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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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."
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted Jul. 15, 2013, 9:08 am
One million dollars here, $40,000 there – flying under the radar during a light City Council meeting last Tuesday were two financial gifts heading Santa Monica’s way.
Posted Jul. 10, 2013, 9:28 am
Congressman Henry A. Waxman, who represents Santa Monica and the westside in the 33rd District, will convene a forum this Monday, July 15 entitled, “Gun Violence, Mental Health, and Community Recovery: Responses to the June 7, 2013, Santa Monica Shootings.”
Posted Jul. 7, 2013, 9:03 am
Attending a meeting last Saturday, the point was made by a Santa Monica architect that FAR (floor area ratio) allows 84’ tall block buildings as seen in construction on Ocean Avenue but high rise would be better allowing space and light around and between. I strongly disagree. A revised downtown zoning code can easily correct this without defaulting to mid-rise or high-rise construction.
Posted Jul. 5, 2013, 8:49 am
Santa Monica resident David Garden has walked past the front of City Hall every other day for the past year with a watchful eye on the construction of Ken Genser Square. A couple of months ago, he noticed there were some serious leakage problems with the new multi-tiered fountain project in front of City Hall.
Posted Jul. 4, 2013, 8:45 am
Behind a discreet orange door on 19th Street in the Mid City neighborhood is the City of Santa Monica’s new CityTV studio, which produces more than 80 half-hour shows each 10-week season on Channel 16.