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.
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.
Posted Jul. 16, 2015, 8:37 am
The City of Santa Monica was highlighted in a new policy agenda from Next Century Cities as a model of how best to develop a high-quality broadband network.
Posted Jul. 14, 2015, 9:28 am
The City of Santa Monica, in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is reconstructing the California Incline Bridge to meet current seismic standards.
VIDEO: Rogue Surf Schools Anger Permitted Instructors Who Claim City Fails To Shut Down Unlawful Operations
Posted Jul. 10, 2015, 9:03 am
Imagine that you’re a business owner in Santa Monica and your business is teaching people how to surf: you’re a surf instructor. You follow the law and pay the city for a permit that grants you access to an area of the beach to hold your lessons — not because you want to, but because it’s in compliance with the city’s regulations governing surf instructors. In addition, the permit requires you to pay 15 to 20 percent of your gross income to the city, which also has regulations over the size of your surf classes and on instructors, too.
Posted Jul. 7, 2015, 8:12 am
The City of Santa Monica has published its July/August edition of Seascape. It is published six times annually to inform residents about city programs and services.
Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am
A 31-year-old agreement between the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) and the City of Santa Monica concerning Santa Monica Airport ended Wednesday, allowing for the city to begin reclaiming its control of SMO, a little at a time.
Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 9:36 am
Santa Monica City Council approved a handful of consent calendar items at its Tuesday night meeting, including electrical supplies, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, and water feature services. As these items generally do not need any discussion or debate, City Council typically approves all these items together without discussion or individual motions.
Posted Jun. 10, 2015, 9:53 am
Santa Monica's Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) is accepting applications for a vacancy position beginning July 1, 2015.
Posted Jun. 9, 2015, 9:43 am
The City of Santa Monica has won a Technology Solutions award from the Public Technology Institute for its Open Data Initiative representing “Transparency, Collaboration and Third Party Applications Through Open Data.” The PTI Solutions Awards recognize outstanding advances in the use of technology to improve the management and delivery of local government services.
Posted May. 22, 2015, 9:49 am
Santa Monica City Council on May 12 approved a prefunding of other post employment benefits (OPEB) for City employees, totaling $2,506,785 in fiscal year 2014-15.
Posted May. 22, 2015, 9:14 am
Sandwiched between a cement walkway and Muscle Beach’s eclectic collection of workout structures is a patch of newly laid grass that has at least one man scratching his head asking why it’s there following the City urging residents to get rid of lawns for more drought tolerant landscaping.
Posted May. 15, 2015, 9:57 am
After hours upon hours of impassioned public hearings and divisive council discussions that peaked last week with a council meeting that went well into the early morning, the new zoning ordinance update (ZOU) and land use and circulation element (LUCE) amendment resolutions came to a close.
Posted May. 13, 2015, 9:06 am
The Santa Monica City Council has passed some of the region’s toughest regulations on the booming short-term rental industry.
Posted May. 10, 2015, 9:23 am
The City of Santa Monica officially launched its campaign to help residents, visitors, and businesses save water on Saturday at the Santa Monica Festival, focusing on how to achieve the new water-saving goals.
Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am
A crowd gathered before Tuesday’s Santa Monica City Council meeting in front of City Hall’s steps holding signs that matched the tenor of their shouts: “Too big! Too tall! Too much! Too big! Too tall! Too much!”
Posted May. 5, 2015, 9:33 am
As California enters a fourth year of drought, two far-reaching water reduction mandates were handed out in April to save water and conserve the state’s dwindling water supplies.
Posted May. 1, 2015, 9:09 am
Santa Monica City Hall released its findings from the Wellbeing Index Monday, a collection of wide-ranging data used to better understand the wellbeing of Santa Monica residents. The project aims to allow the city of Santa Monica to consider new data about how people are doing.
Posted Apr. 29, 2015, 10:03 am
A Proclamation, issued by the Santa Monica City Council, on Tuesday, April 28, declared that the week of May 3 - 9, 2015 is designated as "Municipal Clerks Week."
Posted Apr. 29, 2015, 9:54 am
The City of Santa Monica’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has received $200,000 from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase eight portable solar powered emergency light towers.
Posted Apr. 27, 2015, 10:02 am
While Santa Monica civic engagement is strong more than half of residents feel their civic influence is limited and almost two-thirds feel disengaged from the city.
Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 8:48 am
Faced with a never-ending background soundtrack of crashing bottles and crunching aluminum cans, residents on Ocean Park and Lincoln have had enough. They’re calling on Santa Monica City to put an end to the cacophony of smashing sounds and the increasing number of homeless people trekking to the area at all hours to cash in recyclables seven days a week.
Posted Apr. 2, 2015, 8:26 am
The long-awaited launch of the assessment of Santa Monica's iconic landmarked 'Chain Reaction' peace sculpture near Santa Monica Civic Auditorium began on Wednesday.
Posted Mar. 23, 2015, 10:11 am
The City of Santa Monica has published its March/April edition of Seascape. It is published six times annually to inform residents about city programs and services.
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.