May 24, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica City Council Spends $5.94 Million In Two Minutes:

With all but one item on Santa Monica City Council’s Consent Calendar passing without discussion last Tuesday evening, the City effectively signed checks totaling a possible $5.94 million for legal work, bus repairs, solar emergency lights, and pedestrian striping.

Questioning why the City should pay for a faulty element on Santa Monica’s Big Blue Buses (BBB), Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich pulled one item from the consent calendar for brief discussion. After being assured by City Staff that the cost must be met, the item also passed unanimously, with a direction for staff to try to recover the costs.

The item in question involves the installation of equipment due to BBB motor coaches having an unsafe passenger barrier and faulty single flip-up seat in, requiring the City to pay, “an amount not to exceed $570,000” for the purchase and delivery of 174 single aisle-facing flip seats and 174 transit bus passenger barriers.

An agreement for workers’ compensation legal defense services was also passed by Council, authorizing the city manager to negotiate and execute five-year retainer agreements with law firms Shaw, Jacobsmeyer, Crain & Claffey; Armstrong and Sigel; Law Offices of Stacey Tokunaga; and, Goldman, Magdalin & Krikes; for workers’ compensation legal defense services. The item also sees the city manager given flexibility to allocate work between the law firms based on their expertise in an amount not to exceed $4 million over a five-year period.

Climate change professionals TerraCosta received $180,000 for the assessment of impacts from climate change and storm water on area coastlines over a two-year period. $55,000 was authorized for shoreline change modeling based of area coastlines over a two-year period.

The Fire Department received an additional $80,000 to purchase medical supplies from Bound Tree Medical. The increase resulted in a total purchase order amount from the company of $395,250.

The purchase of eight emergency portable solar light towers, to be used in disaster response and recovery operations, was authorized by council at a cost of $22,841.50 per unit, in an amount not to exceed $200,000 this financial year.

Pedestrians also got the heads up with a crosswalk striping materials and installation contract for $280,000 going to PCI and a purchase order of $22,310 to Flint Trading, for the purchase of pre-formed thermoplastic materials resulting in a revised purchase order total not to exceed $215,310 over a three-year period.

Santa Monica streets will also benefit from a purchase and full service maintenance agreement awarded for Three Tennant M30 Scrubber-Sweepers for Promenade maintenance, in the amount of $207,752. The city manager was authorized to negotiate and execute a contractual services agreement with Tennant Company to provide full service maintenance of these vehicles, in an amount not to exceed $114,513 for one year, with two additional one-year renewal options in the amount of $229,026 on the same terms and conditions, for a total amount not to exceed $343,539 over a three-year period.

With maximum expenditure limits in the awarded contracts considered, that’s a total of $5.94 million spent in two minutes.

• Do you have a story idea or news tip? Contact Jennifer Eden by email at jennifer@smmirror.com.

in News
Related Posts

Landmark Theater Official Closes on Pico

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Pico Boulevard location closes Sunday By Sam Catanzaro The Landmark Theater on Pico Boulevard in Westwood has officially closed.  The...

Road Closures Expected During Demolition Of Parking Structure Three: Santa Monica Beat – May 23rd, 2022

May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Free Donuts At Randy’s Donuts For National Doughnut Day* Road Closures Expected...

Los Angeles Metro Sees 15.9 Percent Increase in Median Rent

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Median rent of $2,258, according to recent report By Dolores Quintana The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the issues of housing...

New Renderings for Frank Gehry Hotel Development in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Project would include hotel, apartments, retail and a museum By Dolores Quintana Slowly but surely, plans for a  Frank Gehry-designed...

Shared Mobility Plummets in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Recent report also shows that nearly half of riders make over $100,000 By Sam Catanzaro Shared mobility use in Santa...

Christopher Dishlip Selected as Santa Monica’s New Assistant Director of Public Works

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Public Works Director Rick Valte announced the selection of Christopher Dishlip as Santa Monica’s new Assistant Director of Public Works....

Letter to Editor: Response to Himmelrich’s “We Walk the Talk” Column

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

By Beau Marks As a Santa Monica resident, I am dismayed by Sue Himmelrich’s response (“We Walk the Talk,” Santa...

Motional And UberEats Launch Autonomous Deliveries In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

There Are Plans For Expansion Into The Rest Of Los Angeles Motional, a global driverless technology leader, and Uber Technologies...

Winston Pies Opening Third Location In Santa Monica

May 18, 2022

May 18, 2022

The restaurant used to be known as ButterCrust Pies Winston Pies is staying in Santa Monica when opening their third...

Only 10 Vaquita Porpoises Survive, But The Species May Not Be Doomed

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

Hope remains for the porpoise species not only survive but thrive with human help. By Stuart Wolpert The vaquita porpoise,...

The American Cinematheque Brings “Bleak Week” To Santa Monica’s Aero Theatre And The Los Feliz Three Theatre

May 17, 2022

May 17, 2022

33 Films From 18 Countries In One Week. By Dolores Quintana Sometimes when things are tough and you’re feeling down,...

Man Who Murdered His Family Members Pleads Guilty To Five Other Killings

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Escobar injured an additional seven other people as well.  By Dolores Quintana A man, Ramon Escobar, has pleaded guilty to...

The price of gasoline in Los Angeles County Has Experienced The Largest Increase Since February

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Gasoline prices in Orange County Have Also Increased By Dolores Quintana Regular self-serve gasoline in the county of Los Angeles...

Santa Monica Travel Summit Of 2022 Returns To Take On Tomorrow

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

The Event Was Held At The Jonathan Club On Santa Monica Beach By Staff Writer The 2022 Santa Monica Tourism...

City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program: Santa Monica Beat – May 16th, 2022

May 16, 2022

May 16, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* City Council Extends Santa Monica’s Parklet Program * Santa Monica High School Students...