CITY HALL, 1685 MAIN STREET, is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and every other Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Closed Fridays" (which reduce car trips and improve air quality) for the next three months are: May 28, June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, and August 6 and 20. We'll also be closed on Monday, May 31 for Memorial Day, and Monday, July 5 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.
DID YOU KNOW? Meetings of Santa Monica's boards and commissions are regularly scheduled each month and open to the public. The following meetings are held in the Council Chamber at City Hall:
- Architectural Review Board first & third Monday, 7 p.m.
- Landmarks Commission second Monday, 7 p.m.
- Planning Commission first and third Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Agendas for all meetings (including City Council) are posted on the city's website at www.santa-monica.org/cityclerk, or call the City Clerk's Office (458-8211) for information.
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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS OF
SUSTAINABILITY IN SANTA MONICA!
2004 marks the 10th anniversary of Santa Monica's Sustainable City Plan (SCP). Originally adopted by City Council in September 1994, the SCP charts a course toward a more sustainable Santa Monica ensuring that as a community we can live well today without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. Santa Monica has become internationally known as a leader for its sustainable community efforts, and this 10th anniversary allows us to showcase and celebrate the progress we've made toward meeting our environmental, economic and social goals.
The celebration kicked off on May 1 at the Santa Monica Festival and will continue throughout the summer, culminating with "Sustainability Week," September 27 to October 3.
Sustainability Week will feature tours of local sustainable buildings, a lecture series and an award ceremony honoring those individuals, businesses and organizations that are helping to make our community more sustainable. Look for more 10th anniversary information in future issues of Seascape and at www.smepd.org
PUBLIC TELEVISION PROGRAMS HIGHLIGHT
CITY'S "RUBBER SIDEWALKS"
The City of Santa Monica was recently a subject of two separate public television programs highlighting rubber sidewalks, an innovation that grew out of a collaboration among several departments, divisions and employees of our fair city. "Tires," hosted by KCET Channel 28 personality Huell Howser in January, reported on the problem of waste tires in the nation's landfills and the effort in recent years to divert that waste--saving valuable landfill space--by creating useful products.
On a visit to a county landfill, Howser and his viewers watched a tire recycling operation in which the steel and fiber are removed from the tires. The "crumb rubber" that remains can be used in a number of products, including asphalt, sports flooring, playground material and garden mulch. Howser then came to Santa Monica, where--in a manner of speaking--the rubber first hit the sidewalk. Since a story appeared in the L.A. Times several years ago about their development and use in our city, the rubber sidewalks have been installed in 20 municipalities around the country.
Along with the obvious benefit to landfills and the environment gained by reusing tire rubber, these sidewalks with removable and replaceable pavers are easy to install and maintain, at a fraction of the cost of concrete. On top of that, they enable arborists to monitor the roots of nearby trees, helping prevent their potential removal due to sidewalk upheaval. As demonstrated with the installation of rubber sidewalks nearly four years ago at the Fairview branch library on Ocean Park Blvd., it is possible to have both well-maintained sidewalks and beautiful, mature trees
KCET's Howser followed up "Tires" with a second program that detailed how Santa Monica's public works staff and arborists assisted in averting the destruction of seven mature ficus trees because of damage to sidewalks at a Westside school. Thanks to Santa Monica's expertise, University High School students, teachers and administrators were able to work with the L.A. Unified School District's maintenance department to save the trees by installing rubber sidewalks.
There are currently eight rubber sidewalk sites in Santa Monica, and more are due for installation this spring on 21st Street. For more information, contact the city's street maintenance division at 458-8505, or the community forester at 458-8974.