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Can High-Density Housing Solve Our Regional Housing Crisis? The Answer: It’s Complicated

Southern California Public Radio affiliate KPCC, in partnership with the Milken Institute, assembled a panel of experts Wednesday night to answer the question: can high-density housing solve the housing crisis currently facing L.A. County...

Santa Monica Seeks Input on New Electric Vehicle Action Plan

Santa Monica residents will have about three weeks to weigh in on the city's new draft Electric Vehicle Action Plan. The plan is a hundred page document that outlines policies and infrastructure goals to accommodate...

Legislative Update: Student Transit Passes, ATP, Equity in Climate Policies

This post originally appeared on Streetsblog California. This week in Sacramento, policy committees are rushing through a last-minute load of bills. The July recess is looming, and this week is the last opportunity to pass...

Santa Monica City Council Approves First (and Likely Last) Housing Project of 2014

With three meetings left in 2014, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a small, 32-unit housing complex along Pico Boulevard, the first -- and likely last -- housing project to get discretionary...

Will the Santa Monica City Council Take Even More Housing Options Off the Table?

Less than a month after the Santa Monica City Council narrowly voted to remove the option of building 4- to 5-story apartments or condos on Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, Mayor Kevin McKeown wants...

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

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...

Santa Monica’s Revised Downtown Plan Coming Friday, Staff Says

UPDATE: The revised Downtown Santa Monica Community Plan is now available at downtownsmplan.net. A revised version of the plan that will determine the future of planning in Downtown Santa Monica will be released Friday, according to...

Renting in Santa Monica Part Two: Rent Control

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...

Governor Brown to City Governments: It’s On You to Make California Affordable Again

Governor Jerry Brown’s proposed budget, released earlier this week, has some good news and some bad news for housing in California. California remains in the throes of the worst housing shortage in generations and Brown’s...

CA Legislature Passes Cap & Trade Bill; Questions Remain

This post originally appeared on Streetsblog California. In case you hadn’t heard, last night the California legislature passed a legislative package to extend the state’s cap-and-trade system until 2030. It’s a landmark victory for proponents and...

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

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...

California Lawmakers Call for Affordable Housing Funding, Fewer Obstacles to Growth

A group of California Assemblymembers, including Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), gathered yesterday for a press conference to continue to the beat the drum for immediate and long-term action to address the state’s dire housing...

Opinion: The Only Certain Thing is Uncertainty

On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council faced a difficult choice: whether to require 20-30 percent of units in new construction downtown be affordable, or whether to leave the requirement at only 15-20 percent. This...
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Santa Monica City Council Officially Adopts Comprehensive Seismic Retrofit Ordinance

Via city of Santa Monica press release. Read more Santa Monica Next coverage of this ordinance here. On Tuesday, March 28, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved the second reading of a comprehensive seismic...

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

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...
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