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Nine Candidates Apply for Open Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Seat
December 19, 2014 --Tom Larmore, a prominent land-use attorney and civic leader, is taking his first stab at public office as one of nine hopefuls vying for an open seat on the Santa Monica- Malibu School Board.

Santa Monbica Council Makes In-House Selection for Interim City Manager
December 19, 2014 -- Veteran Santa Monica municipal employee Elaine Polachek was named interim City manager on Tuesday. She will assume the role at the end of January when Rod Gould officially steps down. 

Pico Residents Celebrate Christmas in Santa Monica with 'Las Posadas'
December 19, 2014 -- It's a 400-year-old Hispanic tradition kept alive among Latino enclaves much like Santa Monica's, whose residents are re-enacting “Las Posadas” each night through Christmas Eve at St. Ann Catholic Church on Colorado Avenue.

Santa Monica Council Moves Forward with Water Rate Hike Plan
December 18, 2014 -- While nobody expressed excitement about it, the majority of the City Council on Tuesday voted to move forward with a plan to raise Santa Monica’s water rate by nearly 80 percent over the next five years.

Santa Monica Could Require Lobbyists to Register
December 18 – The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday directed staff to craft an ordinance that would require all lobbyists and others involved in municipal business to register with the City.

Holiday Celebration at Santa Monica’s Miramar Draws Big Crowd
December 18, 2014--Some 900 people turned out under the historic Moreton Bay fig tree at Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows in Santa Monica for a community holiday celebration that included cookie decorating, hair braiding, mini manicures, a bounce house and a ginger bread house display.

Promenade Increases Police Presence During Christmas
December 17, 2014--With a little more than week left before Christmas, now is the time when shoppers rushing to buy last-minute gifts should be on extra guard against thieves who specifically target the distracted and prey on people who get careless, Santa Monica police warned this week.

Santa Monica Police Try to Put Brakes on Holiday Violations
December 17, 2014 –  During the holidays, Santa Monica police are taking measures to help put the brakes on accidents involving impaired drivers; prevent collisions involving motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, and deter alcohol sales to minors, police officials said Tuesday.

Santa Monica Board Member Wants Jewish Holidays Recognized on School District Calendar
December 17, 2014 -- Christmas is the only religion-based observance noted on the holiday closure list in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School’s official calendar. The dates for the Jewish observances of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are on the list, but the names do not appear. Instead, the term “local holiday” is used.

Santa Monica, Malibu School Board Members Battle for Committee Appointment
December 16, 2014 -- Unlike the selection of Santa Monica’s mayor, the school board president is usually chosen without any drama. This was the case again last Thursday when Laurie Lieberman was the only person nominated for the position, and was elected through a unanimous vote of her peers on the board.

Santa Monica Consumer Watchdog Warns Against Gas Price Increase
December 16, 2014--Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog on Monday released a report warning that oil industry officials plan to use “artificially inflated” gas prices, bogus refinery slowdowns and other tactics in a bid to derail the state’s new climate protection measures set to go into effect next month.

Santa Monica Police Activities League’s annual toy wrap party
December 16, 2014--Third-grader Judah Gardner went straight for the cars and games he’d like to get for Christmas, picking out presents from a stack during the Santa Monica Police Activities League’s annual toy wrap party Monday night at Santa Monica Place.


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