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News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Works On New Lobbying Ordinance

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.

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Santa Monica City Council Questions City’s Bidding Process

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.

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Santa Monica Cited As Model In New Policy Agenda From Next Century Cities

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.

Since construction began on the upgrade of the California Incline, one resident has asked why there are many times where there are next to no workers on the site during day time hours.

News, Video, Santa Monica, City Hall, Traffic

VIDEO: Resident Questions Efficiency Of California Incline Upgrade

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.

Spotted: An unpermitted surf school lesson takes place on Santa Monica Beach. A local permitted surf school owner who pays the City of Santa Monica business tax says the problem of unlawful operations is escalating with surf instructors coming from as far away as Orange County to conduct their lessons in Santa Monica because of non-existent enforcement.

News, Business, Beach, Santa Monica, City Hall

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.

The latest edition of Seascape is now available.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica's July/August Seascape Edition Now Available Online

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.

The 12 acres of tie-downs at Santa Monica Airport will eventually be turned into parks, but the time frame of when that will happen is uncertain.

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Airport, City Hall, Smo

FAA Agreement With City Finally Expires, City Leaders To Go To Washington, D.C.

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.

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Santa Monica Consent Calendar Round Up: Electrical Supplies, AC, Plumbing

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.

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News, Santa Monica, City Hall, Women

Vacancy On Santa Monica Commission On The Status Of Women

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.

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News, Santa Monica, Television, City Hall

Santa Monica Open Data Initiative Earns Technology Awards

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.

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Santa Monica Approves Prefunding Post Employment Benefits For City Employees

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.

While residents are being asked to save water, the City of Santa Monica has installed new lawn by the beach, which has at least one resident baffled as to why.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

As City Pushes Water Saving Campaign, New Lawn Installed Near Muscle Beach

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.

News, Development, Santa Monica, City Hall

Long-Awaited Santa Monica Zoning Resolution Passes

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.

A Santa Monica ordinance that passed Tuesday bans short-term rentals and regulates on-site hosting and home-shares on websites like Airbnb.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, City Hall

Santa Monica Approves Second Reading Of Short-Term Rental Ordinance

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.

Mayor Kevin McKeown kicks-off the City of Santa Monica’s water conservation campaign as the emcee for the Doggy Dishwasher Contest.

News, Santa Monica, Water, City Hall

Santa Monica Promotes Water Conservation With Launch Of Campaign

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.

A crowd gathered outside Santa Monica City Hall on Tuesday before City Council’s meeting that discussed changes to zoning and land use ordinances. Council will return Tuesday where council members are expected to adopt a first reading after much discussion.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Zoning, LUCE Deliberations To Resume Tuesday After Marathon Meeting

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!”

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News, Santa Monica, City Hall, Eater

Find Out How Santa Monica Is Gearing Up To Meet Water Reduction Mandates

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.

The City of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project has released key findings from the local Wellbeing Index.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Numbers Crunched, Santa Monica Wellbeing Index Results Released

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.

Santa Monica City Clerk Sarah Gorman.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Council Announces Municipal Clerks Week

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."

The City of Santa Monica’s Office of Emergency Management had procured eight solar powered emergency lighting systems for disaster response, recovery, and investigation.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Procures Portable Solar Powered Emergency Light Towers

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.

The City of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project has released key findings from the local Wellbeing Index.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Wellbeing Project Key Findings Released

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.

The increasing number of homeless people trekking to the rePLANET recycling station at Lincoln and Ocean Park has neighbors calling on the City to add a sound wall to alleviate noise. Pictured are neighbors Tim Whitcome, Sean Gilbert, Tracy Bradley, and Richard Block.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Recycling Station Pushes Neighbors Past Their Limits

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.

The assessment phase has begun to restore Chain Reaction.

News, Santa Monica, Art, City Hall

"Chain Reaction" Sculpture Assessment Gets Underway As First Step To Restoration

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.

The latest edition of Seascape is now available.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica's March/April Seascape Edition Now Available Online

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.

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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.

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