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Housing for All in Santa Monica: A Chat with Frank Gruber

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One of the major issues facing Santa Monica voters on November 4 will be whether to approve ballot measures H and HH. The companion measures, if approved by voters, would create a new local...

Did the Sierra Club Just Say NIMBYism Is an Environmental Value?

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Sometimes, up is down in Westside politics and when it comes to environmental policy, that seems to be all too true this year. While the Sierra Club has a general policy position in support of...

Editorial: Yes on H and HH

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Santa Monica, like its neighboring cities, is currently in the midst of an unprecedented housing affordability crisis. Rising rents and stagnant wages are putting unsustainable financial strain on working families. Santa Monica, in an effort to help...

Supporters of the Plaza at Santa Monica Project Speak Up Despite Opposition

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It has become a common scene in Santa Monica. A standing-room only crowd packs into a conference room at the library. Anti-development activists jeer their neighbors who speak out in favor of plans for...

Coming Up: Santa Monica Museum of Art Visits Frogtown, Koolhaas Project Public Meeting, and...

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The Santa Monica Museum of Art will head east to talk about the L.A. River, Rem Koolhaas' Plaza at Santa Monica project will get another round of public discussion, and OK Go will play...

Transit Renaissance, Economic Upturn Celebrated at Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. Annual Meeting

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Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the nonprofit that oversees the bayside city’s bustling “living room,” celebrated another year of well-rounded success Thursday morning at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. And with the number of jobs and homes...

Santa Monica NIMBYs Target Low-Cost Housing Funding Measure with Lawsuit

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Two companion ballot initiatives proposed by Santa Monica City Hall that would raise as much as $10 million a year to fund low-cost housing production became the target of a lawsuit Monday. The lawsuit, filed by...

Santa Monica City Council Puts Affordable Housing Funding Measure on November Ballot

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“One of the things that makes Santa Monica so spectacular is... our economic and social diversity in this town and affordable housing is the only way to preserve it.” - Councilmember Gleam Davis With Santa...

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...

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...

Richard Bloom Talks Cap and Trade, Local Issues with Streetsblog

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Assemblymember Richard Bloom sat down with Streetsblog's Melanie Curry last week for an interview about budgeting and the state's cap-and-trade funding schemes. As is often the case with Bloom, the discussion strayed into local...

Housing Matters Part Two: Housing For All, By All

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Editor's note: This is part two of a seven-part series written by by Steven Chaparro for Longbeachize, also a publication of Southern California Streets Initiative and Santa Monica Next’s sister site. The series explores,...

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...

Why Housing Matters

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Editor's Note: This is the first of a seven part series by Steven Chaparro for Longbeachize, also a publication of Southern California Streets Initiative and Santa Monica Next's sister site. Below is the introduction to Chapparro's in-depth look...

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...
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