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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, 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, 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, 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.

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

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica City Council In Midst Of An Identity Crisis

Posted Jun. 24, 2014, 9:18 am

It appears that our Santa Monica City Council is in the midst of an identity crisis, our identity. They believe that both we and they live or should live in a different much denser urban place.

E-cigarettes may soon be regulated the same way as cigarettes in Santa Monica.

News, City Council, Health, Santa Monica

E-Cigarettes Could Be Regulated Same As Real Cigarettes In Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 23, 2014, 9:16 am

The act of vaping might soon be no different than smoking under the eyes of the law, as the Santa Monica City Council will be discussing this Tuesday the possibility of an ordinance to regulate e-cigarettes the same way as cigarettes.

Former Santa Monica mayor Michael Feinstein, who served on the City Council more than 10 years ago, announced Tuesday his bid for the year’s November election.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Michael Feinstein Launches His Santa Monica City Council Bid

Posted Jun. 20, 2014, 9:28 am

A walk in the park, a vegan meal in the shade, and an after party at Santa Monica landmark Chez Jay: these activities were part of Michael Feinstein’s announcement that he is seeking a return to the City Council, where he once served as mayor more than 10 years ago.

The Santa Monica City Council unanimously opted to figure out how to make a 148-foot proposal work for a development between Fourth and Fifth Street on the south side of Arizona Avenue ahead of an alternate 84-foot high proposal.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Tall Downtown Santa Monica Project Receives Initial Support

Posted Jun. 20, 2014, 8:55 am

If all goes as planned, there could soon be a new 148-foot building in downtown Santa Monica. Then again, considering the current political climate, a referendum might sprout up before a shovel is ever placed into the dirt.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

Michael Feinstein To Launch City Council Campaign Today

Posted Jun. 17, 2014, 4:10 am

Former Santa Monica mayor and Council member Michael Feinstein will announce his 2014 City Council campaign today.

A rendering of the development proposed for Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica returns to City Council for discussion on Tuesday.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

Preliminary Designs For 4th/5th And Arizona Project On Council Docket

Posted Jun. 9, 2014, 9:19 am

Santa Monica City staff will be looking for direction from Santa Monica council members this Tuesday for the preliminary designs of a proposed project on City-owned property between Fourth and Fifth Streets and just south of Arizona Avenue.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Earthquake

Seismically Hazardous Buildings To Be Identified

Posted May. 30, 2014, 12:00 am

City Hall will hire an engineering firm to create list of buildings made of concrete, steel, or wood framing and are at risk of collapsing in a major earthquake.

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