Santa Monica City Hall (File photo)

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 Council will consider approving $2,057,789 in recommended spending on contracts related to parking near Expo, painting Big Blue Buses and drug testing.

With the coming of the Expo Light Rail, city officials are recommending the addition of parking options 17th Street Station.

A portion of Colorado Yards would become a surface lot for Memorial Park users. The rest of the yards will remain in use for city workers.

John M. Cruikshank, Inc. is set to get $109,968 for engineering design services related to the new parking lot.

Drug testing

City Hall drug tests many of its employees and Collections Plus does the job. Council will consider a two-year extension of the contract in the amount of $81,000.

Electrical supplies

With about 3,000 electrical work orders coming in each year, City Hall needs to get its electrical supplies fast.

Electrical Supply Connection, a local company, is slated to get $100,000 for a year’s worth of electrical supplies.

HVAC supplies

City workers do about 600 heating, ventilation, and air conditioning repairs each year. Howard Industries is expected to get a one-year, $100,000 contract to supply HVAC materials.


About 90 percent of City Hall’s 1,500 annual plumbing-related jobs are performed by in-house workers, city officials said, but larger jobs often require contractors to step in.

The Lighthart Corporation is slated to get a contract for a year of that extra work at $200,000.


City Hall has six water features throughout the city to keep up to snuff.

California Waters is expected to get a $117,162 contract extension for “water feature and pond maintenance services.”

ArcLight planning

Council is scheduled to consider allowing an ArcLight movie theater to replace one of the public parking structures on Fourth Street.

Allan D. Kotin & Associates is slated to get a $130,000 contract extension to serve as a financial consultant on the project.

Booster pump maintenance

Both General Pump Company and Tri County Pump Company are expected to get $176,000 contracts to keep booster pumps at the Charnock, Arcadia, and San Vicente booster stations up and running.

“Booster pumps require periodic maintenance and repair including pulling and repairing of the pumps currently in place and machining and fabrication of wear rings, line shafts, and bowl assemblies,” city officials said of the work that will sometimes need to be done quickly and after hours. “Water wells require periodic maintenance and repair including video logging, brushing and bailing, mechanical and chemical well treatments, sonar jetting, and casing repair.”

Bus paint

Carlos Guzman, Inc. better stock up on blue paint. The company is poised to get $650,000 for a year’s worth of paint and body repair to the city’s Big Blue Buses. BBB officials said the repairs are essential to preserving customer service levels.

Historic Resources Inventory

It’s been seven years since council last commissioned a Historic Resources Inventory, which flags any potentially significant aspects of the city.

Architectural Resources Group is set to get $216,605 to compile a new index, reviewing all buildings completed in 1977 or prior.

The Landmarks Commission played a role in crafting the terms of the proposed new index.

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