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Eyes on the Street: Santa Monica Whole Foods 365 Aiming for Summer Opening

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Santa Monica will soon be on the list of cities that are home to a Whole Foods 365, the high-end grocer's more affordable chain. A former office park on the northeast corner of Pico Boulevard...

Santa Monica Officials Reveal Aggressively Slow-Growth Downtown Community Plan

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After half-a-decade of planning and community outreach, city staff revealed the final draft of the Downtown Community Plan Wednesday to a full house at the east wing of the Civic Auditorium. The 300-page document, which...

Santa Monica Lawmaker Introduces Bill to End Statewide Limits on Rent Control

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Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) last week introduced AB 1506, a bill that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, the 1995 state law that weakened the strictest rent control laws in the state. The...

Looking Back at the News Stories That Defined Santa Monica in 2016

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This past year, Santa Monica continued to advance some very progressive policies aimed at sharing the city’s increasing prosperity with as wide a swath of residents, workers, and other members of the community as...

Eyes on the Street: New Affordable ‘Arroyo’ Apartments Going Up on Lincoln Boulevard

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Community Corporation of Santa Monica, the city's lead nonprofit affordable housing provider, held a ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the organization's newest project, The Arroyo. The new building at 1626 Lincoln Blvd., which Community Corporation of...

Lack of Housing Growth “Compounding” Inequality, Says CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development

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Housing affordability in California is the worst it has been in the state’s history and it's widening the gap between rich and poor, according to a report from the state’s Department of Housing and...

Renting in Santa Monica Part Two: Rent Control

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Editor's Note: This is part two of a series looking at the cost of renting in Santa Monica. Click here for part one. When Charles and Carol Gasko moved to Santa Monica in the mid...

Moving to Santa Monica: A How-To Guide

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  So, you’re moving to Santa Monica, the eight-square miles of eco-friendly paradise on the western edge of Los Angeles County. Your new home – we’re guessing it’s an apartment since about 70 percent of...

Santa Monica Kicks Off 2017 by Doubling Down on Plans for a Sustainable Future

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While the incoming president has threatened to turn back many of the gains made in environmental conservation and fighting global climate change, Santa Monica remains committed to being a sustainability leader in 2017 and...

Renting in Santa Monica Part Three: Affordable Housing

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Editor's Note: This is part three of a series looking at the cost of renting in Santa Monica. Here is Part One: The Rent's Too Damn High and here is Part Two: Rent Control. The corner...

Staff Report Shows Nearly All Development Agreements Paying Off for Santa Monica

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In order to assure the city benefits from some of the larger real estate development projects in town, the City Council negotiates development agreements (DAs) which guarantee affordable housing, traffic mitigation, money for parks, and...

Renting in Santa Monica Part One: The Rent’s Too Damn High

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It is no secret to anyone who has considered moving to Santa Monica that finding a place to live here is not cheap. A person in 2013 looking to rent in Santa Monica – and...

Santa Monica’s Earthquake Retrofit Requirements Could Impact More than 17,000 Units

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Santa Monica released a list Tuesday of more than 17,000 apartments or condos in more than 2,000 buildings that will require further study under the city’s new earthquake retrofit requirements. The list also included commercial...

A New State Report Explains Why Your Rent Is So High, Offers A Solution

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It’s no secret that Santa Monica is one of the most expensive places to live in California, a reality that anyone who has tried to move to the city or even within it knows...

Santa Monica Green-lights Two Related Expo-Adjacent Housing Projects Downtown

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This week, the City Council and Planning Commission approved two related Expo-adjacent housing projects that will bring more than 300 new homes -- 64 of which will rent to lower-income households -- to Santa...
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