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Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

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

City: Santa Monica Is Losing 400-550 Rent-Controlled Apartments Annually

Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:39 am

Santa Monica is one of the most desirable places in the world to live. The beautiful beach, world-famous Pier, fabulous restaurants and spectacular sunsets – it all combines to make this area unique and special.

Quantum has secured $14.5 million in financing for a Santa Monica apartment complex.

News, Real Estate, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Apartment Building Fetches Financing At $1.6 Million Per Unit

Posted Jul. 21, 2015, 9:43 am

Mortgage banking firm Quantum Capital Partners has secured $14.5 million in financing for a local investor operating as 4th Street, LLC and 5th Street, LLC.

Santa Monica College student Brett Rowe says rent prices are so high in Santa Monica that he is forced to live in a kitchen of a share apartment with three other students as it’s his only way to live close to campus.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, Smc

SMC Student: I Live In A Kitchen To Be Able To Live Near Campus

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.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, Rent Control

Santa Monica Rent Control Board Announces 2015 General Adjustment Of 0.4%

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.

A group of housing advocates held a rally Tuesday morning in Santa Monica outside the offices of private equity company Blackstone.

News, Santa Monica, Housing

Housing Advocates Rally Outside Private Equity Company Blackstone In Santa Monica

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.

Kevin McKeown.

News, Santa Monica, Housing

Housing Commission To Host Discussion Thursday On Affordable Housing In Santa Monica

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.

A Santa Monica ordinance that passed Tuesday bans short-term rentals and regulates on-site hosting and home-shares on websites like Airbnb.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, City Hall

Santa Monica Approves Second Reading Of Short-Term Rental Ordinance

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.

Latest Santa Monica City Hall news.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Penalties To Increase Under Santa Monica’s New Housing Discrimination Ordinance

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.

A Santa Monica ordinance that passed Tuesday bans short-term rentals and regulates on-site hosting and home-shares on websites like Airbnb.

News, Santa Monica, Housing

Vacationers Sent Packing As City Bans Short-Term Rental Listings

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.

Opinion, Santa Monica, Housing

Letter To The Editor: Santa Monica Is For Everyone

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.

The Santa Monica City Attorney's office has filed a lawsuit to preserve parking spaces of tenants with disabilities at 918 7th Street, Santa Monica.
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News, Courts, Housing

Santa Monica Landlord Sued For Taking Away Parking Spaces Of Disabled Tenants

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.

'Brock on your Block' host Phil Brock speaks with Mario Fonda-Bonardi about courtyard and garden housing on San Vicente Blvd.

Video, Santa Monica, Housing, Brock On Your Block

Brock On Your Block: San Vicente Preservation District

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.

Barry Sherman is one of two remaining rent-controlled tenants who live at Palihouse Santa Monica who are being evicted in May.

News, City Council, Business, Santa Monica, Housing, Hotels

Investigation Palihouse: Final Two Residents Being Evicted

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.

A jury ruled in favor of Santa Monica renter Paul Aron on Wednesday in a landmark tenant eviction case. A jury found his landlord tried to evict him with intentions of malice.

News, Santa Monica, Courts, Housing, Rent Control

Jury Rules In Favor Of Santa Monica Resident In Landmark Tenant Eviction Case

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.

Palihouse Santa Monica has generated outcry from residents who do not want the commercial property operating in their neighborhood.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing, Hotels

Investigation Palihouse: Santa Monica Neighbors Up In Arms

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?

News, Santa Monica, Housing

Residents Invited To Santa Monica Housing Commission Retreat Saturday, Feb. 14

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.

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News, Housing, Lax

LAX Neighbors Can Take Advantage Of $40 Million Home Soundproofing Subsidies

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.

Vacant land at 802 Ashland Avenue will be developed into a 10-unit complex despite protest from neighbors.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Housing

802 Ashland Neighbors Contemplate Future After Development Is Approved

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).

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Housing

Protection Of Santa Monica Tenants Rights Increase Under Amendments

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.

News, Santa Monica, Housing

1,300 Southern California Edison Customers Lose Power In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 12, 2014, 8:36 am

Thousands of Southern California Edison customers in the Southland lost power early today.

News, Santa Monica, Housing, Rent Control

Santa Monica City Attorney, Rent Control Agency To Host Landlord-Tenant Forum

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.

News, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Voters Pass Measure FS, Deny Measure H

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Voters Pass Measure FS - Rent Control Registration Fee May Increase

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.

News, Malibu, Celebrity, Santa Monica, Housing

Vote Postponed On U2 Guitarist Edge's Malibu Mountains Mansion Bid

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.

News, Housing, Pacific Palisades

Pacific Palisades House Awarded $100K Architecture Conservation Grant

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.

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