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City Likely Faces Uphill Battle in Voting Rights Case, Experts Say
February 19, 2019 -- The City of Santa Monica faces an uphill battle if the Council votes on Thursday to appeal last week's Superior Court decision in the voting rights case filed by Latino plaintiffs, election experts told the Lookout.

EXTRA Council Could Decide Thursday on Appeal in Voting Rights Lawsuit
February 19, 2019 -- The City Council could decide at a special meeting on Thursday whether to appeal last week's Superior Court ruling in a voting rights case filed by Latino plaintiffs.

District map Judge Orders Special District Elections for Council in Final Ruling
February 15, 2019 -- In her final ruling, the judge in the voting rights lawsuit against the City has ordered a special district-based election on July 2 for all seven council seats. Candidates not elected through district-based elections "are prohibited from serving" after August 15.

Santa Monica's Tourism Industry Recognized with Economic Excellence Award
February 15, 2019 -- Santa Monica's booming tourism industry -- which pumped $66 million in bed taxes alone into the City's coffers last year -- has been recognized with an Economic Excellence Award from the Chamber of Commerce.

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus System Offers Free Wi-Fi, Improved Stops
February 15, 2019 -- Passengers aboard 19 Santa Monica buses can now access free Wi-Fi service that will soon be available on all of the fleet's newest 40-foot buses, agency officials announced Thursday.

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Greg Alyn Carlson Former Santa Monica Resident on FBI's Most Wanted List Killed by Agents
February 14, 2019 -- A former Santa Monica resident who was one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives was fatally shot by FBI agents in North Carolina Wednesday.

Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Brutal Beating of Girlfriend
February 14, 2019 -- The Los Angeles District Attorney's office has filed attempted murder charges against a man suspected of beating his girlfriend unconscious in a Santa Monica apartment last week.

Santa Monica Police To Crack Down on Traffic Violations that Endanger Pedestrians, Bicyclists
February 14, 2019 -- Police will conduct operations on Friday and again on Monday to enforce traffic laws that help keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe.

Santa Monica Coalition Pauses Political Activities
February 13, 2019 -- The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) -- which helped usher in a slow-growth movement more than a decade ago -- has terminated its political action committee.

City Council Quickly Dispatches Low-Key Agenda
February 13, 2019 -- In a swift meeting with no hot-button issues, the City Council on Tuesday cast a series of unanimous votes that drew little or no public testimony.

Chinese pig Santa Monica Place Celebrates Chinese Year of the Pig
February 13, 2019 -- Those who adhere to the Chinese Lunar New Year can ring in what promises to be a year of wealth and fortune at Santa Monica Place on Saturday.

Challengers Easily Outspend Incumbents in Santa Monica Council Race With Mixed Results
February 12, 2019 -- Two challengers outspent the three incumbents by more than $60,000 in a relatively quiet race for three open seats on the Santa Monica City Council November 6.

Camron Lee booking photo Arrest Made in Fatal 'Party Bus Shooting' Near Santa Monica Pier
February 12, 2019 -- A suspect was arrested early Friday morning in connection to the 2017 murder of a woman in a party bus near the Santa Monica Pier, police said Tuesday.

Man Arrested for Attempted Murder of Girlfriend in Santa Monica Apartment
February 12, 2019 -- A man was arrested Friday for attempted murder after brutally beating his girlfriend in an apartment in Santa Monica's Wilmont Neighborhood, police said.

Transportation Funding, Bed Taxes Help Offset Revenue Decreases, Finance Officials Say
February 11, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday is expected to tweak its midyear budget to reflect an estimated net increase of $800,000 in expenditures, according to a Finance Department report.

Medival moon Santa Monica College Planetarium Presents 'Scouting the Moon'
February 11, 2019 -- The image of man bouncing on the hard surface of the moon seems natural, but before Apollo 11 landed, there were dire and fantastic preditions of what could happen.

Major Santa Monica Developer Tries to Get Properties Back
February 8, 2019 -- Neil Shekhter and his affiliated companies will ask a Santa Monica Superior Court judge to rescind the 2016 sale of nine NMS properties claiming the buyers “were not bona fide purchasers,” his attorney said.

Santa Monica Poised to Allow Free Meter Parking for CAVs with Expired Decals
February 8, 2019 -- Santa Monica could become the first California city to extend free metered parking to Clean Air Vehicles (CAVs) with decals that have expired.

Federal Judge Dismisses Voting Rights Claim Charging Racial Gerrymandering
February 7, 2019 -- A federal judge this week rejected a challenge to the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) filed by the former mayor of Poway, one of the cities that switched to district elections after being threatened with a lawsuit.

Scaled-Down Pier Concert Series Needs to Grow, Staff Says
February 7, 2019 -- Santa Monica's down-scaled "Twilight on the Pier" concerts may have been too successful in drawing smaller crowds last year and need a schedule change, according to City officials who manage the series.

OPINION -- 'Shaping a Changing World'
February 7, 2019 -- In her State of the City Address Wednsday night -- "Shaping a Changing World" -- Mayor Gleam Davis looked at Santa Monica's immediate and long-term future.

City Resolves 11 Section 8 Income Discrimination Complaints
February 6, 2019 -- City prosecutors announced Wednesday they have resolved eleven housing discrimination complaints filed by tenants who were turned down because they were using Section 8 vouchers.

Santa Monica Lawmaker Introduces Bill Lifting Restrictions on Animal Blood Banks
February 6, 2019 -- Under a bill proposed by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom, animal blood banks would no longer have to rely on confined dogs and cats.

LETTERS -- Alternative 'Facts' About Voting Rights Case 'Truly Dangerous'
February 6, 2019 -- In his most recent letter to the editor Joel Koury attempts to create an alternate reality by proclaiming what he calls “facts,” writes plaintiffs' attorney Kevin Shenkman.

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Supermodel Tyra Banks Announces Fashion Theme Park at Santa Monica Place
February 5, 2019 -- Supermodel and tv personality Tyra Banks announced Tuesday she plans to open a 21,000-square-foot fashion theme park at Santa Monica Place later this year.

Santa Monica Education Foundation Raises $150,000 During Week-Long Match
February 5, 2019 -- Nearly 800 donors -- spurred by a a $25,000 matching grant from The Fairmont Miramar Hotel -- donated a total of $150,119 to the Santa Monica Education Foundation during a week-long match campaign, Foundation officials announced last week.

Rose Kaufman Services Sunday for Long-time Santa Monica Activist Rose Kaufman Who Died Last Month at Age 105
February 5, 2019 -- Services for community activist Rose Kaufman, who became a champion for seniors in the city that was her home for six decades, will be held at the Santa Monica Synagogue on Sunday.

PART II: Councilmember Jara's Cross Examination in Voting Rights Lawsuit
February 4, 2019 -- In her testimony in the voting rights lawsuit against the City newly appointed Councilmember Ana Jara provided insight into her views and positions. This is the second and last installment of excerpts from her testimony on September 10, 2018.

Santa Monica Prosecutors Help Win Settlement Against Direct Marketer
February 4, 2019 -- A task force of local prosecutors that included the Santa Monica City Attorneys office has reached a settlement potentially totaling $8.4 million with one of the world’s largest direct marketing companies, City officials announced Monday.

OPINION -- Is Ana Jara Really an Independent Voice on the City Council?
February 4, 2019 -- Elected by a majority of sitting council members, Ana Jara’s appointment to the Santa Monica City Council hardly exemplifies the democratic process, says an anti-union watchdog group.

LETTERS -- Voting Rights Attorney Stands to Make Millions
February 4, 2019 -- Only in an alternate universe can someone suing our schools claim that they are helping to improve them, says former Rent Board member Joel Koury.

Community Corp Nest Tool Kit Community Corp of Santa Monica Wins $1 Million Innovation Grant
February 1, 2019 -- Santa Monica's biggest affordable housing provider has received a $1 million innovation grant for a "design toolkit" that allows pre-fab housing to be built easily on any lot.

PART I -- Councilmember Jara's Testimony in Voting Rights Lawsuit Provides Insight Into Her Views
January 29, 2019 -- Last week, Ana M. Jara became the first Hispanic from Pico Neighborhood, which is home to the city's largest Latino and black communities, to serve on the City Council.

LETTERS -- Stop Violating the Law and Ignoring Residents
February 1, 2019 -- If you want us to “stop suing [you],” ok; no problem. Just stop violating the law and ignoring residents when they point out your violations, writes attorney Kevin Shenkman.

LETTERS -- Scooter, Bike Riders: Uninformed or Scofflaws?
February 1, 2019 -- Have rental scooter and electric bike riders not been told that it is illegal to ride on sidewalks or are they just scofflaws? writes a Santa Monica resident.

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Planning Commission Revisits Hot-Button Pico Project
January 31, 2019 -- The City Planning Commission Wednesday night will vote on a proposed 19-unit condominium development that has been a flash point in the battle to stop gentrification in the Pico Neighborhood.

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