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Fit4mom fitness operator Raisa Lilling is pleased with minimal changes to the constraints of operating training sessions at Palisades Park were minimal, including a decision to not increase current rates.

News, City Council, Fitness, Santa Monica, Palisades Park

Outdoor Fitness Operators Catch A Break From Possible Rate Hike

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:21 am

A concerted effort by Santa Monica City staff to raise fees for local outdoor fitness instructors was shut-down by City Council Tuesday, as the majority of council members agreed that such an increase was unnecessary.

Santa Monicans face big fines for water overuse under new citywide water-reduction policies that will go into effect April.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Stiff Penalties To Trickle Down For Water Overuse In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:19 am

Fines of up to $10,000 could face Santa Monicans who don’t toe the water-reduction line following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting where new citywide water-reduction policies were adopted.

Santa Monica City Council passed a motion on Tuesday to create special classification for beach workers.

News, City Council, Beach, Santa Monica

“As Needed” Santa Monica Beach Workers Fight For Rights

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 8:49 am

With the City of Santa Monica moving towards eliminating contract and as-needed workers, nine custodial beach workers have banded together in an attempt to secure their positions and livelihoods.

Ocean Park beach bathroom workers are fighting for their jobs.

City Council, Health, Opinion, Beach, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Keep Our Santa Monica Beach Bathrooms Clean, Safe

Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:26 am

Dear Editor, I’d gamble my teacher paycheck that every woman alive has experienced a feeling of dread walking into a public bathroom. Will it be clean? Will it be safe? Will the door lock? Will there be enough paper? The anxiety is enough to give a woman a stomachache.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Construction Workers’ Wages To Align With California Standards

Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:22 am

The wages of Santa Monica City construction workers will soon be in line with California Labor Code standards, with City Council moving to pass a motion Dec. 18 to enable the alignment.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Protection Of Santa Monica Tenants Rights Increase Under Amendments

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:36 am

With an increase in the number of complaints of tenant harassment in Santa Monica regarding the strong-arm tactics of landlords hoping to get more money from their properties by ousting occupants, Santa Monica City Council passed two motions Tuesday night to increase renters’ rights in affordable housing units.

With the Expo line expected to open in 2016, Santa Monica’s transit authority Big Blue Bus has developed a revised transit integration plan.

News, City Council, Transportation, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus Route Shake-Up To Align With Expo

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:06 am

In light of the opening of the Expo line in Santa Monica and the subsequent duplication of public transit options, Santa Monica City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to move forward with work on a totally revised Big Blue Bus transit integration plan.

Sue Himmelrich.

News, City Council, Development, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

VIDEO: Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich Discusses Development, SMO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am

Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.

Juan José Carrillo was an early serving mayor of Santa Monica who was buried in the city in 1916.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Tony Vazquez To Join Latino Santa Monica History With Mayor Appointment

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 11:52 am

Revelations at Tuesday's City Council installation ceremony that Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tem Tony Vazquez will become Santa Monica’s first Latino Mayor in 2015/16, while heartfelt, are not entirely correct.

The 2014-16 Santa Monica City Council was installed Tuesday night at City Hall. From left: Council members Tony Vazquez, Gleam Davis, Sue Himmelrich, Kevin McKeown, Terry O’Day, Pam O’Connor, and Ted Winterer.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Politics

Slow Growth City Council Strategically Elects Split Terms For Mayor, Pro Tem

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 9:04 am

A strategic move played out Tuesday evening by Santa Monica City Council’s new slow-growth majority, with Kevin McKeown effectively taking one for the team by only being elected Mayor for one year instead of a normal two-year term.

Kevin McKeown.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Mayor

Kevin McKeown Elected New Santa Monica Mayor

Posted Dec. 9, 2014, 8:20 pm

In a unanimous vote at Santa Monica City Hall on Tuesday evening, Councilman Kevin McKeown was elected Mayor of Santa Monica by his fellow council members for a one-year term, with Councilman Tony Vazquez elected Mayor Pro Tempore.

A rendering of Worthe Real Estate Group’s proposal for the future development of Bergamot Station Arts Center. Joe Coriaty of Frederick Fisher and Partners, the architects with the Worthe team said, “Keep Bergamot Bergamot. Focus on the arts.”

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council To Increase Bergamot Advisory Committee Membership

Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:53 am

The hotly-debated development of Bergamot Station Arts Center was placed in front of Santa Monica City Council once again last Tuesday, Nov. 25, with the community and council members deciding to increase the number of advisory committee members and better define the application of a list of guiding principles.

Santa Monica City Council member-elect Sue Himmelrich with her husband Michael Soloff, and daughters Hilary and Molly.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Up Front With Sue Himmelrich: Incoming Santa Monica Councilwoman

Posted Dec. 1, 2014, 9:51 am

The Santa Monica City Council will welcome Sue Himmelrich at its installation ceremony on Dec. 9 after a convincing second place victory at the Nov. 4 election.

Retiring Santa Monica councilman Bob Holbrook (center) with fellow council members Gleam Davis, Tony Vazquez, Terry O'Day, Kevin McKeown, and Pam O'Connor.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Bob Holbrook Honored At His Final Santa Monica City Council Meeting

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 8:52 am

Santa Monica’s longest serving council member Bob Holbrook spent his final session as a serving council member Tuesday night, receiving fitting tributes from the community and fellow council members for his 24 years of service.

A rendering of the 32-unit housing projected approved Tuesday night for 1112 Pico Blvd.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Approves First Housing Project Of 2014

Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 9:25 am

The empty block at 1112 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, will soon see some building action with a 32-unit housing project approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Smc, Smmusd

Santa Monica Local Election Results Hold As Provisional Votes Tallied

Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 9:19 am

With thousands of provisional votes now part of the official count from the Nov. 4 election, it appears that all local results will hold in the races for Santa Monica City Council, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education, and Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.

The Santa Monica City Council approved a $10 million bike-share rollout contract with CycleHop on Tuesday.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Biking

Santa Monica Approves $10M Contract For 500-Bicycle Bike Sharing System

Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 8:41 am

With a move to increasing commuter mobility, Santa Monica will be the first SoCal city to introduce an innovative bike-share system with high-tech smart-bikes stationed somewhere near you, at all times.

Kevin McKeown.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Eyes Slow-Growth With New City Council Line-Up

Posted Nov. 7, 2014, 6:00 am

Tuesday’s election saw the return to Santa Monica City Council of two incumbents and the introduction of a new face, tipping the scales toward slow-growth and limited development for the immediate future.

The new face on the Santa Monica City Council will be Sue Himmelrich (center) who was elected alongside incumbents Kevin McKeown and Pam O'Connor.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

McKeown, Himmelrich, O’Connor Elected To Santa Monica City Council

Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 3:20 am

Santa Monica voters on Tuesday re-elected City councilmembers Kevin McKeown for a fifth term and Pam O’Connor for a sixth term, along with Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich for her first term who will take the seat vacated by Bob Holbrook.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Election 2014: At Least One New Face To Join Santa Monica City Council

Posted Nov. 4, 2014, 9:43 am

There will definitely be at least one new council member on the dais at the final Santa Monica City Council meeting of 2014 following today's election.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

City Council, Opinion, Election, Santa Monica

Housing & Taxes: Fifth & Final Question For Santa Monica City Council Candidates

Posted Nov. 1, 2014, 9:14 am

The Santa Monica City Council members to be elected this Tuesday, Nov. 4 will be responsible for guiding and shaping the city. Their decisions will affect each of us in practical ways – such as our daily travel in the city; the number of parks we have and how they are used; how we spend the public dollar and the social benefits that can bring; and the image and character of new development in the City.

All 14 Santa Monica City Council candidates participated in an election forum Oct. 21 at Cross Campus.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

VIDEO: Santa Monica Mirror's 2014 City Council Election Forum - Part Two

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 11:10 am

All candidates running in the Santa Monica City Council on Nov. 4 took to the Cross Campus stage Tuesday night at Mirror Media Group’s forum. The 14 candidates are running for three seats on the council.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Police Department

Bullet-Proof Vests, New Car Fit-Outs For Santa Monica Police Department

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 9:17 am

Santa Monica City Council passed two consent calendar items during its Tuesday night meeting enabling the purchase of new bullet-proof vests and vehicle improvements for the Santa Monica Police Department.

The Mirror endorses Kevin McKeown, Pam O’Connor, and Frank Gruber for City Council at Tuesday’s election to provide a diversity of voices and a balance of supporting business and smart growth.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Smc, Smmusd, Politics

The Mirror's Endorsements For 2014 Santa Monica City Council, SMMUSD & SMC

Posted Oct. 31, 2014, 8:41 am

The Mirror endorses incumbent Kevin McKeown, incumbent Pam O’Connor, and former Planning Commissioner Frank Gruber to provide a diversity of voices that will keep the council active while preventing a super-majority that leans far left or right.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Santa Monica City Council Dedicates $400K To Water Incentives, Conservation

Posted Oct. 30, 2014, 9:47 am

The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night advanced the City’s call for immediate water conservation and dedicated an additional $400,000 towards incentive and conservation programs.

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