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Santa Monica voters will decide on the local races of City Council, SMMUSD School Board, and SMC Board of Trustees on Nov. 4, 2014.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Hear From All 14 Santa Monica City Council Candidates At Forum Tonight

Posted Oct. 21, 2014, 10:01 am

The Santa Monica Mirror, in collaboration with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, will present a Santa Monica City Council election forum tonight, Oct. 21.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

L.A. Elections May Change From Odd To Even-Number Years

Posted Oct. 18, 2014, 9:42 am

A Los Angeles City Council panel on Friday backed shifting city elections from odd- to even-numbered years to coincide with federal and state balloting -- a change that could result in a one-time extension of the terms of office of the mayor, council members and other officials from four to five-and-a-half years.

Santa Monica voters will decide on the local races of City Council, SMMUSD School Board, and SMC Board of Trustees on Nov. 4, 2014.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica, Smc, Smmusd

Last Chance To RSVP For Santa Monica Mirror Election Forums Oct. 21/22

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 9:16 am

The Santa Monica Mirror, in collaboration with the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, will present election forums on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

A rendering of the seven-story mixed-use building proposed for 500 Broadway. Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to direct city staff to initiate the development agreement negotiation review process.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

500 Broadway Development Moves Forward For Review

Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 9:13 am

Plans for the downtown Santa Monica block bordering Broadway and 5th Street have been approved for review, with City Council voting Tuesday to move forward with the development process for the site.

Santa Monica voters will decide on the local races of City Council, SMMUSD School Board, and SMC Board of Trustees on Nov. 4, 2014.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Smc, Smmusd

The Mirror To Host City Council Forum Oct. 21, SMC/ SMMUSD Forum Oct. 22

Posted Oct. 14, 2014, 10:06 am

The Santa Monica Mirror, along with the the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, is pleased to present Santa Monica election forums on Tuesday, Oct. 21 and Wednesday, Oct. 22.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

City Council, Opinion, Election, Santa Monica

Seniors & Services: Second Question Santa Monica City Council Candidates

Posted Oct. 11, 2014, 9:45 am

The Santa Monica Council Members to be elected on November 4, 2014 will be responsible for guiding and shaping the City. Their decisions will affect each of us in practical ways – such as our daily travel in the City; the number of parks we have and how they are used; how we spend the public dollar and the social benefits that can bring; and the image and character of new development in the City.

Susan Cloke, Columnist

City Council, Opinion, Santa Monica, Columnist

Traffic: The First Question For Santa Monica City Council Candidates

Posted Oct. 8, 2014, 1:53 pm

The Santa Monica City Council members to be elected on Nov. 4, 2014 will be responsible for guiding and shaping the city. Their decisions will affect each of us in practical ways – such as our daily travel in the city; the number of parks we have and how they are used; how we spend the public dollar and the social benefits that can bring; and the image and character of new development in the city.

News, City Council, Development, Santa Monica

City Of Santa Monica Slugs Developers With Affordable Housing Fee

Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 9:06 am

The creation of an affordable housing linkage fee on new development projects moved one step closer to fruition following the Santa Monica City Council’s recent vote on the issue.

The City of Santa Monica is cracking down on e-cigarettes in public.

News, City Council, Health, Santa Monica

Public Vaping Goes Up In Smoke As E-Cigarettes Are Reclassified By Council

Posted Sep. 26, 2014, 6:00 am

The ability for e-cigarette users to vape freely in public has come to an end in Santa Monica with city council passing the first reading of an ordinance that includes electronic smoking devices within the definition of “smoke” and “smoking” for the purposes of the city’s anti-smoking laws.

A Big Blue Bus in downtown Santa Monica.

News, City Council, Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica

Bus Boost: New BBB CNG Vehicles And Ride Attendants For the Elderly

Posted Sep. 26, 2014, 6:00 am

Santa Monica’s public transport system has been the focus of recent council attention with new funds allocated to improve the city’s services.

One of the ponies at the Santa Monica farmers market on Sundays at Main Street.

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

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Council Acts With Compassion For Ponies

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:47 am

Dear Editor, I want to thank the Santa Monica City Council for moving forward with a compassionate heart recently, when it voted to instruct city staff to explore more spacious park-line venues for our animal friends now displayed like pieces of equipment at the Main Street Farmers Market.

A rendering of Worthe Real Estate Group’s proposal for the future development of Bergamot Station Arts Center. Joe Coriaty of Frederick Fisher and Partners, the architects with the Worthe team said, “Keep Bergamot Bergamot. Focus on the arts.”

City Council, Opinion, Santa Monica

Bergamot Station: Art, Artists & The Expo Line

Posted Sep. 13, 2014, 7:27 am

Pausing to catch her breath, the speaker at the podium explained she had raced up the steps to Council Chambers. She was part of the overflow audience in the lobby below waiting her turn to speak at the Council hearing on the future of the Santa Monica arts venue, Bergamot Station.

One of the ponies at the Santa Monica farmers market every Sunday.

News, City Council, Farmers Market, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Main Street Farmers Market Ponies Put Out To Pasture

Posted Sep. 12, 2014, 9:02 am

Following six months of vigorous free-the-pony campaigning, the ponies and petting zoo that have been a familiar sight at Santa Monica’s Main Street farmers market will have to look for greener fields mid next year, after the city voted Tuesday night to exclude animals from the weekly event.

The City Council on Tuesday granted additional funding for the creation of Buffer Park.

News, City Council, Parks, Santa Monica

Consent Calendar Round Up: Santa Monica Parks Receive Funding

Posted Sep. 12, 2014, 9:01 am

A recent funding grant will provide a huge amenities boost to current Buffer Park plans, thanks to an extended design contract awarded at the Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday to encompass the improved facilities.

The future of Bergamot Station Arts Center, which is home to the Santa Monica Museum of Art, took a turn in a different direction on Tuesday night after council members voted against a City staff recommendation to partner with 26th Street TOD Partners. Instead, the City will now enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with Worthe Real Estate Group to develop the City-owned property.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

New Vision For Bergamot Station As City Council Votes Against City Staff

Posted Sep. 12, 2014, 8:37 am

Santa Monica-based developer Worthe Real Estate Group has been granted an exclusive negotiating agreement to partner with the city on the Bergamot Station Arts Center project, following a council vote Tuesday.

Santa Monica councilman Kevin McKeown who is seeking re-election has gained the support of the California Nurses Association.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

California Nurses Association Endorse Kevin McKeown For City Council Re-Election

Posted Sep. 10, 2014, 9:44 am

The California Nurses Association has endorsed the re-election of Santa Monica councilman Kevin McKeown at the Nov. 4 election where three seats are up for grabs.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Ocean

City Of Santa Monica Accepts Grant To Study Impacts Of Rising Sea Level

Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:03 am

California might be in the midst of one its worst droughts in history, but the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted to accept a $235,000 grant at its Tuesday meeting to study the impacts of coastal storm and sea level rise. The California Ocean Protection Council gave the grant.

Hometown Hero councilman Bob Holbrook.

City Council, Opinion, Hometown Hero, Santa Monica

Hometown Hero: Santa Monica Councilman Bob Holbrook

Posted Aug. 16, 2014, 6:00 am

“I feel kind of broken hearted. Our community is kind of fractured now,” was Councilman Bob Holbrook’s response to how he was feeling about his decision not to seek another term on the Santa Monica City Council.

News, City Council, Environment, Santa Monica

Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage Declared In Santa Monica

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 9:02 am

The amber alert signs on local freeways and local media outlets have been informing everyone in Southern California of severe drought conditions up and down the state. At its Tuesday meeting, Santa Monica’s council members unanimously voted to declare what City staff described as a “Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage” and require a 20 percent reduction in water use as compared to last year.

After 24 years on the Santa Monica City Council and eight years as school board member, Bob Holbrook will retire from being an elected official.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Councilman Bob Holbrook To Round Out 32 Years Of Elected Service

Posted Aug. 15, 2014, 8:44 am

What words could be said about a man whose career in public service is almost as long as this writer’s entire life? Yet, in about four months, Santa Monica Councilman Bob Holbrook will say one final “goodbye” to the dais and more than one “hello” to his grandchildren.

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Santa Monica City Council To Consider $800K Contract For Olympic Treatment Plant

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, 8:59 am

The Santa Monica City Council will be considering whether to award an $800,000 contract tonight to an engineering services firm for the Olympic Treatment Plant Pilot.

News, City Council, Election, Santa Monica

SMRR Endorses Kevin McKeown, Jennifer Kennedy For Santa Monica City Council

Posted Aug. 11, 2014, 9:23 am

Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights announced Sunday the endorsements of incumbent councilman Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy for Santa Monica City Council.

Bob Holbrook

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Bob Holbrook Will Not Seek 7th Santa Monica City Council Term

Posted Aug. 8, 2014, 12:46 pm

After serving on the Santa Monica City Council for 24 years, Bob Holbrook has reportedly announced this week he will not be seeking an unprecedented seventh term on the dais.

News, City Council, Health, Santa Monica

Mental Illness Diversion Program Proposal Gains Santa Monica Support

Posted Aug. 7, 2014, 8:17 am

Though only a ceremonial act of support, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted July 22 to support an effort by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to create a diversion program for people with mental illness to avoid staying in prison but instead sent into “effective community-based treatment.”

News, City Council, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Roads, Sidewalks To Receive $4.4 Million Improvements

Posted Aug. 6, 2014, 9:10 am

Keeping the roads and sidewalks maintained in Santa Monica is not cheap. At the most recent City Council meeting, council members approved two expenditures nearing $4.4 million to make improvements to Santa Monica’s streets while also upgrading a roadway at Moomat Ahiko Way and implementing recommendations of the Bicycle Action Plan.

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