a Happy Thanksgiving
The Lookout will be back Monday
His Elves and Discounts for Shoppers Set to Mark Black Friday in Downtown
November 25, 2015 -- Santa Claus
will help shoppers pay for their holiday purchases, elves will lend
a hand and retailers will offer some impressive discounts as Santa Monica’s
popular downtown embarks on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of
Monica Officials Say City Prepared for What El Niño May Bring
November 25, 2015 -- Emergency
equipment is primed, storm drains have been inspected and cleaned of
debris, crews are ready to build sand berms along the coast should they
be needed, and an upcoming door-to-door public education campaign will
help beachside residents prepare for El Niño, Santa Monica's
emergency services manager said Tuesday night.
Monica-Malibu School Board Calls for More Diverse Workforce
November 25, 2015 -- The Board
of Education will soon have a session on how to increase ethnic diversity
among administrators and certificated staff in the Santa Monica-Malibu
Unified District (SMMUSD).
Monica Expected to Extend Contract to Collect Delinquent Debt
November 24, 2015 -- If you
owe the City of Santa Monica for unpaid fees, taxes or fines, a few
words of warning: The City is likely to extend a contract with collectors
to go after delinquent debts.
Monica Youth Center Providing Thanksgiving Meals to Venice's Homeless
November 24, 2015 -- A dozen
or so children and young adults along with staff at the Pico Youth and
Family Center were busy Monday making preparations to feed 100 homeless
people on Thanksgiving Day along Venice's Boardwalk.
of Santa Monica Focuses on Salary and Retirement Benefits as it Starts
Search for New Fire Chief
November 24, 2015 -- The City
of Santa Monica is looking at an annual salary that could reach almost
$272,000 as it starts its search for a permanent new Fire Chief, according
to City officials.
Favor Free Services for Santa Monica Residents to Reduce Traffic
November 23, 2015 -- Free bus
service for specific people and reduced or low-cost parking for Santa
Monica residents as methods to reduce Downtown traffic were some of
the ideas tossed around by Planning Commissioners on Wednesday during
a review of the Downtown Specific Plan.
Monica Police Get New Mobile Command Center
November 24, 2015 -- Replacing
a 20-year-old RV that had outdated communications equipment, Santa Monica's
new custom-built, state-of-the-art police mobile command center made
its debut at a law-enforcement trade show last month in Long Beach.
Orchestra Presents Holiday Tradition in Santa Monica
November 23, 2015 -- The award-winning
Dream Orchestra, joined by the 36-member Opera Chorus of Los Angeles,
will perform Handel's “Messiah” on two nights next month.
Monica Police Chief Defends Officers Against New Claim of Racial Profiling
November 20, 2015 -- Santa Monica
police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks defended her department Wednesday
after a Black resident accused officers of racial profiling in a story
that has garnered national attention.
Monica Commission Approves Movie Theater Liquor, Medical Facility
November 20, 2015 -- Without
any discussion, the Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday approved
a request by AMC Theaters to serve alcohol at its seven-screen cinema
on the Third Street Promenade.
Monica College Celebrates Holidays with Month of Music
November 20, 2015 -- Santa Monica
College (SMC) will ring in a December filled with music when it presents
its seasonal performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”
Ballet, college officials announced Thursday.
Monica College Names New President
November 19, 2015 -- Sacramento
City College President Kathryn E. Jeffery was selected to head Santa
Monica College (SMC) in a unanimous vote Tuesday by the school’s
Board of Trustees.
Monica’s Water Sprinkler Zan Likely a First
November 19, 2015 -- In what
seems to be a first in drought-stricken California, the City of Santa
Monica is banning the use of nearly all new water sprinklers for landscaping,
deeming the centuries-old system a water waster.
Crossing Guards Added at Santa Monica High School
November 19, 2015 -- Four new
crossing guards are temporarily posted at busy main streets near Santa
Monica High School, a move meant to help bring order to a hazardous
mix of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and skateboarders during peak
Threatened Over Santa Monica's Water Rates
November 18, 2015 -- Santa Monica’s
sharp rise in water rates could lead to a court challenge alleging the
City violated a California law that prohibits government agencies from
charging more for services than the cost of providing them.
Monica-Malibu School District Refinances Bonds
November 18, 2015 -- Local property
owners will see taxes drop by a combined total of more than $4.2 million
after the Santa Monica-Malibu School District refinanced bonds for Measure
BB approved by voters in 2006, District officials announced Tuesday.
Monica Police Get Grant to Ramp Up DUI Enforcement in Time For Holidays
November 18, 2015 -- Just in
time for the traditional peak period for DUI arrests, Santa Monica police
have $300,000 in new funding to crack down on drunk driving this holiday
and Food Needed for Thanksgiving Celebrations for Homeless and Needy
in Santa Monica and Westside
November 17, 2015 -- Thousands
of Santa Monica’s homeless and needy will gather for Thanksgiving
celebrations on the Westside this year, with festivities that include
the traditional turkey meal -- with all the fixings -- as well as free
clothing, blankets, toiletries, haircuts and even a carnival for children.
Monica Gets Nearly $5 million County Metro Transit Grants
November 17, 2015 -- Santa Monica
will connect its beach bike path to the Pier, replace aging buses with
new clean-fuel versions and make other transit-related improvements
using some $4.7 million in grant money from the County, City officials
Monica College Earns Green Leadership Award
November 17, 2015 -- By reusing
most of what restaurants and mall food courts ordinarily toss away,
Santa Monica College's resource management program earned the Leadership
Award at the recent 2015 Green Schools and Colleges Summit.
Monica to Require Master Water Meters for New Affordable Housing Developments
November 16, 2015 -- Owners
of future affordable housing developments in Santa Monica with six or
more units will have the ability to monitor the individual water use
of their tenants under a new ordinance approved by the City Council
OKs New Gelson's Store for Santa Monica
November 16, 2015 -- In a $92
million deal that marks its exit from the state, Haggen has sold 36
of its former stores in California, including the grocery market on
Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica.
Monica Middle School Students' Project Could Be Headed To Orbit
November 16, 2015 -- If all
systems are go, eighth-grade students from Lincoln Middle School could
have one of their experiments tested aboard the International Space
Station next spring, District officials announced last week.