Posted Apr. 22, 2014, 9:08 am
A vote will be held at Santa Monica City Hall tonight on whether the City Council should back a proposed State Senate bill that could open the door for regulating medical marijuana dispensaries within the coastal municipality.
Posted Apr. 11, 2014, 9:34 am
Renters and the City of Santa Monica certainly have an interesting relationship. On the one hand, Santa Monica is quite reputable for its favorable rent control policies.
Posted Mar. 28, 2014, 9:02 am
Two affordable housing bills – one in the State Assembly and the other in the State Senate – will be supported by the Santa Monica City Council.
Posted Mar. 28, 2014, 9:01 am
As part of a program to help major metropolitan cities and areas remain prepared with homeland security measures, Santa Monica has accepted a grant for $799,076 from the 2013 Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).
Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 8:07 am
There was a time when smoking tobacco was considered cool. Over time, cigarette smoking has become heavily regulated and has formed a social stigma in California and other regions in the United States.
Posted Mar. 21, 2014, 7:55 am
Santa Monica and Crimson California Pipeline, L.P. will return to the bargaining table, as council members unanimously authorized City Staff on Tuesday to renegotiate the franchise agreement with the oil firm to operate an existing north-south crude petroleum pipeline running beneath the City. Specifically, the City Council hopes to reduce the length of the agreement from 20 years to 10 years.
Posted Mar. 14, 2014, 8:46 am
Ken Genser Square was filled with congratulatory hugs, cheers of accomplishment, and festive balloons Tuesday morning. There were also boxes full of signed papers and a few members of the local and regional media, as the Santa Monica-based volunteer group Residocracy.org delivered 13,440 signatures petitioning to overturn the planned Bergamot Transit Village development at the old Papermate site at 1681 26th Street.
Posted Mar. 2, 2014, 8:03 am
Dear Editor: It is indeed positive that the City of Santa Monica is now supporting the restoration of Paul Conrad's unique and creative 'Chain Reaction' mushroom cloud peace sculpture.
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.
Posted Feb. 28, 2014, 9:19 am
Though not quite a leap forward for mankind, the Santa Monica City Council’s decision to restore the mushroom cloud modern art sculpture known as Chain Reaction is at the very least one small step in the right direction for public art.
Posted Feb. 24, 2014, 9:19 am
The Santa Monica City Council is not yet done with development in the Bergamot Station area. Just two weeks after formally approving the controversial Hines development agreement (DA) on second reading by a 4-3 vote, council members will be voting this Tuesday, Feb. 25 to allow the City Manager’s office to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with a developer to develop the Bergamot Station Arts Center.
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.
Posted Feb. 18, 2014, 9:15 am
A city known for its favorable rent control practices hopes to be included in legislative reform making it tougher for property owners in Santa Monica and across the State to evict rent-controlled tenants in order to sell the property or otherwise take it off the rental market.
Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 9:29 am
In a predictable series of events Tuesday and Wednesday evening, the Hines development agreement (DA) officially moved forward and a group of residents carried through with the launch of a referendum campaign to veto the now-approved Bergamot Transit Village (BTV) at the previous Papermate facility at 1681 26th Street.
Posted Feb. 14, 2014, 9:25 am
The 2014 General Election is still nine months away and there are sure to be plenty of candidates throwing their respective hats into the ring for the upcoming Santa Monica City Council race, but one person who has already announced formal plans to have his name on the November ballot is Santa Monica Recreation & Parks Commissioner Phil Brock.
Posted Feb. 11, 2014, 9:19 am
Dear Editor, The proposed Bergamot Transit Village (BTV) is big enough to cause “significant and unavoidable” impacts to much of the Santa Monica/Venice/West LA area.
Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:59 am
What actually happened at the Tuesday night’s Santa Monica City Council meeting? First, by a 4 to 3 vote the Hines Development Agreement was approved.
Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 7:03 am
A formal proposal might still be a few months away, but the Santa Monica’s council members unanimously directed City staff last week to look into the possibility of incorporating into the upcoming budget a raise in the City-paid livable wage.
Posted Feb. 6, 2014, 9:27 am
Santa Monica activist Armen Melkonians will host a referendum launch event this Wednesday, Feb. 12 in an attempt to veto the City Council’s 4-3 vote Tuesday night to approve Hines’ 765,095 square foot mixed-use development at 1681 26th Street.
Posted Feb. 5, 2014, 9:05 am
Despite a 300-person rally in front of Santa Monica City Hall urging council members to vote “no” on a proposed mixed-use development dramatically altering the Bergamot Station area, the Santa Monica City Council narrowly approved Tuesday night a slightly modified development agreement (DA) to allow Hines 26th Street LLC to bring a five-building commercial, creative, and residential space to the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street.
Posted Feb. 4, 2014, 9:18 am
Dear Editor: I am increasingly concerned about the inability of Santa Monica residents to disagree civilly on matters of public policy. Prevalent though that problem may be in national politics, vituperative debate seems worse here on the local level, where we bump into each other at the supermarket, the doctor’s office, the deli or the movie theater.
Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:36 am
Dear Editor, The Hines project at Bergamot is consistent with our city's strategy of directing growth to this station area, helps us meet our sustainability goals and prepares us for the future.
Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:24 am
A group of Santa Monica residents have organized a rally in front of City Hall Tuesday evening in anticipation of the City Council’s impending vote of a proposed five-building development nearing 800,000 square feet in size at Bergamot Station.
Posted Feb. 3, 2014, 9:18 am
A pilot program to help make it easier for people navigate the Third Street Promenade and to activate the northernmost section of the Santa Monica thoroughfare was approved Jan. 14 by the City Council, though not without a little resistance.
Posted Jan. 31, 2014, 8:53 am
The fate of a controversial development agreement (DA) considered to be the largest ever in Santa Monica at 1681 26th Street and would transform a portion of Bergamot Station into combined commercial, residential, and transit neighborhood is still up the air as the City Council held off on deliberating the matter until Feb. 4.