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Santa Monica Business Leaders Seek to Block Proposed Labor Peace Agreements
June 25, 2018 -- Santa Monica's business leaders will attempt to stave off a proposal before the City Council Tuesday that would pave the way for unionizing restaurants on City property.

Parent of Santa Monica Student Commits Suicide in Front of School
June 25, 2018 -- A John Adams Middle School (JAMS) parent took his life in front of the school Saturday, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) officials said.

EXTRA Judge Tosses City of Santa Monica's Motion to Dismiss Voting Rights Lawsuit
June 18, 2018 -- A motion to dismiss a voting rights lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica was denied in Superior Court Tuesday after the high-powered law firm hired to defend the City failed to meet a filing deadline.

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Traffic at Santa Monica Airport Continues to Drop, According to the Latest Departure Data
June 22, 2018 -- Aircraft departures from Santa Monica Airport (SMO) continued to decline last month furthering a trend that started when the City shortened the runway in December, according to the latest data.

Santa Monica Pier paddleboard races Santa Monica Pier to Host Paddle Board Races This Weekend
June 22, 2018 -- This weekend, paddle board racing returns to one of the first spots where the sport was launched on the mainland using a lifeguard's wooden board -- the Santa Monica Pier, the site of the first paddleboard race in 1934.

Homeless Man Faces 32 Years in Prison for Santa Monica Violent Crime Spree
June 22, 2018 -- A homeless man pleaded no contest Wednesday to charges stemming from three attacks in Santa Monica last year, including two violent home invasions in the upscale North of Montana neighborhood.

EXTRA 'Super-Majority' Ballot Measure Would Have No Impact on Proposed Developments
June 21, 2018 -- A proposed ballot measure to require a "super-majority" vote by the City Council for developments that exceed zoning limits will have no impact on projects currently in the planning pipeline, according to City planning officials.

A Star-Studded Month at the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium Celebrates Apollo 11
Apollo 11 Command Module June 21, 2018 -- Summer wonders, the first moon landing and “The Grand Canyon Star Party" are among the topics the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium will focus on next month. The events -- which are held on Friday evenings -- kick off July 6 with “Summer Deep Sky Wonders.”

Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Two Santa Monica Murders to Get New Trial
Edric Dashell Gross June 20, 2018 -- A homeless man sentenced to life in prison for strangling two homeless women in Santa Monica more than 15 years ago will get another trial after a state appeals court panel reversed his conviction Monday. Edric Daniel Gross, now 52, was convicted of first-degree murder in June 2016.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Hires Family Engagement Coordinator
June 20, 2018 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District last Thursday hired Dr. Freda Rossi, a 20-year veteran of education, to implement its new "Family Engagement Framework."

Santa Monica College to Increase Use of Free Textbooks Through OpenStax
June 20, 2018 -- Low income students at Santa Monica College (SMC) may afford the inexpensive in-state tuition, but another expense often stands in the way of obtaining a degree.

Real Estate Agent Pleads No Contest to Violating Santa Monica's Homesharing Law
June 19, 2018 -- A real estate agent who ran an illegal vacation rental business in Santa Monica pleaded “no contest” to five misdemeanor counts after being prosecuted by the City Attorney's office.

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June 19, 2018 -- Independence Day will be celebrated four days early this year when the annual “Celebrate America” festival once again offers a fireworks extravaganza on the Saturday before the 4th of July.

Santa Monica Lawmaker's Bill Extends Film and Television Tax Credits
June 19, 2018 -- State legislation co-sponsored by a Santa Monica lawmaker extending tax incentives that helped revive California's movie industry passed the Assembly on Monday.

Suspect Arrested After Robbing Woman in Upscale Santa Monica Neighborhood
June 18, 2018 -- A robbery suspect was chased down and arrested after snatching a cell phone from a woman walking her dog in an upscale Santa Monica neighborhood Sunday afternoon, police said.

Federal Court Tosses Challenge to Santa Monica's Home-Sharing Law
June 18, 2018 -- A federal district court on Thursday dismissed a lawsuit brought by Airbnb and challenging Santa Monica's home-sharing law, City officials announced Monday.

PAL Golf Classic Raises $125,000 for Santa Monica Youth
June 18, 2018 -- Community members raised more than $125,000 for the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) at the annual PAL Charity Golf Classic last week, club officials said.

EXTRA Statewide Measure to Repeal Vacancy Decontrol and Expand Rent Control Makes Ballot
June 15, 2018 -- The campaign to repeal California' vacancy decontrol law and allow cities like Santa Monica to expand rent control was certified for the November ballot Friday.

Santa Monica Police Submit Findings in Sexual Assault Case Against Stallone
June 14, 2018 -- Santa Monica police this week submitted their findings to Los Angeles County prosecutors in a sexual assault case reported last year against Oscar-award winning actor Sylvester Stallone.

Santa Monica Conservancy Hosts Talk on City's Early Days as a Film Center
Vitagraph Film Company June 14, 2018 -- There were fewer than 8,000 people in Santa Monica, and car racing was a hot sport when the Vitagraph Film Company decided to open a studio in the beach city. On Sunday, June 24, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. the Santa Monica Conservancy will host "Movies & Moguls in Old Santa Monica" at the old Rapp Sallon.

Appeals Court Dismisses Challenge to Santa Monica Airport Decree But Case Continues
June 13, 2018 -- A U.S. Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a case challenging the City of Santa Monica's right to shutter its century-old airport in ten years and in the meantime shorten its runway.

Santa Monica Launches Pilot Program for Electric Scooters, Bicycles
June 13, 2018 -- In an effort to curb the runaway popularity of electric scooters and bicycles, the City Council on Tuesday approved a 16-month pilot program that caps the number of such vehicles and sets standards for their use on Santa Monica's busy streets.

Preservationists Seek Landmark Status for Santa Monica Pier's Carousel Park
June 12, 2018 -- Calling it a "culturally significant Postmodernist landscape," preservationists are waging a battle to save Carousel Park when a new bridge is constructed at the Santa Monica Pier.

Small Plane Sustains 'Substantial' Damage Landing at Santa Monica Airport
June 12, 2018 -- In an occurrence City officials called "uncommon," a small propeller plane made a bad landing at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) last week sustaining substantial damage.

Woman Rescued from Car Dangling from Santa Monica Parking Structure
Car dangles from Santa Monica parking structure June 11, 2018 -- A bystander rescued a woman from her car as it precariously dangled from the edge of a public parking structure in Downtown Santa Monica. Traffic was diverted and firefighters responded to the accident that took place at around 10:30 a.m. Monday at City Parking Structure #5 at 1440 4th Street, Fire Department officials said.

Upcoming Santa Monica City Budget Tackles Pension Costs, Forces 'Diffficult' Choices
June 11, 2018 -- The City of Santa Monica's upcoming fiscal budget is in large part driven by looming pension costs that will force difficult spending choices the community will help make, according to the staff report for Tuesday's budget hearing.

Elderly Man Charged with Hate Crime in Santa Monica Parking Lot Confrontation
June 11, 2018 -- An elderly man who repeatedly screamed the N-word during a confrontation with a black woman in a Santa Monica parking lot will be arraigned Wednesday for a hate crime.

Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica Pier Beach Makes "Bummer" List, Again
June 8, 2018 -- For the sixth year in a row, the beach around the Santa Monica Pier was named one of the ten most polluted beaches in California, according to Heal the Bay's 2018 report card released Thursday.

Four Santa Monica Candidates Poised to Retain, Win Seats After Tuesday's Primary
June 8, 2018 -- Two former Santa Monica mayors and two former School Board members finished at the top of their ballots in Tuesday's primaries, all but guaranteeing victory in November.

City of Santa Monica Poised to Spend $1 Million for New Website
June 7, 2018 -- The Santa Monica City Council is expected to approve a $1 million contract to create a new municipal website that will replace the one created in 2000.

Inglewood Mayor's Personal Assistant Earned $312,000 Last Year, Investigation Finds
June 7, 2018 -- Former Santa Monica Police Chief and current Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr.'s personal assistant earned $312,000 in total compensation last year, making her one of the City's highest paid employees, according to an investigation published by the Daily Breeze.


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