Santa Monica Lookout
Santa Monica City Council Signs Off on Almost $1 million in Expenses
By Jason Islas
October 9, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council approved almost $1 million in expenses as part of several routine items considered at the top of its meeting Tuesday.
The $965,000 bill includes payments to nonprofits for more social services and contracts to two firms for repairs and improvements to City property.
Topping the list of expenses is a $383,910 contract with Charles E. Thomas Co., to remove two 40,000-gallon diesel fuel tanks from under the Big Blue Bus property.
“Big Blue Bus is committed to decommissioning all diesel buses, therefore does not need to maintain and operate the diesel fuel infrastructure,” officials said, adding that the public transit system's fleet will operate entirely on natural gas by the end of fall 2013.
Since they are fuel tanks, removing them will also include checking them for leaks and decontaminating them.
The Council also approved a $325,000 contract with Apex Roofing Contractors, Best Contracting Services, and TECTA America Southern California.
The three companies will handle “roof replacements and leak repairs to prevent water and rain damage at various City facilities,” staff said.
“The City requires contractual services for tearing down existing old or damaged roof systems, disposing of materials, installing new roof systems including associated materials, repairing water leaks, and replacing broken gutters and downspouts at various City facilities,” they said.
In addition, the Council approved a total of $239,688 for a pilot program that aims to help unemployed youth train for long-term careers in the service industry.
The program, a part of the City's Cradle-to-Career initiative, will be a collaboration between the Los Angeles Hospitality Training Academy and St. Joseph's Center and will be run out of the Virginia Avenue Park's Teen Center.
Finally, the Council approved increasing its grant to OPCC -- formerly the Ocean Park Community Center -- for domestic violence advocacy services.
“The domestic violence advocate work helps both the victims in domestic violence cases and the People because the prosecution has a better chance of winning the case and breaking the cycle of domestic violence when the victims have received the expert guidance provided by the domestic violence advocate,” staff said.
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