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  • 11/19/2016 3:32 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    With the recent election ushering in yet another sales tax on Santa Monicans, the expenditure of City Council has once again come under the microscope with a variety of local news outlets adding weight to the issue: this year 72 percent of our City’s general operating fund will be used for payroll.

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  • 11/19/2016 9:43 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    City Hall will be wading into a pair of water related topics at the Nov. 22 Council meeting including a study session on land use priorities for the coast and a public hearing on 2017 water rates.

    The Council’s closed session will include recruitment for a new City Attorney, updates on several lawsuits (including ongoing litigation with AirBnB) and negotiations over property sales. The consent calendar includes grants from Homeland Security, property management services at the airport,  contracts for building public restrooms and the purchase of protective equipment for firefighters.

    “The recommended 5% water rate increase for 2017 instead of the previously approved 9% increase would be effective for calendar year 2017 on bills issued on or about March 1, 2017 to February 28, 2018, with up to 9% increases authorized for 2018 and 2019 pending annual evaluation by Council and staff.”

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  • 11/18/2016 2:51 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    November 18, 2016 -- One day after housekeepers at the JW Marriott Santa Monica Le Merigot Hotel voted to form a union with UNITE HERE Local 11, union workers and officials urged city planners to allow taller buildings downtown.

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  • 11/16/2016 1:17 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    A handful of vacant buildings with stalled construction projects will be subject to additional regulation following the Nov. 1 council meeting. 

    Council debated establishing a full-fledged vacant building registry that would have placed additional constraints on vacant buildings but ultimately chose a minor revision to code compliance rules with direction to revisit the issue down the road.

    According to City Staff, about 29 properties were vacant at the time of their most recent inventory. Of those, only 10 were vacant without some kind of development project or Ellis Act process currently underway.

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  • 11/16/2016 1:13 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    November 15, 2016 -- The City of Santa Monica's $1.1 billion biennial budget was among the highest in the state and is driven by “unbelievably excessive employee compensation,” according to a new study by Transparent California, a statewide watchdog group.

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  • 11/16/2016 7:23 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    No City in the State of California pays employees as much as Santa Monica does.

    A CBS 2 investigation called "Small City, Big Pay" says Santa Monica has some of the highest taxes in the State, and also the highest paid employees in the State. Could it be a coincidence?

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  • 11/15/2016 1:46 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    November 15, 2016 -- After a final shuffle of paperwork, the City of Santa Monica is bidding farewell to two of the last affordable apartments along its storied boardwalk.

    Late last month, the City approved an occupancy permit to the owner of 10 apartments at 1401 Palisades Beach Road, a move that clears the way for rents to be raised to market value, officials said.

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  • 11/14/2016 7:22 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Exactly why do 105 Santa Monica City employees, make more than $300,000 a year?

    Why do 105 Santa Monica City employees, make more than $300,000 a year? Tune in to the channel 2 News at 11 pm Monday, and find out. Good luck explaining that one, guys. "Small City, Big Pay."

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  • 11/14/2016 7:18 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    November 14, 2016 -- Santa Monica City Councilmember Kevin McKeown is drafting a compromise to allow public votes on proposed projects that exceed buildings limits, although the proposal's future is unclear in the bitter aftermath of the defeat of slow-growth Measure LV.

    The olive branch from McKeown backers of the measure -- which would have required voter approval of most projects taller than 32 feet -- is expected to go to the council at its next meeting, on November 22, he said.

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  • 11/11/2016 9:11 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Information and Discussion of the Updates to Technical Standards of

    the Seismic Retrofit Provisions of Article VIII of the Santa Monica

    Municipal Code and Recommendations to City Council on the

    Technical Standards

    Read More: Commission Staff Report November 3 2016.pdf

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