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Council Meeting Wrap Up for September 23, 2008

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Consent calendar – Among matters not requiring extensive discussion, Council:
  • Authorized the following contracts:
    • $748,490 with Northstar to provide maintenance, repair, service and parts for the fueling station;
    • $129,000 with Hill Brothers Chemical to furnish and deliver chemicals for the Swim Center;
  • Approved activation of phase two of design-build with T.L.D. Construction for the Pier central Restroom facility; approved a guaranteed maximum price amendment of $2,891,060; and authorized $990,166 from the Pier Infrastructure Improvements Project for this project.
  • Authorized the City Manager to negotiation and execute a Concession Agreement with High Rise Goodies Restaurant Group dba Trimana Grill for the operation of a café located in the Santa Monica Civic Parking Structure.
  • Approved a 5-year contract with Shaw/Yoder for State lobbying.
  • Solar Panels Plan Phase 2 handled by EcoMotion including marketing and public outreach with the goal of installing a minimum of 1,500 kilowatts of solar capacity over 3 years.
  • Glaser & Associates will provide additional organizational development and training in leadership, conflict resolution, teamwork and public presentation skills.
  • Accepted the Santa Monica Daily Press’ bid to publishing the city’s legal notices
  • FireMed Pro software was approved for a second patient care tracking system
  • A public hearing was set for November 25, 2008 to hear any protests or objections to the confirmation of assessment of costs for the installation of street lights on Georgina Avenue, from 4th to 7th Streets.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute a consolidated, updated and revise Executive Pay Plan.
  • Adopted a resolution authorizing the City Manager to execute an amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Administrative Team Associates.

Closed Session – There was no reportable action taken in the closed session.


Appeal of the Planning Commission's approval of vesting tentative tract map for 12-unit condominium project at 858 and 860 3rd Street - Council denied the appeal and approved the maps with modified conditions and findings.

Appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision related to the construction of a new 164-room hotel at 1515-1525 Ocean Avenue and 1530 2nd Street (Travelodge Hotel) - Council denied the appeal; certified the EIR and the statement of overriding consideration and monitoring program; adopted the local coastal amendment and the staff recommendation, as amended, regarding low-cost lodging accommodations and air rights for pedestrian bridge.  Council further directed staff to review hotel affordability policies.


Ordinances –

Council introduced for first reading:

An ordinance amending Municipal Code Sections 9.52.020, 9.52.030, 9.52.120, 9.52.140, 9.52.150, and 9.52.200; and adding Municipal Code Sections 9.52.125 and 9.52.135; updating the form of the City’s Sign Code to conform to current legal requirements and to clarify certain of the Sign Code’s provisions.
Borderline Neighborhood - Longfellow Demonstration Project – Council reviewed the proposed design, approved concept option #1 for the project with details to be reviewed by the neighborhood, and authorized the City Manager to negotiate and execute an amendment to Contract No. 8644 (CCS) with Nelson-Nygaard Consulting Associates, in the amount of $310,000, for a total contract amount of $427,000, to develop the recommended concept into construction bid documents.


Reed Park Improvements –
Council reviewed the proposed design for the Reed Park improvements, approved the design concept, and authorized the City Manager to modify the existing Contract No. 8674 (CCS) with Katherine Spitz Associates, in an amount not to exceed $16,764 (including 10% contingency) for the design improvements to Reed Park, for a revised contract total of $101,849.

Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) Next Steps: Transportation Analysis Methodology and Impact Fee Implementation – Council directed staff to take the following actions:
  • Refine measurement tools to assess and monitor the ongoing performance of the transportation system;
  • Develop a forecasting model that can be used in the environmental evaluation of the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE);
  • Develop a nexus study to implement a transportation mitigation Impact Fee;
  • Develop traffic impact breaking mechanism for traffic impacts to apply to future development.
Council stipulated that the traffic model should consider 24-hour transportation needs, neighborhood character, attainment of traffic goals and monitoring with impacts on development permits; and directed staff to research past collection of development fees.

Other matters –
Council took the follow additional actions:
Accepted Carol Agate’s resignation from the Disabilities Commission and authorized the City Clerk to publish the vacancy.
Directed staff to investigate the possibility of locating a new branch of the Santa Monica Public Library in the Pico Neighborhood, request input from stakeholders and relevant Boards and Commissions, and explore the possibility of collaborating with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District.

Adjournment and next meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 12:20 a.m.  The next meeting of the Santa Monica City Council is a regular meeting on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the wheelchair-accessible Council Chamber at City Hall.   Council meetings are aired live on CityTV Channel 16 and on the Netcast on the city's website and, for regularly scheduled meetings, from 8 p.m. to midnight on KCRW 89.9 FM.

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