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Moving to Santa Monica: A How-To Guide

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  So, you’re moving to Santa Monica, the eight-square miles of eco-friendly paradise on the western edge of Los Angeles County. Your new home – we’re guessing it’s an apartment since about 70 percent of...

City Council to Consider 90-Unit Expo-Adjacent Apartment Building for Former Norm’s Site

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  Update: The Santa Monica City Council voted 6-to-0 (Councilmember Pam O'Connor was absent) Tuesday night to approve this project. The Santa Monica City Council will consider approving a 4-to-5 story mixed-use apartment building that, if...

Lack of Housing Growth “Compounding” Inequality, Says CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development

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Housing affordability in California is the worst it has been in the state’s history and it's widening the gap between rich and poor, according to a report from the state’s Department of Housing and...

To Maintain Current Affordability Levels, Santa Monica Needs 400 to 550 New Affordable Housing...

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Santa Monica's City Council met Tuesday night to discuss the complicated topic of affordable housing funding. Since the city's funding for affordable housing subsidies from about $15 million a year plummeted to about $2 million a...

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...

In April, ‘Wellbeing 365’ Campaign Looked At Economic Opportunity

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qAvW9-JC7s Over the course of April, Kaiser Permanente looked at the impact of economic opportunity on health and wellbeing as part of its “Wellbeing 365: Stress Less & Thrive” initiative in partnership with the city of...

Santa Monica’s Earthquake Retrofit Requirements Could Impact More than 17,000 Units

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Santa Monica released a list Tuesday of more than 17,000 apartments or condos in more than 2,000 buildings that will require further study under the city’s new earthquake retrofit requirements. The list also included commercial...

United Way #EveryoneIn Campaign Rallies to End Homelessness

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This article originally appeared on Streetsblog L.A. This morning in Echo Park, hundreds of people rallied to launch the "Everyone In" campaign to end homeless across L.A. County. The Everyone In campaign brings together a coalition...

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...

Support Our Bid for an LA2050 Grant and Help Us Make LA an Affordable...

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Note: California Streets Initiative, the nonprofit that publishes Santa Monica Next, Los Angeles Streetsblog, Longbeachize, and California Streetsblog, is teaming up with Abundant Housing LA (AHLA) to compete for an LA2050 grant to help...

No-Growth “L.U.V.E.” Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

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The so-called “Land Use Voter Empowerment” (L.U.V.E.) initiative, which would require a vote on nearly every new building over two stories, has qualified to be on the November ballot, Santa Monica Next has learned. The...

Eyes on the Street: New Affordable ‘Arroyo’ Apartments Going Up on Lincoln Boulevard

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Community Corporation of Santa Monica, the city's lead nonprofit affordable housing provider, held a ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the organization's newest project, The Arroyo. The new building at 1626 Lincoln Blvd., which Community Corporation of...

Santa Monica Officials Extend Community Process for Downtown Plan

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City officials announced Tuesday that the community process for Santa Monica's Downtown Community Plan, which will guide the future of the city's thriving core for the next 15 years or so, would be extended...

Santa Monica’s Failure to Grow Could Threaten Rent Controlled Homes

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For decades, Santa Monica has prided itself on being a statewide leader in efforts to build and preserve affordable housing. Now, in the context of local, regional, and statewide housing affordability crises, the bayside...

Staff Report Shows Nearly All Development Agreements Paying Off for Santa Monica

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In order to assure the city benefits from some of the larger real estate development projects in town, the City Council negotiates development agreements (DAs) which guarantee affordable housing, traffic mitigation, money for parks, and...
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