DECEMBER

The Santa Monica Police Officers Association (SMPOA) held a fundraiser to support the Movember Movement. Money went directly to the Prostate Cancer Foundation located at 1450 4th Street. During the month of November, Chief of Police Cynthia Renaud, allowed officers to relax facial grooming standards, to help bring awareness to the movement.

Council passed an amendment to Santa Monica’s water neutrality ordinance to close loopholes used by developers to bypass water restrictions. The original ordinance, which went into effect last July, prevents new development from adding to the overall demand for water in Santa Monica. However, the original ordinance only applied to projects that demolished more than 50 percent of a building and some developers were demolishing slightly less than half of a building to get around it.

Community Corporation of Santa Monica requested City Council consider moving some families displaced by the Woolsey Fire to the top of various waiting lists for affordable housing. Council asked staff to develop a plan to house income-qualified families with children in SMMUSD as quickly as possible.

Santa Monica native Maddy Tung received the prestigious Rhodes scholarship. Tung is a senior at the United States Air Force Academy and will attend Oxford in the fall of 2019. At Oxford, she’ll study for her Master’s degree in Computer Science and Global Governance and Diplomacy.

Bird announced plans to launch Bird Platform, allowing independent operators to purchase scooters, brand them with their logos and run them on their own customized apps powered by Bird. The company will charge a service fee on every scooter ride, but fleet owners would collect the rest of the revenue.

Santa Monica is three years behind schedule for water independence due to delays in obtaining permits for some of the proposed plans. The City is using about 20 percent less imported water than it did in 2011, when City Council set a goal of achieving water self-sufficiency by 2020.

A ribbon cutting event was held to officially to welcome The Arroyo, an affordable housing complex located off of Lincoln and Colorado. Mayor Ted Winterer, and City Manager Rick Cole were in attendance at the event.

A City of Santa Monica transit manager was arrested on charges of possessing child pornography. Los Angeles Police Department officers arrested Transit Operations Superintendent Larry Jamieson, who has been working at the Big Blue Bus since 2012 and made $240,371 last year. He resigned Nov. 29 and will officially terminate his employment Jan. 2, 2019, but the City placed him on administrative leave, effective immediately.

Hundreds of people gathered on the Pier as Chabad on 17th inaugurated their environmentally friendly “bike Menorah.” Rabbi Isaac Levitansky, head Chabad rabbi, shared the significance of the first candle of the Menorah. All participants partook of the Chanukah goodies which were offered near the Menorah bike. The Menorah bike made its rounds spreading the Chanukah joy to the many residents and visitors. The Menorah bike proudly joins over 80 other public Menorah displays set up throughout the area by Chabad on 17th.

Volunteers monitored shoppers as they moved around the Promenade as part of a survey that will guide the Third Street revitalization project dubbed “Promenade 3.0.” Surveyors recorded how many and what types of people they observed in different areas and described what they did.

A five-story building that was been controversial with some nearby residents will replace a parking lot near Santa Monica Beach. The building will rise 47 feet on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Pico Boulevard. The concern among neighbors along Vicente Terrace, which also flanks the site, was that the height of the building will dwarf the older single-family homes that line the narrow street.

The second round of a fall storm dumped snow and rain that jammed traffic on Southern California highways and loosened hillsides in wildfire burn areas. At least one vehicle got stuck in a mudslide that shut down Pacific Coast Highway and surrounding roads in and around Malibu neighborhoods charred by the most recent destructive fire.

Starry offered residents an alternative to Spectrum and Frontier Communications, the only two high-speed internet providers operating in the city. Starry customers pay $50 each month for up to 200 mps. 

A non-profit, environmental protection organization criticized SMMUSD for asking to delay removal of PCB’s in the district. Following the passage of a recent school bond, the district asked a judge to delay required PCB cleanup saying it made little sense to clean buildings that would soon be demolished.

Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken announced plans to return to the city in the spring of 2019 with a new restaurant featuring the fresh, inventive Mexican food the pair are known for. The pair will open at  Santa Monica Boulevard and 20th Street, across the street from Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Santa Monica City Council voted in new Mayor Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day as Mayor Pro Tempore at its special meeting. Davis will serve as Mayor from 2018-2019 and Councilmember Kevin McKeown will serve as Mayor from 2019-2020, the council decided in a 4-3 vote.

The City of Santa Monica was ordered to discontinue at large elections and adopt a district based system but the judge only mandated the borders for one district, leaving the remaining details unclear.

Council chose 18th Street Arts Center as the new management for artists at SMO.

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