On June 13, 2013, after receiving several letters from Save the Civic and our fans, Council voted to remove the live/work requirement for those applying to the Civic Working Group. The applications will go on line soon and we will post the link as soon as it’s live! Council discussed and mostly agreed that when they make the selections, they will give preference to Santa Monica residents, but they saw the wisdom in casting a wide net to make sure we can create a well rounded skill set within the group to get the job done. City staff believes they will be able to get the application on line on Monday and that the end date of the application period will be September 16, 2013. Council could make the appointments as soon as October.
The CWG’s objectives would be to work with City staff and consultants to:
- Draft a vision for the future cultural and community use of the Civic as the hub of a cultural campus
- Explore an appropriate mix of compatible adjacent uses, from open space to additional facilities as identified in the Urban Land Institute report
- Evaluate potential financing options and programming and operating models for the Civic
- Convene a community process to gather input and to build consensus regarding the future of the Civic
- Provide Council with recommendations regarding the vision, feasible renovation options and the preferred long-term operating model for the Civic.
These are the qualifications interested folks should be able to show in their applications:
A Civic Working Group will provide professional and community input on the renovation, programming and long-term operation of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (Civic). Members of the temporary Civic Working Group (CWG) will be appointed for one two-year term. The City seeks members who collectively demonstrate expertise in the areas of:
- strategic planning
- policy development
- performing arts production
- real estate development
- event management
Members should collectively demonstrate broad knowledge of Santa Monica, along with a demonstrated commitment to and appreciation of the history and character of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Members will individually and collectively demonstrate achievements in leadership, creativity and innovation, ability to work effectively in a group-setting, and capacity to balance competing priorities. All applicants are welcome, but those who live or work in Santa Monica will be given priority. Pursuant to Section 2.32.280 of the SMMC, no Santa Monica City employee may serve as a member of any Board or Commission.
Also, the city attorney shared this advice at the meeting: Council may not be advised by those who will profit from the advice. So if you wish to be employed at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium sometime in the future, it would be a good idea to check and see if a role on the CWG would be in conflict with that.