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Santa Monica Police Gear Up For Expo Line’s ‘Challenges’
March 3, 2015 --Metro’s Expo Line isn’t scheduled to begin operating in the City until early next year, but Santa Monica police are preparing now for any law enforcement challenges the light rail might bring, police officials said.

Santa Monica Closely Watches Hermosa Oil Drilling Election
March 3, 2015 -- There is nothing on the ballot for Santa Monica residents this week, but the results of an election in nearby Hermosa Beach could affect people living here.

Santa Monica Survey Finds Strong Support for Ousted Pony Rides
March 3, 2015 -- Visitors to the Main Street Farmer's market “overwhelmingly” favor keeping a pony ride and petting zoo attraction that Santa Monica City Council members voted to eliminate last September, an attorney for the attraction said Monday.

Walk to End Eating Disorders Comes to Santa Monica
March 3, 2015 -- Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder -- millions of Americans have faced an eating disorder some time in their lives.

Council Rejects Santa Monica Beach Workers' Union Plan
March 2, 2015 -- Eleven Santa Monica as-needed beach maintenance workers who attempted to unionize will not be able to do so unless they take the issue to court. The City Council on Tuesday rejected an appeal of Interim City Manager Elaine Polachek’s rejection of their petition to unionize.

Santa Monica Police Warn of Smog Device Thefts
March 2, 2015--It has happened recently in Sacramento, Torrance, Los Angeles -- in cities all across the state – and now Santa Monica police are warning about a recent local wave of catalytic converter thefts.

Sky Watching Events in March at Santa Monica College
March 2, 2015 -- Sky watchers and space enthusiasts can mark their calendars for upcoming events at Santa Monica College spotlighting astronomical phenomenon and human spaceflight.

Santa Monica Council Approves Two Expo-Related Projects
February 27, 2015 -- The plan for an Expo transfer station at Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica received a bad reception at the November City Council meeting as brining too much congestion to the area. A revised plan received a much better reception on Tuesday, and was approved 6 to 0 with little discussion.

State Bill Could Help Ease Dramatic Drop in Affordable Housing for Santa Monica
February 27, 2015 -- A dramatic drop in affordable housing for Santa Monica is prompting keen interest in state legislation announced this week that would help expand affordable housing by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents.

Website Hit With Big Penalties and Fines in Court Settlement With Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office
February 27, 2015 -- Social media website MyLife.Com will pay more than $1 million in penalties and refunds to customers, settling charges that the website used false and misleading ads to trick consumers out of personal identifying information, as well their money, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.

Julia Morgan Legacy Day in Santa Monica
February 27, 2015 -- Every field has its firsts, and in world of architecture Julia Morgan holds the distinction of being the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California.

Annenberg Community Beach House
celebrates Julia Morgan Legacy Day
Sunday, March 1,

11am - 12pm Julia Morgan: A Closer Look, a presentation by Victoria Kastner
12pm - 2pm Visit the Marion Davies Guest House and view the historic pool to see Morgan’s work first hand.
Santa Monica Conservancy docents will be sharing facets of Morgan’s career.
415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, (310) 458-4904)

Image © Cal Poly |

Architect Julia Morgan

Council Votes for Lower Option with Santa Monica Water Rate Hike
February 26, 2015 --Fees for water use in Santa Monica will go up, but not as high as they could be. The City Council voted on Tuesday for a 9 percent increase this fiscal year and up to a 9 percent increase in each of the following four years.

Proposed Ban on Exotic Animals at Santa Monica Parks Gets Initial Approval
February 26, 2015 -- A proposed ban on street performers who use snakes, birds and other exotic wildlife to entertain visitors to Santa Monica parks won preliminary approval by the City Council on Tuesday.

SMMUSD Seeks Homework Input From Parents
February 26, 2015 -- Nearly a third of Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District teens do two hours or more homework each school day.  Is that enough? Or should they be cracking the books more?

Santa Monica Homeless Count Shows Modest Decline
February 25, 2015 -- Despite years of investments in tackling the problem, homelessness in Santa Monica decreased by less than 1 percent this year from 2014, according to results of Santa Monica’s 2015 Homeless Count released this week.

New Foundation Aims to Bring a Park to Santa Monica Airport Property
February 25, 2015 -- There’s a new nonprofit in Santa Monica with a familiar name that has a goal of bringing a park to the City-owned Santa Monica Airport site.

Santa Monica Celebrates Women’s History Month in March
February 25, 2015 -- “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the theme of Santa Monica’s 35th annual Women’s History Month in March, proclaimed Tuesday by Mayor Kevin McKeown.

Santa Monica’s 2014 Crime Rate Fell to Lowest Level in Decades
February 24, 2015 -- Last year was “a very successful year for the Santa Monica Police Department” as major crimes including murders, rapes and assaults fell by more than 13 percent in the City, down to their lowest levels in decades, a Santa Monica police official said.

Ed Board Tentatively Supports $180 Million for Santa Monica High Renovations
February 24, 2015 -- Much-needed renovations for Santa Monica High School (Samohi) could be one step closer to happening after the Board of Education tentatively supported allocating nearly half the $385 million Measure ES bond for projects at the school.

Bank Sponsors Free Admission to Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
February 24, 2015 -- Starting on Saturday, admission to Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will be free once a month, thanks to a year-long sponsorship by Wells Fargo in celebration of Heal the Bay’s 30th anniversary, officials said.

New Grant Helps Santa Monica Secure Homeland
February 23, 2015 -- Santa Monica is getting some extra dollars to beef up terrorism training for first responders while also allocating money for four new Dial A Ride vans.

Santa Monica’s Bicycle Activist Group Opposes Bill Mandating Helmet Use
February 23, 2015 -- Riding a bicycle in Santa Monica and anywhere else in California while not wearing a helmet could soon be a criminal offense.

Santa Monica Police Warn “Knock-Knock” Burglaries Increasing
February 23, 2015 -- After a rash of home burglaries earlier this summer and fall, Santa Monica police are reporting that “knock-knock” break-ins are spreading throughout California, and are urging residents here to be especially vigilant.

Proposal Details Exotic Animal Ban at Santa Monica Parks
February 23, 2015 -- People who bring snakes, birds and other exotic wildlife to coax cash from visitors to Santa Monica’s most popular tourist spots could face misdemeanor penalties of up to $500 and six months in jail under a proposed new ordinance.

Pedestrian Bike Safety Police  Operation Set For Friday
February 20, 2015 -- With the number of pedestrians and bicyclists growing, Santa Monica police will rollout extra officers Friday to focus on collisions that involve them instead of concentrating primarily on vehicles, police said.

Two Expo-Related Projects Headed for Santa Monica Council Approval
February 20, 2015 -- The City Council on Tuesday will consider two projects that are in different sections of Santa Monica, but both are near future Expo light rail stations.

Santa Monica Youth Tech Program Wins Harvard Bright Ideas Designation
February 20, 2015 -- A six-week program that offers high-tech training for Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District teens at local start-up incubators  has been chosen as one of  124 “Bright Ideas” by the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Santa Monica officials announced Thursday.


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