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Earthquake Retrofitting Ordinance Goes Before Santa Monica City Council Tuesday

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The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday will consider a comprehensive earthquake retrofit ordinance that could affect more than 17,000 apartments or condos in more than 2,000 buildings throughout the city. The Los Angeles Times called...

What Does 2016 Hold for Santa Monica?

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Inspired by our friends at Los Angeles Streetsblog, who recently previewed the upcoming big livable streets events for 2016, we thought we’d take a look forward at Santa Monica’s future. At least to those...

Op-Ed: Silicon Beach Misses Chance to Curb Rising Rents

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For being the envy of entrepreneurs the world over and the vanguards of the global economy, the tech superstars of Silicon Beachers are oddly oblivious to what goes on in their own backyards. Assuming,...

New City Council Passed Rule Will Require All New Single-Family Houses to be “Zero...

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Via City Press Release: The Santa Monica City Council voted this week to approve an ordinance requiring all new single-family construction in the City of Santa Monica to be zero-net energy (ZNE), the first of...

Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan Wends Its Way to Final Approval

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The final series of public hearings on the Downtown Santa Monica Community Plan kicked off this week with back-to-back City Council meetings. On Monday night, more than 150 people showed up for a marathon session...

Carter Rubin named to Santa Monica Housing Commission

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Last night the City Council named Santa Monica Next Advisory Board Member Carter Rubin to the City's Housing Commission. The Housing Commission advises the City Council and Housing Authority on issues related to the...

Governor’s Budget Revision: Nothing New for Transportation

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This article originally ran on Streetsblog California. Governor Brown issued his May revision of the state budget proposal, and in terms of transportation, it’s pretty much the same story we told in January. That is, he...

Editorial: To Help End Homelessness in Los Angeles County Vote Yes on H, Tell...

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Every night, tens of thousands of people bed down in shelters, in their cars, or on the street. The causes are myriad. Some are homeless because of bad luck. Some are trying to escape...

Planning Commission to Consider Expo-Adjacent Housing for Downtown Santa Monica

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  The Planning Commission Wednesday will consider a seven-story, primarily residential project in the heart of Downtown Santa Monica, around the corner from the future Expo station. Here are a few reasons we like this particular...

Assembly Rep. Bloom Honored with First-Ever California-Wide Streetsie Award

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Streetsblog California* named Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) “Legislator of the Year” for its first-ever statewide Streetsie awards. SBCA tapped Bloom, who sat on the Santa Monica City Council from 1999 until 2012 when he...

What Would Arcadia Do?

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. Let me begin my further ruminations and fulminations on the Downtown Community Plan (DCP) with a quibble, namely the failure to include in the DCP’s historical background...

The War Against Santa Monica’s Future: Fighting the Zoning Update

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If you have been to a public meeting in Santa Monica recently, you know that they sometimes get downright ugly. But, even by normal Santa Monica standards, the Planning Commission's Town Hall meeting on...

Santa Monica Lawmaker Takes Aim at California’s Housing Shortage

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California State Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has set his sights on tackling the dire shortage of homes—and the resulting affordability crisis—currently facing the state. Bloom, whose district includes Malibu, Santa Monica, West L.A., Brentwood,...
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How to find the rent-controlled apartment of your dreams

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Republished September 13, 2022 To our great happiness we learned that our explainer on how to find a rent controlled apartment remains a frequently-visited page even during the pause in Next's publication. To help aspiring...
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