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Ocean Park Businesses Compete With Food Trucks in Santa Monica
August 4, 2015 -- It's just before noon, and customers soon will be streaming into Ocean Park Pizza on Santa Monica’s Ocean Park Boulevard, a stretch of storefronts and office parks that includes both small and large businesses.

Santa Monica Farmers Market Vying for Top Spot in USA Today Contest
August 4, 2015 -- Santa Monica’s Wednesday Downtown Farmers Market is already famous for being among the nation’s oldest, as well as for attracting big crowds of foodies and top chefs like Wolfgang Puck.

Santa Monica College Planetarium Showcases Meteors of Summer
August 4, 2015 -- August’s Perseid Meteor Shower is expected to be better than usual this year and the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium will prepare you to make the most of the popular annual celestial event.

Santa Monica Emergency Personnel Ready Should Strong El Nino Stir Trouble
August 3, 2015 -- Twice so far this summer the City's Office of Emergency Management has had to shut down Santa Monica's beaches because of dangerous weather—one of several precautions officials will take if a strong El Nino batters Southern California's coasts with storm after storm this winter.

Santa Monica Conservancy Tour Highlights Courtyard Corridor
August 3, 2015 -- If the popularity of a walking tour is any  indication of support, then the proposed San Vicente Boulevard Historic District in Santa Monica has a good chance of becoming reality.

Santa Monica High Schools Pass Toxins Test, Report Concludes
August 3, 2015 -- Plans to demolish a building and replace it with a new softball field and parking lot at Santa Monica High School and to renovate four buildings at Olympic High can move forward after materials from existing structures tested well below federal standards for toxic substances, a school district official said.

Santa Monica Residents Beat Water Savings Goal for June
July 31, 2015 -- Santa Monica got good news this week on two fronts in its ongoing fight to save water when new state figures revealed residents beat a state-mandated conservation goal for June, and municipal facilities like parks and buildings recorded cutting water use by more than half last month.

Locking Bike to Wrong Rack in Santa Monica Could Mean a Fine
July 31, 2015 -- As Santa Monica nears implementation of its new bike share program, the City Council on Tuesday approved a financial penalty for people who lock bikes to racks designated for the program. 

Jazz Returns with Santa Monica Summer Concert Series
July 31, 2015 -- From cool jazz to hot Latin beats, Santa Monica’s Stewart Park will be hopping with plenty of jazz throughout the summer.

Santa Monica Moves Closer to Opening Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
July 30, 2015 -- Long a hold out, the City of Santa Monica moved closer Tuesday to allowing the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries within city borders, although the number is set at only two and they are expected to be required to offer free and discounted products.

Santa Monica City Council Approves Audit Subcommittee for Budget
July 30, 2015 --The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday approved the creation of a subcommittee to oversee audits of the city’s $1.1 billion biannual budget, a move one councilmember said could help overcome some of the public “aura of distrust” of City government.

Opinions Sought on Santa Monica’s New Universally Accessible Playground
July 30, 2015 --The City of Santa Monica wants input from the public as it kicks off its campaign to build a universally accessible playground at North Beach.

Santa Monica Firm Agrees to Settlement over State Bar Exam
July 29, 2015 -- A Santa Monica firm that helps customers prepare for the California State Bar Examination has agreed to a court settlement following allegations that the company “grossly inflated pass rates,” City officials announced Tuesday.

Santa Monica Awarded More than $1.2 Million for Biking, Walking Programs
July 29, 2015 -- The City of Santa Monica has been awarded $1.25 million in a trio of grants to encourage biking and walking that include the expansion of a program that establishes safe routes for school children.

Santa Monica Police Invite Residents to National Night Out
July 29, 2015 -- Police are pulling out all the stops to woo residents to next Tuesday’s 32nd annual National Night Out event, originally held as a modest public response to rampant gun violence's peak in the mid-1980s.

Proposed Closure of Denny’s in Santa Monica Could Mark Passing of an Era
July 28, 2015 -- Zina Josephs, who has lived in Santa Monica since 1969, can remember the days when there were plenty of coffee shops and diners to choose from if you wanted to a relaxing but economical meal out.

Santa Monica Bike Sharing, Car Sharing Programs Set for Approval
July 28, 2015 -- With some initial test runs coming soon, Santa Monica City officials are putting the finishing touches on much-anticipated bike sharing and car sharing programs meant to reduce the gridlock on city streets.

Santa Monica Center Banking on Major Fundraiser to Keep Doors Open
July 28,2015 --The beleaguered Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC), stripped of funding by the City of Santa Monica, is trying just about everything to raise cash so it can keep its doors open.

 

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