Posted May. 15, 2015, 9:57 am
After hours upon hours of impassioned public hearings and divisive council discussions that peaked last week with a council meeting that went well into the early morning, the new zoning ordinance update (ZOU) and land use and circulation element (LUCE) amendment resolutions came to a close.
Posted Apr. 25, 2015, 9:39 am
The California Incline closed to traffic on Monday, April 20. I made the circuit of the “Big Three,” the three construction projects that have Santa Monicans talking about traffic. Walking from the under construction light rail station at 4th and Colorado, along the under construction Colorado Esplanade, and up Ocean Avenue to the under construction California Incline. All three projects have an estimated end date of Spring 2016.
Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 8:00 am
Santa Monica City Hall hosted two evenings of heated study sessions this week, with public comment and Council discussion on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) taking more than 10 hours.
Posted Apr. 14, 2015, 9:40 am
Brock on your Block host Phil Brock talks Residocracy founder Armen Melkonians about zoning and development in Santa Monica.
Posted Apr. 10, 2015, 9:24 am
Brock on your Block host Phil Brock talks with Residocracy founder Armen Melkonians about zoning and development in Santa Monica.
Posted Apr. 9, 2015, 9:05 am
As a graduate student studying Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on Applied Community Psychology, I essentially study what makes a city livable, how to integrate community members into their municipalities, and how to empower communities—in other words, my interest lies in what makes a city a happy city.
Posted Apr. 3, 2015, 9:08 am
The controversial corner block of Ocean and San Vicente is set to add a contemporary edge to Santa Monica with construction for a remodel underway on the 1952 property.
Posted Apr. 3, 2015, 8:54 am
The empty Paper Mate building, sitting at 1681 26th Street Santa Monica, and previous location of the proposed community-dividing Hines Project, has a new owner and with that, a new plan moving forward.
Posted Mar. 30, 2015, 9:35 am
A volunteer group of community members, residents and local activists has come together to stand up for a positive vision of Santa Monica’s future.
Posted Mar. 29, 2015, 12:01 pm
Dear Editor, Thursday afternoon, March 26, at 3:30 pm, I left my Emeritus class and drove from Arizona onto Ocean Avenue headed south. Construction had created gridlock. When at last I reached the next corner I turned left to try another route. But the cross streets were clogged by drivers who, like me, were trying to escape, as well as by more construction. On Second and Fourth Streets there was the same humongous blockage and it took me an hour just to get out of the downtown area.
Posted Feb. 5, 2015, 2:58 pm
Malibu has filed a motion to dismiss all claims in a federal lawsuit challenging a local measure that put limits on chain stores in the seaside city, according to court papers obtained today.
Posted Jan. 17, 2015, 8:54 am
A longtime development fight came to an end when a developer dropped the last of several lawsuits filed over the city of Malibu's rejection of the proposed Trancas Town project in the western part of the beach community.
Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:30 am
Despite extensive neighborhood protest, a development for 10 residential units at the site of 802 Ashland Avenue, Santa Monica, got the go-ahead Monday, with the design, colors, materials and landscape plans passed by the City’s Architectural Review Board (ARB).
Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10:35 am
Newly elected Santa Monica councilwoman Sue Himmelrich discusses development including a general message to developers looking to add to the area, as well as her thoughts on closing the Santa Monica Airport.
Posted Dec. 5, 2014, 8:53 am
The hotly-debated development of Bergamot Station Arts Center was placed in front of Santa Monica City Council once again last Tuesday, Nov. 25, with the community and council members deciding to increase the number of advisory committee members and better define the application of a list of guiding principles.
Posted Nov. 22, 2014, 9:54 am
The Santa Monica Planning Commission, concerned about resident opposition to the current redline version of the proposed new zoning code, called a Town Hall Meeting at Lincoln Middle School for the evening of Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 8:52 am
More than 200 Santa Monicans filled the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium Wednesday night to face the Planning Commission and discuss zoning issues and the recently released ordinance that outlines development guidelines for the city.
Posted Nov. 14, 2014, 9:25 am
The empty block at 1112 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, will soon see some building action with a 32-unit housing project approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night.
Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 9:03 am
Large development projects and chain stores in Malibu will face increased restrictions thanks to voters' passage of a measure backed by luminaries such as filmmaker/producer Rob Reiner and actor Dick Van Dyke.
Posted Oct. 17, 2014, 9:13 am
Plans for the downtown Santa Monica block bordering Broadway and 5th Street have been approved for review, with City Council voting Tuesday to move forward with the development process for the site.
Posted Oct. 3, 2014, 9:06 am
The creation of an affordable housing linkage fee on new development projects moved one step closer to fruition following the Santa Monica City Council’s recent vote on the issue.
Posted Sep. 2, 2014, 9:22 am
Dear Editor, Just like your body, the urban fabric is continually renewing itself: buildings are continually torn down and new ones erected in their place in response to economic, demographic and political factors.
Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 9:12 am
A special meeting will be held this Saturday, Aug. 23 at 10am to discuss the proposals for the Bergamot Art Center prior to the City Council’s consideration of the same on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Posted Aug. 22, 2014, 8:45 am
The developer behind the proposed replacement of Village Trailer Park presented updated plans at the Architectural Review Board (ARB) on Monday, addressing concerns raised earlier in the public process and telling board members certain design elements were “complete.”
Posted Aug. 21, 2014, 8:46 am
Dear Editor, The train is coming! In less than two years, the Expo Line will arrive in Santa Monica. While the Expo Station will be ready on time, the adjacent Bergamot Arts Complex likely will not.