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SMa.r.t. Column: Does Increased Density Lead to Increased Affordability?

June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021

Much of recent debate in Santa Monica has centered around the idea that changing zoning in single-family zones would result...

Guest Columnist: A Perspective…

June 11, 2021

June 11, 2021

Six or so years ago,  I started reading some pieces in a local Santa Monica paper.  I was struck by...

When Reality Meets the Housing Element

June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

Affordability is the housing issue in Santa Monica (SM). Densification of the City is the primary objective of the draft...

Santa Monica Affordable Housing Development Takes Shape

June 4, 2021

June 4, 2021

Pacific Landing apartments underway at Lincoln and Pacific  By Sam Catanzaro A $28 million affordable housing development is taking shape...

Is Permanent Housing the Real Homeless Solution?

June 1, 2021

June 1, 2021

The ultimate goal of city and county agencies trying to solve California’s homeless problem is to get this transient populace...

SMa.r.t. Column: Everyone Has a Plan……

May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021

In the summer of 2010 your City adopted its Land Use and Circulation element (LUCE). This legal document, a product...

SMa.r.t. Column: Power to the People

May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

Electrical power is now determining much of modern life from smartphones, to electric toothbrushes, to scooters to cars and beyond...

SMa.r.t. Column: Politics as Usual

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Friday, October 11, 2019, was a warm, pleasant day in the Bay Area town of Newark, California. Midday temps were...

Letter to Editor: State Housing Mandates and Santa Monica

April 23, 2021

April 23, 2021

Dear Editor, State housing mandates and Santa Monica: The state wants the city to build 6000 affordable housing units at...

SMa.r.t. Column: Santa Monica’s Precarious Business Plan

April 9, 2021

April 9, 2021

As the City’s budget season gets underway, it is helpful to step back from the minutiae of an annual process...