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Santa Monica’s No on LV Campaign Earns 2016 Streetsie Award “Honorable Mention”

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The campaign that soundly defeated the no-growth Measure LV this past November has been given the “Honorable Mention” nod in the 2016 Streetsie Awards category of “Advocacy Organization of the Year.” The Streetsie Awards are...

There’s Still Time to Volunteer for Santa Monica’s Annual Homeless Count

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Every year since 2009, Santa Monica has called upon hundreds of volunteers to help gather accurate data about the number of people sleeping in the bayside city’s streets and homeless shelters. The city of Santa...
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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...

Lack of Housing Options Spells Uncertainty for Santa Monica’s Section 8 Renters

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Earlier this month, the Santa Monica Housing Commission voted to recommend extending the time people can spend looking for a place to live through the federal rental subsidy program known as Section 8. While the recommendation...

Taking a Closer Look at the New Transit-Adjacent Papermate Site Project

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As we reported earlier this week, the former Papermate factory is on track to be reoccupied as about 200,000 square feet of office space. Unlike the thwarted Bergamot Transit Village project, the new Pen...

Santa Monica City Officials to Reveal Most Recent Draft of Downtown Plan Next Week

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On April 12, the city of Santa Monica will present a final draft of the plan that will shape the future of the bayside city's downtown for the next two decades. The most recent draft...

Son of LV? Santa Monica City Council Mulls Future Approach to Development

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What will it take to end the divisiveness surrounding development in Santa Monica? That was the ostensible question underpinning the discussion at the Santa Monica City Council meeting early Wednesday morning. Councilmembers Gleam Davis and...

SaMo Gets Its First In-Depth Look at Koolhaas Project for 4th/5th and Arizona

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View Larger Map It has been seven years since the City began buying up parcels to piece together the 2.5 acre plot of prime real estate in Downtown Santa Monica that it hopes to transform...

California Lawmakers Call for Affordable Housing Funding, Fewer Obstacles to Growth

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A group of California Assemblymembers, including Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), gathered yesterday for a press conference to continue to the beat the drum for immediate and long-term action to address the state’s dire housing...

Planning Commission to Consider Small 26-Apartment Mixed-Use Project on Santa Monica Boulevard

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It only took about four years, but a small, mixed-use housing project with 26 proposed homes on a commercial stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard on the east side of town is headed to the Planning...

Belmar Apartments Afford Great Opportunities for Local Artist Michael Baroff

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For the last two years, local artist and long-time Santa Monica resident Michael Baroff has called his art studio home. The two-level loft in which Baroff has set up shop is one of 10 artists...

Coalition Launches Yes on H for Quarter-Cent Sales Tax to End Homelessness

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Via Streetsblog L.A. Measure H will be on the ballot in every jurisdiction in L.A. county this March 7, including Santa Monica. The Yes on H campaign kicked off Monday morning. The kickoff featured a broad array...

“Final Draft” of Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan to be Released Wednesday

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City officials are unveiling Wednesday the "final draft" of the document that will guide the future of Downtown Santa Monica for the next two decades. The Downtown Community Plan -- or Downtown Specific Plan --...

State Legislators Put California’s Housing Crisis in the Crosshairs

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At a press conference in San Francisco Friday, state legislators announced their plans to tackle California’s growing housing crisis. As a lack of new housing construction continues to make California unaffordable for all but the...

The Past Isn’t Quite Dead Here, Either: How Racism Shaped Santa Monica

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This piece originally ran on The Healthy City Local. When Fay Wells went national to write, in the Washington Post, about what happened when a neighbor called 9-1-1 on her, she brought the issue of...
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