Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
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The Civic Working Group

City Council appointed a nine-member Civic Working Group in October 2013 to advise Council on options for the future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

The Working Group was comprised of four members who served on the Santa Monica's Arts, Landmarks, Planning, and Recreation and Parks Commissions, and five at-large members with a broad knowledge of Santa Monica and professional expertise in one or more of a variety of relevant disciplines.

Linda J. Bozung
Phil Brock
Fred Deni
Nina Fresco
Frank Gruber
Iao Katagiri
Philip J. Orosco
Jodi Summers
Carey Wayne Upton

The Civic Working Group holds its regular meetings on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium East Wing, 1855 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401.


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September 28 Agenda
August 24 Agenda Minutes
July 27 Cancelled
July 15 Cancelled
June 22 Cancelled
June 13 Agenda Minutes
May 20 Agenda Minutes
April 27 Agenda Minutes
March 23 Agenda Minutes
February 23 Agenda Minutes
February 01 Agenda Minutes
January 31 Agenda Minutes
January 26 Cancelled
January 12 Agenda Minutes

What We Do

The Civic Working Group provided input and recommendations for the renovation, programming and long-term operation of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Specifically, the Working Group is charged with meeting the following objectives:

  • Draft a vision for the future cultural and community use of the Civic as the hub of a cultural campus
  • Explore an appropriate mix of compatible adjacent uses, from open space to additional facilities as identified in the Urban Land Institute report
  • Evaluate potential financing options and programming and operating models for the Civic
  • Convene a community process to gather input and to build consensus regarding the future of the Civic
  • Provide Council with recommendations regarding the vision, feasible renovation options and the preferred long-term operating model for the Civic

Staff Liaison

Thomas Poon
City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division
Phone: 310-458-8350