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  • 10/19/2020 8:01 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The Santa Monica Malibu School Board has voted six to one to approve the $21 million purchase of the DoubleTree office building on 1717 4th St. to become the new District headquarters.

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  • 10/19/2020 7:57 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica’s Governance  Last I heard, we are a country “by the people and for the people.” But Santa Monica operates on a different premise.  Our City Council is under the influence of developers, not the residents. They treat our residential tax dollars like monopoly money – nearly bankrupting us while holding onto power.  As a result, our beautiful beach town is quickly losing its special innate character.  What the City Council and staff are implementing has little if any benefit to the residents!  Is this the city you want to live in?  

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  • 10/19/2020 7:54 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Retiring Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud will receive four months of base pay totaling approximately $90,000 after she is replaced by former Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks later this month.

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  • 10/16/2020 5:38 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Police Chief Cynthia Renaud -- who came under fire for the rioting that swept through Santa Monica May 31 -- will retire this month to lead the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), City officials announced Friday.

    Renaud's last day will be Sunday October 25, according to a joint announcement issued by Renaud and City Manager Lane Dilg late Friday morning.

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  • 10/16/2020 8:17 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    "After weeks of public input about improving our initial ordinance against ‘corporate rentals,’ we added reasonable exemptions for homeowners, Accessory Dwelling Units, displaced tenants, and students,” said Mayor Kevin McKeown.

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  • 10/16/2020 8:16 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Two years ago, I wrote on these pages that Santa Monica was at a breaking point when it came to crime and safety ("OPINION -- Will The City Council Get Serious About Crime?" November 5, 2018).

    Now, after months of watching our City Council drag its feet on these same concerns, I can see what we faced in 2018 was only the beginning.

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  • 10/15/2020 9:54 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    A leading Santa Monica slow-growth group on Wednesday endorsed Oscar de la Torre for City Council hours after he issued a blistering attack on the proposed Plaza project Downtown.

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  • 10/15/2020 9:50 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Voting for all four on the slate is essential as one city council member alone can not outvote those already on the 7-member council

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  • 10/15/2020 9:43 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Revisions to Santa Monica’s recently adopted leasing requirements were passed by City Councilmembers this week, allowing local homeowners to rent their homes for less than a year as long as they meet certain criteria.

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  • 10/15/2020 9:34 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica Rents Decline 10.3% in 6 Months Since the Covid-19 Pandemic Lockdown Began

    "A recent study found that over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, California cities experienced some of the greatest drops in rent prices in the nation," wrote Emily Leff, a spokesman for Insurify, in a press release.

    "Between March and September of 2020, Santa Monica's rents decreased by 10.3% (it is 15th on the list of 20 cities with the greatest rent reductions during the pandemic). As of September 2020, the average cost of rent for a 2-Bedroom unit in Santa Monica is $2,432. The year over year change in rent (from 2019-2020) is -11.1%," she writes.

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