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More Housing, Less Sprawl: Tackling the Regional Affordable Housing Crisis through Smart Growth

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(Note: This article was originally published at Los Angeles Streetsblog. The issues, however, are regional and remain vitally important to the future of smart urban planning in Santa Monica and other cities in the county.) It...

New Outreach Schedule for Downtown Community Plan Moves Forward

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Santa Monica city officials have begun moving forward with a new, extended outreach schedule to get feedback from community members on the plan that will guide the future of the city’s downtown for the...

The Downtown Community Plan and the Lingering Impacts of the Great Recession

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The question I ended my post with on Saturday was why would Santa Monica enact a Downtown Community Plan (DCP) that makes it easier to build commercial development than housing? Keep in mind that...

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...

Son of LV? Santa Monica City Council Mulls Future Approach to Development

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What will it take to end the divisiveness surrounding development in Santa Monica? That was the ostensible question underpinning the discussion at the Santa Monica City Council meeting early Wednesday morning. Councilmembers Gleam Davis and...

Santa Monica League of Women Voters Oppose “Misleading” Residocracy-backed L.U.V.E. Initiative

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The League of Women Voters of Santa Monica on Saturday announced its opposition to the Residocracy-backed anti-growth ballot measure that will go before voters in November, joining a growing list of opponents to the...

Editorial: Santa Monica College Bond Should Include Money for Student Housing

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Last week, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported that the Santa Monica Community College Board of Trustees is considering its own ballot initiative to be placed on the fall ballot. The $295 million bond...

Housers, United By LUVE

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This article originally ran on The Healthy City Local. The proponents of LUVE know that they have a problem politically with the housing issue. In their statements and writings in support, they deny that LUVE...

Santa Monica Seeks Input on New Electric Vehicle Action Plan

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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...

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...

An Unfortunate Backlash: A Conversation with Ethan Elkind, Part Two

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We sat down to talk to Ethan Elkind, author of Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City, about California’s housing crisis, the need for growth around L.A. County’s transit...

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...

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...

Coming Up: Pirate-themed Kidical “Mass-IVE,” 10th Annual Alt Car Expo, Discuss the Future of...

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Celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with a family-friendly, buccaneer-themed bike ride, find out the latest in environmentally-friendly vehicle technology at the Alt Car Expo, and learn about what Santa Monica can do to...

LUVE: What We Don’t Need Now

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This article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. When voters submit an initiative to enact a law, Section 9212 of the California Elections Code authorizes the relevant legislative body to commission a report analyzing the...
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