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Jessica Cusick will receive the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Honor.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

French Officials To Honor Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Manager Jessica Cusick

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, 9:33 am

The French Consul General in Los Angeles, Axel Cruau, announced that the City of Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Manager, Jessica Cusick, has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, City Hall

Letter To The Editor: Did You Really Have To SLAPP Us?

Posted Aug. 9, 2014, 9:14 am

We residents of Sunset Park have been watching the airport grow into a noisy, polluting, and dangerous jet port. Just days after a unanimous vote by City Council to look into ways to rein in the airport, an out of town airport lobby, funded by of town money, filed a petition to maintain airport status quo and change the Santa Monica Charter.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Employee Fired: Possible Lawsuit, Investigation

Posted Jun. 13, 2014, 9:15 am

The firing of a public affairs and communications officer before her first day on the job has led to the planned lawsuit and the calling of an investigation by Santa Monica residents.

Kate Vernez is the City of Santa Monica's Deputy City Manager for Special Projects.

Opinion, Santa Monica, City Hall

Hometown Hero: Kate Vernez & The Art Of Being Purposeful

Posted May. 9, 2014, 6:00 am

Kate Vernez, speaking about her work with the City of Santa Monica, said, “What I resonate with are collaborations with other people to have a successful outcome and to be purposeful.”

The City of Santa Monica has a new opportunity for park fans to show their support.

News, Parks, Santa Monica, City Hall

Plaques To Be Placed On Sponsored Benches At Tongva Park

Posted May. 3, 2014, 7:38 am

Santa Monica City Hall has launched a new opportunity for fans of Tongva Park to show their support for the park. Benches located in prime spots throughout Tongva Park are now part of the City’s Give Santa Monica program.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Receives $60,000 From EPA To Reduce Water Pollution

Posted May. 2, 2014, 6:25 am

The city of Santa Monica will receive $60,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a stormwater diversion system designed to reduce runoff, protect water quality and replace potable water used to irrigate parkland, it was announced Thursday.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, City Hall

Santa Monica City Hall Launches Free “Gig Test” For Visitors

Posted Mar. 16, 2014, 7:01 am

The City of Santa Monica has provided Gigabit broadband to local tech and entertainment businesses for years, but as of Friday, the City will offer City Hall visitors a chance to use broadband speeds that outpace U.S. and global broadband speeds.

A rendering of the Bergamot Village project proposed by Hines for 1681 26th Street in Santa Monica.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Courts, City Hall

Santa Monica Coalition For A Livable City Files 34-Page Lawsuit Against Hines

Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 9:11 am

They have been accused in some corners as being the most vocal but not necessarily the loudest group, but a collection of Santa Monica activists, residents, and stakeholders who oppose the Bergamot Transit Village development proposed by Hines 26th Street LLC (Hines) have used every tool in the book to either prevent or reverse the project from ever seeing light of day.

A rendering of the mixed-used Hines project at 1681 26th Street that will total 765,095 square feet of housing, creative office space, and restaurant and retail space.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Referendum Backers Claim To Have Enough Signatures To Veto Hines Project

Posted Mar. 11, 2014, 8:45 am

Residocracy.org founder Armen Melkonians says he and his backers will deliver 13,440 signatures to Santa Monica City Hall this morning at 11 am in order to veto the approval of the Hines development project.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Clerk’s Office Now Provides Passport Services

Posted Mar. 10, 2014, 9:40 am

Planning an international family vacation, studying abroad, or going on an exotic honeymoon? Getting your passport for whatever trip you have planned just got a lot easier in Santa Monica.

Mayor Pam O’Connor, Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day, and the City’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment’s environmental analyst Karl Bruskotter with owners and employees of four local nail salons who were recognized on Monday.

News, Health, Business, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Recognizes Four Healthy Nail Salons For Creating Safer Environments

Posted Mar. 7, 2014, 9:27 am

Four nail salons in Santa Monica were recognized in an intimate ceremony on Monday for their collaborative efforts to make healthier work environments while also promoting a “green” agenda and promoting safer products to its customers.

Steve Stajich, Columnist

Opinion, Santa Monica, Art, City Hall

A Community’s Chain Reaction

Posted Mar. 1, 2014, 8:56 am

The astronaut suits are falling apart. Those somewhat beautiful space suits that several generations recognize as the gear worn by the courageous space pilots who walked in space and even walked on the moon are being preserved by the Smithsonian. They are history, they are cool… but they were never meant to last 50-plus years. So at the National Air and Space Museum’s Paul E. Garber Facility in Maryland, technicians are working full days to try and save the deteriorating suits. Tough and reliable in space, the suits were never designed to last forever.

City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Public Hearing March 18 For Santa Monica Pipeline Franchise Agreement

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, 9:21 am

A crude petroleum pipeline runs up and down Santa Monica near the City’s eastern edge. The future of that pipeline might be determined at the next council meeting, as the City’s elected panel approved as part of its consent calendar Tuesday the setting of a public hearing to gather public testimony of the crude petroleum pipeline passing through the public right of way in Santa Monica.

Applications are open through March 5, 2014 for the City of Santa Monica's "The People's Academy."

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Learn How The City Of Santa Monica Works Through "The People's Academy"

Posted Feb. 26, 2014, 9:12 am

The City of Santa Monica is launching an initiative called "The People’s Academy" to provide a behind-the-scenes look at local government operations, partnerships, and innovations.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Council Approves $1 Million Cost For Copy Machine, New Furniture

Posted Feb. 21, 2014, 9:20 am

Running an office in Santa Monica is rarely, if ever, cheap. Indeed, even Santa Monica City Hall is not immune from making big expenditures when it comes to maintaining office space, as the City Council approved last week nearly $1 million in expenses for a color copy machine and consulting services for new office furniture.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall, Earthquake

City Of Santa Monica To Identify Buildings At Risk During Earthquakes

Posted Feb. 16, 2014, 9:28 am

The City of Santa Monica has allocated $105,000 to launch the first phase of a comprehensive seismic safety program which will identify buildings at risk during earthquakes and address vulnerabilities within the City.

Santa Monica city officials urge residents and businesses to cut back on water usage.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Officials Urge 20 Percent Water Reduction To Avoid Crisis

Posted Jan. 30, 2014, 8:42 am

Santa Monica city officials are asking residents and businesses to voluntarily reduce water use 20 percent from 2013 usage in an effort for the community to become water self-sufficient and avoid a drought induced water crisis and mandatory water restrictions.

Santa Monica community activist Armen Melkonians.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Activist's Site To "Take Your City Back" From Developer Interests

Posted Jan. 4, 2014, 8:54 am

Santa Monica community activist and 2012 City Council candidate Armen Melkonians will unveil his new community organization website residocracy.org on Tuesday night, dubbed a "simple, efficient, and effective tool to take your city back from the developer interests currently controlling City Hall."

Santa Monica residents can take advantage of the City's free Christmas Tree Recycling Service.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Offers Free Christmas Tree Recycling Service

Posted Dec. 26, 2013, 9:12 am

Christmas has come and gone, but are you left wondering how to dispose of your unwanted Christmas tree?

News, Parks, Santa Monica, City Hall

Ken Genser Square Water Feature Update: Further Waterproofing Begins Today

Posted Dec. 2, 2013, 9:11 am

Construction fencing will return today around the Ken Genser Square water feature for waterproofing and other work to prevent future problems.

News, Transportation, Parks, Santa Monica, City Hall

Traffic Management System, Tongva Park & Green Street Projects Receive Awards

Posted Oct. 26, 2013, 9:17 am

The American Public Works Association (APWA) Southern California Chapter announced three Santa Monica public works projects have been named a 2013 Project of the Year.

A worker is seen Tuesday jack hammering underneath a pre-cast top section of the multi-tiered fountain outside of Santa Monica City Hall. The ongoing leaks have pushed the fountain beyond its September completion date.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Liquidated Damages Loom For Contractor Of Leaking Ken Genser Square Fountain

Posted Oct. 4, 2013, 8:37 am

With the new multi-tiered fountain in front of City Hall still leaking – and past its original September completion date – the City of Santa Monica has set a deadline for the contractor to finish the project before incurring financial penalties.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Unveils New Online Registration For Programs, Services

Posted Aug. 7, 2013, 9:41 am

Accessing the City of Santa Monica’s programs and services is now a lot easier after the Community and Cultural Service Department unveiled its new online registration and reservation platform.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Hall To Hire Collection Agency

Posted Jul. 17, 2013, 9:09 am

With Santa Monica potentially facing a budget deficit from July 2015 onward, City Hall wants to make sure no stone is left unturned to ensure all funds owed to the City are paid.

News, Santa Monica, Police Department, City Hall

Watch Santa Monica Gun Violence Forum Online Today At 10 am

Posted Jul. 15, 2013, 9:26 am

A gun violence, mental health, and community recovery forum being held at Santa Monica City Hall this morning will be streamed live online.

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