Santa Monica Talks is the City’s front page: A forum to share community-centered news and events. Learn about what’s happening in your city and get involved!

  • Taking Action Now on Traffic

    Warm weather, an expanding economy and the strength of Santa Monica’s brand have attracted record numbers of visitors to our Downtown this summer.  If you think traffic has never been this bad, you are not alone.  Our traffic professionals say they've never seen this number of people and volume of traffic, especially on Twilight Concert Series nights. We want both residents and visitors to enjoy their experience -- and particularly to encourage them not to drive, especially into the heart of Downtown. Ultimately the answer is not to make it easier to drive and park in Downtown – it is to make it easier to use all the other options we are promoting with our GoSaMo efforts. 

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  • California Incline Pays Homage to the Past, Ready for the Future

    Things that are well built tend to hang around. Here in Southern California, the built environment is constantly evolving, so it’s easy to assume new and formidable structures just happen, quickly and flawlessly. It’s easy to forget about "how" it happens.

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  • Santa Monica. My Heart. My Hometown.

    We are enjoying another beautiful summer in Santa Monica.  On the 4th of July, when we celebrated American freedom, I thought about how fortunate we are as a country and how many see Santa Monica as the epitome of the American dream, made possible by the actions our forefathers took 240 years ago. I reminisced about why Santa Monica is, and always will be, my hometown and why I remain devoted to our community.

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  • Council Approves Setting a Timeline to Close SMO

    Last night, Mayor Pro Tempore Ted Winterer and I put forward a motion for the Council to consider a resolution to close the Santa Monica Airport by June 30, 2018 or as soon as legally permitted. We voted in favor of passing the motion and staff will bring a draft resolution to our meeting on August 23.

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  • Interesting Times

    In these interesting times, it is easy to lose sight of how, from the beginning, our country was designed to contain built-in tensions. Our Constitution was itself a product of compromise, balancing large states and small; centralized power and autonomous individuals and states; even slavery and freedom. Our stability has come from a delicately balanced system of checks and balances.

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  • Introducing the Long View

    Exactly a year ago I became the twelfth City Manager to serve Santa Monica since local voters adopted the Council/Manager form of government back in 1947.

    The City Manager’s role has evolved over time – and it will continue to do so in the future.  The City’s Charter designates the city manager as “the chief executive officer and the head of the administrative branch of the City government . . . responsible to the City Council for the proper administration of all affairs of the City.”  The powers and duties are to “appoint and remove” department heads and oversee the entire City staff; prepare the annual budget and administer the City’s finances; advise the Council on “future needs of the City and make such recommendations as may seem desirable; and “perform such other duties as may be prescribed by this Charter or required of the City Manager by the City Council.”

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