The City Council meeting on June 11 was well attended. Thirty people stood up and spoke for the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. During the discussion among the council members, there was a consensus that we will need to move quickly to prevent further deterioration of the venue, that we should appoint an advisory panel to work out a feasible plan, and that a public process would be integrated with the panel’s work flow to vet the various trade-offs. The possibility of seeking a variety of different kinds of bonds to fund the project was discussed as that approach would ensure that the needed improvements for a successful venue are balanced with other goals and plans set for the site in the past, such as open space.
The next step will be to figure out the qualifications and experience that panel members will bring to the table to create just the right balance between entertainment, business and community goals. City Council will hopefully be looking at what staff suggests for this important step at the end of the summer. In the meantime, interim uses that will keep the systems running were approved by council. Staff estimates that the civic will be back on line in five years. Check out our Press page to see the latest news reports on the Civic Auditorium. There is quite a bit of buzz out there!
At left, enjoy a photo of the Save the Civic team taken before heading in to the council meeting.