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Santa Monica Year-End Unemployment Drops to New Low
January 20, 2017 -- Santa Monica’s unemployment rate was at 4.0 percent in December, lower than it has been in any previous December since 2010 (the earliest year data are immediately available), according to preliminary numbers from the California Employment Development Department (EDD).

Santa Monica Council Meets for Special Closed Session on Airport
January 20, 2017 -- City Council members met with the interim city attorney for more than three hours Wednesday behind closed doors to talk about various Santa Monica Airport (SMO) lawsuits and related legal matters.

Santa Monica College's Production of Beckett Plays Chosen for Prestigious Festival

Actor in Beckett's "Quartet" January 20, 2017 -- Santa Monica College's production of four short, cutting-edge plays by Nobel prize-winning author Samuel Beckett has been selected to participate in the prestigious 2017 Regional Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, college officials announced.

Santa Monica Landlords Could Be Required to Provide Rent-Control Information Sheet
January 19, 2017 -- Rent Control Board members say Santa Monica tenants need more information about their rights and want to make it a requirement that they get this information upon signing a lease and annually through the mail.

Panel from "Fun House" Santa Monica Reads Chooses 'Pioneering' Graphic Novel
January 19, 2017 -- Announced by library officials on Wednesday, the Santa Monica Reads pick this year has been touted as one of the best books of the century, been temporarily banned in three states and is penned in a comics format.

Appeal of City Hall Addition Approval Goes to Santa Monica Council
January 19, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council will vote on something Tuesday that is close to home -- a 50,000-square-foot addition to City Hall.

Theft Most Reported Santa Monica Crime in 2016
January 18, 2017 -- More than 9,000 crimes were reported in Santa Monica in 2016, and theft topped the list with 3,436 incidents, according to the Santa Monica Open Data Portal.

Trump Inauguration Has Strong Santa Monica Connection
January 18, 2017 -- When Donald Trump gives his presidential inauguration speech on Friday, he will have had plenty of input from a Santa Monica High School alumnus.

Deal Approved to Transfer YWCA Property to Santa Monica College
January 18, 2017 -- The Santa Monica College (SMC) Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously voted to purchase a one-acre parcel adjacent to the school's main campus from the YWCA for $5 million, college officials announced. Editor's note: A previous version of this story stated that SMC had purchased the YMCA property. The property was owned by the YWCA.

Santa Monica Council Member Fined for Campaign Contribution Violations
January 17, 2017 -- Santa Monica City Council Member Terry O’Day has been fined $500 for violating the City’s anti-corruption Oaks Initiative, a local watchdog group announced Monday.

Santa Monica Hires Chief Resilience Officer
January 17, 2017 -- Following the lead of vulnerable cities from Los Angeles and New Orleans to mega-metropolises on the other side of the globe, Santa Monica has created a new post to develop a “resilience strategy” in the event of a major earthquake, tsunami, pandemics, terrorism and “chronic stressors” such as climate change.
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UPDATE: Santa Monica History Museum Founder Louise Gabriel Dies
January 17, 2017
-- Services for Louise Gabriel, who founded the Santa Monica History Museum and was a community service leader for more than half a century, will be held at Saint Monica's Catholic Church at 10:30 on January 31.

Santa Monica Officials Illegally Attempting Air Commerce Regulation, JetSuiteX CEO Says
January 13, 2017 -- The City could be adding a new item to its list of legal battles over Santa Monica Airport (SMO) after Airport Director Stelios Makrides this week refused to process aviation company JetSuiteX’s application for a commercial operating permit at the facility.

Recreational Space Next to Santa Monica Airport Opening Soon
January 13, 2017 -- Activists wanting the City-owned Santa Monica Airport property to become a park are applauding the City Council's move on Tuesday to designate a six-acre vacant portion of the land for recreational use.

New Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Chief Announces 'Commitments'
January 13, 2017 -- Ben Drati, who began his job as the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's (SMMUSD) new superintendent on January 1, announced several commitments in a recent welcome message to the community.

LETTERS -- Agreement Requires Santa Monica to Keep Airport Open 'Forever'
January 13, 2017 -- The City does not have the right to close Santa Monica Airport but continues to spend millions in taxpayer dollars trying to do so.

Santa Monica Gets Even Tougher on Short-Term Vacation Rental 'Hosts'
January 12, 2017 -- The City Council on Tuesday modified Santa Monica's law on short-term vacation rentals -- already among the nation’s toughest -- to help prevent scofflaw hosts, as well as to try to shield the City from more legal attacks from industry giants like Airbnb.

Matching City Funds Approved to "Beautify" Murals in Santa Monica's Pico and Mid-City Areas
January 12, 2017 -- A growing effort in Santa Monica to transform "blight into beauty" with murals painted on buildings often scarred by vandals got a helping hand Tuesday, with the City Council agreeing to provide $22,000 in matching grants for the Pico and Mid-City areas.

portrait of Marion Davies Santa Monica Beach House to Host Marion Davies' Birthday
January 12, 2016
-- Silver screen actress Marion Davies loved the throw lavish parties at her Santa Monica beach house that drew some of he 20th century's biggest names -- from Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill.

Court Bid to Evict Key Aviation Tenants from Santa Monica Airport Delayed Again
January 11, 2017 -- A court bid to evict two key aviation-related tenants from Santa Monica Airport was delayed a month, City officials said Monday, prompting more frustration from groups who contend the City is moving too slowly to make good on its vow to close the facility by 2018.

Santa Monica Looking for Volunteers to Help with Homeless Count
January 11, 2017 -- In an effort to determine how best to help a desperate population, the City of Santa Monica is looking for volunteers to comb local streets, alleys, parks and beaches to count the homeless, who last year totaled 728 people.

Picture of Rich Little on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1983 Loretta Swit, Rich Little to Discuss New Books at Santa Monica Library January 11, 2016 -- Two stars of 1970s television -- comedian Rich Little and actress Loretta Swit -- will discuss their new books this month at the Santa Monica Library, officials announced.

Operator Chosen for Future Santa Monica Early Education School
January 10, 2016 -- An early education school planned for the Santa Monica Civic Center via a partnership between the City and Santa Monica College (SMC) now has an operator.

Santa Monica City Manager's Comments Anger More Community Activists
January 10, 2017 -- City Manager Rick Cole on Sunday was under verbal attack for the second time in a week, this time for what community groups say are comments meant to “deride” and undermine their credibility.

Santa Monica Lays Groundwork for $114 Million Phase of City Yards Project
January 10, 2017 -- The City Council is set to authorize contracts totaling more than $900,000 to prepare for an overhaul of Santa Monica's City Yards, the aging 14.7-acre headquarters for everything from maintenance to training for firefighters.
 
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