January 17, 2021 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica War Memorial At Cemetery Approved:

Those with Santa Monica roots who served and fallen in the military might soon be honored daily as the Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved Nov. 26 a war memorial to be built at Woodlawn Cemetery.

With seven concrete panels to be erected at Woodlawn Cemetery, the Memorial Wall would honor local natives who gave their lives to defend the United States in battle since the late nineteenth century.

Each of the concrete panels would be dedicated to a specific war.

Those who would be honored on the commemorative wall must meet one of three criteria: the individual must have been born in Santa Monica and died in service during wartime, in combat, or otherwise, after the City was established in 1875; had a Santa Monica address when they died in service; or, died while in service and chose to be interred in Santa Monica.

If a service member was born outside of Santa Monica – at UCLA Medical Center or Cedar Sinai, for example – but whose parents lived in the City when he or she was born would also be listed on the memorial wall, given the service member died during wartime.

A member of City staff who also served in wartime and died in combat could also have his or her name placed upon the war memorial.

According to City Hall, the commemorative walls, as currently designed, would cost $16,358.

The public fundraiser for the war memorial was launched during the Memorial Day Remembrance at Woodlawn Cemetery on May 27, 2013.

If the requisite funds were raised, a commemorative wall would be built and then unveiled at Woodlawn Cemetery during the next Memorial Day, which is May 26, 2014.

Council member Bob Holbrook suggested City Hall guarantee the project be completed if the fundraising campaign fell short, but he also believed Santa Monica residents would come through with enough donations and support to ensure the War Memorial be built.

However, according to the staff report, City Hall has not allocated funds for the proposed project in its current budget.

Prior to the Nov. 26 council meeting, City staff reported $3,500 had been raised through fundraising efforts. During the council meeting, Holbrook said two other donors pledged amounts of $6,000 and $500, respectively, potentially bringing the raised amount to $10,000.

Specific costs were broken down by City staff, with $12,650 of the estimated budget dedicated to hard costs and $1,518 allocated to contractor overhead and profit. Another $1,265 is line-itemed for construction contingencies, while City Hall allocated $500 for “reimbursable expenses” such as prints and mailers. Finally, $425 is budgeted for bonds and insurance.

According to City staff, a design for the commemorative wall has already been drafted by Architectural Services and is “an elegant, thoughtful and cost effective design for the commemorative wall where the names will be etched directly into the concrete.”

“As proposed, the monument would be comprised of seven precast concrete panels, one for each war. The location, at the end of the roadway into Woodlawn and at the main entrance to the Mausoleum, offers high visibility and easy access by the public, and is of manageable scale to accommodate a limited project budget,” City staff stated. “The concrete panels provide flexibility should additional names need to be discovered and need to be added, or in the unfortunate circumstance of a new conflict.”

A website has been developed by City staff to receive donations for the commemorative wall (smgov.net/Departments/Cemetery and click on Commemorative Wall).

Woodlawn Cemetery is located at the corner of 14th Street and Pico Boulevard.

Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day and Council member Ted Winterer were not present at the Nov. 26 council meeting.

in News
Related Posts

Edify TV: Overhaul for Canyon Property?

January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

A unique Santa Monica Canyon property may be getting an overhaul. Learn more in this video made possible by School...

Edify TV: The Westside’s Best Pies

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Here are some of the best pies on the Westside ahead of National Pie Day on January 23. Learn more...

City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * City Council Votes Mayor Himmelrich And Team To Keep Council Positions...

65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Westside Food Scene January 14, 2021 By Kerry Slater 65-Year-Old Santa Monica Bakery on Verge of Shutting Down  A beloved...

Food Review: The Westside’s Insanely Delicious Tijuana Tacos

January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021

Tacos 1986 in Westwood Village stands out amid a crowded taco scene By Kerry Slater In a city filled with...

Santa Monica Pier Closed for Five Days in a Row

January 13, 2021

January 13, 2021

City cites warm weather forecasted for Santa Monica By Sam Catanzaro With temperatures reaching the 80s expected, city officials are...

Edify TV: Westside Kids Compete to Keep Beach Clean

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Westside kids are competing to keep the beach clean! Learn more in this video made possible by Santa Monica College.

Santa Monica Fire Department Rolls Out Vaccinations

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

SMFD helps with rollout across county  By Chad Winthrop Beginning this month , Santa Monica Fire Department firefighters and paramedics...

SMC and MLK Westside Coalition’s 36th Annual Celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 12, 2021

January 12, 2021

Mon, Jan 18, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Online Only at 9am on Jan. 18th – Visit: MLKjrWestside.org  The Rev. Dr....

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Announces Intention to Run for L.A. County Supervisor

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

State rep. looking to replace Sheila Kuehl in 2022 By Sam Catanzaro With incumbent Supervisor Sheila Kuehl signaling she won’t...

Man Jumps to Death at Santa Monica Place

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Man jumps off parking structure in Monday suicide  By Sam Catanzaro A man died by suicide Monday after jumping off...

Santa Monica City Resumes Preferential Parking Restrictions: Santa Monica Beat – January, 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Santa Monica City Resumes Preferential Parking Restrictions * La County Approves...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Pier Shut Down Weekends

January 11, 2021

January 11, 2021

Santa Monica Pier has been shut down on weekends temporarily as COVID-19 cases rise in Los Angeles. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Santa Monica Bloomingdale’s Closing

January 10, 2021

January 10, 2021

Santa Monica’s Bloomingdale’s is set to shut down, adding to a sting of vacancies in the downtown Santa Monica area....