Posted Nov. 30, 2013, 8:56 am
Santa Monica City Council members unanimously approved Tuesday night a contract for the installation of Green Bike Lanes on Main Street and Broadway.
Posted Nov. 29, 2013, 8:59 am
Move over Taco Tuesdays. Food Truck Tuesdays at the California Heritage Museum are here to stay for another three years, thanks to a Santa Monica City Council vote Tuesday night.
Posted Nov. 25, 2013, 9:11 am
Street performers are no strangers to anyone who visits the Third Street Promenade or Santa Monica Pier. The City Council will be considering Tuesday an ordinance proposing to impose stiffer regulations for street performers who pose a threat to public safety.
Posted Nov. 21, 2013, 7:51 am
In an attempt to have more Santa Monica businesses and homeowners proactively install more energy efficient and renewable energy systems within their respective homes, the City Council unanimously approved last Tuesday night as part of its consent calendar to make homeowners eligible to participate in a financing program to cover the costs of such improvements.
Posted Nov. 18, 2013, 9:18 am
If there is a way to measure the wellbeing of the Santa Monica Community, the RAND Corp. will find out, as the City Council approved Tuesday a consent calendar item to develop a Local Wellbeing Index (LWI).
Posted Nov. 15, 2013, 9:04 am
Light rail stations and hotels are not an uncommon partnership. In neighboring Los Angeles, a few of Metro’s rail lines have stops adjacent to hotels such as The W in Hollywood and The Standard in downtown Los Angeles. In Santa Monica, two hotels will soon be located across from the Expo Line terminus as council members unanimously approved Tuesday the development of a Courtyard by Marriott and Hampton Inn by Hilton.
Posted Nov. 11, 2013, 9:00 am
Hotels in Santa Monica are no strangers to news, what with the Fairmont Miramar planning expansion and the Loews Hotel currently serving as home to the American Film Market (AFM). Even hotels yet to be built, such as the proposed Hampton Inn and Suites (Hilton) and Courtyard by Marriott, have been featured on the pages of the local press.
Posted Nov. 4, 2013, 9:08 am
A document outlining the next eight years of housing development, improvement, and preservation could be headed to the Santa Monica City Council before 2013 comes to end.
Posted Nov. 4, 2013, 9:01 am
Not necessarily a case of calling in the cavalry, the Santa Monica City Council made a few appointments Oct. 22 to a new group ordained with finding a way to bring the Civic Auditorium back to life after it went dark four months ago.
Posted Nov. 2, 2013, 9:50 am
It is almost that time of year when we hear the popular idiom, “It is better to give than to receive.” At last weekend’s City Council retreat, Santa Monica’s elected officials hoped speakers willing to give time to others would help improve the quality of public testimony at council meetings.
Posted Nov. 1, 2013, 9:43 am
The Santa Monica City Council voted last week to restrict how many 5K and 10K races would be allowed in Santa Monica. From now on, only three such races would take place in the City each year.
Posted Oct. 28, 2013, 9:04 am
Operating a 91-year-old carousel is not cheap. The Santa Monica Pier Carousel, for example, is expected to cost California-based Roth Management as much as $489,413 to operate within a two-year span, courtesy of a contract approved Oct. 22 by the City Council.
Posted Oct. 26, 2013, 9:32 am
Second readings are rarely fodder for excitement. However, the City Council provided some pre-Halloween fireworks in taking two stabs Tuesday evening to approve in second reading an ordinance regulating commercial fitness training activity at Palisades Park and other open spaces across Santa Monica.
Posted Oct. 26, 2013, 9:29 am
Santa Monica City Council. Oct. 22, 2013. Item 7-A. Second Reading and Adoption of an Ordinance Amending Santa Monica Municipal Code (SMMC) Chapter 4.55 Related to Commercial Fitness or Athletic Instruction, Classes or Camps in Parks and the Beach.
Posted Oct. 25, 2013, 9:30 am
A lot of California cities could use $56.8 million from the State to fuel redevelopment projects or pay off existing debt. However, this is one time where the money will travel the other direction as the City of Santa Monica agreed to settle a lawsuit over redevelopment funds.
Posted Oct. 25, 2013, 9:28 am
Change might be in store in how public speakers allocate time at council meetings and the process to select appointments for boards and commissions as the Santa Monica City Council plans to deliberate a variety of procedures at its retreat this weekend.
Posted Oct. 21, 2013, 7:41 am
If you are the owner of a Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) with a specific color decal or before a certain date, then you may be entitled to free metered parking within Santa Monica city limits.
Posted Oct. 20, 2013, 6:00 am
Dear City Council, We are writing to express our extreme disappointment with the City Council’s provisional vote last week to adopt an ordinance that would allow commercial fitness instruction, classes and camps in Palisades Park. We regard commercialization of Palisades Park as a betrayal of the public trust.
Posted Oct. 19, 2013, 6:30 am
Dear Editor: The Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights Steering Committee unanimously urges the Planning Commission and the City Council to just say “NO” to the proposed Hines Project DA.
Posted Oct. 19, 2013, 6:21 am
Dear City Council, The issue of regulating fitness training in Santa Monica city parks has been debated for more than a year, and last week the city council deliberated on an ordinance that would formalize that regulatory and permitting process.
Posted Oct. 18, 2013, 9:20 am
A vocal member of the Santa Monica City Council, Kevin McKeown will be honored by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party as its 2013 Democrat of the Year in the 50th Assembly District. McKeown will be recognized with this honor Sunday evening at the County Democratic Club’s Roosevelt Dinner.
Posted Oct. 18, 2013, 9:14 am
There are a handful of residents in Santa Monica who may face eviction if the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department, in light of the government shutdown, did not make their respective Section 8 payments.
Posted Oct. 16, 2013, 9:44 am
The Santa Monica Mirror is pleased to present its first "In The Chair" with Editor-In-Chief Brenton Garen that will feature a one-on-one interview at smmirror.com each Wednesday.
Posted Oct. 15, 2013, 9:14 am
The two proposed hotels at the corners of 5th & Colorado form the gateway from Expo to downtown. What statement will they make? “Welcome,” “I’m on vacation,” “come in and have fun,” “enjoy Santa Monica with its fresh air and sunlight,” or even just to stop and admire.
Posted Oct. 11, 2013, 8:56 am
More than four hours of deliberation and discussion was not enough time for planning commissioners earlier this month to decide whether or not to recommend a pair of proposed hotel chains to be built in Santa Monica’s urban core.