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VA Secretary Endorses Former Santa Monica Mayor’s Idea for Housing Homeless Veterans
January 29, 2015--Four years after helping spearhead a class-action lawsuit to force the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide housing at its Westwood campus for homeless vets, former two-term Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver stood at a podium next to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Wednesday and beamed.

Union Head Opposes Santa Monica Fire Chief’s Staffing Plan
January 29, 2015 -- Capt. James Altman, who heads the union representing Santa Monica firefighters, had harsh words for Chief Scott Ferguson at the Tuesday night Council meeting about the hiring of six rescue ambulance paramedics for a pilot program.

Record-Breaking 54 Nominations Announced For Santa Monica Sustainability Awards
January 29, 2015--A record-breaking 54 nominations have been received for the 2015 Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA), a milestone in 20-year history of the awards, officials announced Wednesday.

Dry Santa Monica Spends Big on Rain Barrel Rebates
January 28, 2015 -- Despite the state’s drought, Santa Monica’s rain barrel rebate program has shelled out more than $150,000 over the past three years in reimbursements to residents, City records show.

Owner of Santa Monica Pony Rides Scores Legal Victory
January 28, 2014 -- The owners of the popular pony rides removed from the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market on Main Street won a legal victory last week when a Superior Court Judge refused to dismiss their case against a leading opponent, their attorney said Wednesday.

New Website to Debut at Meeting on Santa Monica Civic Auditorium’s Future
January 28, 2015 --An interactive website that lets residents create possible land-use scenarios for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium -- and analyze their potential costs -- will be used for the first time at a workshop this weekend to gather public feedback on the building’s future, officials said.

Aviation Advocacy Groups File Brief in Santa Monica Lawsuit
January 27, 2015 -- In a move that should come as no surprise, two major aviation advocacy groups recently filed an amicus brief to support the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the latest legal challenge by the City of Santa Monica about the future of the local airport.

Santa Monica College Newspaper Archive Now Online
January 27, 2015 -- A drive is underway at Santa Monica College to collect scrap metal for the war effort, student body elections have been scrapped, and services are being held for students serving overseas. Those were among the stories that made headlines in The Corsair on May 27, 1942.

Santa Monica May Apply or Runoff Grants
January 27, 2015 -- Santa Monica City Council members are scheduled to decide whether the City should apply for more than $5 million from the state for two storm water runoff projects.

Apartment Project Opponents Frustrated by Santa Monica Planning Process
January 26, 2015 -- Jane Dempsey, a longtime Santa Monica resident, remembers coming together with neighbors back in the early 1990s to fight a proposed mixed-use complex on Lincoln Boulevard near Ashland Avenue.

Council Agenda Features Updates of Two Major Santa Monica Projects
January 26, 2015 -- The City Council Tuesday is scheduled to discuss two major municipal projects totaling more than $160 million slated for City-owned land and give staff direction on what steps to take next.

Santa Monica History Museum Elects New Board Members
January 26, 2015 -- The Santa Monica History Museum reached back to the city’s roots in choosing a new chair for its board, Ricardo Bandini Johnson.

Santa Monica Planning Commission Selection Postponed
January 26, 2015 -- The Santa Monica City Council will not choose a candidate to fill the vacant Planning Commission seat on Tuesday as previously scheduled. The selection has been postponed until the second week of February at the earliest.

Santa Monica Rent Board Could Create Tenant Buyout Agreements Library
January 23, 2015 -- The Santa Monica Rent Control Board could soon be the place to go to review buyout agreements between landlords and tenants. 

Construction of Santa Monica Apartment Building Appealed
January 23 , 2015 -- Neighbors have appealed approval of a 10-unit apartment complex on a steep, vacant hillside off Ashland Avenue in Santa Monica, saying the building will cause more traffic and other hazards in an increasingly congested area.

Santa Monica Residents Can Get Free Rain Barrels
January 23 , 2015 -- City officials are rolling out the barrels—rain barrels, that is, making them available free to Santa Monica residents.

Santa Monica Earns A Grade for Curbing Smoking
January 22, 2015 -- Santa Monica -- which has long implemented measures to curb smoking -- received an A grade on the American Lung Association’s State of Tobacco Control 2015 report, the organization announced Wednesday.

Council Expected to Select New Santa Monica Planning Commissioner
January 22, 2015 -- The short-handed Santa Monica Planning Commission could be made whole again next Tuesday when the City Council is scheduled to appoint a new member to the powerful board that approves permits, reviews major projects and helps guide planning policy.

Santa Monica’s Saint John’s Health Center Ranks Among Nation’s Best Hospitals
January 22, 2015 -- For the ninth year in a row Providence Health and Services, Southern California, which operates Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, has received an award of excellence from a national consumer ratings company, the hospital announced Tuesday.

State Gives Initial Approval to Santa Monica College’s Four-Year Degree Program 
January 21, 2015 -- Calling it a “landmark move for public higher education,” the California Community Colleges Board of Governors gave initial approval Tuesday to 15 colleges to develop bachelor’s degree programs, including Santa Monica College.

New Santa Monica Mayor Delivers State of City Address
January 21, 2015 --In his first State of the City speech, Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown on Tuesday outlined six “game-changing” trends he believes will shape Santa Monica in 2015 and years to come.

New Chair, Vice Chair Picked for Santa Monica College Trustees Board
January 21, 2015 -- Non-international students likely won’t face a tuition hike anytime soon, thanks to an improving economy, according to the Santa Monica College Board’s newly elected chair.

Council Approves Plan for More Workers at Santa Monica City Hall
January 20, 2015 -- The City Hall workforce will soon get a little larger following last Tuesday’s decision by the Santa Monica City Council to create nearly 32 full-time equivalent jobs.

Santa Monica-Malibu School Board to Take Up Fred Korematsu Day
January 20, 2015-- A day after the nation celebrated civil right's leader Dr. Martin Luther King, the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will vote Thursday on a resolution honoring a relatively little-known Asian American civil rights leader whose state holiday is later this month.

Santa Monica OPCC Launches Pilot Program With St. John’s Health Center
January 20, 2015-- A month-old partnership between the homeless services provider Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) of Santa Monica and Saint John’s Health Center is yielding mutual benefits while speeding up services to homeless patients, officials said.

County to Adopt Mission Statement Benefiting Foster Children
January 20, 2015--For the first time, every department in L.A. County government will have a clear policy statement on the treatment of children in the county’s care, thanks to a proposal by a Santa Monica-area supervisor approved last week.

Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Votes for a Mechur Return
January 16, 2015 -- Ralph Mechur’s brief hiatus from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education came to an end Thursday. Board members voted 4 to 2 for Mechur to fill the vacant seat on the seven-member governing panel.

Council Approves Rules Changes for Fitness Groups in Parks, Delays Fee Increases
January 16, 2014 -- Private fitness instructors operating in certain local parks and Santa Monica State Beach don’t have to worry just yet about paying a higher rate to conduct business.

Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Receives Large Donation
January 16, 2014 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) announced Thursday that it received a $450,000 donation from Santa Monica resident Judi Lynne, making it one of the largest contributions the local education fundraising group has received in its 33-year history.


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