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Oaks Initiative

The City Charter (Article XXII-Taxpayer Protection) prohibits a public official from receiving personal or campaign advantage from those to whom they allocate public benefits.  These benefits are defined in the Charter, and include any public contract to provide goods or services worth more than $25,000 annually.  The Oaks Initiative form is to notify any entity applying or competing for public benefits of the limitations it imposes in providing political support or contributions to public officials within a specified timeframe.

The Oaks Initiative Example shows a correctly completed Oaks Initiative form.  

Living Wage Ordinance Certification

This form requires a vendor to certify that it complies with the Living Wage Ordinance (LWO) as set by the Santa Monica Municipal Code (Chapter 4.65).  The living wage ordinance sets a minimum wage for certain employees, and requires that vendors provide the same health care and other benefits to employees’ same sex spouses and domestic partners as are provided to other employees’ spouses.  The LWO applies to contractors providing services to the City where services exceed $54,200.  Vendors are required to submit the living wage form and abide by the law when the total amount earned through work with the City of Santa Monica reaches the $54,200 threshold.

The living wage is $18.17 per hour through June 30, 2023.  The rate will be $18.17 per hour for July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023.  The living wage will be adjusted annually each July 1 by an amount corresponding to the previous year’s change (January to January) in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).  The City will post the next year's new rate annually no later than May. 

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Prevailing Wage Acknowledgement

California law SB 7 states that public works projects greater than $15k (maintenance, repair, alteration, demolition, installation) or greater than $25k (new construction projects) require prevailing wage payment.

Contractors involved with public works projects must register and meet requirements using the online application before bidding on public works contracts.  

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Non-discrimination Policy Acknowledgement 

All vendors must submit this form certifying that it will not engage in discriminatory practices and will affirmatively act to ensure employees are treated fairly in accordance with City, State, and Federal law.

Non-collusion Affidavit

All vendors must submit this form certifying that the proposer has not in any manner sought by collusion to secure an advantage for himself, herself, or for any other proposer.  

Certification Regarding Debarment

All vendors must submit this form certifying that the bidder and / or any of its Principals, contractors, subcontractors and sub recipients are not currently debarred, suspended, proposed for debarment, or declared ineligible for the award of or participating in contracts by any Federal agency, and are not or being considered for the excluded parties list system (EPLS), or ineligible to work on contracts for California Labor Code violations (Sections 1777.1 or 1777.7).  

Business License

The City of Santa Monica requires all businesses operating within the City limits, including property owners and independent contractors, to obtain a business license and to pay business license tax prior to commencing business operations.


Santa Monica has developed standard agreements for contractual relationships with vendors delivering Professional Services and Contractual Services.  While the City rarely deviates from these requirements, if there are areas about which you have questions, or you wish to make changes, please contact Procurement.  

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