Other Things the Council Did and Didn”t Do

The most significant action the Santa Monica City Council took at its Tuesday night meeting was not approving a city-wide moratorium to put development on hold until the revision of the General Plan is complete.

It did, however, direct staff to draft an ordinance that would temporarily limit the size of developments in the industrial area (see story, “City Gets It Wrong…Again”).

Among the Council’s other more piquant actions were several items on the Consent Calendar that it okayed Without discussion.

It supported the Westside subway extension project as the next priority following the completion of the Exposition light rail line, and confirmed the proposed guiding principles developed by the Westside Cities Council of Governments Transportation Committee.

It also awarded a bid in the amount of $1,659,234 to Ironman Parts & Services to retrofit Big Blue buses, and authorized an agreement with Smith-Emery Company in the amount of $244,600 and Environmental Network Corporation in the amount of $270,443 for services related to the Big Blue Bus expansion project,

The Council and the Redevelopment Agency awarded three contracts totaling $4,990,850 for the seismic retrofit of Parking Structure 4 and authorized a cooperation agreement between the city and Redevelopment Agency.

In addition, it rejected a Resolution creating parking zone “U” to restrict blocks closest to Santa Monica High School with “No Parking Except by Permit” and allow “Two-hour Parking Except by Permit” in the Remainder of the Zone, and directed staff to examine options for student parking in the Civic Center. But Council member Ken Genser assured disappointed residents of the area that the item would be placed on the next agenda for reconsideration.

An interim ordinance was introduced, as amended, to extend the current interim ordinance related to fences, walls and hedge regulations; clarify objection criteria; require all legal non-conforming fences, walls and hedges to be registered; specify new maintenance provisions; clarify hedge height adjacent to alleys; and to specify self-help remedies for property owners affected by overhanging hedges.

When that was done, the Council directed staff to begin work on a permanent ordinance that will be presented to Council in the winter of 2008.

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