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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Posted Jul. 20, 2012, 1:20 am
The November ballot will be quite the busy one for Santa Monica voters. Not only is the presidential election on tap in less than four months, but local voters will also vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to a proposal by the Santa Monica Rent Control Board that would change the way rent ceilings for controlled units are adjusted.
Posted Jun. 25, 2012, 6:11 am
The Santa Monica Rent Control Board earlier this month approved 1.54 percent General Adjustment, meaning tenants can expect an increase of up to $26 a month.
Posted Apr. 16, 2012, 2:22 am
A minimum monthly rent payment of $50 and a more streamlined process to verify medical expenses are among the modifications for the Santa Monica Ho...
Posted Feb. 27, 2012, 1:09 am
In a step back for affordable housing in Santa Monica, the shorthanded City Council last week unanimously approved the repurposing of the High Plac...
Posted Feb. 7, 2012, 1:09 am
While City Hall has been calling upon many recent development agreements (DA) to include provisions for affordable housing units, the Santa Monica ...
Posted Dec. 27, 2011, 1:21 am
Those struggling to find a proper place to stay in Santa Monica may soon have a place to help them feel welcome, as a local non-profit is in-line t...
Posted Dec. 13, 2011, 12:03 am
Dozens of medium sized yellow placards were distributed among the gallery at Santa Monica City Hall chambers last Tuesday night, each one reading i...
Posted Sep. 23, 2011, 12:37 am
For more than two years, Santa Monica resident and home developer John Youngman has been battling the city for approval of his water recycling syst...