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.
Posted Jul. 21, 2014, 9:23 am
Ocean Avenue South, a 3.7-acre site a block away from the Pacific Ocean, contributes two luxury residential properties to a block of coastal apartments and condominiums: The Waverly and The Seychelle, with the former finally having opened its doors to tenants last month after years in the making.
Posted Jul. 18, 2014, 9:24 am
Be prepared to take an encyclopedia with you to the ballot box this November. No, Wikipedia will not help you sift through the smorgasbord of issues and candidates Santa Monica voters will have to decide upon in this year’s general election, as yet another initiative is approved for the November ballot. The issue: funding for affordable housing.
Posted Jul. 16, 2014, 9:14 am
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote last Tuesday on a tax-exempt mortgage worth $8 million to finance the acquisition of 41-unit multifamily rental housing development in Santa Monica. However, Santa Monica will have to wait until July 22 to find out what happens, as the supervisors tabled the agenda item for two weeks.
Posted Jul. 12, 2014, 8:57 am
Real estate brokerage site Movoto has published an article on the most stressed suburbs across the USA, ranking Santa Monica as number two out of 137 suburbs.
Posted Jun. 24, 2014, 9:42 am
For $2,950 a month, potential Santa Monica renters can move into what was former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger’s apartment that he was captured in almost three years ago to the day.
Posted Jun. 12, 2014, 8:25 am
If you are considering renovating your condo – and there seems to be an increasing trend for such owners to do so – be prepared. Not surprisingly, there are a lot more restrictions and regulations involved than with a single-family home renovation.
Posted Jun. 11, 2014, 2:50 pm
Dear Editor, This just happened to my assistant in Santa Monica: My assistant has lived in her Santa Monica rent control apartment since the early 80’s. She was a renter during the era of TORCA conversions and because she could not afford to convert her one bedroom apartment into a condo, she has remained there as a tenant ever since.
Posted Jun. 4, 2014, 9:14 am
Voters on Tuesday approved the re-purposing of $600 million in general obligation bonds to help fund construction of rental housing for low-income veterans and their families across the state.
Posted May. 9, 2014, 6:00 am
As part of the proposed renovation of the Miramar Hotel at 101 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, the project is proposing to build up to 40 new aﬀordable apartments.
Posted Apr. 11, 2014, 9:34 am
Renters and the City of Santa Monica certainly have an interesting relationship. On the one hand, Santa Monica is quite reputable for its favorable rent control policies.
Posted Mar. 28, 2014, 9:02 am
Two affordable housing bills – one in the State Assembly and the other in the State Senate – will be supported by the Santa Monica City Council.
Posted Mar. 5, 2014, 9:38 am
This is a response from AZ Shores regarding Tuesday's announcement from the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office, LAFLA, and Gibson Dunn regarding a tenant harassment settlement at the 49-unit complex located at 1305 2nd Street in Santa Monica.
Posted Mar. 4, 2014, 9:17 am
A settlement agreement has been finalized between the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office and the owners and managers of AZ Shores at 1305 2nd Street in Santa Monica after tenants at the 49 unit complex filed harassment and privacy complaints.
Posted Feb. 18, 2014, 9:15 am
A city known for its favorable rent control practices hopes to be included in legislative reform making it tougher for property owners in Santa Monica and across the State to evict rent-controlled tenants in order to sell the property or otherwise take it off the rental market.
Posted Feb. 9, 2014, 9:30 am
Dear Editor, My wife and I live in Santa Monica. My wife has been in this apartment for over 20 years, I have been here for six years. On December 23, 2013 we were served with an Ellis eviction giving us 120 days to leave.
Posted Dec. 20, 2013, 9:37 am
The City Council has taken stock of Santa Monica’s housing inventory, as the City’s elected panel unanimously approved the 2013-2021 Housing Element on Tuesday.
Posted Dec. 20, 2013, 9:34 am
Though some may accuse Santa Monica of being pro-developer, what with several development agreements approved in the past year, there are still policies being enacted protecting the rights of renters.
Posted Nov. 21, 2013, 7:51 am
In an attempt to have more Santa Monica businesses and homeowners proactively install more energy efficient and renewable energy systems within their respective homes, the City Council unanimously approved last Tuesday night as part of its consent calendar to make homeowners eligible to participate in a financing program to cover the costs of such improvements.
Posted Nov. 4, 2013, 9:08 am
A document outlining the next eight years of housing development, improvement, and preservation could be headed to the Santa Monica City Council before 2013 comes to end.
Posted Aug. 30, 2013, 8:47 am
In the year 2021, the Expo Line will have already been operating in Santa Monica for about five years, another president will occupy the White House, and the makeup of the City Council should be different. That year will also be the next time City Hall updates the Housing Element.
Posted Aug. 17, 2013, 8:58 am
One night after an extensive public debate about the Downtown Specific Plan and a disruptive moment during deliberations of the medical marijuana dispensary moratorium, a shorthanded City Council quickly approved Tuesday an ordinance expanding the housing rights of domestic partnerships.
Posted Aug. 9, 2013, 9:12 am
Development has become the “D-word” in Santa Monica, inspiring a debate citywide about the dearth of new projects that would change the way the local urban landscape looks both horizontally and vertically.
Posted Jul. 18, 2013, 8:52 am
Tenants at 3111 Fourth Street should be able to sleep easier after the Santa Monica City Attorney’s office announced Thursday it had finalized a settlement agreement regarding 32 harassment complaints filed against the owner of the 60-unit apartment building.