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  • Santa Monica City Council Approves Homeless Action Plan to Reduce Problem

    Constance Farrell, City of SM|Dec 4, 2017

    At its meeting last night, November 28, 2017, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted to approve a Homeless Strategic Goal Action Plan and a series of new investments included in the plan to address homelessness. Recommendations came as part of staff's Annual Homelessness Report to Council at a time when homelessness is up by 23 percent throughout Los Angeles County in 2017. "Homelessness is the biggest issue in front of us. People are suffering on our streets and throughout the county...

  • City Appoints Suja Lowenthal New Senior Advisor to the City Manager on Airport Affairs

    Constance Farrell, City of SM|Oct 3, 2017

    Suja Lowenthal, currently the Community and Government Engagement Manager for the Big Blue Bus, will transition to the Senior Advisor to the City Manager on Airport Affairs. She replaces Nelson Hernandez, who holds the post until his retirement on October 6th. Securing local control of Santa Monica Airport has been a longtime community priority and was selected as one of the City Council's top strategic goals adopted in 2015. Ms. Lowenthal has served in planning and community engagement...

  • Katie Lichtig to be Santa Monica's Next Assistant City Manager/Chief Operating Officer

    Constance Farrell, Public Information Officer|Aug 8, 2017

    From SM City Hall, 8/7/17: Today, City Manager Rick Cole announced that Katie Lichtig has been selected to join him in leading the City of Santa Monica as Assistant City Manager/Chief Operating Officer. After a rigorous national search, Lichtig returns to Santa Monica where she began her career in local government as the Assistant to the City Manager for Management Services from 1992 to 2001. She has served as the City Manager for San Luis Obispo for the past 7.5 years and in leading positions...

  • City of Santa Monica to Accept Applications for Affordable Housing from Santa Monica Workers and Residents

    Constance Farrell|Aug 8, 2017

    The City of Santa Monica will be accepting applications for moderate-income households to be considered for deed restricted apartments created through the City's Affordable Housing Production Program. The wait list application period beginning at 8 a.m. (PST) on Thursday, August 10, 2017. It will close when the City has received enough applications to meet referral requirements. Applications in English and Spanish will be accessible online through a secure website at The...

  • Santa Monica Homeless Count Shows 26% Increase in Homelessness

    Constance Farrell, PIO, City of SM|May 15, 2017

    The City of Santa Monica conducted its annual Homeless Count on the night of January 25, 2017 in sync with the rest of L.A. County. The results were presented to the Santa Monica City Council this evening at its May 9 meeting. Results show an increase of 193 individuals over last year or a difference of 26%. Here's a look at top line metrics, which will be further informed by the outcome of countywide numbers expected in June from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). · The 2017...

  • 25,000 runners Finish the Los Angeles Marathon

    Constance Farrell|Mar 19, 2017

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is this Sunday, March 19. Santa Monica will welcome runners and spectators to the finish line. Here's what you need to know to be prepared for race day: 1. Get the map: The official Santa Monica finish line map for the LA Marathon is available here and all Santa Monica race day information is at 2. Plan ahead: Street closures will begin between 5 and 6 a.m. We will work to reopen streets as soon as is saf...

  • Joseph Lawrence Selected as Interim Santa Monica City Attorney

    Constance Farrell, Ministry of Information|Jan 14, 2017

    The City Council has chosen Assistant City Attorney Joseph Lawrence to serve as Interim City Attorney after the retirement of Marsha Jones Moutrie last month. Joe has been with the City Attorney's Office since 1986. During his tenure, he has been involved in all of the City's most demanding legal issues. He led the legal effort that recovered nearly $400 million for water contamination. During his tenure the City Attorney's Office was recognized as the top state and local law office by the Ameri...

  • New Year: Events at Santa Monica's Annenberg Beach House

    Constance Farrell, City of SM

    Start off the New Year exploring great opportunities at the Annenberg Community Beach House with a lineup that offers something for everyone. From a synchronized swim class to free events including guided beach walks, art talks, performances and a Gold Coast-era birthday celebration! Don't miss the fun kicking off this Sunday. AQUALILLIES SYNCHRONIZED SWIM CLASS, Sunday, January 8, 15 & 22, 10 – 11:15 a. m. - Haven't you always wanted to take a synchronized swim class? With the Aqualillies, i...

  • Fireside at The Miles Performance Series Lineup announced for January 7 – February 25

    Constance Farrell, City of SM

    The 8th annual Fireside at the Miles performance series will take place at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse from January 7 – February 25. The series began in 2010 to reignite the Playhouse's large period fireplace as a community gathering space for the arts as it was in the 1930s and 40s. All are invited to experience this year's lineup of music, dance, and comedy in a truly intimate and historic setting complete with couches, candles, and a coffee and tea bar. Events are scheduled F...

  • Ted Winterer Elected Mayor of Santa Monica; Gleam Davis is Mayor Pro Tem

    Constance Farrell, City of SM|Dec 23, 2016

    At its special meeting Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously voted to select Ted Winterer as Santa Monica's next mayor and Gleam Davis as mayor pro tempore. "This is a tremendous honor and I am humbled and thrilled to serve as your mayor," said Mayor Ted Winterer. "I look forward to the work ahead with Mayor Pro Tem Davis and to the challenges and successes we are sure to see to keep Santa Monica the special place that it is." Mayor Ted Winterer is a 25-year Santa Monica resident...

  • Sick Leave for Santa Monica Workers Becomes Effective January 1

    Constance Farrell, Ministry of Information|Dec 9, 2016

    Editor's Note: This is an official City Press Release and has not been edited. Less than one month from today on January 1, 2017, Santa Monica's new paid sick leave provisions under the City's recently adopted Minimum Wage law will become effective. State law already requires all California employers to offer employees 24 hours of paid sick leave. Under Santa Monica's law, Santa Monica employees will benefit from increases to 32 or 40 hours, depending on the size of the employer. "Santa Monica c...

  • Breeze Bike Share Program Raises Rates $1 per Hour

    Constance Farrell, City Managers Office|Jul 16, 2016

    On August 1, 2016, a new and simplified fee structure and employee benefit program with launch for Breeze, the region's first bike share system. Since the City of Santa Monica launched Breeze in November 2015, 26,000 people have taken 140,000 bike trips totaling 329,000 miles. After surveying riders and listening to comments, and looking ahead to an integrated regional bike share network that is seamless for riders, eight subscription plans will be simplified into four offerings. The new plans m...

  • Susan Cline Hired as new Director of Santa Monica Public Works Dept.

    Constance Farrell, City Managers Office|Jul 10, 2016

    City Manager Rick Cole has selected Susan Cline to serve as the new Director of Santa Monica's Public Works Department. Cline has served as Assistant Director for over six years, and brings nearly 20 years of leadership experience in public sector planning, operations, and management. She has served as interim Director of Public Works on two previous occasions. "The responsibility of running the team that provides the backbone public services our community relies on 24/7 is a special and...