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School Board Rejects Malibu's Last-Ditch Offer
April 6, 2021 -- The School Board on Friday rejected Malibu's last-ditch proposal to have the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) determine the financial terms for the city's split from the School District.

City Council Allocates More than $29 Million in Federal Recovery Funds
April 15, 2021 -- The City Council on Tuesday voted to use most of its $29.3 million in federal recovery funds to tackle homelessness, reopen facilities and provide rent relief to Pier and non-profit City tenants.

LETTERS -- It's Time for Malibu To Go
April 15, 2021 -- The District's objection to the separation really has nothing to do with Malibu and everything to do with covering up the fiscal incompetence of the School Board.

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EXTRA -- Malibu Council Proposes County Set Financial Terms for Split
April 14, 2021 -- The Malibu City Council on Wednesday proposed that the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and its consultant "determine fair and equitable financial terms" for Malibu's split and asked the School District to agree to be bound by those terms.

Two New York Men Arrested in Drug Deal Near Pier
April 14, 2021 -- An armed convicted felon and his accomplice, both from New York, were arrested for dealing drugs near the Pier last week, Santa Monica police said Wednesday.

LETTERS -- Santa Monica Was There for Malibu During Woolsey Fire
April 14, 2021 -- It is unfortunate that in its drive to push the unification effort, some residents of Malibu are willing to be untruthful about actual events, writes former School Board member Ralph Mechur.

Santa Monica's Arclight Theatre Shuttered Permanently
April 13, 2021 -- Less than six years after opening, the state-of-the-art Arclight theater the helped revitalize Santa Monica's fading moviegoing scene will shutter, the latest victim of the coronavirus shutdown.

LETTERS -- Malibu Divorce Doesn't Sound Like Social Justice
April 13, 2021 -- Malibu and Santa Monica can negotiate a divorce settlement which is equitable to both cities, but the current Malibu proposal is one-sided and unequal.

Santa Monica Sees Drop in COVID Cases, Related Deaths
April 12, 2021 -- Santa Monica saw confirmed coronavirus cases dip last week to 45, from an average of 56 weekly cases over the past month, according to Los Angeles County Health data.

52 Residents Apply for Police Oversight Commission
April 12, 2021 -- A former City Councilmember, a retired Santa Monica police department veteran and four City commissioners are among the 53 applicants vying for nine seats on the new police oversight commission.

Bergamot Arts Tenants Worry 'Rent Relief' Not Enough
April 9, 2021 -- Galleries at the City owned Bergamot Station Arts Center say the "Rent Relief Program" the Council will consider Tuesday doesn't go nearly far enough in helping them recover from the coronavirus shutdown.

OPINION -- Critical Time Regarding Malibu Unification Efforts
April 9, 2021 -- Superintendent Ben Drati explains why the School Board voted 6-1 in closed session Thursday to reject the best and final offer made by the City of Malibu before next Saturday's hearing by the LA County Committee on School District Organization.

Santa Monica's Rent Control Market Remains Strong Despite COVID Shutdown, Report Finds
April 8, 2021 -- Contrary to popular notions, the median price of a rent control apartment in Santa Monica remained stable last year, and more tenants held on to their units during the coronavirus shutdown than in 2019, according to the Rent Control Board's annual report.

Santa Monica Program Helps Vulnerable Tenants Stave Off Eviction
April 8, 2021 -- In an effort to help stem an expected "wave of evictions," City officials this week launched a program that gives free legal counsel to vulnerable tenants.

Santa Monica Could Ban from Protests Items That Can Be 'Weaponized'
April 7, 2021 -- In an effort to curb violence, it could soon be illegal to carry poles, pipes, bottles, rocks and laser pointers at demonstrations held in Santa Monica.

Former City Manager Rick Cole Named Special Housing Advisor for Pasadena
April 7, 2021 -- The Mayor of Pasadena on Monday named former Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole as a special housing advisor to help the San Gabriel Valley City craft its new housing element.

COVID-Related Deaths Persist in Santa Monica
April 6, 2021 -- During the past month, 27 Santa Monica residents have died with the coronavirus, nearly three times the rate of deaths reported Countywide, according to LA County Health data.

Divided Council Approves Plan to Meet State's Affordable Housing Mandate
April 6, 2021 -- A split City Council voted last week to approve a plan that paves the way for building more than 6,000 new affordable housing units, including in exclusive single family neighborhoods.

Council Paves Way for Tesla "Supercharger" Station, Without Retro Cafe
Rendering of Tesla Supercharger Station (Courtesy Elektrek) April 5, 2021 -- The Santa Monica City Council last week paved the way for a Tesla supercharger station billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk hopes will be the nation's first to feature a retro diner and movie screen, although they are not included in the latest approved plan.

SMC Planetarium Offers a View of the Stars from Near and Far
April 5, 2021 -- The Santa Monica College (SMC) planetarium this month will offer two views of the stars -- from an observatory launched deep into space and with a pair of binoculars from a backyard.

Two Santa Monica Sustainable Housing Proposals to Get State Funding
April 1, 2021 -- Two Santa Monica proposals to promote sustainable housing development will receive a slice of $4.8 million in State funding from The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), the agency announced Thursday.

Two Wisconsin Men Charged With Assault on Couple
April 1, 2021 -- Two Wisconsin men were charged with felony assault Tuesday after attacking a couple riding scooters near the Santa Monica Pier Sunday night, according to police.

EXTRA -- Recall Drive Targets Four Santa Monica School Board Members
March 31, 2021 --
(UPDATED) Education activists on Wednesday filed their intent with the Los Angeles County Registrar to circulate petitions to recall School Board President Jon Kean, Vice President Laurie Leiberman and Board members Maria Leon-Vazquez and Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein for alleged conflicts of interest.

Rapidly Expanding Downtown Program Adds 'Safety Ambassadors'
March 31, 2021 -- Starting Thursday, specially trained "Safety Ambassadors" will begin patrolling the Downtown to address quality of life issues and help deter unwanted behavior, according to Downtown officials.

901 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica Rent Control Building Sells for More Than $32 Million
March 30, 2021 -- A 28-unit Santa Monica rent control building -- where some rents exceed $12,000 a month -- sold last month for $32.6 million. The rents, however, are far below those at Champagne Towers, another rent control building down the street.

Suspected Burglars Arrested
March 30, 2021 -- Three burglary suspects were arrested late Friday night while fleeing with stolen merchandise from a building Downtown, according to Santa Monica police.

OPINION -- School District Falsely Uses Racism for Petty Political Gain
There is no “District as a Whole.” There is only a Santa Monica district that dictates to a separate and complete K-12 district in an entirely different and distant part of Los Angeles.

Council Members Seek to Expand Zero Emissions Delivery Zone, Increase Outreach to Spanish-Only Speakers
March 29, 2021 -- Two Councilmembers have placed items on Tuesday's agenda to expand Zero Emissions Delivery Zones citywide and create a plan to communicate better with Spanish-only speakers.

One-Third of Santa Monica Residents Vaccinated
March 26, 2021 -- There were 64 coronavirus cases confirmed in Santa Monica over the past ten days and five virus-related deaths, as nearly one-third of the city's residents have been vaccinated, according to Los Angeles County Health data.

Council Begins Exploring Ways to Triple Santa Monica's Affordable Housing
March 26, 2021 -- The City Council on Tuesday will begin exploring ways to build more than 6,000 new affordable housing units in eight years -- triple the number it has built over the past quarter century.

Santa Monica Council Places Conditions on Backing Malibu Split
March 25, 2021 -- The Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted on Tuesday to only support Malibu's separation from the School District if the division of revenues are "fair and just" for Santa Monica students.

Council Extends Rent Deferral for City Leaseholders
March 24, 2021 -- The City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to extend the eviction moratorium for businesses with City leases from March 31 to June 30 and gave them a year from that date to pay the rent they owe.

Ex-Convict Who Shot Santa Monica Police Officer to Be Resentenced
March 24, 2021 -- The California Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to review a case against an ex-convict who shot and wounded a Santa Monica police officer in 2010. The decision came two months after an Appeals court ordered a new sentencing hearing for Dante Glenn Leverette.

City Seeks to Use Recent Election Results in Voting Rights Case
March 23, 2021 -- The City is seeking to use the recent election of two Latino Councilmembers from the Pico Neighborhood to defend Santa Monica's at-large election system in the ongoing voting rights case.

Police Make Three More Arrests Involving Catalytic Converter Thefts
March 23, 2021 -- Santa Monica police on Monday arrested three Los Angeles men who were preparing to steal catalytic converters during a rash of vehicle thefts across the city.

City Faces $53 Million Funding Gap for Water Projects
March 22, 2021 -- A year after Santa Monica doubled its water rates in an effort to become water self sufficient, the projects to make that happen face a $53 million funding gap due to the coronavirus shutdown.

Malibu Split Headed for April Showdown
March 22, 2021 -- The acrimonious battle over Malibu's attempt to split from the local School District is headed for a showdown before County officials next month.

Councilmember Sues City Over Conflict of Interest Decision
March 19, 2021 -- Councilmember Oscar de la Torre sued the City of Santa Monica this month for barring him from Council meetings, discussions or decisions pertaining to the voting rights case.

Santa Monica Extends Coronavirus Emergency
March 19, 2021 -- Santa Monica on Friday extended its coronavirus emergency orders, with some exceptions, through the end of next month as the County enters a less restrictive phase of its shutdown.

Latest Resident Poll Shows Mixed Response to Council Actions
March 18, 2021 -- A monthly text message survey of Santa Monica residents saw confidence in the new City Council slowly building as it tackles homelessness and commercial development.

UPDATE -- Missing Woman Found
March 18, 2021 -- Santa Monica police on Thursday announced they had located a 37-year-old woman who had been missing since she left her Ocean Avenue Apartment at dawn on Monday.

Police Seek Help Searching for Missing Woman
March 18, 2021 -- Santa Monica police are looking for a 37-year-old woman who was reported missing after last being seen leaving her apartment building in the 1700 block of Ocean Avenue at around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

City, Chamber Launch Grants Program for Struggling Businesses
March 17, 2021 -- The City and Chamber of Commerce have established a loan program to help as many as 1,000 small local businesses recover from the coronavirus shutdown, officials announced Wednesday.

New App Predicts How Crowded Santa Monica Buses Will Be
March 17, 2021 -- Big Blue Bus (BBB) riders will be able to plan their trips based on accurate predictions of how crowded the bus they plan to catch will be, agency officials said this week.

SPECIAL REPORT -- SANTA MONICA IN THE YEAR THE COVID
March 16, 2021 -- One year ago today, the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Santa Monica. Since then, 4,488 cases and 156 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in the city of some 93,000. Following is a timeline compiled by the Lookout of the coronavirus markers over the past year.

Man on Parole for Murder Charged with Domestic Violence, Felony Assault
March 16, 2021 -- A man on parole for murder faces felony charges after assaulting his wheelchair-bound girlfriend in her Santa Monica apartment "throughout the night," police said.

Council Narrows Focus on Top Priorities
March 15, 2021 -- Addressing homelessness and ensuring public spaces are clean and safe are the two top priories that will guide tough budget decisions in Santa Monica over the next two years.

Police Seek Suspects in Attempted Robbery, Stabbing
March 15, 2021 -- Santa Monica police are searching for two suspects wanted for an attempted armed robbery and stabbing in Sunset Park Sunday afternoon.
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