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One of the ponies at the Santa Monica farmers market on Sundays at Main Street.

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

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Council Acts With Compassion For Ponies

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:47 am

Dear Editor, I want to thank the Santa Monica City Council for moving forward with a compassionate heart recently, when it voted to instruct city staff to explore more spacious park-line venues for our animal friends now displayed like pieces of equipment at the Main Street Farmers Market.

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.”

City Council, Opinion, Santa Monica

Bergamot Station: Art, Artists & The Expo Line

Posted Sep. 13, 2014, 7:27 am

Pausing to catch her breath, the speaker at the podium explained she had raced up the steps to Council Chambers. She was part of the overflow audience in the lobby below waiting her turn to speak at the Council hearing on the future of the Santa Monica arts venue, Bergamot Station.

One of the ponies at the Santa Monica farmers market every Sunday.

News, City Council, Farmers Market, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Main Street Farmers Market Ponies Put Out To Pasture

Posted Sep. 12, 2014, 9:02 am

Following six months of vigorous free-the-pony campaigning, the ponies and petting zoo that have been a familiar sight at Santa Monica’s Main Street farmers market will have to look for greener fields mid next year, after the city voted Tuesday night to exclude animals from the weekly event.

The City Council on Tuesday granted additional funding for the creation of Buffer Park.

News, City Council, Parks, Santa Monica

Consent Calendar Round Up: Santa Monica Parks Receive Funding

Posted Sep. 12, 2014, 9:01 am

A recent funding grant will provide a huge amenities boost to current Buffer Park plans, thanks to an extended design contract awarded at the Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday to encompass the improved facilities.

The future of Bergamot Station Arts Center, which is home to the Santa Monica Museum of Art, took a turn in a different direction on Tuesday night after council members voted against a City staff recommendation to partner with 26th Street TOD Partners. Instead, the City will now enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Worthe Real Estate Group to develop the City-owned property.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

New Vision For Bergamot Station As City Council Votes Against City Staff

Posted Sep. 12, 2014, 8:37 am

Santa Monica-based developer Worthe Real Estate Group has been granted an exclusive negotiating agreement to partner with the city on the Bergamot Station Arts Center project, following a council vote Tuesday.

Santa Monica councilman Kevin McKeown who is seeking re-election has gained the support of the California Nurses Association.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

California Nurses Association Endorse Kevin McKeown For City Council Re-Election

Posted Sep. 10, 2014, 9:44 am

The California Nurses Association has endorsed the re-election of Santa Monica councilman Kevin McKeown at the Nov. 4 election where three seats are up for grabs.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Ocean

City Of Santa Monica Accepts Grant To Study Impacts Of Rising Sea Level

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:03 am

California might be in the midst of one its worst droughts in history, but the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted to accept a $235,000 grant at its Tuesday meeting to study the impacts of coastal storm and sea level rise. The California Ocean Protection Council gave the grant.

Hometown Hero councilman Bob Holbrook.

City Council, Opinion, Hometown Hero, Santa Monica

Hometown Hero: Santa Monica Councilman Bob Holbrook

Posted Aug. 16, 2014, 6:00 am

“I feel kind of broken hearted. Our community is kind of fractured now,” was Councilman Bob Holbrook’s response to how he was feeling about his decision not to seek another term on the Santa Monica City Council.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica

Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage Declared In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 9:02 am

The amber alert signs on local freeways and local media outlets have been informing everyone in Southern California of severe drought conditions up and down the state. At its Tuesday meeting, Santa Monica’s council members unanimously voted to declare what City staff described as a “Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage” and require a 20 percent reduction in water use as compared to last year.

After 24 years on the Santa Monica City Council and eight years as school board member, Bob Holbrook will retire from being an elected official.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Councilman Bob Holbrook To Round Out 32 Years Of Elected Service

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 8:44 am

What words could be said about a man whose career in public service is almost as long as this writer’s entire life? Yet, in about four months, Santa Monica Councilman Bob Holbrook will say one final “goodbye” to the dais and more than one “hello” to his grandchildren.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council To Consider $800K Contract For Olympic Treatment Plant

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, 8:59 am

The Santa Monica City Council will be considering whether to award an $800,000 contract tonight to an engineering services firm for the Olympic Treatment Plant Pilot.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

SMRR Endorses Kevin McKeown, Jennifer Kennedy For Santa Monica City Council

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 9:23 am

Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights announced Sunday the endorsements of incumbent councilman Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy for Santa Monica City Council.

Bob Holbrook

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Bob Holbrook Will Not Seek 7th Santa Monica City Council Term

Posted Aug. 8, 2014, 12:46 pm

After serving on the Santa Monica City Council for 24 years, Bob Holbrook has reportedly announced this week he will not be seeking an unprecedented seventh term on the dais.

News, City Council, Health, Santa Monica

Mental Illness Diversion Program Proposal Gains Santa Monica Support

Posted Aug. 7, 2014, 8:17 am

Though only a ceremonial act of support, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted July 22 to support an effort by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to create a diversion program for people with mental illness to avoid staying in prison but instead sent into “effective community-based treatment.”

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Roads, Sidewalks To Receive $4.4 Million Improvements

Posted Aug. 6, 2014, 9:10 am

Keeping the roads and sidewalks maintained in Santa Monica is not cheap. At the most recent City Council meeting, council members approved two expenditures nearing $4.4 million to make improvements to Santa Monica’s streets while also upgrading a roadway at Moomat Ahiko Way and implementing recommendations of the Bicycle Action Plan.

The steel pipeline is 10 inches in diameter that runs for 3.9 miles within Santa Monica along 26th Street.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Pipeline To Continue Carrying Crude Oil Underneath Santa Monica Through 2024

Posted Jul. 24, 2014, 8:21 am

About four miles of pipeline that runs underneath Santa Monica and carries crude oil will continue to operate through at least 2024, thanks to a franchise agreement the City Council unanimously approved July 8.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

City-Backed Santa Monica Airport Initiative Remains In Holding Pattern

Posted Jul. 11, 2014, 8:54 am

An attempt to place a City-backed initiative on the November ballot to maintain the City Council’s power to determine the future of the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is still held at the gate and not yet ready for takeoff, as council members were in a holding pattern on Tuesday night in trying to figure out how best compete with another voter measure backed by a national pilot’s group.

A rendering of the MINI dealership that will bring a 35-foot high building to 1402 Santa Monica Boulevard.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica

MINI Dealership Given Green Light In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 11, 2014, 8:47 am

A rare moment occurred at Santa Monica City Hall on Tuesday night. A development agreement (DA) bringing more vehicles to Santa Monica was not only approved, but no one opposed the project on its actual merits.

The Santa Monica City Council will weigh in on a MINI dealership proposing to bring a 35-foot high building to 1402 Santa Monica Boulevard.

News, City Council, Development, Business, Santa Monica

MINI Dealership In Line For Santa Monica City Council Green Light

Posted Jul. 8, 2014, 8:48 am

A new car dealership could soon zig and zag its way to the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 14th Street. The proposed dealership has already handled a few tough corners en route to the City Council, but before MINI crosses the finish line and opens up shop in Santa Monica, the group proposing the auto company’s arrival must still win over the City Council.

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

Nominations Open July 14 For Santa Monica City Council, SMMUSD Board, SMC Board

Posted Jul. 6, 2014, 9:30 am

Want to serve on the Santa Monica City Council? Or maybe the Rent Control Board, Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, or Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education?

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Proposal To Limit Heights Of Santa Monica Beachfront Buildings Fails

Posted Jul. 4, 2014, 6:00 am

The Councilmember Discussion Items section of the bi-monthly Santa Monica City Council agenda is rarely a time for fireworks. Requested items placed on the second to last section of the agenda are usually quickly – and casually – discussed before moving forward to public comment.

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

City Hall Seeks Competing SMO Voter Initiative

Posted Jun. 27, 2014, 12:00 am

The Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved a direction on Tuesday to find some sort of middle ground with a ballot measure that could compete with another initiative aiming to limit the elected panel’s powers on airport issues.

The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday directed City staff to put together an ordinance that would prohibit the use of e-cigarettes (pictured right) wherever traditional cigarettes are also banned.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Electronic Cigarettes, Vaping

E-Cigarette Regulation Puffs Ahead

Posted Jun. 27, 2014, 12:00 am

The Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved on Tuesday the drafting of an ordinance to regulate the use of vaporizers the same way as traditional cigarettes.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Sacramento, Politics, California Assembly, Legislation

Hit-And-Run Bill Gains Support Of City Council

Posted Jun. 27, 2014, 12:00 am

Assembly Bill 1532 (AB 1532) would create a penalty for a driver who strikes a person and flees the scene without stopping, even if the person struck is not injured.

News, City Council, Venice, Transportation, Santa Monica

Segway Ban On Venice's Ocean Front Walk Strengthened

Posted Jun. 25, 2014, 9:05 am

The Los Angeles City Council voted on Tuesday to close a loophole in the city's ban on the use of Segways and other similar personal vehicles or scooters on the Venice Beach boardwalk.

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