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Santa Monica Green-lights Two Related Expo-Adjacent Housing Projects Downtown

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This week, the City Council and Planning Commission approved two related Expo-adjacent housing projects that will bring more than 300 new homes -- 64 of which will rent to lower-income households -- to Santa...

Bogus Study Claims Inflated Prices for Average Santa Monica Rents

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A recent post at a website called Apartment Guide has caught a bit of attention on the Westside after it named Santa Monica the most expensive place to rent in the country. Apartment Guide made...
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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...

Downtown Santa Monica Goes Digital in Community Outreach Effort

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Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. wants to know what you love -- and what you don’t -- about the beachside city’s thriving urban core. To that end, the nonprofit that manages Santa Monica’s downtown area is...

Can We Cool It with the Ballot Box Planning Measures Already?

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Last night, Los Angeles voters soundly beat Measure S, a poorly-conceived and draconian attempt to control the city’s planning process at the ballot box. The defeat of Measure S comes only a few months...

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

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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...

When the Wealthy and Privileged Hijack All the Narratives—Including Convincing the Poor that Housing...

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This piece was originally published on Santa Monica Next's sister site, Longbeachize. It’s frightening when the wealthy hijack the narratives of the good. And they did so brilliantly in 2016 and will continue to do so this...

Santa Monica’s Housing Shortage is Nearly as Bad as San Francisco’s

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If you’ve tried to move to -- or within -- Santa Monica recently, it should come as no surprise to you that it’s not easy. While the entire Los Angeles region is enduring the consequences...

Santa Monica’s Rep. in the State Assembly Tapped to Head Budget Subcommittee on Sustainability...

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For the fourth year in a row, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) will chair the Assembly’s budget subcommittee that oversees spending on pressing environmental issues such as transportation and greenhouse gas reductions. Bloom, a resident...
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Amid Concerns About Funding, Santa Monica Opens List for Federal Housing Subsidies

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For the first time since 2011, the Santa Monica Housing Authority will open the wait list for federal Section 8 rental assistance this Tuesday. The reopening of the waiting list -- people can sign up...

Don’t Look to Sacramento to Fix California’s Housing Crisis, Says New Report

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A report by California's Legislative Analyst’s Office released Wednesday lays out the limits of state power to solve California’s worsening housing crisis. The report, the most recent in a series from the nonpartisan organization analyzing...

Expo-Adjacent “Kaufmann Apartments at Step Up on Colorado” Opens in Downtown Santa Monica

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Downtown Santa Monica is one of the few places in the city where any new housing gets built, including affordable housing. The Kaufmann Apartments at Step Up on Colorado is the latest project to...

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...

Santa Monica’s Single-Family Construction Boom

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Juan Matute contributed research to this report, using building permit and inspection data downloaded from Santa Monica's Open Data Portal on March 26th and April 9th, 2016. There's a lot of talk about real estate...

New Plans Filed for Papermate Site in Santa Monica

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After anti-development advocates successfully killed plans by developer Hines for a mixed-use housing and office project on the former Papermate site across from the future Expo light rail station at 26th Street, a new...
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