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An agenda item at Santa Monica City Council meeting on Tuesday took a first look at how alleged tenant harassment could be addressed by the City Council.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

City Of Santa Monica To Take A Look At Tenant Harassment

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.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Affordable Housing Bills Earn Support From Santa Monica City Council

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.

The Santa Monica City Attorney has obtained a 10-year agreement to resolve harassment complaints at 1305 Second Street in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, City Attorney

AZ Shores Unit Complex Responds To Tenant Harassment Agreement

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.

The Santa Monica City Attorney has obtained a 10-year agreement to resolve harassment complaints at 1305 Second Street in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, City Attorney

AZ Shores Unit Complex Agrees To Tenant Harassment Agreement

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.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing, Rent Control

City Of Santa Monica Backs Potential Ellis Act Reform

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.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Housing

Letter To The Editor: Out Of Options To Avoid Unfair Tenant Eviction

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.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica City Council Approves Housing Element Through 2021

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.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Ordinance Protecting Tenants’ Rights Approved

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.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Renewable Energy Program To Be Made Available To Santa Monica Residents

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.

News, City Council, Planning Commission, Santa Monica, Housing

Housing Element Could Head To Santa Monica City Council By End Of The Year

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.

City Council members hope the Housing Element will maintain affordable housing in the City, provide options for senior citizens, and ensure accessibility.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica City Council Members Tackle Affordable Housing Element

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.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Domestic Partners Gain More Housing Rights

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.

The Housing Element serves as a key document setting forth Santa Monica’s policies and programs for housing production and maintenance to accommodate the needs of the community.

News, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica's General Plan Housing Element To Be Updated

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.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, City Attorney

Santa Monica City Attorney's Office Addresses Tenant Harassment At 3111 Fourth St

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.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

$8 Million Bond To Fund 41 Santa Monica Affordable Apartments

Posted Jun. 17, 2013, 9:26 am

Affordable housing and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium – two issues impacted by the loss of redevelopment – were both on the City Council’s last Tuesday night agenda.

The 10th Annual Alt Build Expo is Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Seven Days, Santa Monica, Housing

What's Hot: 10th Annual Alt Build Expo Today, Saturday At Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

Posted May. 10, 2013, 8:57 am

The annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Conference and Expo (AltBuild) celebrates a decade as the largest and most-respected green design and building expo in Southern California by bringing together architects, builders, contractors, engineers, and landscapers to focus on what is next for Los Angeles and figure out how to get there.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, City Attorney

Santa Monica Housing Discrimination Complaints Surge

Posted Apr. 2, 2013, 10:10 am

The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office reports there has been a surge of housing discrimination complaints by tenants or housing applicants seeking reasonable accommodations for their disabilities.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Modified Ordinance Aims To Increase Santa Monica Housing Affordability

Posted Mar. 13, 2013, 9:23 am

A modified ordinance that could make it easier for developers to move through the approval process was officially put on the books last month.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Housing, City Attorney

Hollister Avenue Apartment Owner Agrees To Tenant Harassment Settlement

Posted Jan. 3, 2013, 8:52 am

The owner of an 18-unit Santa Monica apartment building on Hollister Avenue and its manager have been ordered to pay $12,000 and attend fair housing training after a longtime tenant complained of harassment throughout 2012.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Housing

Mountain View Mobile Home Trailer Park Claim Needless: Letter To The Editor

Posted Dec. 26, 2012, 11:53 am

In reply The Mirror's Dec 21- 27, 2012 front page issue about the lawsuit filed against the City regarding Mountain View mobile home park I can’t believe that four residents of our Park would sue the City over what sounds like nothing. Apparently a few of our residents want to try to embarrass themselves and majority of the rest of us very happy and respectful residents at Mountain View.

The owner of the “House of Rock” estate at 2009 La Mesa Drive will have to wait longer to find out whether the property is eligible for a potential tax break under the Mills Act after Council members tabled the issue last week.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

New Santa Monica City Council Delays Tax Break For La Mesa Mansion

Posted Dec. 23, 2012, 10:00 pm

Mobile homes are not the only residential properties subject to seemingly never-ending sagas with the Santa Monica City Council. A mansion on La Mesa Drive is also struggling to move forward with new ownership as Council members decided last week it was best to postpone deciding upon a potential tax break for the new residents hoping to move into the “House of Rock.”

Mountain View Mobile Home Trailer Park residents Ken Ward (from left), Belinda Van Sickle, Cris McLeod, and Michelle Cole are among 15 of the trailer park's residents suing the City of Santa Monica for $121 million in damages.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, City Hall

Mountain View Mobile Home Trailer Park Residents File $121 Million Claim Against City Of Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 21, 2012, 12:52 am

Residents at the Mountain View Mobile Home Trailer Park at 1930 Stewart Street in Santa Monica are suing their landlord, the City of Santa Monica, for $121 million, citing failure to maintain the trailer park, civil rights abuse, and emotional distress.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica City Housing Trust Fund Loans Forgiven, Extended

Posted Sep. 27, 2012, 1:11 am

Council members unanimously approved last week a consent calendar item forgiving one Housing Trust Fund (HTF) loan and extending another attached to a pair of properties in Santa Monica.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Columnist, Housing

Optimistic Note: Segregated Housing Almost A Thing Of The Past

Posted Aug. 31, 2012, 11:00 pm

They were called “checkers,” volunteers who posed as potential apartment renters or home buyers during the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, responding to possible cases of racial or religious discrimination in housing.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Rent Control Ballot Measure Adopted

Posted Jul. 30, 2012, 2:16 am

Santa Monica council members approved resolutions last Tuesday that would formally place on the ballot a proposed City Charter amendment to alter Santa Monica’s rent control law.

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