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Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Employee Benefits To Increase To Prevent Potential Litigation

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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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.

The City of Santa Monica’s GO App can be used to report any issue: potholes that need filling, trees that need maintenance, and graffiti that needs removing.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, City Hall

Santa Monica’s GO App Keeping The City In Touch

Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 8:59 am

Determined to keep up with an increase in community requests, Santa Monica’s resident-responsive GO App has been put to the test recently with new figures revealing that closure rates are continually outperform projections.

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.

Scott Ferguson, Santa Monica Fire Chief.

News, Budget, Fire Department, Santa Monica, City Hall

Firefighters Split With Fire Chief Over Service Delivery Future In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:16 am

Santa Monica firefighters are standing together against the Fire Chief regarding staffing and dispatch directions for Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD).

Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek will be paid $27,452 per month while she is Interim City Manager until a candidate is found to replace Rod Gould who retires today.

News, City Manager, Santa Monica, City Hall

$27,452 Per Month To Keep Santa Monica City Manager’s Chair Warm

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 8:29 am

As Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould retires from his position today, Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek will have her salary bumped up to $27,452 a month to act as Interim City Manager to keep Gould’s chair warm until a new city manager is appointed. Council has also handed over $50,000 to a private firm to find his replacement. They are producing a brochure.

Palihouse Santa Monica is located at 1001 Third Street. Neighbors to the hotel have maintained a vocal opposition since the hotel’s renovation.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall, Hotel

VIDEO (NSFW): Sex Screams Latest Noise Complaint From Palihouse Neighbors

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 8:09 am

The Santa Monica Mirror will publish a three-part investigation starting early February looking into the issue of Palihouse Santa Monica after one neighbor posted a video earlier this month relating to ongoing noise complaints at the property at the intersection of 3rd Street and Washington.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Yards Parking Plan To Incorporate New $95K Study

Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:26 am

Parking at City Yards has come under increasing pressure of late with a new study in the City Yards Master Plan recently authorized by Santa Monica City Council. The study will be the latest in an 18-year on-going consultative process.

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, Santa Monica, Water, City Hall

Santa Monica Water Rate Hike Up To 70 Percent Over Five Years

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:34 am

Water is fast becoming an expensive commodity. Santa Monica residents are in for a sharp increase in their utility bills with a rapid rise in water rates scheduled to combat associated rising costs in water provision.

Elaine Polachek.

News, City Manager, Santa Monica, City Hall

Elaine Polachek Named Interim Santa Monica City Manager Starting Feb. 1

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:33 am

Santa Monica Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek will assume the position of interim City Manager on Feb. 1, 2015 to fill the shoes left by Rod Gould who is retiring at the end of January.

A vigil was held Tuesday night in Santa Monica following the grand jury decision in Ferguson on Monday.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Vigil Held Tuesday Night Following Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 1:55 pm

It was held following a grand jury decision's Monday in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict a white Missouri police officer who killed a young, unarmed black man.

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