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Santa Monica's First Latino Mayor Prepares to Take Office During Development Wars
November 30, 2015 -- When Tony Vazquez takes office as mayor next Tuesday, he will become the face of a City he says is so wealthy and sought-after that it can say “no” to development without suffering a big hit to its coffers.

City Hires Santa Monica Airport Point Person
November 30, 2015 -- Nelson Hernandez, a former senior official at the federal agency that restructured the government's two main mortgage backers in the aftermath of the Great Recession, has been picked as City Manager Rick Cole's new senior adviser on all things related to the Santa Monica Airport.

Santa Monica to Build Underground Storm Water Runoff Tanks
November 30, 2015 -- A $5.2 million proposal to build underground tanks to capture much of the runoff that pollutes the Santa Monica Bay after big rains is getting underway early next year, officials said.

Santa, His Elves and Discounts for Shoppers Set to Mark Black Friday in Downtown Santa Monica
November 25, 2015 -- Santa Claus will help shoppers pay for their holiday purchases, elves will lend a hand and retailers will offer some impressive discounts as Santa Monica’s popular downtown embarks on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

Santa Monica Officials Say City Prepared for What El Niño May Bring
November 25, 2015 -- Emergency equipment is primed, storm drains have been inspected and cleaned of debris, crews are ready to build sand berms along the coast should they be needed, and an upcoming door-to-door public education campaign will help beachside residents prepare for El Niño, Santa Monica's emergency services manager said Tuesday night.

Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Calls for More Diverse Workforce
November 25, 2015 -- The Board of Education will soon have a session on how to increase ethnic diversity among administrators and certificated staff in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified District (SMMUSD).

Santa Monica Expected to Extend Contract to Collect Delinquent Debt
November 24, 2015 -- If you owe the City of Santa Monica for unpaid fees, taxes or fines, a few words of warning: The City is likely to extend a contract with collectors to go after delinquent debts.

Santa Monica Youth Center Providing Thanksgiving Meals to Venice's Homeless
November 24, 2015 -- A dozen or so children and young adults along with staff at the Pico Youth and Family Center were busy Monday making preparations to feed 100 homeless people on Thanksgiving Day along Venice's Boardwalk.

City of Santa Monica Focuses on Salary and Retirement Benefits as it Starts Search for New Fire Chief
November 24, 2015 -- The City of Santa Monica is looking at an annual salary that could reach almost $272,000 as it starts its search for a permanent new Fire Chief, according to City officials.

Commissioners Favor Free Services for Santa Monica Residents to Reduce Traffic
November 23, 2015 -- Free bus service for specific people and reduced or low-cost parking for Santa Monica residents as methods to reduce Downtown traffic were some of the ideas tossed around by Planning Commissioners on Wednesday during a review of the Downtown Specific Plan.

Santa Monica Police Get New Mobile Command Center
November 24, 2015 -- Replacing a 20-year-old RV that had outdated communications equipment, Santa Monica's new custom-built, state-of-the-art police mobile command center made its debut at a law-enforcement trade show last month in Long Beach.

Dream Orchestra Presents Holiday Tradition in Santa Monica
November 23, 2015 -- The award-winning Dream Orchestra, joined by the 36-member Opera Chorus of Los Angeles, will perform Handel's “Messiah” on two nights next month.

Santa Monica Police Chief Defends Officers Against New Claim of Racial Profiling
November 20, 2015 -- Santa Monica police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks defended her department Wednesday after a Black resident accused officers of racial profiling in a story that has garnered national attention.

Santa Monica Commission Approves Movie Theater Liquor, Medical Facility
November 20, 2015 -- Without any discussion, the Santa Monica Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a request by AMC Theaters to serve alcohol at its seven-screen cinema on the Third Street Promenade.

Santa Monica College Celebrates Holidays with Month of Music
November 20, 2015 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) will ring in a December filled with music when it presents its seasonal performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Ballet, college officials announced Thursday.

Santa Monica College Names New President
November 19, 2015 -- Sacramento City College President Kathryn E. Jeffery was selected to head Santa Monica College (SMC) in a unanimous vote Tuesday by the school’s Board of Trustees.

Santa Monica’s Water Sprinkler Zan Likely a First
November 19, 2015 -- In what seems to be a first in drought-stricken California, the City of Santa Monica is banning the use of nearly all new water sprinklers for landscaping, deeming the centuries-old system a water waster.

Temporary Crossing Guards Added at Santa Monica High School
November 19, 2015 -- Four new crossing guards are temporarily posted at busy main streets near Santa Monica High School, a move meant to help bring order to a hazardous mix of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and skateboarders during peak hours.

Lawsuit Threatened Over Santa Monica's Water Rates
November 18, 2015 -- Santa Monica’s sharp rise in water rates could lead to a court challenge alleging the City violated a California law that prohibits government agencies from charging more for services than the cost of providing them.

Santa Monica-Malibu School District Refinances Bonds
November 18, 2015 -- Local property owners will see taxes drop by a combined total of more than $4.2 million after the Santa Monica-Malibu School District refinanced bonds for Measure BB approved by voters in 2006, District officials announced Tuesday.

Santa Monica Police Get Grant to Ramp Up DUI Enforcement in Time For Holidays
November 18, 2015 -- Just in time for the traditional peak period for DUI arrests, Santa Monica police have $300,000 in new funding to crack down on drunk driving this holiday season.

Volunteers and Food Needed for Thanksgiving Celebrations for Homeless and Needy in Santa Monica and Westside
November 17, 2015 -- Thousands of Santa Monica’s homeless and needy will gather for Thanksgiving celebrations on the Westside this year, with festivities that include the traditional turkey meal -- with all the fixings -- as well as free clothing, blankets, toiletries, haircuts and even a carnival for children.

Santa Monica Gets Nearly $5 million County Metro Transit Grants
November 17, 2015 -- Santa Monica will connect its beach bike path to the Pier, replace aging buses with new clean-fuel versions and make other transit-related improvements using some $4.7 million in grant money from the County, City officials said.

Santa Monica College Earns Green Leadership Award
November 17, 2015 -- By reusing most of what restaurants and mall food courts ordinarily toss away, Santa Monica College's resource management program earned the Leadership Award at the recent 2015 Green Schools and Colleges Summit.

Santa Monica to Require Master Water Meters for New Affordable Housing Developments
November 16, 2015 -- Owners of future affordable housing developments in Santa Monica with six or more units will have the ability to monitor the individual water use of their tenants under a new ordinance approved by the City Council last week.

Court OKs New Gelson's Store for Santa Monica
November 16, 2015 -- In a $92 million deal that marks its exit from the state, Haggen has sold 36 of its former stores in California, including the grocery market on Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica.

Santa Monica Middle School Students' Project Could Be Headed To Orbit
November 16, 2015 -- If all systems are go, eighth-grade students from Lincoln Middle School could have one of their experiments tested aboard the International Space Station next spring, District officials announced last week.


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