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The City of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project has released key findings from the local Wellbeing Index.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Wellbeing Project Key Findings Released

Posted Apr. 27, 2015, 10:02 am

While Santa Monica civic engagement is strong more than half of residents feel their civic influence is limited and almost two-thirds feel disengaged from the city.

The increasing number of homeless people trekking to the rePLANET recycling station at Lincoln and Ocean Park has neighbors calling on the City to add a sound wall to alleviate noise. Pictured are neighbors Tim Whitcome, Sean Gilbert, Tracy Bradley, and Richard Block.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Recycling Station Pushes Neighbors Past Their Limits

Posted Apr. 24, 2015, 8:48 am

Faced with a never-ending background soundtrack of crashing bottles and crunching aluminum cans, residents on Ocean Park and Lincoln have had enough. They’re calling on Santa Monica City to put an end to the cacophony of smashing sounds and the increasing number of homeless people trekking to the area at all hours to cash in recyclables seven days a week.

The assessment phase has begun to restore Chain Reaction.

News, Santa Monica, Art, City Hall

"Chain Reaction" Sculpture Assessment Gets Underway As First Step To Restoration

Posted Apr. 2, 2015, 8:26 am

The long-awaited launch of the assessment of Santa Monica's iconic landmarked 'Chain Reaction' peace sculpture near Santa Monica Civic Auditorium began on Wednesday.

The latest edition of Seascape is now available.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica's March/April Seascape Edition Now Available Online

Posted Mar. 23, 2015, 10:11 am

The City of Santa Monica has published its March/April edition of Seascape. It is published six times annually to inform residents about city programs and services.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica’s City Finances Get Clean Bill Of Health

Posted Mar. 20, 2015, 9:09 am

Standing strong in net capital position and with $366 million as the City’s General Fund balance June 2014, it was announced Tuesday evening that Santa Monica received an independent auditor’s stamp of approval for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) financial year 2013-2014.

The City of Santa Monica’s GO App can be used to report any issue: potholes that need filling, trees that need maintenance, and graffiti that needs removing.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, City Hall

Santa Monica’s GO App Keeping The City In Touch

Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 8:59 am

Determined to keep up with an increase in community requests, Santa Monica’s resident-responsive GO App has been put to the test recently with new figures revealing that closure rates are continually outperform projections.

A stable “probable” economic outlook is predicted for the City of Santa Monica.

News, Budget, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Modest Forecast For City Of Santa Monica Midyear Budget

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:18 am

A special joint meeting of Santa Monica City Council, the Housing Authority, and the Redevelopment Successor Agency was held Tuesday night during the City Council session, with a stable “probable” economic outlook predicted.

Scott Ferguson, Santa Monica Fire Chief.

News, Budget, Fire Department, Santa Monica, City Hall

Firefighters Split With Fire Chief Over Service Delivery Future In Santa Monica

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:16 am

Santa Monica firefighters are standing together against the Fire Chief regarding staffing and dispatch directions for Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD).

Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek will be paid $27,452 per month while she is Interim City Manager until a candidate is found to replace Rod Gould who retires today.

News, City Manager, Santa Monica, City Hall

$27,452 Per Month To Keep Santa Monica City Manager’s Chair Warm

Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 8:29 am

As Santa Monica City Manager Rod Gould retires from his position today, Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek will have her salary bumped up to $27,452 a month to act as Interim City Manager to keep Gould’s chair warm until a new city manager is appointed. Council has also handed over $50,000 to a private firm to find his replacement. They are producing a brochure.

Palihouse Santa Monica is located at 1001 Third Street. Neighbors to the hotel have maintained a vocal opposition since the hotel’s renovation.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall, Hotel

VIDEO (NSFW): Sex Screams Latest Noise Complaint From Palihouse Neighbors

Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 8:09 am

The Santa Monica Mirror will publish a three-part investigation starting early February looking into the issue of Palihouse Santa Monica after one neighbor posted a video earlier this month relating to ongoing noise complaints at the property at the intersection of 3rd Street and Washington.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Yards Parking Plan To Incorporate New $95K Study

Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:26 am

Parking at City Yards has come under increasing pressure of late with a new study in the City Yards Master Plan recently authorized by Santa Monica City Council. The study will be the latest in an 18-year on-going consultative process.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Construction Workers’ Wages To Align With California Standards

Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:22 am

The wages of Santa Monica City construction workers will soon be in line with California Labor Code standards, with City Council moving to pass a motion Dec. 18 to enable the alignment.

News, Santa Monica, Water, City Hall

Santa Monica Water Rate Hike Up To 70 Percent Over Five Years

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:34 am

Water is fast becoming an expensive commodity. Santa Monica residents are in for a sharp increase in their utility bills with a rapid rise in water rates scheduled to combat associated rising costs in water provision.

Elaine Polachek.

News, City Manager, Santa Monica, City Hall

Elaine Polachek Named Interim Santa Monica City Manager Starting Feb. 1

Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:33 am

Santa Monica Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek will assume the position of interim City Manager on Feb. 1, 2015 to fill the shoes left by Rod Gould who is retiring at the end of January.

A vigil was held Tuesday night in Santa Monica following the grand jury decision in Ferguson on Monday.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica Vigil Held Tuesday Night Following Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict

Posted Nov. 26, 2014, 1:55 pm

It was held following a grand jury decision's Monday in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict a white Missouri police officer who killed a young, unarmed black man.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Save The Date: City of Santa Monica To Host 2nd Repair Café In December

Posted Nov. 13, 2014, 9:34 am

The City of Santa Monica will host a Repair Café at 1450 Ocean on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 11 am to 3 pm to learn how to fix common household items. Experienced volunteers, known as “Fixers” will be there to offer their expertise.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica's City Fleet Division Participates In MSRC Local Government Program

Posted Nov. 6, 2014, 8:28 am

The City of Santa Monica received a grant in October from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to partially fund the purchase of three heavy-duty vehicles and the installation of a small CNG station.

Jessica Cusick will receive the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres Honor.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

French Officials To Honor Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Manager Jessica Cusick

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, 9:33 am

The French Consul General in Los Angeles, Axel Cruau, announced that the City of Santa Monica's Cultural Affairs Manager, Jessica Cusick, has been named a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

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

Letter To The Editor: Did You Really Have To SLAPP Us?

Posted Aug. 9, 2014, 9:14 am

We residents of Sunset Park have been watching the airport grow into a noisy, polluting, and dangerous jet port. Just days after a unanimous vote by City Council to look into ways to rein in the airport, an out of town airport lobby, funded by of town money, filed a petition to maintain airport status quo and change the Santa Monica Charter.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Santa Monica City Employee Fired: Possible Lawsuit, Investigation

Posted Jun. 13, 2014, 9:15 am

The firing of a public affairs and communications officer before her first day on the job has led to the planned lawsuit and the calling of an investigation by Santa Monica residents.

Kate Vernez is the City of Santa Monica's Deputy City Manager for Special Projects.

Opinion, Santa Monica, City Hall

Hometown Hero: Kate Vernez & The Art Of Being Purposeful

Posted May. 9, 2014, 6:00 am

Kate Vernez, speaking about her work with the City of Santa Monica, said, “What I resonate with are collaborations with other people to have a successful outcome and to be purposeful.”

The City of Santa Monica has a new opportunity for park fans to show their support.

News, Parks, Santa Monica, City Hall

Plaques To Be Placed On Sponsored Benches At Tongva Park

Posted May. 3, 2014, 7:38 am

Santa Monica City Hall has launched a new opportunity for fans of Tongva Park to show their support for the park. Benches located in prime spots throughout Tongva Park are now part of the City’s Give Santa Monica program.

News, Environment, Santa Monica, City Hall

City Of Santa Monica Receives $60,000 From EPA To Reduce Water Pollution

Posted May. 2, 2014, 6:25 am

The city of Santa Monica will receive $60,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a stormwater diversion system designed to reduce runoff, protect water quality and replace potable water used to irrigate parkland, it was announced Thursday.

News, Santa Monica, Technology, City Hall

Santa Monica City Hall Launches Free “Gig Test” For Visitors

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.

A rendering of the Bergamot Village project proposed by Hines for 1681 26th Street in Santa Monica.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Courts, City Hall

Santa Monica Coalition For A Livable City Files 34-Page Lawsuit Against Hines

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.

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