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 discussion in the past.

CITY HALL — Surfing lessons and soccer camps aren’t just about fun and games — for City Hall, they’re also a way to raise cash.

The City Council tonight is expected to approve contracts worth $440,000 with two companies that operate the programs — Surf Academy and Socceropolis. But after charging participants fees, a City Hall report says the programs will generate a $130,000 profit.

The City Council also is expected to approve $2.1 million to seismically retrofit Parking Structure No. 2.

The structure, located on the east side of Second Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue, was constructed in 1967 and expanded in 1973. The 660-parking space structure was damaged in the 1994 Northridge earthquake and was targeted for retrofitting in a 1999 seismic evaluation.

The retrofit is part of City Hall’s Downtown Parking Program, which the council approved in 2006. The program calls for retrofitting Parking Structures No. 2, 4 and 5; rebuilding Parking Structures No. 1, 3 and 6; and adding additional parking spaces in Downtown.

City Hall is contracting two companies to do the retrofitting work on Structure No. 2. The council is expected to approve $1.9 million for ICON West Inc. and $192,500 for Beezley Management.


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