(photo by City Of Santa Monica)


Santa Monica has launched a homelessness services page on its city site.

The page provides information about the current state of homelessness in the city, as well as information concerning local efforts to address homelessness for both people who are homeless and people who want to help.

The web site is part of City Hall’s effort to address the needs of Santa Monica’s most vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals.

City Hall has had a history of working with nonprofit agencies, housing providers, and representatives from local businesses and faith communities to promote services that provide those in need with resources and housing.

For more information about the city’s initiatives related to homelessness, including the upcoming review of the Action Plan in January 2012, visit www.smgov.net/homelessness, or call (310) 458-8701.

— Colin Newton


Palm trees on the move

City officials are in the process of relocating 17 Washingtonia robusta palm trees to the Woodlawn Cemetery on Pico Boulevard as part of the Civic Center park project.

The non-native palms are currently located on the future park site just west of City Hall. Four or five palms will be re-planted per day until the work is complete, city officials said. Work began Monday.

All other palm trees will remain on the park site.

The roughly 6-acre park, which has yet to be named, is located within the Coastal Zone and is therefore subject to California Coastal Commission oversight. Park plans prepared by the project designers, James Corner Field Operations, were approved by the commission in July, city officials said.

However, the commission ruled that non-native invasive palms like the Washingtonias could not be relocated within the new park or the Coastal Zone. Woodlawn is outside of the Coastal Zone, city officials said.

The Washingtonians will be scattered at various locations inside the cemetery grounds, including along Maple Avenue and 15th Street.

Other trees are also on the move.

The three large ficus known as The Three Amigos have been boxed in preparation to be replanted at the park site. Seven other trees were transported across the street for planting on the sloped site adjacent to City Hall and Interstate 10. While crews were clearing overgrown ivy and other debris, they discovered old stone wall terraces. City officials said a “native meadow” seed mix ground cover with slope stabilizer will be planted in this area.

For questions, contact city staff at ccs@smgov.net or (310) 458-8310.

— Kevin Herrera

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