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An Inconvenient Truth: Climate Change Takes A Backseat to Slow Growth in Santa Monica’s...

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The purpose of plans is to help communities confront and prepare for their future. On preparing for a future with climate change, the downtown plan is an utter failure. Instead of focusing on the...

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...

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...

Santa Monica Hosts Fair Housing Symposium January 18

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Via city of Santa Monica press release. The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office is inviting the public to a unique symposium about the past, present and future of civil rights in housing. The free event is on January 18,...

Community Voices: A Letter from a New Resident to the Santa Monica City Council

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The following is a letter sent by a recent Santa Monica resident to the City Council. It is reprinted here with his permission. Dear City Leaders, I am writing regarding the Downtown Specific Plan. Although...

LUVE’s Labour’s Lost

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Residocracy wants to reduce traffic—the time price of accessing Santa Monica—by limiting the number of people who live here. That’s like trying to reduce the cost of the box seats behind home plate by...

Assemblymember Richard Bloom Talks Housing Package

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Late last month, Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of 15 bills designed to begin addressing California’s historic housing crisis. Among those bills, the ones that received perhaps the most media attention were Senate Bills...

The Downtown Community Plan On Its Final Stage

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. After, in words taken from the staff report, “nearly six years in development” (not too much longer than it takes to get approval to build an apartment...

City Council Scuttles Plans for Bergamot Transit Village

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The City Council put to rest Tuesday night what has become one of the single-most divisive development projects Santa Monica has seen in decades when it voted 4-1 to rescind its approval of the...

Update: Whole Foods 365 Set to Open August 9 in Santa Monica

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The Westside's first Whole Foods 365 has got an opening date now. According to Whole Foods 365 reps, the the high-end grocer’s more affordable chain will open its Santa Monica location at the northeast corner of...

Coming Up: State of the City, Hack the Beach, Homeless Count, Expo Safety, and...

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We say this a lot, but this week really is a busy week in Santa Monica. Hear from Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez and City Manager Rick Cole at the State of the City, celebrate...

Lack of Office Space, Housing Squeeze Santa Monica’s Growing Tech Industry

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While most of the message at Tuesday's State of the City event focused on the many positive trends in Santa Monica, one trend came up that could have a devastating impact on the bayside city's...

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...

What is the Downtown Community Plan and Why Does It Matter?

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City officials released late last week an updated version of the plan, four years in the making, that will shape the future of Santa Monica’s thriving downtown for the next two decades. Now, city officials...

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...
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