Posted Jun. 26, 2015, 9:03 am
He walked a couple of steps from his bed to the refrigerator, stepping over an acoustic guitar that lay on the floor. The refrigerator was crowded, a couple of half empty milk cartons, various Trader Joe’s salads, and pots of beans, rice, and some vegan dishes. He stretched his arm into the back of the refrigerator and, after a moment, found his carton of milk. He examined the expiration date. Satisfied, he poured the milk into a bowl and followed by some granola.
Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 9:55 am
Santa Monica Rent Control Board chair Christopher Walton announced at the board's May 14 meeting that the 2015 annual general adjustment percentage will be 0.4 percent, based on the application of the formula set forth in the City Charter.
Posted Jun. 17, 2015, 9:49 am
Dressed in bright shirts and waving picket signs, a group of housing advocates held a rally Tuesday morning in Santa Monica outside the offices of private equity company Blackstone.
Posted May. 20, 2015, 10:00 am
The City of Santa Monica Housing Commission will host Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown, former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane, and Sarah Letts, Director of Community Corporation of Santa Monica, at its meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.
Posted May. 13, 2015, 9:06 am
The Santa Monica City Council has passed some of the region’s toughest regulations on the booming short-term rental industry.
Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am
An ordinance prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income passed on Tuesday at Santa Monica City Council with a unanimous 7 to 0 vote with all members present.
Posted May. 1, 2015, 8:46 am
Santa Monica has taken a monumental step towards protecting housing stock in the city, banning short-term vacation home rentals across the board and taxing home-sharers.
Posted Mar. 31, 2015, 9:36 am
Dear Editor, Santa Monica always has been in the forefront of protecting and producing affordable homes. When Santa Monica passed its landmark rent control law on April 10, 1979, we took a bold step to preserve affordable housing for seniors, families and others. In 1990, when we passed Measure R, we codified our commitment by mandating that 30 percent of all new housing be affordable.
Posted Mar. 9, 2015, 9:59 am
A lawsuit was filed today against a Santa Monica apartment building landlord and the property managers at 918 7th Street for allegedly taking away the parking spaces of two tenants with disabilities.
Posted Mar. 5, 2015, 8:23 am
Brock on your Block host Phil Brock discusses the creation of a possible historic preservation district for courtyard and garden housing on San Vicente Blvd. in Santa Monica.
Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 7:23 am
The remaining two residents living at Palihouse Santa Monica, formerly Embassy Hotel Apartments, are set to be evicted in May. The legality of such a process is under the spotlight after stark revelations reveal that the sudden classification of the building from multi-family residential to hotel, is dubious.
Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 8:43 am
A long-term low-rent Santa Monica tenant has won a David vs. Goliath case against a local landlord attempting to evict him on breach of his 1991 rental contract.
Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 8:14 am
Recent outcries from angry neighbors surrounding the now boutique hotel Palihouse at 1001 3rd Street are raising serious questions in Santa Monica. With a surge in all-night noise, street parking, and outdoor parties, how did the residentially located apartment building become a fully operational hotel in mid-2013?
Posted Feb. 5, 2015, 8:57 am
The City of Santa Monica Housing Commission will hold a Commission Retreat from 10 am to 1 pm on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Posted Jan. 23, 2015, 6:00 am
More than $40 million in subsidies are available for Inglewood residents near Los Angeles International Airport who want to soundproof their homes, city officials and Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, said Thursday.
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. 19, 2014, 9:36 am
With an increase in the number of complaints of tenant harassment in Santa Monica regarding the strong-arm tactics of landlords hoping to get more money from their properties by ousting occupants, Santa Monica City Council passed two motions Tuesday night to increase renters’ rights in affordable housing units.
Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 8:36 am
Thousands of Southern California Edison customers in the Southland lost power early today.
Posted Nov. 17, 2014, 10:02 am
The Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office and the City’s Rent Control Agency will host a free forum on landlord/tenant rights and responsibilities.
Posted Nov. 7, 2014, 6:00 am
Santa Monica voters passed Measure FS on Tuesday night that will now give the Rent Control Board the chance to discuss and potentially increase the City’s Rent Control registration fee up to a maximum of $288 per unit annually of which a landlord can pass down 50 percent to renters.
Posted Nov. 5, 2014, 9:42 am
Santa Monica voters passed Measure FS on Tuesday night that will now give the Rent Control Board the chance to discuss and possibly increase the City's Rent Control registration fee up to $288 per unit annually of which a landlord can pass down 50 percent to renters.
Posted Oct. 9, 2014, 8:19 am
Coastal Commission members on Wednesday postponed a vote on proposal by U2 guitarist the Edge and others to build five mansions in the Malibu mountains.
Posted Sep. 19, 2014, 7:22 am
The Eames House was awarded a $100,000 architecture conservation grant by The Getty Foundation, as part of a new effort announced on Thursday by the arts philanthropy group to preserve 20th century buildings around the world.
Posted Aug. 8, 2014, 9:15 am
Los Angeles generally considers itself an influential civic leader in crafting policies that set the standard for similar laws to be emulated elsewhere. Sometimes, the influential policy making actually occurs a few miles to the west in Santa Monica. This week, the Los Angeles Public Safety Committee is weighing in on a motion to regulate “party houses” in the same vein as how Santa Monica regulated the “House of Rock.”
Posted Aug. 2, 2014, 9:32 am
Nine years in the making, the grand opening for Belmar Apartments in Santa Monica was held Thursday. The affordable housing development located at 1725 Ocean Avenue includes 160 new apartments that are now home to a diversity of households.