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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...

Santa Monica Officials Reveal Aggressively Slow-Growth Downtown Community Plan

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After half-a-decade of planning and community outreach, city staff revealed the final draft of the Downtown Community Plan Wednesday to a full house at the east wing of the Civic Auditorium. The 300-page document, which...

Santa Monica City Council Approves First (and Likely Last) Housing Project of 2014

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With three meetings left in 2014, the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a small, 32-unit housing complex along Pico Boulevard, the first -- and likely last -- housing project to get discretionary...

Does Santa Monica’s Measure LV keep you from remodeling your condo?

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When does the city-wide voter approval requirement in Santa Monica’s Measure LV apply to an existing building?  I’ve heard people say that LV would apply for everything from repair after an earthquake to replacing...

Planning Commission to Look at Expo-Adjacent Mixed-User on Former Norm’s Site

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The Santa Monica Planning Commission tonight will take a look at a mid-rise (4-to-5 story) mixed-use project that, if approved, would add 90 new homes -- including nine three-bedroom apartments for families -- about two...

What a Difference 10 Feet Make, a Look at the Koolhass Project on 4th/Arizona

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Tomorrow night, designs for "The Plaza at Santa Monica" will be presented to the public at 7 pm in the Main Branch of the Santa Monica Library. The project, designed by world-renowned architect Rem Koolhaas,...

Santa Monica City Council Narrowly Votes to Roll Back LUCE Vision

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Things on the dais got tense Wednesday night when the City Council deliberated whether to remove key elements of the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), making it more difficult for future housing to...
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Legislative Update: Tracking Some of California’s Housing Bills

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Affordable Housing, Displacement, and Regional Housing Needs The elephant in the housing legislation room is S.B. 827, authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco). This bill, which has sparked furious debate among housing and economic justice...

Santa Monica Loses Another Opportunity for Much-Needed Housing Growth

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Santa Monica has a housing problem: there’s not enough of it. The city’s population has seen a net increase of less than 10,000 people since 1960. It’s clear to anyone who has tried to move...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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