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A Tale of Two More Projects : The Miramar and Two Apartment Projects on...

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This post first appeared on The Healthy City Local. Earlier this year I wrote a post about two development projects that were staggering through the approvals process in Santa Monica. One was an apartment building on Lincoln...

City Goes Two for Two on “Short Term Rental Lawsuits” This Week: Rulings Could...

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As much as many like to complain about the legal fees racked up by the City of Santa Monica, the City Attorney's Office is on a winning streak when it comes to the city's...

City Updates “Granny Flat” Regulations. New Rules for ADU’s Could Start As Soon as...

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Via Press Release: At its meeting on Tuesday, May 22, the Santa Monica City Council approved an ordinance to amend the City’s Zoning Ordinance regarding standards for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). An ADU is a...

Santa Monica’s State Senator Wants to Make It Easier for Cities to Raise Funds...

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Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allan, S.B. 961 is winding it's way through the state legislature. The "Neighborhood Infill Finance and Transit Improvement Districts Legislation" would allow municipalities to raise funds through infrastructure finance...

Santa Monica Assemblymember’s Ellis Act Reforms Advance in Sacramento

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Via press release from the Office of Assemblymember Bloom : Ellis Act Legislation Passes Out of Second Policy Committee SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Richard Bloom’s (D-Santa Monica) bill to protect California tenants from eviction passed out of its...

Tale of Two Projects

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This originally appeared at The Healthy City Local. It’s been a while since I’ve written about a specific development project in Santa Monica. About a year ago I was busy writing articles about the Downtown Community...

In April, ‘Wellbeing 365’ Campaign Looked At Economic Opportunity

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qAvW9-JC7s Over the course of April, Kaiser Permanente looked at the impact of economic opportunity on health and wellbeing as part of its “Wellbeing 365: Stress Less & Thrive” initiative in partnership with the city of...
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Legislative Update: Tracking Some of California’s Housing Bills

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Affordable Housing, Displacement, and Regional Housing Needs The elephant in the housing legislation room is S.B. 827, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). This bill, which has sparked furious debate among housing and economic justice...

New Plans Revealed for Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel Redesign Project

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Owners of the Santa Monica Fairmont Miramar hotel revealed revamped plans for an ambitious overhaul of the historic property Thursday. The new plans for the property at Wilshire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue would see a...

United Way #EveryoneIn Campaign Rallies to End Homelessness

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This article originally appeared on Streetsblog L.A. This morning in Echo Park, hundreds of people rallied to launch the "Everyone In" campaign to end homeless across L.A. County. The Everyone In campaign brings together a coalition...

Santa Monica Sees Number of People Experiencing Homelessness Grow Second Year in a Row

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Santa Monica released the results of this year’s annual city-wide homelessness count Tuesday, showing a continued increase in the number of people struggling with homelessness in the city for the second year in a...

Community Voices: YIMBYism and the Cruel Irony of Metropolitan History

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The following originally appeared on Streetsblog L.A. It is by David Levitus. Levitus earned his Ph.D. at USC with a focus on the history of cities, policy, and politics in the United States. At NYU, he majored...

Senate Bill 827, Equity, and the Need for Coalition Building in the YIMBY Movement

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Last month, State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) released a draft of his legislation, Senate Bill 827, which would upend zoning rules throughout California. The bill, aimed at making it easier to build housing at...

Bill to End Statewide Limits on Rent Control Fails in Committee

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Last Thursday, the California State Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee narrowly killed a controversial bill that would have repealed the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which limits local jurisdictions’ ability to enact or strengthen...

New Plans Revealed for Gehry-Designed Project in Santa Monica

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The team behind a proposed Frank Gehry-designed hotel at Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean Avenue revealed revised plans Thursday night at a well-attended community meeting. Thursday's meeting was the first public reveal of the new...
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