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“City of Santa Monica Sets Sights on $86 Million in Capital Improvements”

1/28/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.santamonicalookout.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_28_2016_City_of_Santa_Monica_Sets_Sights_on_$86_Million_in_Capital_Improvements.html


“Council postpones naming of buffer park” (between Exposition Blvd. and the Expo Line)

1/28/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/council-postpones-naming-of-buffer-park/153257


“Car Strikes Mother and Child” (14th and Pico)

1/27/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/car-strikes-mother-and-child/153226


Opinion: “Brown is mute as coastal coup effort unfolds” – Steve Lopez

1/27/16 – Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0127-lopez-coastal-part2-20160127-column.html


“The Essential Los Angeles Rental Heatmap of the Moment”

1/27/16 – LA Curbed
http://la.curbed.com/archives/2016/01/los_angeles_rent_map_neighborhoods_2015.php?utm_campaign=issue-43136&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Curbed+LA
“Sunset Park in Santa Monica tops the median rent list in Los Angeles at $3,832 a month. Just to perversely bask in that unbelievable wealth for a moment, that’s a shade under $46,000 a year on rent alone. Median rents for the rest of Santa Monica are all clocking in above $3,000 as well.”


“Billions spent, but fewer people are using public transportation in Southern California”

1/27/16 – Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-ridership-slump-20160127-story.html


“Driving Increases among City Employees”

1/27/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/driving-increases-among-city-employees/153216


“Activist Group Finds City of Santa Monica Abuses Own Campaign Limiting Driving and parking Downtown”

1/27/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.santamonicalookout.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_27_2016_Activist_Group_Finds_City_of_Santa_Monica_Abuses_Own_Campaign_Limiting_Driving_and_Parking_Downtown.html


“Santa Monica-Culver City Expo Line Sets May Opening Date”

1/26/16 – Santa Monica Patch
http://patch.com/california/santamonica/santa-monica-culver-city-expo-line-sets-may-opening-date


Opinion: “The coastline belongs to all Californians – but maybe not for long” – Steve Blank, Coastal Commissioner, 2007-2013

1/26/16 – Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-blank-coastal-commission-uproar-20160126-story.html


“Parks, money and development on Council’s Jan. 26 agenda”

1/25/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/parks-money-and-development-on-councils-jan-26-agenda/153170


“Santa Monica and Malibu School Officials Explore Free Preschool for All”

1/25/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_25_2016_Santa_Monica_and_Malibu_School_Officials_Explore_Free_Preschool_For_All.html


“Santa Monica Year-End Unemployment Down from Previous Years”

1/25/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_25_2016_Santa_Monica_Year-End_Unemployment_Down_from_Previous_Years.html


Opinion: “Campus Anti-Semitism Festers While Anti-Semitism UC Dithers” – Tom Elias

1/25/16 – Santa Monica Mirror
http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/Opinion-Campus-Anti-Semitism-Festers-While-UC-Dithers/44997


 

Opinion: “New code has big plans for small Santa Monica” – Ron Goldman and Thane Roberts for SMa.r.t Thinking

1/23/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/new-code-has-big-plans-for-small-santa-monica/153159


Opinion: “These Major Cities Prove Going Green Is not only Possible but Profitable” – The mayors of Portland, Stockholm, and Vancouver

1/22/16 – Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/charlie-hales/these-major-cities-prove-going-green-is-not-only-possible-but-profitable_b_9051822.html?utm_hp_ref=world&ir=WorldPost


“More testing on Metro Expo Line before opening day”

1/23/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/more-testing-on-metro-expo-line-before-opening-day/153163


Opinion: “How dark forces are chipping away at our beloved California coast” – Steve Lopez

1/23/16 – Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-0124-lopez-coastal-commission-20160124-column.html


“They’re Back: Bus Bench Seats Resurrected from the Dead”

1/22/16 – Santa Monica Mirror
http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/Theyre-Back-Bus-Bench-Seats-Resurrected-From-the-Dead/44983


“Advisory Group Releases Plan for Santa Monica Civic Auditorium”

1/22/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_22_2016_Advisory_Group_Releases_Plan_For_Santa_Monica_Civic_Auditorium.html


“Recommendations for Civic Auditorium Site Released”

1/21/16 — Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/recommendations-for-civic-auditorium-site-released/153118


Opinion: “PUC Embarrassment Gone, but Probes Continue” – Tom Elias

1/21/16 – Santa Monica Mirror
http://www.smmirror.com/articles/news/Op-Ed-One-PUC-Embarrassment-Gone-but-Probes-Continue/44978


“Correspondence to Santa Monica Council Now Posted Online”

1/20/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_20_2016_Correspondence_to_Santa_Monica_Council_now_Posted_Online.html


Opinion: “On Civic Center’s Future and Main Street’s Shoe Guru” – Charles Andrews

1/20/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/on-civic-centers-future-and-main-streets-shoe-guru/153101


“California Coastal Commission members to consider firing executive director”

1/20/16 – Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-coastal-commission-20160121-story.html


Opinion: “Working toward a more equitable future for all” – Santa Monica Forward

1/19/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/working-toward-a-more-equitable-future-for-all/153148


Opinion: “Another beast at our doorstep” – Bill Bauer

1/18/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/my-write-another-beast-at-our-doorstep/153080


“Amount of lobbying done in the shadows is growing, California ethics officials agree”

1/17/16 – Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/local/politics/la-me-pol-sac-shadow-lobbying-20160117-story.html


Opinion: “Why Santa Monica needs responsible urban design, architecture” – Ron Goldman for Sma.r.t Thinking (Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow)

1/16/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/why-santa-monica-needs-responsible-urban-design-architecture/153066


“Santa Monica Public Meetings to Focus on Expo Line Safety”

1/16/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/santa-monica-public-meetings-to-focus-on-expo-line-safety/153068


Opinion: “Why Santa Monica Needs Responsible Urban Design, Architecture” – Ron Goldman, Sma.r.t. Thinking

1/16/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/why-santa-monica-needs-responsible-urban-design-architecture/153066


Opinion: “Bottleneck Report: Transit only a Partial Solution” – Tom Elias

1/16/16 – Santa Monica Mirror
http://www.smmirror.com/articles/Opinion/Bottleneck-Report-Transit-Only-a-Partial-Fix/44966


“State Program Could Provide Annual Funding for Big Blue Bus Service”

1/15/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_15_2016_State_Program_Could_Provide_Annual_Funding_For_Big_Blue_Bus_Service.html


“Council comments now posted online”

1/15/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/council-comments-now-posted-online/153048


“Minimum wage will rise to $15 an hour”

1/13/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/minimum-wage-will-rise-to-15-an-hour/153014


“Santa Monica and Other Cities Asked to Take Larger Role in Helping the Homeless”

1/13/15 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_13_2016_Santa_Monica_and_Other_Cities_Asked_to_Take_Larger_Role_in_Helping_the_Homeless.html


“Santa Monica Moves toward More Control of Coastal Permitting”

1/11/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_11_2016_Santa_Monica_Moves_Toward_More_Control_of_Coastal_Permitting.html


Opinion: “Why Urban Planning in Santa Monica Is a ‘Wicked Problem’ ” – Bob Taylor, AIA, for SMa.r.t Thinking —

1/9/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/why-urban-planning-in-santa-monica-is-a-wicked-problem/152934


“What New Coastal Zoning Rules Could Mean for Santa Monica”

1/9/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/what-new-coastal-zoning-rules-could-mean-for-santa-monica/152943


“Santa Monica Homeless Struggle as El Nino Storm Conditions Worse”

1/7/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_07_2016_Santa_Monica_Homeless_Struggle_as_El_Nino_Storm_Conditions_Worsen.html


“New Year in Santa Monica Likely to Bring New Round of Development Wars”

1/6/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_06_2016_New_Year_in_Santa_Monica_Likely_to_Bring_New_Round_of_Development_Wars.html


“Predictions for 2016”

1/6/16 – The Argonaut
http://argonautnews.com/predictions-2016/


“Second Significant Pacific Storm of Season to Barrel the Region Today”

1/6/16 – Santa Monica Mirror
http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/Second-Significant-Pacific-Storm-Of-Season-To-Barrel-The-Region-Today/44918


“Some Storm Drains Overflow and Beach Contamination Warnings Issued as Santa Monica Endures First El Nino Storm of 2016”

1/6/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_06_2016_Some_Storm_Drains_Overflow_and_Beach_Contamination_Warnings_Issued_as_Santa_Monica_Endures_First_El_Nino_Storm_of_2016.html


“How Santa Monica Residents Can Prepare for El Nino”

1/5/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/how-santa-monica-residents-can-prepare-for-el-nino/152881


“Theft Top Reported Crime in Santa Monica for 2015”

1/4/16 – Santa Monica Lookout
http://www.surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2016/January-2016/01_04_2016_Theft_Top_Reported_Crime_in_Santa_Monica_for_2015.html
Among the nearly 8,900 reported crimes in Santa Monica during 2015, theft of varying degrees of severity was the most frequent with 3,250, according to the Santa Monica Open Data Portal.
— items stolen from vehicles — 897
— stolen bicycles — 586
— “other” — 418
— items stolen from buildings — 403
— grand theft auto — 354
— shoplifting – 340
— stolen vehicle parts — 175
— pickpocketing — 63
— homicides – 2
— assault — 877
— public intoxication — 768
— vandalism – 664
— burglary — 585
— fraud — 570
— DUI — 216
— trespassing — 128
— “family offenses” — 112
—  sex offenses — 99


Opinion: “How affordable housing mandates make housing more expensive” – Gary M. Galles

1/4/16 – Los Angeles Times
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0104-galles-affordable-housing-court-case-20160104-story.html


“Annual Homeless Count Needs Volunteers”

1/2/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/annual-homeless-count-needs-volunteers/152851
Registration forms online at http://www.SantaMonicaHomelessCount.com


“Local shoppers keep millions centered in Santa Monica”

1/2/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/local-shoppers-keep-millions-centered-in-santa-monica/152849


Opinion: “New California Motor Voter Law: Don’t Expect Mass Election Fraud” – Tom Elias

1/2/16 – Santa Monica Mirror
http://www.smmirror.com/articles/Opinion/New-California-Motor-Voter-Law-Dont-Expect-Mass-Election-Fraud/44898 — Only those whose identification proves they are eligible to vote will automatically be registered.


“Handful of New Laws Take Effect Today across California”

1/1/16 – Santa Monica Mirror
http://www.smmirror.com/articles/News/Handful-Of-New-Laws-Take-Effect-Today-Across-California/44892AB 139 (Revocable Transfer on Death Deed); AB 1085 (Parental Visitation) —AB 1164  (Drought/Artificial Turf)


“Santa Monica Hopes to Centralize Authority for Coastal Development”

1/1/16 – Santa Monica Daily Press
http://smdp.com/santa-monica-hopes-to-centralize-authority-for-coastal-development/152840



 

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