The City Council is being asked to spend $455,000 to make sure crosswalks like this one on Fifth Street are highly visible. (Kevin Herrera

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 — City officials propose to spend $2.15 million Tuesday night on a wide range of services, including restriping crosswalks, LED lighting for signalized intersections and restroom renovations at the Hotchkiss and Marine Park Public Restroom Renovation Project.

Most of that will be spent by City Hall’s Fleet Management Division, which has formally bid for a variety of goods and services ranging from repair and maintenance of trash trucks, preventive maintenance on scrubber/sweepers used to clean the Third Street Promenade as well as stenciling and repainting streets.

City officials are asking the City Council to approve a list of vendors to provide the specified goods and services through June 30, 2014.

The total cumulative amount of the purchase orders would not exceed $555,863.

Better bathrooms

The City Council is likely to approve an agreement with G2K Construction, Inc., a California-based company, for a $532,400 agreement for the Hotchkiss and Marine Park Public Restroom Renovation Project. The restroom renovation project would upgrade and bring park restroom facilities into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and existing non-compliant facilities, associated amenities and the Hotchkiss entry plaza would be renovated and improved.

Easier to see crosswalks

The City Council is being asked to spend $455,000 to make sure crosswalks like this one on Fifth Street are highly visible. (Kevin Herrera

Council is being asked to approve a $455,000 contract with Super Seal & Stripe, a California-based company, to continue crosswalk striping services at the same price, and award a purchase order to provide pre-formed thermoplastic crosswalk materials from Flint Trading Inc., a North Carolina-based company, for $105,600.

Periodic restriping of crosswalks is necessary to ensure the traffic markings are visible. This work involves the shutdown or alteration of traffic patterns at busy intersections, as well as the grinding and removal of remaining markings, surface preparation, and the installation of new striping materials.

New fire alarm system

Golden Phoenix Construction Company, Inc., a California-based company, is being recommended to upgrade and modernize the Airport Administration Building’s fire alarm system to meet current code in an agreement for $182,683.

A city staff report said the existing fire alarm system is unreliable and difficult to maintain because of outdated devices.

Light it up

City Council is being asked to approve a purchase order of General Electric signal products from JAM Services, Inc., a California-based company, in a $60,000 agreement, with four one-year renewal options for $300,000 over a five-year period, with future year funding contingent on council budget approval. The LED products would provide a consistent appearance at every signalized intersection within Santa Monica and provide better safety and reduce confusion among motorists and pedestrians, the city staff report said. City Hall replaced traditional incandescent traffic signal lights with LEDs in 2001.

Leasing a rooftop

The City Council is likely to recommend a new license agreement with Douglas Emmett 1998, LLC, a Delaware company, for lease of rooftop space at 100 Wilshire Blvd. for a five-year term for $263,750.

City Hall occupies the rooftop space for the Santa Monica Police and Fire departments’ radio communication system infrastructure and is a strategic location because of the building height and its central location in Downtown. The new agreement would allow City Hall to use the space through June 2018.

Fighting terrorism

City Hall is likely to accept a $149,378 grant from the Department of Homeland Security to purchase necessary equipment, supplies and training and promote effective information gathering, sharing and response to threats and/or acts of terrorism.

Under the Urban Area Security Initiative 2009 grant program, $422,442 was awarded to the Santa Monica Fire and Police departments as a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency’s UASI grant. Additional regional funds became available and the grant period was extended.

Part of the $149,378 grant includes $99,378 for the Santa Monica Fire Department to purchase personal protective equipment for the city and other regional fire agencies throughout Los Angeles County.




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