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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,...

Santa Monica Seeks Volunteers for Annual Homeless Count

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The city of Santa Monica is looking for volunteers to help with its annual homelessness count, which helps the city keep tabs on and take steps to address the growing problem of people without...

Santa Monica to Host “Community Conversation” on Homelessness, Public Safety

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Santa Monica City officials want to hear from the community at an upcoming meeting addressing public safety, the growing homelessness crisis, and community policing. On Monday, December 11 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., public safety...

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in Santa Monica

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Via city of Santa Monica website. Santa Monica is home to many nonprofit organizations that work year-round to provide food and services to our most vulnerable residents. As we head into the holiday season, consider...

League of Women Voters of Santa Monica Hosts Activists, Community Leaders for Homelessness Event

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Via League of Women Voters of Santa Monica press release. As part of its “Making Democracy Work” series, the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica will host a free event Saturday, November 18, addressing...

Kuehl, Bloom Talk Housing and Homelessness at Santa Monica Dem Club Forum Tonight

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The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Assemblymember Richard Bloom, and City Manager Rick Cole tonight for a forum on housing and homelessness. From 6 to 9 p.m. at the...

Santa Monica’s Sunset Park Is Mansionizing: What We Do about It Will Reveal What...

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Carter Rubin is a Santa Monica resident and serves as an advisory board member of Santa Monica Next. Carter has served as an appointed member on the Santa Monica Housing and Planning Commissions. Carter...

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...

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...

Eyes on the Street: The Office Park That Could Have Been a Neighborhood

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When opponents of the proposed Bergamot Transit Village project gathered signatures to overturn the City Council's approval of the mixed commercial and residential plans, they promised the developer would come back with a better...

With California Lawmakers Back from Recess, Housing Crisis Is in the Crosshairs

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California state legislators are back in Sacramento after a month-long summer recess and they are looking to tackle the state’s growing housing crisis with a package of bills that could generate more than $3...

Santa Monica City Council Looks Again to Commercial Boulevards for More Housing

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On the agenda for Tuesday's City Council meeting is an item that asks staff to come up with strategies to encourage more housing growth along the mostly commercial boulevards, like Wilshire and Santa Monica. The...

Opinion: The Only Certain Thing is Uncertainty

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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...

Santa Monica City Council Adopts Downtown Community Plan, Remains Divided Over Housing

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After nearly six years, Santa Monica has a new plan that will govern land use in the city’s 230-acre downtown through 2030. While the City Council adopted most aspects of the plan unanimously, there...

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...
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