Good morning, and welcome to the "Morning Scoop." It will be foggy and drizzly today with a high of 67 degrees.
- Here's what we're reading this morning:
In an interview with the New York Times, Santa Monica's assistant director of finance insists the city's aren't about revenue. In the same story, a UCLA professor of urban planning says "anytime someone says something isn’t about money, it’s about money."
Wearing Hazmat suits and armed with semi-automatic weapons, local law enforcement on Wednesday off the coast of Malibu to prepare for terrorists who might smuggle nuclear bombs or chemicals by sea.
Driven by gains in costal areas, the median home prices in Southern California jumped to $295,000 last month, reaching a new 20-month high. In Santa Monica, the median in each of the city's five zip codes ranges $660,000 to $2.3 million.
- Here's what's on our agenda today:
Congratulations to Santa Monica High School's class of 2012, which graduates this evening!
Santa Monica filmmaker Steven Latham's new Katherine Heigl-hosted, uplifting PBS documentary about shelter pets and their new homes will play tonight at Laemmle's Monica Fourplex. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Los Angeles Animal Services and Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control (the movie trailer is to the right of this article).