Item 6-J

Council Meeting: 2/25/97                Santa Monica, CA

TO:       Mayor and City Council

FROM:     City Staff

SUBJECT:  Donation of Used Cushman Parking Scooters

INTRODUCTION
This report requests that the City Council authorize the donation
of two used Cushman parking scooters to the Santa Monica/Malibu
School District for use by security staff at Santa Monica High
School.  Council approval is needed for the donation because City
property is normally disposed of at auction.

BACKGROUND
Members of the Santa Monica Police Department work in conjunction
with Santa Monica  High School security officers on a daily
basis.  Members of the security staff have dispersed crowds
and/or stopped potential criminal activity prior to the arrival
of Santa Monica police officers.  Their capability to respond to
these activities has been hampered recently due to their only
Cushman scooter breaking down and being deemed beyond repair. 
There are no district funds to replace this unit.

The Santa Monica Police Department's Parking Enforcement Section
is currently replacing  several older Cushman scooters.  These
scooters will be auctioned in the near future.  It is 
recommended that two of the scooters be donated to the high
school security staff to  allow them to continue to provide the
quick response times that support Police Department personnel.

BUDGET/FINANCIAL IMPACT
The Fleet Maintenance Section estimated the auction value of each
Cushman as $500.00.
Therefore, the total estimated value of the two donated scooters
is $1,000.00.  These  funds would otherwise go to the City's
vehicle replacement fund.
   
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that the City Council authorize the donation of
two used Cushman parking scooters to the Santa Monica/Malibu
School District for use by Santa Monica High School security
personnel.

Prepared by: James T. Butts, Jr., Chief of Police