Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica City Council to Consider $6 Million for Bathrooms, Parking System
By Jason Islas
August 27, 2013 -- At the top of its Tuesday meeting, the Santa Monica City Council will consider doling out more than $6 million for new bathrooms on the beach and a revamped parking system.
While the lion's share of that bill -- $5.4 million -- will go for the purchase, installation and maintenance of a new, state-of-the-art parking monitoring system, the Council will consider an additional $700,000 to rehab the beach bathrooms just north of Ocean Park Boulevard. (“Santa Monica to Purchase New Parking Equipment,” August 12)
City officials have said that the old parking equipment, installed at the City's major parking sites, has begun to fail and has led to frustrated motorists and lost city revenue.
In addition, the City will have to replace the bathrooms at 2400 Ocean Front Walk (OFW), officials said, to bring them up to code.
“The 2400 OFW Beach Restroom Replacement Project would complete the City’s commitment to upgrading and bringing public restroom facilities into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA),” City officials said.
The Council will also decide on whether to approve a $305,942 contract with the California-based Pulsar Advertising firm, “to ensure that the Big Blue Bus (BBB) successfully executes and implements marketing strategies and plans for transit projects,” staff said.
Among those projects, officials said, are included BBB's transition to a new farebox system, a new website and planned service changes that would link Santa Monica's bus system to the coming Expo Light Rail.
Next on the list of proposed expenses for Tuesday night is $159,981 for “software licenses, maintenance and related services for five years to provide an electronic imaging and document management system,” officials said.
Originally, the City struck a deal with Laserfiche in 2006 for licenses that would give the City perpetual use of the company's software, but that agreement was limited to the software available at the time..
“The increased demand for the system requires the City upgrade its licensing arrangement with Laserfiche,” staff said. “This new licensing arrangement would also allow the City to better integrate emerging technologies and new software collaboration products which have been introduced citywide, meet evolving business needs, and leverage products using new technologies.”
The Council will also consider a $83,640 contract with Lee & Ro, Inc. to study and report on the Mass Avenue Wastewater Pump Station, a part of the Los Angeles Hyperion Sanitary Sewer System located in and maintained by Santa Monica.
Rounding out Tuesday's proposed list of expenses, the Council will vote on whether to allocate $76,330 to help address a shortage of funding for affordable housing.
The Council could tap Rosenow Spevacek Group, Inc to study the possibility of making commercial developers pay for affordable housing.
“The nexus study identifies the specific types of commercial development which create employment with salaries that do not adequately provide for the cost of housing in Santa Monica,” staff said.
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