City of Santa Monica

The City of Santa Monica was granted sovereign tide and submerged lands in trust in 1917 for the establishment, improvement, and conduct of a harbor, the construction of bulkheads or breakwaters, and the construction maintenance and operation of wharves, docks, piers, slips, quays, and other utilities and appliances necessary or convenient for the promotion and accommodation of commerce and navigation and the protection of City lands. The grant was amended in 1949 and 1970 to include additional trust uses that are in the statewide interest, including recreational uses and parking. Through a boundary line agreement and jurisdictional transfer, much of the beach area in Santa Monica has been transferred to the California Department of State Parks and Recreation and is managed by the City through an operating agreement.

City of Santa Monica

Staff Report Description
08/20/1987 (04) Approval of a proposal by the City to expend tidelands trust funds for reconstruction of Newcomb Pier and Santa Monica Municipal Pier
07/15/1991 (39) Boundary line agreement and permit for improvements, Santa Monica State Beach
07/15/1991 (40) Proposed boundary line agreement and agreement confirming ownership and control of filled and unfilled tide and submerged lands
Statute Description
Chapter 78, Statutes of 1917 An act granting certain tidelands and submerged lands of the State of California to the city of Santa Monica upon certain trusts and conditions.
Chapter 404, Statutes of 1931 An act authorizing the survey, location, and establishment of the ordinary high-water mark, bordering upon tidewater of the Pacific ocean, between the westerly boundary line of the city of Santa Monica and the westerly boundary line of the city of Los Angeles.
Chapter 616, Statutes of 1949 An act to amend Section 1 of an act entitled “An act granting certain tidelands and submerged lands of the State of California to the City of Santa Monica upon certain trusts and conditions,” approved April 16, 1917, relating to the use of certain tidelands and submerged lands granted to the City of Santa Monica.
Chapter 1077, Statutes of 1970 An act to amend Section 3271 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, relating to unemployment compensation disability insurance.
Settlement / Agreement Number Description
BLA 264 Permit for improvements. Agreement by and between the State of California acting by and through the State Lands Commission, on the one hand, and Elliot J. Horowitz, and the 1989 Elliot J. Horowitz Irrevocable Trust, acting by and through Elliot J. Horowitz as Trustee, on the other hand
BLA 265 / AD 163  

The City is required by Section 6306 of the Public Resources Code to complete an annual financial statement and standardized reporting form for trust lands on or before December 31 of each year.

Below is a list of reports the City has submitted by fiscal year:

AB 691 – Proactively Planning for Sea-Level Rise Impacts

AB 691 (Muratsuchi) Chapter 592, Statutes of 2013, involves sea-level rise and granted public trust lands. Assessing the impacts of sea-level rise on these lands is a management priority for grantees.

Read more about AB 691 assessments and learn about local sea-level rise planning efforts.


Program Manager
Reid Boggiano

Dredging Notices & Financial Reports
Michaela Moser