least three Summer Olympic events could take place in Santa Monica in 2024.

Santa Monica Group Says County’s Decision on Syringe Policy a "Setback"
June 20, 2016 -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors’ decision last week not to institute a major drug and syringe (also known as “sharps”) take-back program funded by pharmaceutical companies has angered various organizations, including Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay.

Opening of Santa Monica's California Incline Delayed
June 20, 2016 -- The reopening of Santa Monica's newly reconstructed California incline has been delayed until the end of summer, City officials announced last week.

Alcohol Permits Approved for Santa Monica Brewery, Movie Theater
June 17, 2016 -- In a rare short Santa Monica Planning Commission meeting that finished in a little over 15 minutes, two local businesses received the permits they requested to serve alcohol to customers.

Santa Monica Emergency Response Improves, Officials Say
June 17, 2016 -- A consolidated dispatch system begun last year has improved emergency response in Santa Monica, Communications Administrator Chris Herron told the City Council on Tuesday.

Santa Monica College Awards Fourth Annual Transfer Scholarship
June 17, 2016 -- A Santa Monica College (SMC) student who is the first in his family to go to college has been awarded fourth annual Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship, SMC officials announced this week.

Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus Ushers in Major Changes
June 16, 2016 -- Those out on the town this weekend can hop a Big Blue Bus cab to or from the 17th St./Santa Monica College Expo Station as part of a new on-demand service that kicks off Friday night.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Starts Search for New Superintendent
June 16, 2016 -- With weeks left before the superintendent's departure, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is seeking public imput on a replacement at two sessions Thursday night.

Police Arrest Suspect in Santa Monica's Second Homicide of Year
June 16, 2016 -- Police on Tuesday reported the arrest of a member of the U.S. Navy in the beating and stabbing death of a Santa Monica resident this weekend.

Santa Monica Council Orders Study of LUVE Initiative
June 15, 2016 –- Faced with a November 8 ballot measure that places most new development in Santa Monica in the hands of voters, the City Council on Tuesday rejected calls to adopt the LUVE initiative and instead ordered a 28-day study of the measure.

Alcohol on the Menu for Santa Monica Planning Commission Meeting
June 15, 2016 -- Two unrelated Santa Monica businesses will be asking the Planning Commission on Wednesday for the right to serve customers alcohol.

Suspect Pleads not Guilty in Santa Monica Weapons Case
June 15, 2016 -- A 20-year-old Indiana man arrested Sunday on a Santa Monica street with an arsenal in his car pleased not guilty to three felony counts and one misdemeanor count on Tuesday, District Attorney's officials said.

Santa Monica Rent Board Wants Study on Ellis Act Eviction “Predictors”
June 14, 2016 -- Nicole Phillis, chair of Santa Monica’s Rent Control Board, said nobody knows for sure how measures such as the LUVE Initiative, likely going before voters in November, and the Downtown Community Plan, currently under review, will affect the future of the City’s rent-controlled units.

Proposed Raises Push Many Santa Monica Employees Well into Six-Figure Salaries
June 14, 2016 -- From the head of Santa Monica’s cemetery to its bike-share coordinator, librarians, civil engineers and lifeguards, many Santa Monica City employees could get raises that would make six-figure salaries the norm for many workers.

Santa Monica Gets Ready to Celebrate Independence Day
June 14, 2016 -- Can’t wait to party on the Fourth of July? No problem. Santa Monica will start celebrating early again this year.
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