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An agenda item at Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday took a first look at how alleged tenant harassment could be addressed by the City Council.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

City Of Santa Monica To Take A Look At Tenant Harassment

Posted Apr. 11, 2014, 9:34 am

Renters and the City of Santa Monica certainly have an interesting relationship. On the one hand, Santa Monica is quite reputable for its favorable rent control policies.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Affordable Housing Bills Earn Support From Santa Monica City Council

Posted Mar. 28, 2014, 9:02 am

Two affordable housing bills – one in the State Assembly and the other in the State Senate – will be supported by the Santa Monica City Council.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Accepts $800,000 Homeland Security Grant

Posted Mar. 28, 2014, 9:01 am

As part of a program to help major metropolitan cities and areas remain prepared with homeland security measures, Santa Monica has accepted a grant for $799,076 from the 2013 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).

The City of Santa Monica is taking steps that could lead to the regulation of e-cigarettes.

News, City Council, Health, Santa Monica

Santa Monica To Look Into E-Cigarette Regulations

Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 8:07 am

There was a time when smoking tobacco was considered cool. Over time, cigarette smoking has become heavily regulated and has formed a social stigma in California and other regions in the United States.

The future of an existing steel pipeline 10 inches in diameter that runs for 3.9 miles within Santa Monica along 26th Street will be discussed at an upcoming public hearing.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Crimson California Pipeline Agreement In Santa Monica May Be Reduced

Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 7:55 am

Santa Monica and Crimson California Pipeline, L.P. will return to the bargaining table, as council members unanimously authorized City Staff on Tuesday to renegotiate the franchise agreement with the oil firm to operate an existing north-south crude petroleum pipeline running beneath the City. Specifically, the City Council hopes to reduce the length of the agreement from 20 years to 10 years.

Residocracy.org founder Armen Melkonians (center) and his supporters submitted 13,440 petitions that seek to overturn the approved Bergamot Transit Village development.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Referendum Now Likely For Hines Development In Santa Monica

Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 8:46 am

Ken Genser Square was filled with congratulatory hugs, cheers of accomplishment, and festive balloons Tuesday morning. There were also boxes full of signed papers and a few members of the local and regional media, as the Santa Monica-based volunteer group Residocracy.org delivered 13,440 signatures petitioning to overturn the planned Bergamot Transit Village development at the old Papermate site at 1681 26th Street.

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

Letter To The Editor: The Positive Restoration Decision To Restore Chain Reaction

Posted Mar. 2, 2014, 8:03 am

Dear Editor: It is indeed positive that the City of Santa Monica is now supporting the restoration of Paul Conrad's unique and creative 'Chain Reaction' mushroom cloud peace sculpture.

City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Public Hearing March 18 For Santa Monica Pipeline Franchise Agreement

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, 9:21 am

A crude petroleum pipeline runs up and down Santa Monica near the City’s eastern edge. The future of that pipeline might be determined at the next council meeting, as the City’s elected panel approved as part of its consent calendar Tuesday the setting of a public hearing to gather public testimony of the crude petroleum pipeline passing through the public right of way in Santa Monica.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Chain Reaction Restoration Supported By Santa Monica City Council

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, 9:19 am

Though not quite a leap forward for mankind, the Santa Monica City Council’s decision to restore the mushroom cloud modern art sculpture known as Chain Reaction is at the very least one small step in the right direction for public art.

A rendering of 26Street TOD Partners’ proposed 221,264 square foot development for 2525 Michigan Avenue.

News, City Council, Development, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

Bergamot Station Arts Center Development On Santa Monica Council Docket

Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 9:19 am

The Santa Monica City Council is not yet done with development in the Bergamot Station area. Just two weeks after formally approving the controversial Hines development agreement (DA) on second reading by a 4-3 vote, council members will be voting this Tuesday, Feb. 25 to allow the City Manager’s office to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with a developer to develop the Bergamot Station Arts Center.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Council Approves $1 Million Cost For Copy Machine, New Furniture

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, 9:20 am

Running an office in Santa Monica is rarely, if ever, cheap. Indeed, even Santa Monica City Hall is not immune from making big expenditures when it comes to maintaining office space, as the City Council approved last week nearly $1 million in expenses for a color copy machine and consulting services for new office furniture.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing, Rent Control

City Of Santa Monica Backs Potential Ellis Act Reform

Posted Feb. 18, 2014, 9:15 am

A city known for its favorable rent control practices hopes to be included in legislative reform making it tougher for property owners in Santa Monica and across the State to evict rent-controlled tenants in order to sell the property or otherwise take it off the rental market.

A volunteer Santa Monica grass roots movement has until March 14 to collect signatures from 10 percent of Santa Monica’s registered voters – about 6,100 people – to veto Hines’ 765,095 mixed-use development at the corner of Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Referendum Campaign To Veto Hines Development In Full Swing

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 9:29 am

In a predictable series of events Tuesday and Wednesday evening, the Hines development agreement (DA) officially moved forward and a group of residents carried through with the launch of a referendum campaign to veto the now-approved Bergamot Transit Village (BTV) at the previous Papermate facility at 1681 26th Street.

Phil Brock.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Government

Recreation & Parks Commissioner Phil Brock To Run For Santa Monica City Council

Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 9:25 am

The 2014 General Election is still nine months away and there are sure to be plenty of candidates throwing their respective hats into the ring for the upcoming Santa Monica City Council race, but one person who has already announced formal plans to have his name on the November ballot is Santa Monica Recreation & Parks Commissioner Phil Brock.

City Council, Development, Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Bergamot Transit Village Could Be A Lot Worse

Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:19 am

Dear Editor, The proposed Bergamot Transit Village (BTV) is big enough to cause “significant and unavoidable” impacts to much of the Santa Monica/Venice/West LA area.

The Santa Monica City Council: Bob Holbrook (clockwise from back left), Tony Vazquez, Ted Winterer, Kevin McKeown, Gleam Davis, Pam O'Connor, and Terry O'Day.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica, Columnist, Politics

What Say You? Hines & The Santa Monica City Council

Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:59 am

What actually happened at the Tuesday night’s Santa Monica City Council meeting? First, by a 4 to 3 vote the Hines Development Agreement was approved.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Looks Into Raising City-Paid Livable Wage To $15.37 Per Hour

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 7:03 am

A formal proposal might still be a few months away, but the Santa Monica’s council members unanimously directed City staff last week to look into the possibility of incorporating into the upcoming budget a raise in the City-paid livable wage.

A rendering of the mixed-used Hines project at 1681 26th Street that will total 765,095 square feet of housing, creative office space, and restaurant and retail space.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Activist To Host Referendum Launch Event To Veto Hines Development

Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 9:27 am

Santa Monica activist Armen Melkonians will host a referendum launch event this Wednesday, Feb. 12 in an attempt to veto the City Council’s 4-3 vote Tuesday night to approve Hines’ 765,095 square foot mixed-use development at 1681 26th Street.

A rendering of the mixed-used Hines project at 1681 26th Street that will total 765,095 square feet of housing, creative office space, and restaurant and retail space.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Split City Council Approves Hines Development; Referendum Possible

Posted Feb. 5, 2014, 9:05 am

Despite a 300-person rally in front of Santa Monica City Hall urging council members to vote “no” on a proposed mixed-use development dramatically altering the Bergamot Station area, the Santa Monica City Council narrowly approved Tuesday night a slightly modified development agreement (DA) to allow Hines 26th Street LLC to bring a five-building commercial, creative, and residential space to the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street.

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

Letter To The Editor: Best & Worst Of Santa Monica Public Meeting Disagreement

Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 9:18 am

Dear Editor: I am increasingly concerned about the inability of Santa Monica residents to disagree civilly on matters of public policy. Prevalent though that problem may be in national politics, vituperative debate seems worse here on the local level, where we bump into each other at the supermarket, the doctor’s office, the deli or the movie theater.

City Council, Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

Letter To The Editor: Hines Project Consistent With City's Growth Strategy

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:36 am

Dear Editor, The Hines project at Bergamot is consistent with our city's strategy of directing growth to this station area, helps us meet our sustainability goals and prepares us for the future.

A rendering of the Bergamot Village project proposed by Hines for 1681 26th Street in Santa Monica.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Anti-Development Rally Planned Tuesday In Front Of Santa Monica City Hall

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:24 am

A group of Santa Monica residents have organized a rally in front of City Hall Tuesday evening in anticipation of the City Council’s impending vote of a proposed five-building development nearing 800,000 square feet in size at Bergamot Station.

A rendering of the 32-foot pylon that will be installed at the north end of the Third Street Promenade at Wilshire Boulevard.

News, City Council, Downtown, Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Third Street Promenade Wayfinding Pilot Program Approved

Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:18 am

A pilot program to help make it easier for people navigate the Third Street Promenade and to activate the northernmost section of the Santa Monica thoroughfare was approved Jan. 14 by the City Council, though not without a little resistance.

A rendering of the mixed-used Hines project at 1681 26th Street that would total 765,095 square feet of housing, creative office space, and restaurant and retail space if approved under the development agreement’s current form.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

City Council To Continue Hines Development Deliberations On Tuesday

Posted Jan. 31, 2014, 8:53 am

The fate of a controversial development agreement (DA) considered to be the largest ever in Santa Monica at 1681 26th Street and would transform a portion of Bergamot Station into combined commercial, residential, and transit neighborhood is still up the air as the City Council held off on deliberating the matter until Feb. 4.

City Council, Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

Hines Project A Developer's Dream But A Nightmare For Residents: Letter To The Editor

Posted Jan. 28, 2014, 9:48 am

Dear Mayor O’Connor and Members of the City Council, Well, here we go again. Unfortunately, in September you have chosen to vote for the proposed Bergamot Transit Village Development despite strong opposition voiced by many residents.

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