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The Historic San Vicente District Coalition is a grassroots effort by Santa Monica residents to preserve the courtyard housing between Ocean Avenue and 7th by creating a historic district, garnering support for the district and educating owners and residents about the benefits and process of creating a historic district.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Stretch Of San Vicente Blvd. Designated As Santa Monica's Third Historic District

Posted Dec. 16, 2015, 9:54 am

The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to designate San Vicente Blvd. from Ocean Ave. to 7th St. as Santa Monica's third historic district.

Tony Vazquez was installed as Mayor of Santa Monica on Tuesday night, which gives him a favorable edge should he seek reelection at the November 2016 City Council election.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Vazquez & Winterer Strategically Installed As Mayor, Mayor Pro Tempore

Posted Dec. 11, 2015, 9:54 am

Proud 30-year resident Tony Vazquez was installed as Santa Monica Mayor and Councilmember Ted Winterer as Mayor Pro Tempore at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, positions which they will serve in for the next year.

Tony Vazquez was installed as Mayor of Santa Monica on Tuesday night.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Tony Vazquez Installed As Santa Monica Mayor; Ted Winterer Becomes Mayor Pro Tem

Posted Dec. 9, 2015, 9:12 am

Tony Vazquez was installed as Mayor of Santa Monica and Councilmember Ted Winterer as Mayor Pro Tempore at Tuesday night's City Council meeting, positions which they will serve in for the next year.

Tony Vazquez (left) will be installed as Santa Monica Mayor tonight while Ted Winterer will be installed as Mayor Pro Tempore.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Tony Vazquez To Be Sworn In As Santa Monica Mayor At City Council Meeting Tonight

Posted Dec. 8, 2015, 9:10 am

The first Latino to ever serve as mayor of Santa Monica will take office tonight when Tony Vazquez is sworn in as the city's chief executive.

A ceremonial swearing in and reception was held for incoming Santa Monica mayor Tony Vazquez on Sunday.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Ceremonial Swearing-In Held For Incoming Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez

Posted Nov. 23, 2015, 10:57 am

A ceremonial swearing-in and reception was held for incoming Santa Monica mayor Tony Vazquez on Sunday night at Le Meridien Delfina Hotel.

Santa Monica’s Chain Reaction sculpture, installed in 1991, will receive substantial restoration and maintenance following $275,000 City funding approval on Tuesday.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Art

Chain Reaction To Live On Thanks To $277,000 City Council Funding

Posted Nov. 13, 2015, 8:21 am

For supporters of the Chain Reaction sculpture near the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Tuesday was a major victory following the City Council’s unanimous vote to grant funds up to $275,000 to restore the peace sculpture.

The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved changes to the franchise agreements the City of Santa Monica has with five taxi cab companies that gives support to the industry that’s experienced a 30 percent loss in business in recent years due to the rise of ridesharing companies Uber and Lyft.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Drives Support Behind Struggling Cab Companies

Posted Nov. 12, 2015, 10:22 am

In the lead up to the Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday night, the five taxi cab companies currently operating under strict franchise agreements with the City of Santa Monica faced a very uncertain future.

The current franchise agreement between the City of Santa Monica and the five permitted taxi cab companies expires at the end of this year. Santa Monica City Council will discuss the issue and City staff’s recommendation to reduce the number of permitted taxi cabs by 128.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council To Deliberate Cutting Number Of Permitted Taxi Cabs

Posted Nov. 6, 2015, 8:44 am

With the rise of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, it’s been a rough couple of years for the five taxi companies who are permitted to operate in Santa Monica under strict franchise agreements.

 A rendering of the approved project for 1560 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Five-Story Mixed-Use Residential Approved To Replace Denny’s

Posted Oct. 30, 2015, 9:15 am

Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night approved the second reading of an ordinance adopting a five-story, 102,500 square-foot mixed-use project at 1560 Lincoln Blvd. – the current site of a Denny’s restaurant.

Santa Monica City Council gave City staff a number of directions Tuesday regarding the future long-term use objectives for the City-owned property at 4th/Colorado.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Figuring Out The Future Of 4th St./Colorado Ave.

Posted Oct. 30, 2015, 8:55 am

Anyone who’s been in the vicinity of 4th Street and Colorado Avenue has noticed an extreme amount of change in recent years with the completion of the terminus station of the Expo Light Rail Line nearing.

NMS Properties was granted a development agreement at City Council on Tuesday night to build a six-story mixed-use, primarily housing project.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Approved: 64 Residential Unit Complex Green Lit For 5th Street

Posted Oct. 16, 2015, 8:56 am

A modern six-story development at 1415 5th Street featuring 64 residential units was approved fairly swiftly at Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night.

One of the seven active bike stations part of Santa Monica’s new bike sharing program, “Breeze Bike Share.”

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Biking

Hulu To Sponsor Santa Monica's Bike Sharing System 'Breeze'

Posted Oct. 14, 2015, 11:16 am

The City of Santa Monica’s Breeze Bike Share program has landed a local sponsor with international recognition – Hulu, LLC.

The Employment Policies Institute has been circling this mobile billboard in Santa Monica City Hall showcasing union hypocrisy.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Minimum Wage, Unions

Santa Monica's Proposed Union Exemption in Minimum Wage Hike Harshly Criticized

Posted Sep. 29, 2015, 9:58 am

In anticipation of the Santa Monica City Council vote tonight to match Los Angeles' $15-by-2020 minimum wage, the Los Angeles Times and a Washington, D.C., think-tank are calling out city leaders.

‘Underage Drinking Parties Are Consistently The Biggest Source Of Harms’

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Teen, Alcohol, Social Host

Social Host Laws: A New Ordinance To Combat Teen ‘Drinking Parties’

Posted Sep. 26, 2015, 6:00 am

“Both Venice, Santa Monica, and areas of West L.A. are hospitality-oriented communities,” she said. “So they have a very high concentration of bars and restaurants and liquor stores. And there are a lot of outcomes that can flow with that.”

Hunter Hall is head of the Santa Monica Neighborhood Restaurant  Coalition.

News, City Council, Restaurant, Santa Monica, Minimum Wage

VIDEO: Restaurant Leader Addresses Needs Of Santa Monica Businesses

Posted Sep. 22, 2015, 9:17 am

Hunter Hall, head of the Santa Monica Neighborhood Restaurant Coalition, states his concerns about issues concerning smaller restaurants in the local area.

Santa Monica Housing Market: Looking Back – And Forward

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Affordable Housing

Discuss the Future of Affordable Housing in Santa Monica

Posted Sep. 15, 2015, 10:20 am

Share your experience and views on affordable housing in Santa Monica at the next Housing Commission meetings this month.

Rick Cole will begin his tenure as Santa Monica City Manager on June 29. The 61-year-old was introduced to the community at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

City Looks To Improve Communication, Social Media With Residents

Posted Sep. 13, 2015, 8:29 am

In an effort to create better communication with the public, the Santa Monica City Council last Tuesday took action to improve and reorganize the Community and Government Relations Unit at City Hall.

If the City Council approves the final ordinance, Los Angeles would join Santa Monica in legalizing so-called "backyard" or "urban" beekeeping. The hobby also is allowed in other urban areas such as New York City and Denver.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Bees

Los Angeles Could Join Santa Monica in Legalizing 'Urban Beekeeping'

Posted Sep. 3, 2015, 9:49 am

A proposal to allow backyard beekeeping in Los Angeles cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, with the Los Angeles City Council instructing city attorneys prepare a final ordinance to allow the activity.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Diversity, Mobility, Homelessness, SMO Identified As City's Top Priorities

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:43 am

While many people in Southern California were out at the beach or hiking or playing sports on a hot summer day, Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown and members of the city council spent Sunday in a special session to discuss the top issues and concerns facing the city today.

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.

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