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Santa Monica Bike Share Program Draws Riders, Still in Red
July 29, 2016 – After a little more than eight months in business, Santa Monica’s $10 million bike-share program is drawing riders but is still an estimated $54,000 a month in the red.

Santa Monica Candidates Seek Campaign Boost at SMRR Convention
July 29, 2016 -- The first major event of this year’s Santa Monica election will take place Sunday at John Adams Middle School when the powerful Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) holds its convention to make endorsements on the various political races and ballot measures.

Council Finalizes Santa Monica Anti-Corruption Measure for Ballot, Names Friendship City
July 29, 2016
-- After several lengthy sessions tweaking the details, the City Council on Tuesday finalized a ballot measure that proposes changes to Santa Monica’s anti-corruption law commonly known as the Oaks Initiative.

Santa Monica City Council Votes to Close Airport by 2018
July 28, 2016 -- The City Council voted 5-to-0 on Tuesday to close Santa Monica's century-old Airport by June 30, 2018 or when legally possible, although it was cautioned the near future is mired by lawsuits and the City’s battle for ultimate control with the federal government.

Proponents and Opponents Offer Widely Differing Views of Santa Monica Slow-Growth Initiative
July 28, 2016 -- Two very different visions for what Santa Monica would look like following the passage of the slow-growth LUVE initiative were laid out in arguments submitted to the City Clerk’s Office this week that will appear on the ballot.

Santa Monica's Head Librarian Resigns
July 28, 2016 -- A little more than two years after becoming Santa Monica's head librarian, Maria Carpenter is headed across the country back home, City officials announced Wednesday.

Santa Monica Firefighter Decides Against Council Run
July 27, 2016 -- Dominick Bei had originally planned to seek a unique role in the Santa Monica government by serving as both a City Council member and a firefighter. But he told The Lookout this week that he has decided not to run for council.

Picture of Big Blue Bus Santa Monica Switches Bus Routes in Venice After Public Opposition
July 27, 2016 -- After months of public opposition, a plan to improve Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus (BBB) service to Venice now that Expo Light Rail has arrived is being replaced with routes viewed as safer and more compatible with daily life in the community, officials reported Monday.

Santa Monica, Malibu Families to Receive Applications for Free School Meals
July 27, 2016 -- With about a third of all students already qualifying, Santa Monica-Malibu public school officials Tuesday said families and guardians are being notified of the financial requirements next fall for students to receive free or reduced priced breakfasts and lunches.

Opponents of Santa Monica Slow-Growth Initiative Warn of “Unintended Consequences”
July 26, 2016 -- A new report issued by a group anchored by big names in Santa Monica’s political establishment contends a slow-growth measure on the November 8 ballot will usher in “unintended consequences” in the battle over future development.

Picture of City Yards Incinerator 1952 Council to Consider New Contract to Help Prevent Hazardous Landfill Leaks
July 26, 2016 -- A switch in vendors will be considered by the City Council Tuesday for the costly job of preventing potentially hazardous gas leaks from a covered landfill under Santa Monica’s City Yards.

Poetry Featured at Santa Monica Beach House
July 26, 2016 -- On Tuesday evening in Santa Monica, three female poets will read from works that explore everything from drone warfare to the intersection of mathematics and spiritually and the loss of a husband.

New Santa Monica Tax Money Could Cover School District's Daily Maintenance, Officials Say
July 25, 2016 -- If a Santa Monica tax measure passes in November, the school district should use some of that potential revenue to meet daily maintenance needs, Financial Oversight Committee member Tom Larmore told the School Board last week.

Picture of jet landing at Santa Monica Airport Council Members Want Resolution Calling for Santa Monica Airport Closure
July 25, 2016 -- It’s no secret that most, if not all, City Council members want Santa Monica Airport closed in the near future. But two council members want to get this opinion on the record.

Picture of Alfredo Rodriguez Cuban Pianist to Showcase Talents at The Edye in Santa Monica
July 25, 2016 -- Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez's music reflects the sense of adventure that led him to defect from Cuba and bring his hybrid sounds to Los Angeles six years ago.

Former Santa Monica Mayor Faces Eviction
July 22, 2016 -- The long-standing feud between former Santa Monica mayor Mike Feinstein and his landlords has taken a new turn that could conclude with Feinstein being evicted from the rent-controlled, four-bedroom house where he has lived for more than 30 years.

Picture of School Board candidate Phil Brock Former Santa Monica Council Candidate Aims for School Board
July 22, 2016 -- Phil Brock nearly won a seat on the Santa Monica City Council in 2014, but he will not be trying again this year. He has chosen instead to run for a seat on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) board.

Photo of Pluto taken by New Horizons Santa Monica College Planetarium Explores Pluto
July 22, 2016 -- It was first thought to be a moon, then a planet, but Pluto has been downgraded to the status of a dwarf planet, and not even the most massive in the solar system.

Santa Monica Police Arrest Suspect in Violent Sexual Assaults
July 21, 2016 -- Santa Monica police arrested a suspect Tuesday evening in connection with a series of violent sexual assaults and attacks that took place this year on the Westside, officials announced.

Santa Monica College Chemistry "Boot Camp" Wins Statewide Diversity Award
July 21, 2016 -- A Santa Monica College (SMC) Saturday “boot camp” aimed at Latino and African American students struggling in chemistry is one of three winners of a statewide award for helping under-achieving students in California community colleges, officials said.

Online House Tour Video Kicks Off Santa Monica Election Season
July 21, 2016 -- A day after Santa Monica’s election season officially kicked off, an online video showcasing a mansion for sale that features the creator of a slow-growth ballot initiative suddenly started making the rounds.

Congressman Seeks Probe of Santa Monica Airport Ruling
July 20, 2016 -- U.S. Representative Ted Lieu, whose 33rd District includes Santa Monica, has joined a colleague in asking the federal General Accountability Office to investigate a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ruling that thwarted City officials trying to eventually shut the municipal airport.

Incumbents Outnumber Challengers in Santa Monica Board Races
July 20, 2016 -- The pool of potential candidates who so far has pulled papers for elected office in Santa Monica seem to be following a well-trodden path.

Photo of Mar de Ashe Jazz on the Lawn Returns to Santa Monica
July 20, 2016 -- Santa Monica's Jazz on the Lawn summer concert series returns for its 11th year next month with a lineup that offers everything from the kosher to the exotic, City officials announced Tuesday.

Three Proposed High-Rises Among Major Santa Monica Projects Awaiting Fate of LUVE
July 19, 2016 -- A trio of five-story apartment buildings proposed for the high-rise remake of part of Santa Monica’s Lincoln Boulevard inched through the City’s clogged development pipeline toward eventual approval Monday.

Rare Officer-Involved Shooting in Santa Monica to Prompt Look at Protocol
July 19, 2016 -- A shooting Saturday involving a Santa Monica police officer abd a burglary suspect hiding behind a car is likely to lead to a period of “reflection” for a police force that rarely opens fire but is keenly aware of the intensifying national controversy over police shootings of black men, a spokesman said Monday.

Co-Author of LUVE Initiative Among Potential Candidates Vying for City Council
July 19, 2016 -- Armen Melkonians, who co-authored a slow-growth measure on the November ballot, was one of ten individuals who pulled papers for City Council on Monday, the first day applications were made available by the City Clerk.

Image of Devi in Activision Game Santa Monica Company’s Video Game Denounced by Hindu Leader
July 18, 2016 -- Hindu religious statesman Rajan Zed has denounced Santa Monica-based Activision Blizzard for including a character in its video game that resembles the Hindu goddess Devi.

Santa Monica Councilmember O’Day to Run for Re-Election
July 18, 2016 -- Terry O’Day, the only remaining Santa Monica City Council member facing re-election this fall whose intention was unknown, told The Lookout this weekend that he will run for a second full term.

Santa Monica Board Races Taking Shape
July 18, 2016 -- The races for eight open seats on Santa Monica's three elected boards are taking shape, as candidates can begin filing nomination papers on Monday.

Photo of Lisa Pope, Assistant City Clerk Santa Monica Hires New Assistant City Clerk
July 15, 2016 -- With election season kicking in, Santa Monica has a new Assistant City Clerk to help in the bi-annual preparations for the November elections, City officials announced this week.

Council Debates Proposed Changes to Santa Monica’s Anti-Corruption Law
July 15, 2016 -- As debate continued Tuesday on the City Council dais about preparing a measure to modify Santa Monica’s anti-corruption law, some council members alleged that at least one proposed modification favors candidates who self-fund their campaigns.

Santa Monica Rent Board Demands Ellis Act Study
July 15, 2016 -- Could certain factors lead Santa Monica landlords to get out of the rental business and evict tenants as allowed by California’s Ellis Act? Rent Control Board members want to know and have asked the City Council to call for a study.

Santa Monica Meets Water Reduction Goals, Maintains Conservation Plan
July 14, 2016 -- Santa Monica has dramatically reduced its water use and statewide drought conditions have eased, but the City is keeping in place its water conservation plan, the City's top sustainability official said this week.

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Spending for the Santa Monica Pier to Jump in Anticipation of New Crowds
July 14, 2016 -- Entering its 107th year as Santa Monica’s top tourist attraction, the Pier is hiking spending by double digits as operators prepare for crowds from the new Expo Line downtown, the Colorado Esplanade and the re-opening of the famed California Incline.

Santa Monica Councilmember Hopes to Add Irish Sister City
July 14, 2016 -- Santa Monica has sister cities in Germany, Japan and Mexico. Now it could add a city on the Gaelic west coast of Ireland.

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