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Council sets fees for developers

CITY HALL — Commercial developers will have to pay an affordable housing linkage fee and a parks impact fee thanks to a set of ordinances approved by council. Housing developers will also have to pay the parks impact fee. The affordable housing linkage fee ordinance passed on a 6 to 1 vote with Councilmember Kevin McKeown arguing that the... Read more →


Residocracy endorsement process underway

CITYWIDE — The city’s newest political group on the block is now accepting ballots for its endorsement. Residocracy’s endorsement is arguably one of the last significant group endorsements on the table this season. The organization, which is most notable for spearheading the successful overturning of a controversial development... Read more →



Riel case against city, Gould moves forward

CITY HALL — A federal district judged denied City Hall's motion to toss a case brought against them by a resident who was offered a top city job and then dismissed because of her past political involvement. City Hall announced the hiring of Elizabeth Riel to the Communications and Public Affairs Officer position in May and City Manager Rod... Read more →


City Goals: Police Department

Editor’s Note: Every year, city departments set goals and objectives. In August, City Hall released information about how each of the 15 departments progressed toward these goals during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Over a several week period, the Daily Press has been taking a look at the goals that are being achieved (according to City Hall)... Read more →


Insights from my internship at SMPD

PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING — I have always been interested in the job responsibilities and perceptions of policeman in different states and foreign countries. Therefore I spent one month working alongside the Bavarian Police in the inner city of Munich at Police station 11. In October 2012 during the book fair in Frankfurt, I listened to a... Read more →



Public respond to Pedestrian Plan

MAIN LIBRARY — A group of “professional pedestrians” met with professional planners and volunteer commissioners Sept. 23 at the main library to discuss the City's upcoming Pedestrian Action Plan. The evening event allowed residents to browse elements of the plan, talk one-on-one with city staff and participate in an informal hearing... Read more →


City workers comp up to $6.9M last fiscal year

CITY HALL — Workers’ compensation costs continue to rise as City Hall spent $6.9 million on injured employees in fiscal year 2013-14. Costs grew 12 percent, or $850,000, over the previous year, according to city risk managers. Claim frequency remains high and older city employees in physically demanding jobs are experiencing more severe... Read more →

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Council considers $8.5M in bus-heavy consent

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →



Anti-airport sign defaced

SMO — Happy election season. A yard sign supporting an anti-airport measure was allegedly defaced over the weekend, according to a release from anti-airport activists. The sign reading "Yes on LC" — a measure that, if approved by voters in November, would maintain City Council's current control over the airport while requiring a public... Read more →

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Council to consider e-cig ordinance

CITY HALL — If you read articles written by numerous regional news outlets a few months ago, you might think that City Council already outlawed e-cigarettes. In fact, the ordinance regulating e-cigarettes in the city by the sea will be considered by council on Tuesday. The ordinance is fairly simple in that it essentially — with a few... Read more →