Candidate Statement

My goal is to continue serving as the voice of reason on the City Council - for ALL Santa Monica residents - on issues that affect our quality of life.

HOMELESSNESS - finding answers that truly address homelessness without having lasting negative impacts on residents.
TRAFFIC and PARKING - developing more small-scale, accessible parking facilities where they are needed throughout the city, as well as a shuttle system to help residents get out of their cars for short trips.
HOUSING - creating additional housing of all types as quickly as possible by simplifying and speeding up the planning and building permit process.
PARKS, LANDSCAPING and OPEN SPACE - working with residents and neighborhoods to expand these essential community resources.
GREATER RESPECT FOR THE COMMUNITY - adopting a policy that no official city meeting or public hearing continue past 11:00 PM so residents won’t be forced to wait until 2:00 AM to express their concerns.

With your vote, I will continue my efforts to improve Santa Monica’s quality of life by using my experience in city government, my professional background as an architect and all I’ve learned from my neighbors in the community over the years. Thanks for your support.

Arch itecture • Plann ing • In teriors

Herb Katz, AIA Public / Government Service

Santa Monica YMCA

  • “Family of the Year for 1967", for family involvement and contribution
  • Chair for 6 years of their camp at Big Bear, California
  • Designs “pro bono” for camp cabins
  • Board of Directors, 1970-1983
  • Current Architect for their 45,000 square foot Phase III Expansion, $7 million project
  • Member of Men’s Club, 1965 - 1984.

Community Activist, 1965 - Present

City of Santa Monica Architectural Review Board

  • Appointed by the City of Santa Monica Council, 1974-75
  • Initial board and its first chairperson
  • Major author of City of Santa Monica Sign Ordinance
  • Co-author of Architectural Review Board’s Goals, Tasks and By-laws

Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation Board of Directors

  • Appointed by City Council, 1983
  • Public / private corporation formed to oversee the development and running of the Santa Monica Pier
  • Initial Board of Directors
  • Formed and appended By-Laws
  • Developed a master plan for the pier,

Schools / Education

  • Special education with my two blind sons
  • Parent Teacher Association
  • Santa Monica High School Band President
  • Created the Glenn Katz Music Memorial Scholarship in my son’s name at Santa Monica High School
  • Created a music scholarship in my daughter’s name, Dana, at Santa Monica City College
  • Formed a Santa Monica College Foundation Ilona Katz Chair of Excellence in memory of my wife at Santa Monica City College

Arch itecture • Plann ing • In teriors

Neighborhood Organizations

  • Sunset Park Associated Neighbors Co-Founder for activist organization
    Member of Board of Directors
  • Concerned Homeowners Organization
  • Heritage Square Museum – Charter member
  • Trees on Pico Association
  • Boy Scouts of America – Former Scout Master
  • Santa Monica Bay Area Girls’ Club - Board of Directors, 1974 - 1978
  • PTA Member, 25 years
  • Santa Monica High School
    Band Parents’ member, 1977
    President, 1977-78
  • Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
    Mall Committee, 1970s
    Current Board of Directors member

Planning Commission

  • Appointed by the City of Santa Monica Council, 1975 - 1983
  • Chairperson, 3½ years
  • Vice-Chairperson, 1½ years
  • Set landscape standard
  • Passed on Sign Ordinance, with revisions
  • Assisted in the design and adopted new zoning ordinance
  • Adopted Noise Element
  • Housing Element for State of California
  • Reviewed and adopted Traffic Analyses and Patterns
  • Reduced and set new Building Height Limits

Technical Advisory Committee

  • City of Santa Monica - Local Coastal Plan
  • Chairperson
  • Developed master plan for obtaining local control regarding the Coastal

American Institute of Architects, California Council

  • Member of Legislative Committee

League of Cities - State of California

  • Board Member

National League of Cities

  • Board Member


Arch itecture • Plann ing • In teriors

Santa Monica City Council
  • Current elected Member of Santa Monica City Council, 2000-2004
  • Elected member for two terms, 1984-1992
  • Mayor Pro-Tempore, 2 years
  • One of Chief Architects for the Third Street Promenade (Bayside District)
  • Reviewed and passed revised Housing Element
  • Updated Zoning Code
  • Parking and traffic access for City Council
  • Liaison to Bayside District, Third Street Promenade
  • Council Liaison to Planning Commission
  • Council Liaison to Pier Restoration Corporation
  • Council Liaison to Recreation and Parks
  • Council Liaison to Airport Commission
  • Council Liaison to Arts Commission

    Bayside District
  • Member 1993–2000
  • Executive Board Member, 1994 - 2000
  • Chairperson, 1998 - 2000