What’s new – April 7 to 24
Opinion: “Santa Monica Forward? Hardly!” – John C. Smith
“Planning Commission Give Final Approval to Controversial Santa Monica Apartment Complex”
4/24/15 – Santa Monica Lookout
“Santa Monica Officials Look to Crack Down on Illegal Short-Term Rentals”
4/24/15 – Santa Monica Lookout
“Santa Monica Recycling Station Pushes Neighbors Past Their Limits”
4/24/15 – Santa Monica Mirror
Opinion: “Bad Night at the Planning Commission” – Peggy Clifford
4/23/15 – Santa Monica Dispatch
“Pam O’Connor Pushes for Long-Term Transportation Infrastructure Funding”
4/23/15 – Santa Monica Mirror
“Council examines live-work, zoning review”
4/22/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press
"Santa Monica Seniors Can Apply for Tax Exemption"
4/21/15 -- Santa Monica Lookout
“Residents’ Views Sought on Raising Minimum Wage”
4/21/15 – Santa Monica Lookout
Opinion: "Bounded Social Justice" -- Santa Monica Forward
4/21/15 -- Santa Monica Daily Press
"The Rising Price of Downtown Living: As the Community Grows, Rents Continue to Climb. Will the Next Wave of Housing Mean More Affordable Homes? Probably Not"
4/20/15 -- LA Downtown News
"Pico Residents Praise New Zoning District, with Reservations"
4/20/15 -- Santa Monica Lookout
“Council Seeks to Regulate Airbnb, VRBO”
4/20/15 – Santa Monica Daily Press
"Starbucks Opening 21st Location in Santa Monica" (Pico & 28th)
4/20/15 -- Santa Monica Daily Press
“Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Raises $55K Thanks to Electric Bike”
4/18/15 – Santa Monica Mirror
Opinion: "Code Updates, Appeals Fuel Planning Nuttiness" -- Bill Bauer
4/18/15 -- Santa Monica Daily Press
"Council Hears Hours of Public Testimony on Zoning Ordinance"
4/16/15 -- Santa Monica Daily Press
"Santa Monica Water Supplier Slashes Deliveries"
4/15/15 -- Santa Monica Lookout
"How zoning could impact community benefits, adaptive reuse, offices"
4/14/15 -- Santa Monica Daily Press
"Santa Monica Lawmaker Pushes for Renewable Natural Gas"
4/14/15 -- Santa Monica Lookout
"Zoning issues: parking, landmarks, existing hotels" - #3
4/13/15 -- Santa Monica Daily Press
Opinion: "Will Residents Lose When Council OKs Zoning Revisions?" -- Bill Bauer
4/13/15 -- Santa Monica Daily Press
Opinion: “Santa Monica Forward? Hardly!” – John C. Smith
4/9/15 – Santa Monica Dispatch
"How a plan to ration water in Southern California will work"
4/7/15 -- Los Angeles Times
SM POLICE DEPT
CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT
The catalytic converter may not be the most well-known part of a car, but it is one of the most valuable. A catalytic converter is an emission control device that contains traces of precious metals such as platinum, rhodium and palladium. Criminals target trucks and sport utility vehicles for this type of theft due to the vehicle's height which allows easier access to the undercarriage. The precious metals can be sold for quick cash.
During the past few weeks, the Santa Monica Police Department has experienced a spike in catalytic converter thefts within the city limits as well as in adjacent neighborhoods. The thefts are taking place during the early morning hours; targeting vehicles parked curbside. It takes less than five minutes for a criminal to remove the component using a battery operated power saw.
Commercial, anti-theft devices are available in auto part stores that help prevent removal. Citizens are also encouraged to park their vehicles in well-lit driveways, carports or garages and/or to install motion detection lighting in areas where cars are parked overnight.
Anyone with information regarding these thefts is urged to contact the Santa Monica Police Department's non-emergency number at 310-458-8491or to dial 911 if witnessing a crime in progress or suspicious activity.
There have been two cases where the suspects have been seen. One was at La Mesa and San Vicente and the other 1300 block of Franklin.
Suspects are described as 2 male Hispanics, 40-50, wearing baseball hats. They have been seen wearing construction type boots and a possible safety type vest. They were seen using a black-and-yellow type tool (probably a DeWalt) to cut the catalytic converter off. They were heard speaking Spanish to each other.
Suspect vehicle is described as a grey or silver Infiniti with Infiniti dealer paper plates, possibly 'Miller Infiniti.'
That is all for now. If you see anything suspicious, please contact the numbers given above.
Beginning the week of April 20, 2015, the CA Incline will close for approximately 12-14 months to safely demolish and reconstruct a new bridge. Travelers who use the Incline will be directed to utilize temporary detour routes to access the beach and 1-10 freeway.
additional information: LA Times article
Civic Center Workshop #3
Saturday, June 13, 9:30am
BBB Public Hearing
Ken Edwards Center
Big Blue Bus is clarifying our approach to complying with Civil Rights Law with a new policy document entitled Title VI Service Standards and Policies, and an update to an existing document titled Service, Design, Performance and Implementation Guidelines.SM Public Library Invites Community Input for Strategic Plan
Santa Monica, California – Santa Monica Public Library is envisioning the future of the organization through the process of strategic planning. A major focus of this effort is to solicit input and engage a wide range of stakeholders within the Santa Monica community in order to ensure that the Library’s newly formed plan will meet the needs of the community it serves. During the month of April, public forums will be held at all library locations and all community members are invited to share their hopes and aspirations to determine the Library’s future.link
Wednesday, April 8, 6:00pm-7:30pm
Ocean Park Library, 2601 Main St.
Thursday, April 9, 10:30am-12:00pm
Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Thursday, April 9, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Montana Library, 1704 Montana Ave.
Wednesday, April 22, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Fairview Library, 2101 Ocean Park Blvd.
Thursday, April 23, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Pico Library, 2201 Pico Blvd.
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 on November 18.
1. Remove additional 3 feet for affordable housing in Neighborhood Commercial above state- mandated increases for affordable housing. The Planning Commission did not recommend this increase, because it is unnecessary. There is an affordable housing project on Main and Pacific that proves the extra 3 feet is unnecessary and disruptive to the look and tenor of the existing neighborhood district.
2. Change Lincoln (south of the freeway), the commercial portions of Ocean Park east of Lincoln, and the commercial portions of Broadway and Pico to Neighborhood Commercial. The city is spending $395,000 to beautify the Lincoln and facilitate transition to a walkable, neighborhood-serving street. Zoning should match. The Albertsons site at Ocean Park Blvd. and Lincoln was designated MUBL for the Activity Center no one wants. It should be NC, the same as the other commercial portions of Ocean Park. Pico Blvd. and Broadway are Neighborhood serving streets with no need to up-zone with higher buildings and more dense housing because Neighborhood Commercial allows affordable housing as noted in #1 above.
3. Remove all Activity Centers, including the unofficial Activity Center at Wilshire and 18th. These centers will unnecessarily gentrify neighborhoods and push out mid priced grocery and similar stores in favor of more expensive stores, like Whole Foods, whom can afford higher rents.
4. Remove Tier 3 from Wilshire Blvd. and match the Tier 2 FAR with Santa Monica Blvd. Increased heights and densities were based on the Subway to the Sea, which will not occur during this zoning update.
5. Reduce the maximum FAR for 100% Affordable Housing on Wilshire to 2.0 consistent with Santa Monica Boulevard.
6. Redefine Mixed-Use Transportation districts as with a 1/4 mile of an Expo station. 1/4 Radius is supported by current transit behavior research.
7. Remove bus stops as qualifiers for Mixed-Use transportation districts. Creating these designations lowers parking standards on commercial streets and impact adjacent neighborhoods. Using the proposed Pico and Lincoln hub as an example, the radius would extend from 14th to Main St. all the way from Ashland to the Colorado. These areas are already built out and lack sufficient parking.
8. Retain the decreasing FAR scale related to increasing lot size in the current zoning for Development Standards for Commercial and Mixed-Use Corridors. This ensures new projects are human-scale, relate harmoniously to existing buildings and transition appropriately to adjacent residential neighborhoods.
9. Maintain current development Review threshold of 7,500 sq. ft. for Boulevards, prohibit lot consolidation over 7500 sq. ft. and remove 30,000 sq. foot threshold for projects with less than 15% Commercial in Mixed-Use districts. Whole Foods is the poster child for why oversight for projects over 7,500 square feet in necessary. Let’s not repeat our past mistakes.
10. Delete entire “unbundled” parking section 9.28.110. Once Expo is fully implemented, this may be added, if appropriate.
11. Require a CUP for all Tier 2 projects as called for in the LUCE.
12. Change design standards for the transitions from all Commercial Corridor and Mixed-Use Blvd. districts to residential districts to match the transition requirements from multi-family residential districts to R1. Appropriate transitions are always needed between districts.
13. Require LEED Platinum and no net new water use in all Mixed-Use and commercial buildings in all districts. The drought is a wake up call to the City to put sustainability ahead of profits for developers.
14. Include standards to create wider sidewalks and more walkable streets for new development under Tier 2 and Tier 3.
15. Do not up-zone residential lots, A-lots, or “inconsistent” parcels. Retain Mixed-Use/Low Density designation of 1801 Wilshire. Up zoning and consolidating residential parcels leads to over scaled development.
16.Require a CUP for projects including SROs and increase the minimum square footage.
17. Require that majority of units in mixed-use projects be 2 bedrooms or more, and 25% be 3 bedrooms or more, similar to our existing code for Wilshire. This will foster the development of much needed family size housing.
18. Require that the majority of the Community Benefits go to the impacted residential neighborhood.
19 Distinguish among site amenities, and mitigations from community benefits in the evaluation of projects.
20. Require Nexus studies for the unaddressed community benefit categories listed in the LUCE.
21. Require a separate Community Meeting specifically to discuss community benefits with impacted neighborhood and other interested residents and businesses.
22. Require financial pro forma statements with each development application that clearly show what additional square footage, FAR and height is requested by applicant over Tier 1 with associated profits.
23. Require annual report on collection and disposition of Tier 2 fees collected from developers.
24. Require more green and open space onsite in all Tier 2 projects and streetscape improvements for the life of the projects.
25. Require inclusion of nearby neighbors in shared parking from 7PM to 7 AM, if available and at nominal cost.26. Consider using developer pro forma statement of increased profit resulting from Tier 2 as a means of collecting a share of increased profits as an ongoing community benefit for life of building or 55 years, whichever comes first.