City of Santa Monica Disabilities Commission

AGENDA - Regular Meeting

Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica


Standards of Behavior that Promote Civility at All Public Meetings:

·       Treat everyone courteously

·       Focus on the issues and avoid personalizing debate

·       Listen to others respectfully

·       Embrace respectful disagreement and dissent as democratic rights, inherent components of an inclusive public process, and tools for forgoing sound decisions

·       Exercise self-control

·       Give open-minded consideration to all viewpoints

Notice is hereby given that a regular meeting of the Disabilities Commission will be held 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm on Monday, April 7, 2014, at Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica, for the purpose of conducting the following business:


1.         Call to Order

Roll Call


2.         Approval of minutes of the March 3, 2014 regular meeting of the Disabilities Commission


3.         Public Input: The Commission will hear from the public on issues pertaining to topics of concern to the Commission that are not on this agenda.  A request to speak or “chit” (available from the staff assistant) should be completed indicating item(s) for public input. Each speaker is limited to two (2) minutes.


4.         Announcements and Correspondence


5.         Westside Center for Independent Living report - Julie West


6.         Commission Liaison reports


A.   Arts Commission – Commissioner Berg


B.   Housing Commission – Commissioner Geffen


C.   Planning Commission – Commissioner McCarty


D.   Recreation & Parks Commission – Commissioner Knauf


E.   Pier Restoration Corporation – Commissioner Knauf


7.            Staff Liaison report

·       City Council update

·       Boards and Commissions Dinner and video

·       Updated Budget

·       Letter to City Council regarding universal design in parks

·       Status of Draft Zoning Ordinance


8.            New Business:


A.   Presentation, discussion and possible action related to the proposed design of the Buffer Park – Mia Lehrer and Associates


B.   Discussion and possible action related to the Janet Hand Memorial, including a potential dedication ceremony – Vice Chair Hill


C.   Discussion and possible action related to making budget recommendations to the City Council during the FY2014-2015 budget study sessions – Vice Chair Hill


D.   Discussion and possible action related to the process for making recommendations for the Commission terms expiring June 30, 2013 – Vice Chair Hill


9.         Old Business: 


A.   Discussion and possible action related to rescheduling or cancelling the May, 2014 Commission meeting – Vice Chair Hill


B.   Discussion and possible action relating to a report from the May is Mental Health Month ad hoc Committee – Vice Chair Hill


C.   Discussion and update relating to the preparation of a letter to City staff by the emergency planning ad hoc committee – Commissioner Geffen


D.   Discussion and possible action related to developing a survey on the use of existing beach accessibility features by the beach access ad hoc committee – Vice Chair Hill



10.     Future agenda items


11.     Adjournment






Christofer Arroyo, Chair                          


The Ken Edwards Center is wheelchair accessible.  If you require any special disability related accommodations (i.e. sign language interpreting, access to an amplified sound system, etc.), please contact the Adriana Torres at (310) 458-8701 or TDD: (310) 458-8696 at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled meeting.  This agenda is available in alternate format upon request.


Please note that this agenda is subject to change up to 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting. Any documents produced by the City and distributed to a majority of the Disabilities Commission regarding any item on this agenda will be made available during normal business hours at Human Services Division, City Hall 1685 Main St., Room 212.


Any member of the public unable to attend a meeting but wishing to comment on an item(s) listed on the agenda may submit written comments prior to the meeting by mailing them to: Human Services Division 1685 Main St., Rm. 212, Santa Monica CA, 90401 or by emailing: DC@SMGOV.NET. 


The Ken Edwards Center is served by Big Blue Bus lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9; call (310) 451-5444 or TTY (310) 395-6024 for additional transportation information.