May 29, 2022 Breaking News, Latest News, and Videos

Santa Monica Sued Over Ballot Measure Taxing Voters To Fund More Development:

No Taxes to Fund Development (NTFD), a citizen’s group that says it formed to oppose a Santa Monica City Hall sponsored tax hike that will appear on this November’s ballot, filed a lawsuit Monday, Aug. 11 against the City of Santa Monica in Superior Court.

NTFD’s lawsuit seeks to prevent the publishing of the rebuttals to the ballot arguments opposing the tax hike measure in all places including the official Sample Voter Guide mailed by the City.  

The lawsuit contends the City Clerk of Santa Monica wrongly accepted the proponent’s rebuttals because of irregularities regarding the official signatures and then compounded the wrong by editing the documents themselves. Both actions are spelled out in the election code as being improper and illegal.

The major issue is that two of the signatories on the arguments and rebuttals are different. The law requires that signatories for ballot arguments and rebuttals be the same.

Mathew Millen who filed the suit states that the proponents of the tax hike measure are “City Hall insiders and local politicians who know the rules yet ignored them by illegally changing signatories.”

“Santa Monica City Councilman Ted Winterer and League of Women Voters President Ann Williams cannot sign the rebuttals because they did not sign the measure’s  ballot argument,” Millen said.

NTFD contends the attitude of the measure’s proponents is a reflection of the measure itself which looks to unfairly raise taxes to fund even more development in Santa Monica.

NTFD spokesperson Peter Tigler said Santa Monicans are fed up with overdevelopment and the problems it causes such as traffic congestion, ‘canyon-ization’ of streets, and now water use.

“The success of Santa Monica voters in stopping a huge, mixed-use development on Olympic Blvd. and a rapidly growing slow-growth movement is an indication that voters will reject a tax hike desired by City Hall politicians as a way to fund even more unwanted development,” Tigler said.

Tigler said the tax itself is called the Real Property Transfer Tax.

“If approved by voters in November, it will triple from $3,000 to $9,000 per $1 million of the sales price of a property,” Tigler said. “The seller will pay following current practice. Even at current rates,  Santa Monicans pay one of the highest taxes of its kind in the state.”

Tigler said at current prices, the average home in Sunset Park would see a $15,000 tax bill and the average mid-city apartment building would see a $45,000 tax bill when the property is sold. He said such an unreasonably high tax will likely lead to higher housing costs, higher rents and higher prices for goods and services.

Tigler said City Hall proposes to use the continuous money stream generated by the tax exclusively to build large, multi-story developments that are also given bonuses for extra heights and densities. This will burden infrastructure and negatively impact quality of life.

in News
Related Posts

Seller of Bel Air Mansion Furious After Property Flops at Auction

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

Mansion on Sarbonne Road in Bel Air fails to meet $50 million reserve price By Sam Catanzaro The seller of...

Environmental Review Begins for West Los Angeles Civic Center Redevelopment

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

The West LA Commons set to bring 926 units of housing and 36,569 square feet of retail to Santa Monica...

Is Santa Monica’s Most Expensive Property Still a Bargain?

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

22,640 square-foot property on market for $69 million By Dolores Quintana The most expensive property in Santa Monica has been...

Must-Watch ‘Disruptive’ Appliance Experience Store Opens in West Los Angeles, Hosts Grand Opening in June

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

Howard’s West Los Angeles Experience Center opening at 900 La Brea Boulevard  By Susan Payne West Los Angeles is home...

Marina Del Rey Family Searches for Missing 29-Year-Old Son With Autism

May 27, 2022

May 27, 2022

J​​eremy Hansbrough missigns cine May 16 By Sam Catanzaro A Marina del Rey family is searching for their 29-year-old son...

Santa Monica Pier to Feature High-Flying Waving American Flag on  Ferris Wheel During Memorial Day Weekend

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris wheel will feature a high-flying 130-feet tall, animated waving American flag throughout...

Message From Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

Dear Parents, Guardians, Staff and Community Members, Sadly, we have learned of another horrific school shooting, this time in the...

Three Juveniles in Hosptial Following Overdose in Santa Monica

May 26, 2022

May 26, 2022

Two females in critical but stable condition, third victim “alert and recovering” By Sam Catanzaro Three juveniles suffered an overdose...

John Adams Middle School Student Selected to Perform at Carnegie Hall

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

JAMS Student Grayson Fitzgerald named junior finalist for the 2022 middle school honors performance series at Carnegie Hall By Staff...

SMC Student Film “The War Within” Accepted into 2022 American Pavilion at Cannes

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Three Santa Monica College Films Will Screen at In-Person Festival, including 2021 Best Student Film Winner “Broken Layers” and 2020’s...

Santa Monica City Council Looks to Shorten Meetings

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Council to consider changes at Tuesday meeting By Dolores Quintana Santa Monica lawmakers are considering taking steps to shorten City...

Landmark Theater Official Closes on Pico

May 24, 2022

May 24, 2022

Pico Boulevard location closes Sunday By Sam Catanzaro The Landmark Theater on Pico Boulevard in Westwood has officially closed.  The...

Road Closures Expected During Demolition Of Parking Structure Three: Santa Monica Beat – May 23rd, 2022

May 23, 2022

May 23, 2022

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes.* Free Donuts At Randy’s Donuts For National Doughnut Day* Road Closures Expected...

Los Angeles Metro Sees 15.9 Percent Increase in Median Rent

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Median rent of $2,258, according to recent report By Dolores Quintana The ongoing pandemic has exacerbated the issues of housing...

New Renderings for Frank Gehry Hotel Development in Santa Monica

May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022

Project would include hotel, apartments, retail and a museum By Dolores Quintana Slowly but surely, plans for a  Frank Gehry-designed...