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EXTRA!! - Santa Monica Police and Firefighters to Back O’Connor, McKeown and Gruber
September 18, 2014Santa Monica’s powerful public safety unions will throw their reputation and considerable campaign war chest behind two incumbents and one challenger in the race for four City Council seats, union officials will announce Thursday.

The Making of a Model Place
September 18, 2014 -- When planning began for Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade more than 25 years ago, there were few successful outdoor pedestrian malls in the United States from which to draw inspiration.

Santa Monica Gang-related Shooting Suspect Convicted
September 18, 2014 – A Santa Monica gang member responsible for a 2013 shooting that broke a three-and-a half-year lull in gang violence will serve 11 years in state prison for attempted murder, police officials said Tuesday.

Santa Monica Promenade Turns 25
The Santa Monica Promenade Goes Global
September 17, 2014 -- Actor Harrison Ford, fresh out of surgery, was recently spotted in Santa Monica. So was Jessica Alba, whose business is headquartered in Silicon Beach. And Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey was recently seen strolling with his three kids through a Santa Monica park.

Part 1: The Ingredients for Success
Part 2: The Success Spreads
The Santa Monica Promenade Goes Global
Opinion - Santa Monica Promenade’s Secret to Success
Santa Monica Promenade Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Week of Festivities

Alcohol Dominates Santa Monica Planning Commission Agenda
September 17, 2014 -- Liquor, beer and wine will play major roles at the next Santa Monica Planning Commission meeting. No, there will not be any drinking on the dais this Wednesday evening, but requests for alcohol service rights are featured in every item on the agenda.

Santa Monica Cops Honored with Medal of Valor
September 17, 2014 – Three law enforcement officials from Santa Monica were honored Monday by Governor Edmund “Jerry” Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris for their part in ending a shooting spree that took five lives in June of 2013.

Santa Monica Promenade Celebrates 25 Years : The Success Spreads
Second of two parts
September 16, 2014
-- Launched on September 16, 1989 as an experiment in urban planning, the success of Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade soon spread to neighboring streets.

School District Proposes Ed Board Support Real Estate Tax Hike
September 16, 2014 -- The campaign in favor of two November ballot measures calling for a real estate tax increase to support affordable housing projects in Santa Monica could receive a boost Thursday if the Board of Education accepts the school district staff’s recommendation to endorse the proposal.

Santa Monica Restaurant Operator Pleads No Contest to 14 Misdemeanor Charges
September 16, 2014 –Eighty-one years after the repeal of Prohibition, a modern day speakeasy has been successfully prosecuted in Santa Monica for violating city alcohol permit laws.

Opinion - Santa Monica Promenade’s Secret to Success
September 16, 2014 -- I know many of us can remember the 1980s, but for those of you who don’t, downtowns were a dying breed, and Santa Monica was no exception. Indoor shopping centers were all the rage, and Frank Gehry had just designed one in Santa Monica. It became the place to go.

Santa Monica Promenade Celebrates 25 Years: The Ingredients for Success
First of two parts
September 15, 2014 -- On September 16, 1989, Santa Monica civic leaders stood before a cheering crowd Downtown and cut the ribbon on a three-block stretch they had christened the Third Street Promenade.

Santa Monica Sees Slight Rise in Serious Crime, While Violent Crimes Drop, Statistics Show
September 15, 2014 –The number of serious crimes in Santa Monica rose slightly last year, but those considered violent crimes dropped to the lowest level in half a century, according to the latest statistics released by the Police Department last week.

Santa Monica Promenade Celebrates 25th Anniversary with a Week of Festivities
September 15, 2014 – Downtown Santa Monica Inc. (DTSM) will celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular outside shopping malls in the world with a week of activities and parties.

‘Backroom Deal’ Alleged in Council’s Selection of Bergamot Arts Center Developer
September 12, 2014 -- Supporters of Measure D, the November ballot proposal that would prohibit the City Council from making major changes to the Santa Monica Airport without voter approval, are calling shenanigans after the council on Tuesday selected a developer for a major project a few days after he donated $10,000 to the Measure D opposition committee.

Santa Monica BMW Dealership Arsonist Still at Large
September 12, 2014 – A suspect arrested for allegedly setting fire to five cars at a popular Santa Monica BMW dealership Wednesday night was released from police custody Thursday morning.

As Los Angeles Considers Minimum Wage Hike, Santa Monica 'Monitors'
September 12, 2014 -- With no debate and after hearing from no public speakers, the City Council voted Tuesday to instruct City staff to “monitor” the movement toward a possible minimum wage increase in the city of Los Angeles and its possible effect on Santa Monica, which could lead to raising the rate here.

Santa Monica Council Approves Payments for Park Improvements and Design
September 12, 2014 – The Santa Monica City Council approved about $166,000 in expenses Tuesday, all of which will go towards park improvements and design.

Council Rejects City Staff’s Recommendation for Bergamot Arts Center Developer
September 11, 2014 -- Following approximately four hours of public testimony and an additional hour of discussion on the dais, the City Council selected a team led by the Worthe Real Estate Group for the nearly $100 million redevelopment of the Bergamot Station Arts Center on Santa Monica’s east end.

Pony Rides to be Replaced at Santa Monica Farmer’s Market
September 11, 2014 – For the first time in 20 years, come spring pony rides will not be a staple at the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market on Main Street.

Soulful Finale for Santa Monica Pier Concert Series
September 11, 2014 – Legendary funk-soul singer Charles Bradley will headline the final Twilight Concert of the season Thursday at the Santa Monica Pier.

Teamsters Back Old Guard in Santa Monica Council Race
September 10, 2014 – The City of Santa Monica Teamsters union is backing three City Council candidates who have been stalwarts on the dais during the past two decades, union officials announced Tuesday.

Santa Monica’s Colorado Esplanade Project to Get Upgrade
September 10, 2014 – Santa Monica City officials have revised the design of a key component to the Colorado Esplanade that will greet riders when the Expo line arrives in the bay side city in early 2016.

Santa Monica College Presents Fall Jazz Series
September 10, 2014 – Whether it’s Latin, New Orleans or Modern Jazz, it’s often the notes they don’t play that will entertain music lovers during Santa Monica College’s (SMC) Fall Jazz Series.

Santa Monica Affordable Units Protected Under State Law, Court Rules
September 9, 2014 – The Santa Monica Rent Control Board won a two-year legal battle last month that could preserve as many as 200 affordable units in the upscale bay side city,  according to board officials.

End Could Be Near for Farmers Market Pony Rides and Petting Zoo
September 9, 2014 -- The debate over pony rides and a petting zoo at the Main Street Farmers Market has been the subject of rival e-petitions and Internet chatter in recent months. The subject will head to the big stage Tuesday when Santa Monica City Council members will discuss a possible beginning of an end for the popular, but controversial, Sunday attractions.

Women in Afghanistan Subject of Santa Monica College Play
September 9, 2014 –  Before the Taliban in Afghanistan gained widespread notoriety in the U.S. in late 2001, a Santa Monica College (SMC) student and a SMC professor came together to write a play that described women’s conditions under their brutal regime.

Santa Monica Could Follow L.A. in Minimum Wage Raise Effort
September 8, 2014 -- Nearly 12 years after Santa Monica voters narrowly rejected a proposal to make this city the first in the nation to have a minimum wage covering businesses with no direct financial ties to the government, a new effort to raise the salaries of the lowest-paid workers could begin.

Hotel Workers Union Backs McKeown, Gruber for Santa Monica Council
September 8, 2014 – The hotel workers union on Friday became the third major political group to endorse only two Santa Monica City Council candidates in the race for three open seats.

Santa Monica’s Miles Playhouse to Host Fall Open House
September 8, 2014 – Santa Monica’s historic Miles Memorial Playhouse will ring in the autumn season Saturday, September 20 with family friendly performances, shadow puppet workshops, Shakespeare and classical music.

Santa Monica Doughnut Shops Aren’t Afraid of Dunkin’
September 5, 2014 – Santa Monica donut shop owners aren’t worried the much-touted arrival of Dunkin’ Donuts will put a hole in their business.

Former Major Leaguer Says Coach’s Firing Could Hurt School District’s Bottom Line
September 5, 2014 -- The chorus of dissent following the dismissal of a successful and popular Santa Monica High School baseball coach continued at last week’s Board of Education meeting.

Santa Monica’s Tongva Park Offers September Cultural Programming
September 5, 2014 – Swing, hop and bounce atop Tongva Park’s Gathering Hill during a free dance lesson led by National Jitterbug champion Stephen Sayer as part of this month’s cultural programming.

Santa Monica Democrats Back McKeown and Himmelrich for Council Race
September 4, 2014 -- After three rounds of ballots, the Santa Monica Democratic Club endorsed Incumbent Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich for Santa Monica City Council Wednesday night, nine weeks before the November general election.

Council Tasked with Selecting Development Team for Bergamot Arts Center
September 4, 2014 -- A little more than two weeks after a divided Santa Monica Arts Commission came up with a recommendation for the future of the Bergamot Arts Center, the City Council on Tuesday is expected to make a decision on how to move forward.

Internet Royalty to Rock the Santa Monica Pier
September 4, 2014 -- The indie-rock kings of viral videos, Ok Go, -- which saw one Youtube video viewed more than 40 million times -- will headline the ninth Twilight Concert Thursday evening at the Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica Planning Panel Wants Voluntary Rent Control at New Apartment
September 3, 2014 -- A developer proposing a 32-unit apartment building on Pico Boulevard off 11th Street has promised four of the units would be “affordable” as part of a development agreement, but the Planning Commission wants more perks.

Santa Monica Sues Landlord for Alleged Intimidation Tactics
September 3, 2014 – The Santa Monica City Attorney’s office is suing a landlord who is accused of using intimidation tactics to force three longtime tenants out of their rent-controlled apartments, according to a lawsuit filed last week.

Downtown Santa Monica Dinosaur Fountains Dry, but Not Extinct
September 3, 2014 – In the midst of one of California’s hardest hitting droughts in more than 100 years, the message of water conservation is being spouted not only by City officials, but also by prehistoric beasts.

Santa Monica Election Season Kicks Off
September 2, 2014 – For millions of Americans, Labor Day marked the end of summer, a day off to enjoy the final stretch of warm weather before welcoming the cool fall breezes. 

Dunkin Donuts Starts California Campaign with Santa Monica Shop
September 2, 2014 -- East Coast transplants frequently complain about the absence of Dunkin' Donuts in California. That frustration will come to an end Tuesday morning when the Canton, Massachusetts-based chain opens the state's first franchise in more than a decade at 1132 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica School District Welcomes 13 New Administrators
September 2, 2014 – The Santa Monica-Malibu School District will start the new school year with 13 new faces at its campuses and headquarters, officials said.

 

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