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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.

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.


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.

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.

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