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A rendering of the mixed-used Hines project at 1681 26th Street that will total 765,095 square feet of housing, creative office space, and restaurant and retail space.
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A rendering of the mixed-used Hines project at 1681 26th Street that will total 765,095 square feet of housing, creative office space, and restaurant and retail space.

News, Santa Monica, City Hall

Referendum Backers Claim To Have Enough Signatures To Veto Hines Project

More than double the minimum required signatures collected

Posted Mar. 11, 2014, 8:45 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

Residocracy.org founder Armen Melkonians says he and his backers will deliver 13,440 signatures to Santa Monica City Hall this morning at 11 am in order to veto the approval of the Hines development project.

Four of the seven City Council Members voted to approve the 765,095 square foot mixed-use development at 1681 26th Street on Feb. 4, 2013.

Melkonians said its referendum petition needed at least 6,100 signatures – 10 percent of the registered voters in Santa Monica – as the first step to stop this project from moving forward.

Melkonians said there was a 30-day window from the passing of the second reading on Feb. 11 of the ordinance to collect the required signatures.

Melkonians said in less than 30 days later, more than 13,000 registered Santa Monica voters signed the referendum petition to veto this approval.

"This is direct democracy in action," Melkonians said. "This is the unified voice of Santa Monica residents speaking loudly and clearly. This is the power of Residocracy and our hammer of strength."

He said more than 350 Residocracy volunteers spent time circulating petitions.

He said a celebration party would be announced after the official verification process is completed by the L.A. County Registrar's Office within the next two weeks.

See Friday's edition of The Mirror for full coverage.

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Mar. 11, 2014, 12:48:39 pm

Erik said...

Suck it, City Council!!!

Mar. 11, 2014, 1:34:00 pm

Daniel Shenise said...

Good, now Hines can give up their reasonable proposal and go 100% commercial with a renovation that requires only standard plan review. If you want to be dumb Santa Monica, you better be tough. There's enough money to be made with 100% commercial, why bother trying to appease the perpetually backwards thinking old guard.

Mar. 11, 2014, 2:14:20 pm

Jon Mann said...

City council candidates are lining up to exploit overdevelopment, BUT the 2014 election will only slow down growth by getting rid of Holbrook and possible O'Connor. This is not the first or last time opponents of growth will attempt to stop the steamroller of development. SMRR sees the writing on the wall for now, but their bread and butte is dependent on increasing city revenues to pay for excessive city staff salaries, health benefits, pensions, etc. Hardly anyone is talking about the elephant in the room. The coalition between SMRR, city employees and developers will fracture with some loss to developers, but SMRR will continue to elect candidates with the support of city employee associations...

Mar. 11, 2014, 2:28:17 pm

mark said...

Time to shrink this nonsense and out the Mayor and Holbrook et al. These guys obviously havent seen the 10 freeway and surrounding streets at rush hour. The overall adopted budget for the City of Santa Monica is $520.9 million in FY 2013-14 The size of these budgets is indicative of the breadth, depth, and diversity of services, projects, and activities undertaken by the City of Santa Monica for public safety, quality of life, infrastructure maintenance, transportation and development-related services. In many ways, Santa Monica operates similarly to a small county despite its compact 8.3 square mile land area.

Mar. 12, 2014, 12:10:51 am

M. Antoinette said...

Let the mayor eat cake! Oh wait, she probably has already had a few. Seriously though I'll bet the mayor and council are starting to wonder whether they'll have jobs much longer.

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