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Santa Monica City Council has started to look at how they want to select and regulate the two medical marijuana collectives that are to be within city limits.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council Discusses How To Regulate Marijuana Collectives

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 10:13 am

Weed Maps, a way for medical marijuana patients to find collectives near them – a sort of Yelp for marijuana, where patients can look up prices and read reviews – shows that Santa Monica has almost 24 marijuana delivery services.

Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved two contracts for nail patrol and deckboard replacement at Santa Monica Pier.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Pier

Consent Calendar Round-Up: Nail Patrol & Deckboard, Background Check, Surveys

Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Santa Monica City Council approved a handful of consent calendar items at its Tuesday, July 28 night meeting, including nail patrol and deckboard replacement at Santa Monica Pier, background check updates, bi-annual satisfaction surveys, and electrical and street lights.

The City of Santa Monica awarded a purchase order to Wondries Fleet Group for 14 KIA Soul electric vehicles for an amount not to exceed $563,453.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Council Approves Electric Vehicles Contract During Lengthy Consent Calendar Discussion

Posted Jul. 24, 2015, 9:21 am

The item regarding the purchase of 14 KIA Soul electric vehicles stirred up an uncharacteristically long consent calendar discussion.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Works On New Lobbying Ordinance

Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 10:00 am

Let’s begin with what is a lobbyist? How does one define a lobbyist? And how does one enforce lobbyist regulations? These were some of the Socratic questions that occupied the discussion of a first reading of a lobbyist ordinance at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Council Questions City’s Bidding Process

Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 9:50 am

The consent calendar discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting was uncharacteristically long. The subjects moved from the consent items to poor vendor turnouts to larger questions about the city’s bidding process.

Santa Monica councilwoman Pam O'Connor.

News, City Council, Planning Commission, Santa Monica

Planning Commission Vote Sends One Council Member Headed For The Door

Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am

The task of making appointments to the Santa Monica Planning Commission became heated at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23 with Councilwoman Pam O’Connor almost storming out the meeting in dramatic fashion.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Chamber Of Commerce, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Takes First Steps To Increase Minimum Wage

Posted Jun. 12, 2015, 10:00 am

With the Los Angeles City Council passing an ordinance earlier this week that will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, Santa Monica City Council is taking steps to follow suit.

A new set of stairs will be built on the south  side of Santa Monica Pier near the existing stairs, which will will also be replaced and widened.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Pier

Consent Calendar Roundup: New Stairs For Santa Monica Pier, New Shoes For City Employees, KCRW Deal

Posted Jun. 12, 2015, 9:38 am

Santa Monica City Council approved a handful of consent calendar items at its Tuesday night meeting, including new stairs from the Pier to the beach, footwear for certain City employees, and an agreement to continue broadcasting City Council meetings on KCRW.

Kevin McKeown.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Inconsistency With Small Portion Of Santa Monica Zoning Ordinance

Posted Jun. 5, 2015, 11:50 am

At the end of the Santa Monica City Council's recent special meetings, which took place on the nights of May 27-28 for Biennial Budget Study Session presentations, Mayor Kevin McKeown introduced a motion to reconsider a small portion of the Zoning Ordinance.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Consent Calendar Round Up

Posted May. 29, 2015, 9:16 am

Here's an overview of the consent calendar approvals from Wednesday night's Santa Monica City Council meeting.

Crosswalks near Santa Monica High School will be among the improvements for pedestrian safety thanks to a large grant.

News, City Council, Samohi, Santa Monica

Grant Received For Santa Monica High Pedestrian Improvements

Posted May. 22, 2015, 9:40 am

Construction will begin soon on an approximately $1 million project that will improve the intersections, crosswalks, streets, signage, and bikeways around Santa Monica High School.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Penalties To Increase Under Santa Monica’s New Housing Discrimination Ordinance

Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am

An ordinance prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income passed on Tuesday at Santa Monica City Council with a unanimous 7 to 0 vote with all members present.

A crowd gathered outside Santa Monica City Hall on Tuesday before City Council’s meeting that discussed changes to zoning and land use ordinances. Council will return Tuesday where council members are expected to adopt a first reading after much discussion.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Zoning, LUCE Deliberations To Resume Tuesday After Marathon Meeting

Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am

A crowd gathered before Tuesday’s Santa Monica City Council meeting in front of City Hall’s steps holding signs that matched the tenor of their shouts: “Too big! Too tall! Too much! Too big! Too tall! Too much!”

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Zoning Ordinance Update Meetings: Childcare, Cannabis, Cars & Capacity

Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 8:00 am

Santa Monica City Hall hosted two evenings of heated study sessions this week, with public comment and Council discussion on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) taking more than 10 hours.

Anti-Santa Monica Airport supporters crowded City Hall’s front steps on Tuesday evening while pro-airport supporters opted to fill most seats inside Council chambers.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Coexisting At Santa Monica Airport: Three Year Aviation Leases, New Parks

Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:08 am

More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica’s City Finances Get Clean Bill Of Health

Posted Mar. 20, 2015, 9:09 am

Standing strong in net capital position and with $366 million as the City’s General Fund balance June 2014, it was announced Tuesday evening that Santa Monica received an independent auditor’s stamp of approval for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) financial year 2013-2014.

City Council voted to ban exotic animal handlers from exhibiting their reptile and exotic bird pets at Palisades Park near the Pier entrance. The ordinance goes into effect next month.

City Council, Opinion, Parks, Santa Monica, Columnist

Santa Monica City Council: Snakes On A Plan

Posted Mar. 7, 2015, 9:04 am

We often anguish over decisions involving animals here in Santa Monica, such as the recent business involving pony rides at the Main Street farmer’s market.

Propeller engine planes sit just off the runway at Santa Monica Airport.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, Smo

Santa Monica Airport Lease Debate Fuels Up For A Fight

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:09 am

As the date for Santa Monica City Council to discuss the future of leases at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) fast approaches, anti-aviation proponents have began re-mobilizing the ranks in an effort to eventually cease airport operations altogether. Airport tenants are also preparing for battle in a push to save their businesses.

Australian tourist Morgan Lane (left) holds James Patrick’s snake Prada next to the entry to the Santa Monica Pier.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Palisades Park

Santa Monica Bans Exotic Animal Handlers From Palisades Park

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:03 am

The sprawling “circus” of individual exotic animal handlers that can be found near the Santa Monica Pier entrance in Palisades Park have been told to pack up and leave permanently after an ordinance to ban them from exhibiting their snakes, reptiles, birds, and non-human primates was passed Tuesday – despite pleas from animal handlers for the City to work with them on finding middle ground.

City Council approved short-term interim uses for the Colorado/4th Street (pictured) and Colorado/17th Street Expo Line stations on Tuesday.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Exposition Light Rail

Santa Monica Future Expo Stations Get Interim Use Approval

Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:01 am

Concept design on the interim use of the future Colorado/4th Street and Colorado/17th Street light rail station sites were approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday, with work expected to start in the near future.

Santa Monica residents will face a price hike in their water bills from March 1.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Water

Santa Monica Water Rates Approved At Nine Percent Hike For Five Years

Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:23 am

Santa Monica residents will face a nine percent price hike in their water bills from March 1, with a possible nine percent increase each year, for five years.

Palihouse Santa Monica, which has no underground parking spaces or a dedicated parking lot, effectively parks out the immediate neighborhood at the corner of Third Street and Washington Ave.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Hotels, Parking

Investigation Palihouse: Parking Out Santa Monica's Residential Neighborhood

Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 9:13 am

With a total 38 operational guest rooms, and a sizeable staff, Santa Monica’s Palihouse is having its impact felt on surrounding streets. Street parking is backed up for blocks surrounding the boutique hotel, as guests and staff fill available spots, often double-parking until a space frees up.

Australian tourist Morgan Lane (left) holds James Patrick’s snake Prada next to the entry to the Santa Monica Pier.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Pets, Pier

Potential Ban Looms On Exotic Animals Near Santa Monica Pier Entrance

Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 9:05 am

The unique ecosystem of birds and snakes in Palisades Park next to the entry of Santa Monica Pier is being endangered by a proposed ban on all wild and exotic pets from the Pier and its surroundings.

'Brock on your Block' host Phil Brock talks about the future of Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

City Council, Video, Santa Monica, Civic Auditorium, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: The Future Of Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Posted Feb. 18, 2015, 9:47 am

"Brock on your Block" host Phil Brock discusses the future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, which had its regular operations suspended by the City of Santa Monica in June 2013, due to the loss of State redevelopment funds needed to rehabilitate the facility.

An 11-person committee will work with Worthe Real Estate Group to develop the City-owned property at 2525 Michigan Avenue.

News, City Council, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

Bergamot Advisory Committee Bolstered To 11, Guidelines Set

Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 8:07 am

Bergamot Station Arts Center is one step closer to the planning with guidelines and an advisory committee approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night.

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