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Downtown Santa Monica: Where It Doesn’t Take A Village (With Lots of Pictures!)

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The following post originally appeared on Healthy City Local. It’s back! The latest (and promised final!) version of Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan (DCP), is being dragged through the Planning Commission, with an ultimate destination of the...

Amid Regional Housing Crisis, Santa Monica’s Homelessness Count Highest Since 2009

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Santa Monica released the results of this year’s annual city-wide homelessness count Tuesday, showing a major uptick in the number of people struggling with homelessness in the city, underscoring the growing regional housing affordability...

UC Irvine: Long Beach Ranks No. 1 in Accessibility in SoCal—Because It’s Dense

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Photo by Brian Addison. Data and charts courtesy of UCI. This article originally ran on our sister site, Longbeachize. When it comes to contemporary development, “mixed-use” and, especially if the structure is in an urban center, “transit-oriented”...

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...

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...

Eyes on the Street: Santa Monica Whole Foods 365 Aiming for Summer Opening

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Santa Monica will soon be on the list of cities that are home to a Whole Foods 365, the high-end grocer's more affordable chain. A former office park on the northeast corner of Pico Boulevard...

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...

“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 --...

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...
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Santa Monica City Council Officially Adopts Comprehensive Seismic Retrofit Ordinance

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Via city of Santa Monica press release. Read more Santa Monica Next coverage of this ordinance here. On Tuesday, March 28, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved the second reading of a comprehensive seismic...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Santa Monica Lawmaker Introduces Bill to End Statewide Limits on Rent Control

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Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) last week introduced AB 1506, a bill that would repeal the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, the 1995 state law that weakened the strictest rent control laws in the state. The...
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