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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.

Santa Monica City Council passed a new ordinance on Tuesday to change noise regulation in most of the city.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Police Department

Shhhhhh!!! Santa Monica Puts Lid On Loud Sound

Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 8:06 am

A quieter environment was on Santa Monica City Council’s agenda this week as councilmembers passed a new ordinance to change noise regulation in most of the city.

The City Council approved the name “Breeze” for the $10 million bike-share rollout with CycleHop on Tuesday.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Biking

“Breeze” Gusts Forward To Claim New Santa Monica Bikeshare Name

Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 8:04 am

Santa Monica’s new bikeshare system has a fresh identity, with “Breeze” topping the voting charts due to its light, bright implications.

Barry Sherman is one of two remaining rent-controlled tenants who live at Palihouse Santa Monica who are being evicted in May.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica, Housing, Hotels

Investigation Palihouse: Final Two Residents Being Evicted

Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 7:23 am

The remaining two residents living at Palihouse Santa Monica, formerly Embassy Hotel Apartments, are set to be evicted in May. The legality of such a process is under the spotlight after stark revelations reveal that the sudden classification of the building from multi-family residential to hotel, is dubious.

'Brock on your Block' host Phil Brock talks with Laura Wilson about Palihouse Santa Monica.

News, City Council, Video, Santa Monica, Hotel, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: Palihouse Santa Monica

Posted Feb. 11, 2015, 9:23 am

"Brock on your Block" host Phil Brock discusses Palihouse Santa Monica with Laura Wilson who lives next to the property that was converted from a residential apartment building to a hotel in mid-2013.

Palihouse Santa Monica has generated outcry from residents who do not want the commercial property operating in their neighborhood.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing, Hotels

Investigation Palihouse: Santa Monica Neighbors Up In Arms

Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 8:14 am

Recent outcries from angry neighbors surrounding the now boutique hotel Palihouse at 1001 3rd Street are raising serious questions in Santa Monica. With a surge in all-night noise, street parking, and outdoor parties, how did the residentially located apartment building become a fully operational hotel in mid-2013?

A stable “probable” economic outlook is predicted for the City of Santa Monica.

News, Budget, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Modest Forecast For City Of Santa Monica Midyear Budget

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:18 am

A special joint meeting of Santa Monica City Council, the Housing Authority, and the Redevelopment Successor Agency was held Tuesday night during the City Council session, with a stable “probable” economic outlook predicted.

Fit4mom fitness operator Raisa Lilling is pleased with minimal changes to the constraints of operating training sessions at Palisades Park were minimal, including a decision to not increase current rates.

News, City Council, Fitness, Santa Monica, Palisades Park

Outdoor Fitness Operators Catch A Break From Possible Rate Hike

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:21 am

A concerted effort by Santa Monica City staff to raise fees for local outdoor fitness instructors was shut-down by City Council Tuesday, as the majority of council members agreed that such an increase was unnecessary.

Santa Monicans face big fines for water overuse under new citywide water-reduction policies that will go into effect April.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica, Water

Stiff Penalties To Trickle Down For Water Overuse In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:19 am

Fines of up to $10,000 could face Santa Monicans who don’t toe the water-reduction line following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting where new citywide water-reduction policies were adopted.

Santa Monica City Council passed a motion on Tuesday to create special classification for beach workers.

News, City Council, Beach, Santa Monica

“As Needed” Santa Monica Beach Workers Fight For Rights

Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 8:49 am

With the City of Santa Monica moving towards eliminating contract and as-needed workers, nine custodial beach workers have banded together in an attempt to secure their positions and livelihoods.

Ocean Park beach bathroom workers are fighting for their jobs.

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

Letter To The Editor: Keep Our Santa Monica Beach Bathrooms Clean, Safe

Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:26 am

Dear Editor, I’d gamble my teacher paycheck that every woman alive has experienced a feeling of dread walking into a public bathroom. Will it be clean? Will it be safe? Will the door lock? Will there be enough paper? The anxiety is enough to give a woman a stomachache.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Construction Workers’ Wages To Align With California Standards

Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:22 am

The wages of Santa Monica City construction workers will soon be in line with California Labor Code standards, with City Council moving to pass a motion Dec. 18 to enable the alignment.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Protection Of Santa Monica Tenants Rights Increase Under Amendments

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:36 am

With an increase in the number of complaints of tenant harassment in Santa Monica regarding the strong-arm tactics of landlords hoping to get more money from their properties by ousting occupants, Santa Monica City Council passed two motions Tuesday night to increase renters’ rights in affordable housing units.

With the Expo line expected to open in 2016, Santa Monica’s transit authority Big Blue Bus has developed a revised transit integration plan.

News, City Council, Transportation, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Big Blue Bus Route Shake-Up To Align With Expo

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:06 am

In light of the opening of the Expo line in Santa Monica and the subsequent duplication of public transit options, Santa Monica City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to move forward with work on a totally revised Big Blue Bus transit integration plan.

Sue Himmelrich.

News, City Council, Development, Video, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

VIDEO: Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich Discusses Development, SMO

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am

Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.

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