Heated discussion over City Employee Salaries at last Wilmont Meeting
City Manager Rick Cole on the defensive
COURT FINDS NMS DEVELOPMENT COMMITS MASSIVE FRAUD
Last Tuesday developer NMS Properties and Neil Shekhter, its founder and CEO, were found by the Los Angeles Superior Court to have committed “massive, intentional, coordinated efforts to destroy evidence,” “fraud,” and “perjury.
JUDGE RULES NMS TO PAY 6 MILL IN ATTORNEY'S FEES AND CEDE CONTROL OF PROPERTY TO OPPONENT
Santa Monica tops statewide list for a variety of jobs:
This excess is pervasive throughout the City, with Santa Monica outspending its peers in total department wide spending as well: (more)
Watch SM City Council Candidate Forum
Only incumbents have excepted campaign contributions from developers and do not support the LUVE initiative, a resident sponcered initiative
By on in
Curb your DA’s. No, we’re not talking about District Attorneys, but rather the propensity of our planning staff to negotiate Development Agreements (DAs) with the owners of substantial chunks of our fair city. (continue)
Resident Seeks support to Appeal $141,000,000 annex to city hall
WHAT HAPPENS NOW
It’s called “the list,” a compilation of proposed building projects being tracked by City planners, or all plans in Santa Monica's development pipeline. (more)
The Downtown Community Plan will open the floodgates to massive development
1. Despite resident and Planning Commission feedback, the DCP has increased its emphasis on maximizing growth in downtown with:
2. Community benefits, outlines to off-set these large projects of additional height and density, continue to be project mitigations, project amenities and elements required by City/State/Federal law
3. Open space this is public OR private can be counted as open space in the plan; few differences made between plaza open space at grade level vs. private balconies as "open space" as a community benefit
4. Text amendments appear to be able to easily change anything in the DCP, especially with respect to a specific property/parcel
5. Traffic and parking continues to focus on goals and aspirations not definition and design
by Elizabeth Van Denburgh (Board Member)
Stop the proposed 12-story (148-foot tall) "Plaza at Santa Monica" development project at 4th/5th and Arizona Ave.
The proposed project at a glance:
Located between 4th and 5th Streets south of Arizona Avenue in the downtown area of the City of Santa Monica, the property consists of a little over 2.5 acres and is a "Resident-owned" property.
The City of Santa Monica is currently proposing to build a massive mixed-use commercial development project on this "Resident-owned" property.
The proposed project consists of the following:
Impacts to Residents:
4th/AZ is an E-Petition on the Residocracy site.
People gather outside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for a news conference held by a coalition of community leaders from Venice and activists prior to the first California Coastal Commission hearing since the firing of Executive Director Charles Lester.(Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)
SMDP columnist dies of cancer
SM Rent Control Board Demands Ellis Act Study
July 15, 2016 -- Could certain factors lead Santa Monica landlords to get out of the rental business and evict tenants as allowed by California’s Ellis Act? Rent Control Board members want to know and have asked the City Council to call for a study.
Planning Commission Endorses Major Downtown Santa Monica Project
The SM Planning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend the City Council approve a development agreement for a seven-story, mixed-use structure at 500 Broadway, replacing a Fred Segal complex.....
Mario Fonda-Bonardi, who cast the lone opposition vote, said it was “way too big” and would cause a significant amount of traffic.
BillBauerMemorial.jpgSeptember 10, 2015 -- County prosecutors will review allegations that Councilmember Pam O’Connor waged a secret battle to fire a newly hired communications director who had opposed her candidacy nearly a decade earlier, a Santa Monica activist group said.
On Aug 24, 2015, SMCLC (Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City) released the following:
SMCLC recently obtained private emails, sworn testimony and other documents in Elizabeth Riel’s lawsuit against the City.
These documents show City Council member and then Mayor Pam O’Connor relentlessly pressured then City Manager Rod Gould to fire Elizabeth for having made a donation to an SMCLC political mailer in 2006.
The mailer disclosed campaign contributions to O’Connor from a major developer with business before the City. See http://www.smclc.net/OConnor-Riel.htm
Attention Wilmont Members
Wilmont is working to promote the interests of our residents, such as speaking on behalf of our neighborhood at City Council and Planning Commission meetings and creating new committees to keep you updated on the big issues facing our city. Please take a look at the committees list below and consider spending a few hours a month and taking a more active role in our city’s future.
-DEVELOPMENT-Big Projects like the Miramar, etc.
-TRANSPORTATION-Traffic, Parking, Big Blue Bus, etc.
-OUTREACH-Website, Events, Flyers, Membership, etc
-ELECTIONS-City Council, etc.
-ZONING-Downtown Plan, Zoning Ordinance Update, etc.
Ed Hunsaker, Alin Wall
-WILSHIRE BLVD PLANNING-“Activity Center”, Developments, etc.
-HOUSING-Renters Rights, Taxes, etc.
If you would like to sign up, contact us at:
or come to our next meeting.
"Santa Monica Named Drunkest City in CA
...by a landslide"
A website called Roadsnacks makes this claim based on the number of bars, liquor stores, wineries, and related tweets such as
#Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails. Divorce rate was also factored in.
This is leading some residents to ask if there are limitations to the number of liquor licenses that allowed to be issued.