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  1. Santa Monica Water Use Up for Third Straight MonthRead the original story

    May 8, 2015 | The LookOut news

    New data from the state shows Santa Monicans' water use was up in March, and residents are still using much more water daily than what state regulators say is normal. Locals used an average of about 82 gallons of water per person per day in March, up from 79 gallons in February, marking the third straight month that water use has gone up instead of down despite the City restricting lawn watering times, issuing written warnings and providing rebates to replace high-use faucets and lawns.

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  2. Santa Monica Council Moves to Prevent Taller Buildings on Two BoulevardsRead the original story

    May 7, 2015 | The LookOut news

    In a split vote, City Council members Tuesday approved eliminating the option of allowing taller buildings on Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, including projects that mix commercial space and housing. After a sharply divided debate, Council members voted 4 to 3 to remove the Tier 3 category -- which included a strict project plan review process for new developments -- from the City's Land Use and Circulation Element .

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  3. Santa Monicaa s High-Tech Traffic System Beats Incline CrushRead the original story

    May 4, 2015 | The LookOut news

    From four large screens in front of a desk in a corner office at City Hall, Traffic Engineer Andrew Maximus commands a sweeping view of road conditions across busy Santa Monica. A few mouse clicks instantly brings up whatever image Maximus selects from among the 40 or so cameras installed at every major street and intersection in the beachside city.

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  4. Atheists Win Final Round In Santa Monica Nativity Scenes BattleRead the original story

    May 1, 2015 | The LookOut news

    An annual homespun tradition of staging nativity scenes at Pacific Palisades Park -- born during the Eisenhower era and kept alive over the years by a coalition of local churches -- ended Thursday when the 9th District Court of Appeal upheld Santa Monica's ban on multiple-day displays at all City parks. In upholding a 2012 U.S. District Court judge's decision in favor of the City, the three-judge Court of Appeal ruled that Santa Monica's parks displays ordinance does not violate the free speech rights of the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes Committee, a group of about a dozen area churches that took over organizing the elaborate two-block display in 1983.

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  5. Record Votes Cast in Santa Monicaa s Most Loved Local Business ContestRead the original story

    Apr 30, 2015 | The LookOut news

    An art gallery with a gift shop selling only locally crafted wares, a surfboard shop and a cycle "pathic" fitness center were among the dozens of winners of Santa Monica's second annual Most Loved contest, officials announced Tuesday. "Eclectic" was the term one official used to describe the winners in such categories as most loved art gallery, bike/surf/skate shop, kid-centric business and most loved business with that "special Santa Monica vibe."

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  6. Council OKs Election for New Tax Assessment DistrictRead the original story

    Apr 30, 2015 | The LookOut news

    By Lookout Staff April 30, 2015 -- Owners of Lincoln Boulevard businesses will get to decide if they want to pay more for extra services to handle expected influxes of foot traffic with the opening of the Expo Line. City Council members Tuesday unanimously approved the mail-in balloting process that could lead to the formation of a Lincoln Boulevard Property Based Assessment District .

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  7. Santa Monica Activists Urge City to Crack Down on Illegal Short-Term RentalsRead the original story

    Apr 29, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Community activists representing Santa Monica renters and the union for local hotel workers gathered in front of City Hall Tuesday afternoon to urge the City Council to put a stop to the proliferation of short-term vacation rentals, saying the popular practice is squeezing renters out of the housing market. The demonstration and news conference came hours before the City Council was scheduled to take up an ordinance tightening controls on rental units advertised on such popular websites as Airbnb.

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  8. New Study Pinpoints How Well Santa Monicans Feel About Living HereRead the original story

    Apr 27, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Sure, the usual complaints about traffic congestion and the unaffordable housing surfaced. But a $1 million study into the overall wellness of local residents also revealed that people 65 and older feel better living in the City than do younger people, officials said Monday in announcing some surprising results of Santa Monica's first-ever Wellbeing Index.

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  9. Downtown Santa Monica Businesses Could Vote on New FeesRead the original story

    Apr 26, 2015 | The LookOut news

    By Hector Gonzalez Staff Writer April 27, 2015 -- In another sign Santa Monica is changing with light rail due to arrive early next year, City Council members are poised to authorize special elections for new tax assessments on properties near Expo Line stations to keep up with the expected wear and tear from thousands of commuters. Downtown Santa Monica Inc. officials submitted petitions to the City with sufficient signatures to hold mail-in balloting for the proposed new assessments, a City staff report said.

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  10. Emergency Eco-Lights Arrive in Santa MonicaRead the original story

    Apr 26, 2015 | The LookOut news

    They're powerful, completely silent and powered by a pollution-free energy source Santa Monica has in abundance, City officials say. "They're here now, and they're great," Santa Monica Emergency Services Administrator Paul Weinberg said of the two portable solar-powered emergency light towers the City took possession of this week.

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  11. Planning Commission Gives Final Approval to Controversial Santa Monica Apartment ComplexRead the original story

    Apr 24, 2015 | The LookOut news

    A proposal fought by neighbors to build a 10-unit apartment building on a vacant Santa Monica hillside was given the final go-ahead by the Planning Commission Wednesday, with several members expressing sympathy but arguing they could do little. The unanimous vote came after neighbors appealed an Architectural Review Board decision to approve the project, requiring the Commission to only consider such issues landscaping, building design and color considered by the Board.

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  12. Measles Legislation by Santa Monica Lawmaker Clears HurdleRead the original story

    Apr 23, 2015 | The LookOut news

    A controversial bill co-authored by State Senator Ben Allen from Santa Monica that would prohibit most parents from opting out of vaccinations for the measles and other contagious diseases cleared a key hurdle Wednesday. After being stalled for a week by parents protesting the imposed vaccinations, SB 277 was passed on a vote of 7 to 2 by the Senate Education Committee with some amendments to its language.

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  13. Santa Monica Officials Report No Big Jams After Inclinea s ClosureRead the original story

    Apr 22, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Predictions of another "Carmageddon" triggered by Monday's closure of the historic California Incline bridge tuned out to be greatly exaggerated, with City officials reporting lighter-than-normal traffic on the first full day of the year-long closure. "In fact, we got some emails from some of our Public Works staff who take PCH asking us to keep the Incline closed longer, because it was actually lighter than normal yesterday, even during the peak rush hours," Susan Cline, interim director Santa Monica's Public Works Department, said Tuesday.

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  14. Mock Party in Santa Monica Targets Underage DrinkingRead the original story

    Apr 22, 2015 | The LookOut news

    In the wake of a survey that found students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District far outpace their peers when it comes to binge drinking, local parents will get a first-hand look this weekend at exactly what goes on at a teenage drinking party. The Reality Party , a unique event sponsored by Santa Monica police and school officials, is a "mock high school party" where parents and other adults will get a glimpse into "what can really go on at underage get-togethers," said Sarah Blanch, spokeswoman for the event.

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  15. Residentsa Views Sought on Raising Minimum WageRead the original story

    Apr 20, 2015 | The LookOut news

    A countywide debate on raising the hourly minimum wage for thousands of workers from the current $9 to possibly $13.25 in two years opens Tuesday evening in neighboring Marina del Rey. Although Burton W. Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey, is technically outside of Santa Monica-area Supervisor Sheila Kuehl's Third District -- it's in the Supervisor Don Knabe's Fourth District -- the meeting at 6 p.m. is the closest to Santa Monica residents of five public forums being held this month and May, representing each of the five members of the Board of Supervisors, said Joel Bellman, Kuehl's spokesman.

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  16. Measles Bill by Santa Monica-Area Senator Stalls in Key CommitteeRead the original story

    Apr 17, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Action temporarily stalled Wednesday on a bill co-authored by State Senator Ben Allen from Santa Monica that would prohibit most parents from opting out of vaccinations for the measles and other contagious diseases. A vote on Senate Bill 277 was delayed a week after the Education Committee was told by parents in opposition that they would be forced to remove their children from public schools if the bill was passed.

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  17. Construction of Controversial Apartment Building on Santa Monica Hillside Goes to Planning CommissionRead the original story

    Apr 17, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Construction of a controversial ten-unit apartment complex on a vacant hillside in Santa Monica goes before the Planning Commission next Wednesday -- and though it might be the final vote, neighborhood opponents say they aren't finished. Wednesday's hearing comes after two neighborhood residents filed an appeal of an earlier approval by the Architectural Review Board of the project bounded by Lincoln Boulevard and Ashland Avenue.

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  18. Santa Monica Museum of Art Moving to Century CityRead the original story

    Apr 16, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Struggling under a big rent bill and stymied in its efforts to find local replacement space, the Santa Monica Museum of Art is leaving its longtime home at Bergamot Station while it tries to determine its future. At the end of May, following its 11th annual "Incognito" benefit art sale, the museum will become "SMMoA Unbound," operating from rented offices in Century City as it works to "refine its vision and broaden its reach," said Lynda Dorf, a museum spokesperso.

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  19. Residents Pack Hearing on Santa Monica's Zoning OrdinanceRead the original story

    Apr 16, 2015 | The LookOut news

    How big a city, how dense, how much housing and for whom? What rules should there be for historic buildings and new developments, parking lots, existing and future hotels, day care and activity centers, car dealerships and cell towers, not to mention pot shops? Santa Monica residents went soul-searching for answers to those and more questions at the first public hearing Tuesday for the City's Draft Zoning Ordinance Update and its accompanying Land Use and Circulation Element , two massive documents representing the most sweeping set of code changes in three decades. More than 135 people spoke during the five-hour hearing the first of two on consecutive nights -- in a packed Council Chambers on City Hall's second floor.

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  20. Santa Monica Braces for Closures of California Incline MondayRead the original story

    Apr 15, 2015 | The LookOut news

    With less than a week to go, motorists along with local government officials are bracing for the year-long closure Monday of Santa Monica's storied California Incline. The $20 million federally-funded project will make the bridge that connects Ocean Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway safer but also send an estimated 15,000 motorists a day looking for alternate routes.

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