Posted May. 21, 2013, 9:43 am
The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved by a 5 to 1 vote a resolution calling for a constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood. The vote came four days after the Move to Amend organization held a national mobilization event to raise public awareness regarding the issue of corporate influence on elections.
Posted May. 20, 2013, 8:49 am
After a pair of Los Angeles Times articles earlier this month revealed a Prop. 13 loophole allowing corporations to avoid paying reassessment taxes to the State, the Santa Monica City Council hopes to be at the forefront of closing that loophole to ensure commercial properties are fairly taxed and the City’s coffers are regularly replenished.
Posted May. 17, 2013, 9:10 am
Amidst all the recent talk of proposed high rises that are too tall and a healthy dose of development agreements populating the City Council agenda, the final design plans for what is effectively Santa Monica’s welcome center – the Colorado Esplanade – were formally approved Tuesday.
Posted May. 17, 2013, 8:43 am
A proposed 53-unit development in downtown Santa Monica narrowly earned the City Council’s approval Tuesday night. In a 4 to 3 vote, a development agreement (DA) proposed by Century West Partners will move forward.
Posted May. 13, 2013, 11:56 am
Dear Council, Tomorrow night, you are being asked to approve a Development Agreement which in a negligible way addresses the planning staff’s emphasis on “WALKABILITY” or LUCE’s buzzword phrases “GREEN CONNECTIONS” and “GROUND LEVEL OPEN SPACE” reached with over three years of public participation.
Posted May. 13, 2013, 9:16 am
The Santa Monica City Council returns to action Tuesday with a myriad of issues to consider, ranging from tax law to mixed-use developments and from sustainability to recreation.
Posted May. 13, 2013, 9:14 am
There is a national movement spearheaded by Move to Amend pushing for a constitutional amendment to abolish “corporate personhood” and declare money is not a form of protected speech. Two of Santa Monica’s council members sought to gain support for Move to Amend’s national mobilization campaign held Friday and placing the issue on the elected panel’s next meeting tomorrow.
Posted May. 10, 2013, 8:35 am
Santa Monica may have a skyline spotted with a few more high-rises, though some residents would like to have a say in whether the City’s skyline is altered in the first place. More than 300 people – at least 325 people had formally signed-in – filled a community room at the Civic Auditorium on Monday evening to give their two cents about the Downtown Specific Plan.
Posted May. 3, 2013, 9:25 am
Amidst pleas by various camps in favor or against the landing fees at Santa Monica Airport (SMO), David Goddard, chair of the Airport Commission, spent five minutes speaking to the council about the agreements that govern one of the City’s most controversial pieces of real estate.
Posted May. 3, 2013, 9:24 am
The pavement at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) is about to be upgraded, as the Santa Monica City Council approved at its Tuesday special meeting a contract for almost $700,000 to repave the airport’s runway and runway; parking lot improvements are also included in the expenditure.
Posted May. 3, 2013, 8:55 am
Landing at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) will be more expensive, as the City Council approved at a special meeting Tuesday night a resolution increasing the landing fee for all aircraft touching down at the airfield.
Posted Apr. 30, 2013, 10:28 am
The Metro Board of Directors has approved the names for the three Santa Monica stations part of the second phase of the Expo Line, according to Metro’s blog The Source.
Posted Apr. 26, 2013, 9:11 am
“Totem” will be the new Cirque du Soleil production that will call the parking lot just north of the pier home in 2014, as Santa Monica City Council members unanimously approved City Manager Rod Gould to finalize a contract to bring the acrobatic performances back to Santa Monica.
Posted Apr. 26, 2013, 9:10 am
Quite a bit of money will be exchanged at City Hall, as Santa Monica’s Council members approved a $2 million-plus contract to resurface a portion of Lincoln Boulevard and a $4 million-plus sale of a city-owned parcel on Michigan Avenue.
Posted Apr. 26, 2013, 9:08 am
If Santa Monica hopes to be taken seriously for its goals to reduce greenhouse emissions, then it may behoove City Hall to ensure all future developments are at least making an effort to comply with the spirit of the Climate Action Plan.
Posted Apr. 26, 2013, 8:43 am
Private fitness trainers and City Hall are making headway in coming to terms of how exercise instruction may take place at select public parks and the beach in Santa Monica.
Posted Apr. 23, 2013, 9:20 am
The Santa Monica City Council returns to the dais tonight and will consider options for commercial fitness camps and classes on public property.
Posted Apr. 22, 2013, 9:33 am
The Santa Monica City Council returns to the dais this Tuesday and will consider several issues including entertainment, recreation, community service, and development.
Posted Apr. 21, 2013, 8:33 am
When I first started offering outdoor fitness training classes in Palisades Park more than 10 years ago, the park was full of people using drugs, drinking alcohol, smoking, littering, and making other park users feel uncomfortable.
Posted Apr. 19, 2013, 9:35 am
Anti-airport advocates are preparing for their first formal interaction with City Council members who will decide the fate of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) when its current contract with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expires on June 30, 2015.
Posted Apr. 19, 2013, 9:33 am
The Santa Monica City Council approved April 9 a resolution that would establish new parking rates in downtown structures for disabled tenants living in 100 percent affordable housing in the area, particularly where onsite parking is unavailable.
Posted Apr. 19, 2013, 9:31 am
Production companies and filmmakers will have to go through Film L.A., Inc., if they want to obtain a film permit to shoot in Santa Monica.
Posted Apr. 19, 2013, 9:30 am
A request of Santa Monica City Council members Gleam Davis and Ted Winterer to authorize a $7,500 expenditure to cover the costs of a symposium at Santa Monica College’s Public Policy Institute was unanimously approved April 9.
Posted Apr. 16, 2013, 9:09 am
Tourists may be drawn to Santa Monica for its scenic coast, but soon many of them will be able to get around town in a pedicab.
Posted Apr. 13, 2013, 8:50 am
Regarding yet another development agreement (the Village Trailer Park), the city’s planning director states “we are asking developers to provide roads and connections we’re seeking, and it doesn’t make sense to also penalize them for ceding their property” and adding “that the calculation was a common one used in previous development agreements.”