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Steve Stajich, Columnist

City Government, Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

The Feel-Good Proposal Of The Year For Santa Monica

Posted Nov. 17, 2012, 12:58 am

During personal hard times friends will tell you that there are always other things to look at. Yes, your job is possibly on the line to downsizing. But you have a lovely and healthy family. Sure, it’s tough that the repo man is towing away your car but… you wanted to go ‘green’ anyway. Sure, you’re going bald, but that baseball cap looks great you!

News, City Government, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Named As A Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge Finalist

Posted Nov. 11, 2012, 1:46 am

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and the City of Santa Monica announced Monday it has been selected as a finalist for the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, a competition created to inspire American cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life -- and that ultimately can be shared with other cities across the nation.

Sarah Gorman, who took over as new Santa Monica City Clerk on Sept. 4, said she is thrilled at the level of interest that residents show for their local political system.

News, City Council, School Board, City Government, Election, Santa Monica

The Logistics Of Running Santa Monica's 2012 Election

Posted Nov. 5, 2012, 12:57 am

Just two months ago was Sarah Gorman’s first day on the job as Santa Monica City Clerk. Her arrival couldn’t have come at a busier time with the months leading up to Election Day the busiest for the small City Department.

City Government, Seven Days, Santa Monica

Free Shredding, E-Waste Recycling Day This Saturday In Santa Monica

Posted Oct. 9, 2012, 2:17 am

Too bad your aging entertainment electronics didn’t quite sell at your garage sale. It’s hard to get rid of an old hard drive, and just trashing old sensitive papers is too often an invitation to identity theft. Plus, getting it all recycled by professionals can be costly.

Anyone can go to the website – www.smgov.net/r3 – to view an interactive map with all sales happening on the day.

Environment, City Government, Santa Monica

Third Annual Citywide Yard Sale This Saturday

Posted Sep. 21, 2012, 10:47 am

The City of Santa Monica hosts its Third Annual Citywide Yard Sale this Saturday, Sept. 22 where residents and local organizations are simultaneously selling items from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Newly upgraded over six months at the cost of $400,000, the facility is ready in time for the annual September event of Emergency Preparedness Month.

News, City Government, Transportation, Santa Monica, Police Department

A Look At Santa Monica's Upgraded Emergency Operation Center

Posted Aug. 31, 2012, 1:30 am

Santa Monica city officials showed off their newly renovated Emergency Operation Center (EOC) on Thursday, which now features technological enhancements including a multi-screen video wall, an interactive Smart Board, video conferencing capabilities, and 34 independent work stations equipped with the latest computer technology.

News, City Government, Santa Monica, Housing

Rent Control Board Approves 1.54 Percent Adjustment; Seminar Set For July 10

Posted Jun. 25, 2012, 6:11 am

The Santa Monica Rent Control Board earlier this month approved 1.54 percent General Adjustment, meaning tenants can expect an increase of up to $26 a month.

News, City Government, Santa Monica, Technology

Santa Monica Partners With National Science Foundation To Support Tech Community

Posted Jun. 14, 2012, 3:30 am

The City of Santa Monica has teamed with the US Ignite Partnership to capitalize on what is possible through virtualized ultra-fast broadband netwo...

The Household Hazardous Waste Center will continue its drop-off service each Saturday through June, but the City hopes more residents will take part in its Home Collection service.

News, City Government, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Household Hazardous Waste Collection Deemed A Success

Posted Jun. 10, 2012, 2:17 am

Santa Monica is continuing to transition away from the permanent drop-off center to a home pick-up service for household hazardous waste collection. More than 800 residents used the Home Collection service during the 11 month pilot and feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

News, City Government, Santa Monica

Power Outage Planned For Ocean Park Boulevard And 20th Street On Friday

Posted May. 17, 2012, 2:17 am

The City of Santa Monica has issued an alert for a planned power outage this Friday, May 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ocean Park Blvd and 20th S...

Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks has been tapped to lead the Santa Monica Police Department.

News, City Government, Santa Monica, Police Department

New Santa Monica Police Chief Named

Posted Apr. 2, 2012, 7:35 am

Exactly one month after Timothy Jackman officially stepped down as Santa Monica Police Chief, his replacement has been named – Inglewood Police C...

News, City Government, Transportation, Santa Monica

This Week's Santa Monica Temporary Lane Closures

Posted Feb. 20, 2012, 1:11 am

The City of Santa Monica warns of temporary lane closures that are possible during daytime hours today through this Friday, Feb. 24, in the followi...

“Chain Reaction” will be dismantled unless several hundred thousand is raised for its restoration and preservation in the next six months.

City Government, Opinion, Columnist, Art

Preservation Can Be A Chain Reaction: Stajich

Posted Feb. 11, 2012, 12:49 am

Let me lay my cards out on the discussion table right away: I think it’s a no-brainer to want the city to preserve

A rendering of the new parking structure 6, which will be demolished and rebuilt with more parking spaces.

News, City Government, Development, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Community Open House Tonight, Talk With Project Managers

Posted Feb. 9, 2012, 12:41 am

Have a question about city construction projects underway or coming soon? The City's "Ask the Staff" event tonight, Feb. 9, will be held fro...

Bob Burket says he is sad to see the 1927 concrete at the intersection of Robson and Marine be resurfaced.

News, City Government, Transportation, Santa Monica

End Of The Road For 1920s Concrete In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 27, 2012, 10:30 pm

A little flash of sadness came across Santa Monica resident Bob Burket when he heard the intersection of Robson and Marine was being resurfaced, as...

More EV charging stations will be installed around Santa Monica like this one on Montana Ave.

News, City Government, Transportation, Santa Monica

New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Coming To Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 25, 2012, 12:20 am

New, publicly-accessible EV charging stations at seven sites and numerous residences throughout Santa Monica will be installed by EV Connect, a lea...

The Household Hazardous Waste Center will continue its drop-off service each Saturday through June, but the City hopes more residents will take part in its Home Collection service.

News, City Government, Santa Monica

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Service Extended

Posted Jan. 19, 2012, 1:20 am

Four months into the Household Hazardous Waste Home Collection Pilot Program, the Santa Monica Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) h...

News, City Government, City Manager, Santa Monica

City Manager Names City's New Director Of Finance

Posted Jan. 17, 2012, 10:00 am

Santa Monica City Manager today named Gigi Decavalles-Hughes as the city’s Director of Finance. She has been serving as Acting Director of Financ...

News, Sports, City Government, Basketball, Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College Men’s And Women’s Basketball Games To Air On CityTV

Posted Jan. 14, 2012, 1:00 am

CityTV of Santa Monica will start to air coverage of the Santa Monica College Men’s and Women’s basketball games for the first time. Th...

"Community Discussion Groups" are being held through March 14 to collect input from residents about the future of Santa Monica Airport.

News, City Government, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport

Sign-Up Now For Santa Monica Airport Group Discussions

Posted Jan. 13, 2012, 2:40 am

What are your thoughts regarding the future of Santa Monica Airport? The City of Santa Monica would like residents to share their thoughts b...

Karen Ginsberg has been promoted to Director of Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services Department.

News, City Government, Santa Monica

Karen Ginsberg Named Community And Cultural Services Director

Posted Jan. 4, 2012, 12:56 am

There is yet another changing of the guard at City Hall, as Santa Monica’s Community and Cultural Services (CCS) Department announced the interna...

Sam Morrissey (left) and Andrew Maximous in front of the video wall at the City’s new Transportation Management Center, which celebrated its grand opening last month.

News, City Government, Transportation, Santa Monica

Santa Monica CCTV, Video Detection Camera Network Expands

Posted Dec. 16, 2011, 12:40 am

Perched above more than a dozen of Santa Monica’s busiest intersections is CCTV cameras and video detection cameras with the purpose of keeping a...

City Government, Santa Monica, Polls

POLL: What do you think is Santa Monica's most important priority to improve on?

Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 1:23 am

What do you think is Santa Monica's most important priority to improve on?8%: E) Development45%: C) Homelessness6%: ...

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

Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards Nominations Open

Posted Dec. 5, 2011, 1:07 am

The Santa Monica Sustainable Quality Awards, dubbed the Academy Awards of green accomplishment, this week opened its nomination period for local bu...

News, City Government, Business, Santa Monica

Santa Monica’s 10 Gigabit Fiber Optic Network Honored

Posted Sep. 17, 2011, 10:18 am

Santa Monica’s 10 gigabit fiber optic network was recently honored for its ability to provide high speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second while a...

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