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  • 11/21/2019 8:30 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    WHEN: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 9 a.m. to noon

    WHERE: Thelma Terry Building at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. – On Wednesday, December 4, Rent Control and the Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office will host the sixth annual Landlord/Tenant Forum.

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  • 11/21/2019 8:27 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    City holds a one-day, $250,000 "Wellbeing Summit" to discuss how happy the city's residents are, which made many residents unhappy.

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  • 11/20/2019 8:03 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)


    People asked me last week if I was going. All the talk, the promotion, the excitement! With no desire to emit negative vibes in positivity-drenched Santa Monica, I responded, at the risk of seeming like a doom merchant with his cynical mind made up — no.

    We all know the story of the boy who cried wolf. So let’s just say that I have been to one too many forums put on by our City leaders for some grand purpose of gathering public opinion, to not believe that all such get togethers are suspect and a waste of time.

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  • 11/20/2019 7:55 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica will have to allow taller, denser buildings on major thoroughfares if it hopes to meet its affordable housing goals, according to a new report.

    An analysis by HR&A Advisors, Inc. found that developments that set aside 20 percent of the units for low- and moderate-income tenants would not be financially feasible under the City's current standards for mixed-use residential developments.

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  • 11/19/2019 8:55 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Requiring developers to deed-restrict a larger share of new housing for low- and moderate-income households would bring development to a halt unless the city of Santa Monica allowed taller and denser buildings along commercial boulevards and around Bergamot Station, according to a recent report.

    On Wednesday, the Planning Commission will discuss a study the city commissioned from HR&A Advisors, Inc. on the feasibility of changing the city’s affordable housing requirements to incorporate a wider range of income levels. The study found that it would be cost-prohibitive for developers to set aside 20% of new units for a mix of low- and moderate-income households — as the city council proposed in March — under the city’s current development regulations.

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  • 11/19/2019 8:49 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    It is no secret that real estate in Santa Monica is pricey and according to a recent survey Santa Monica’s 90402 zip code is the third most expensive place to buy a home in the United States. 

    On Monday, November 18 PropertyShark released a survey of the 100 priciest zip codes in the United States. Los Angeles County contained 21 zip codes to make the top-100 with one zip in Santa Monica being ranked the most expensive in the county. According to the list, Santa Monica’s 90402 zip code has a median home sale price of $4.15 million, behind Atherton, CA ($7.05) and Sagaponack, NY ($4.3 million) and ahead of Beverly Hills ($4.08 millon). In addition, Santa Monica’s 90405 zip code was ranked the 77th most expensive place to buy a house with a median sale price of $1.55 million. 

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  • 11/19/2019 8:40 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Last week, a standing room only crowd of residents came to a North of Montana Association (NOMA) monthly meeting at the Montana Library to hear about the “Plaza” project being proposed on public land at 4th and 5th Streets and Arizona in downtown Santa Monica.

    The presentation pitted DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners and Clarett West developers’ partner and senior managing director Frank Stephan against community activists Diana Gordon of Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (“SMCLC”) and Ron Goldman of Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Future (“SMa.r.t.).

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  • 11/18/2019 8:20 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The City Council on Tuesday extended emergency ordinances that ban fast food restaurants on the Promenade and set standards for the demolition of potential landmarks.

    The Promenade ordinance is the third such ban granted while the City explores ways to transform the popular strip ("'Bold' Plan to Transform the Promenade Gets Go-Ahead from Council," November 7, 2019).

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  • 11/15/2019 1:29 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica’s residents may have noticed a new office structure that is nearing completion adjacent to our historic City Hall. If you were wondering what it is, it’s the City’s new Administration wing. The project’s design is in response to the Living Building Challenge whose goal is to promote the adoption of the latest in sustainable technology for large public projects.

    To quote from their challenge statement: “When we look at the people, planet, and place, it’s great to be environmentally sustainable but we also have to be financially sustainable”. 

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  • 11/13/2019 2:55 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    At its meeting last night, the Santa Monica City Council voted to extend Santa Monica’s Shared Mobility Pilot Program, which has enabled 2,673,819 trips on e-scooters and e-bikes over the last year, half of which replaced car trips. The extension through May 2020 will pave the way for a second pilot program with intensified regulations that facilitates greater customer reliability and affordability, and more effectively achieves safety and public outcomes.

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