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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.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Influences Proposed “Party House” Regulation In L.A.

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.”

Belmar Apartments, the largest affordable housing development that the City of Santa Monica has ever helped finance, is now providing homes for 160 families

News, Development, Santa Monica, Housing

Belmar Apartments Officially Opens In Santa Monica

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.

Rob Evanko and Karen Baker are among The Waverly’s very first residents.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Housing

The Waverly At Ocean Avenue South Opens To Tenants, Dining Spots Named

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.

News, Election, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica Ballot Measure Proposes To Yield Up To $10M For Affordable Housing

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.

News, Santa Monica, Housing

County Supervisors Delay Santa Monica Affordable Housing Vote

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.

News, Santa Monica, Housing

Santa Monica One Of The Most Stressed Out USA Suburbs

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.

The Princess Eugenie apartment complex at 1012 Third Street in Santa Monica where James 'Whitey' Bulger was captured.

News, Santa Monica, Housing

James “Whitey” Bulger’s Santa Monica Apartment Up For Rent

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.

Jacqueline Berz had her 2,600-square-foot, 2-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath Le Parc condo completely gutted and renovated about three years ago. She and her husband Barry Panter recently sold the condo and moved to Santa Fe, N.M.

Santa Monica, Housing, Fashion

Renovating Condos: The Challenges & Rewards

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.

Opinion, Letters To The Editor, Santa Monica, Housing, Rent Control

Letter To The Editor: Is This The End Of Rent Control In Santa Monica?

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.

News, California, Election, Santa Monica, Housing

Proposition 41 Bond Measure For Low-Income Veterans Housing Approved By Voters

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.

The Miramar Hotel project is located at 101 Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica.

News, Development, Santa Monica, Housing

Interest List For Miramar Hotel Affordable Housing Opens Today

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.

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.

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