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.

Santa Monica tops statewide list for a variety of jobs:

  • Police Chief: $478,000, highest statewide.
  • Police Sergeant: $475,546 highest statewide.
    At $393,603, $385,000 and $380,000, Santa Monica police sergeants also occupied the 4th, 6th and 7th highest spots on the statewide list.
  • Deputy Police Chief: $455,914, highest statewide.
  • Assistant City Attorney: $442,414, highest statewide.
  • Assistant City Manager: $440,661, highest statewide.
  • City Attorney: $439,969, 2nd highest statewide.
  • Farmers’ Market Supervisor: $142,903.
  • Assistant City Librarian:$220,558.

This excess is pervasive throughout the City, with Santa Monica outspending its peers in total department wide spending as well:  (more)

SM Lookout News

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

Santa Monica traffic 'has finally hit the tipping point' 

LA Curbed article

Wilshire/11th Sells for 16 million

LA Business Journal article

"Sustainability on the backs of Santa Monica Residents"

SM Dispatch Article

By  on  in SMa.r.t. Thinking

A dangerous rise in development agreements

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)

Tue, May 2, 7:00pm
Meet and greet 6:45 pm
Montana Branch, SM Public Library
1704 Montana Avenue, SM 90403
Tue, Apr 25, 6:30 pm, City Hall
special Meeting
Tue, May 09, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Tue, May 23, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Tue, May 24, 6:30 pm, City Hall
special meeting
Tue, Jun 13, 6:30 pm, City Hall
Wed, Apr 26, 6:30, City Hall
Wed, May 03, 6:30, City Hall
Wed, May 10, 6:30, City Hall
Thru, May 11, 6:30, City Hall
Developement Standards of DCP
Wed, May 17, 6:30, City Hall
Dev Stds / Overview Proc / Project Rqmts in the DCP
Thur, May 18, 6:30, City Hall
Thur, May 31, 6:30, City Hall
Planning Commision Votes on DCP !
.First Hearing for Downtown Community Plan
The Downtown Community Plan

Santa Monica City has released its final draft
of The Downtown Community Plan. 

You can view and download the plan here: http://www.downtownsmplan.org/

According to Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City the DCP "proposes fast-track approval, with limited community input, for most downtown development, and 3 massive projects, defined by luxury hotels, soaring to 130 feet, two along Ocean Avenue and one redefining the center of downtown. The total new building would surpass 3,000,000 sq. ft. in our small 6 by 8 block downtown. There would be too little true public open space. Increased traffic gridlock and congestion would follow."

There are a series of Planning Commission meetings coming up on the plan and we have identified four of them where our attendance and participation is crucial.

Wednesday, April 26th
This will be the first meeting and the introduction of the plan.

Thursday, May 11th
The subject of this particular meeting is on Development Standards in the DCP

Wednesday, May 17th
The subject of this meeting will be
, again, Development Standards as well as the Overview Process and Project Requirements in the DCP

Wednesday, May 31st

This is the day that the Planning Commission is set to vote on the DCP

All of these meetings are scheduled to be held at:   

6 pm - City Hall - 1685 Main Street

Council approves
$1M for Pier Concert
$300K for COAST

2016 Results

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

Santa Monica Lookout Article

The Downtown Community Plan in a Nutshell

1. Despite resident and Planning Commission feedback, the DCP has increased its emphasis on maximizing growth in downtown with:

  • 130 foot opportunity/large sites
  • an additional opportunity site at Lincoln and Broadway (Vons)
  • 100,000 sq. ft. buildings approved only by a Development Review Process (DRP) which is heard in front of the Planning Commission only and is a check-list type approach; possibility of having a referendum to overturn decision e.g., Hines Project would not be possible because a DRP is appealable to City Council but can't be put to a referendum as can a Development Agreement (DA)
  • Focus on big projects through lot consolidation
  • Gateway Access Master Plan (GAMP) has been carved off from DCP into a separate process and hides the existence of the other opportunity sites as well as a desire to make height and density even greater in this part of Downtown
  • Landmark parcels/Structures of Merit and their adjacent parcels have been given Tier 3 height incentives

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:

  • 12-story (148-ft tall) high-rise
  • 420,000 sq. ft. of total building (nearly the same size as the Santa Monica Place Mall)
  • 225 room hotel
  • 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial work-space
  • 40,000 square feet of retail
  • 48 affordable housing residential apartment units

Impacts to Residents:

  • A commercial development located on this "Resident-owned" property would eliminate the potential for a grand 2.5-acre downtown green-space park for generations to come.
  • Severely alter the Santa Monica skyline.
  • Creating shadows from the 12 story (148-foot) tall structure.
  • Blocking the sun and ocean breezes.
  • Severely impact traffic and congestion.
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)

Wilshire  Montana
Neighborhood  Coalition

Battle Pits Residents Against Big Hotels Slated for Downtown SM

Slow Growth Activists Girding For Fight Against "Plaza At Santa Monica" Downtown

City seeks input on beach trail renovation

Downtown Community Plan approaches final stage

SMDP columnist dies of cancer

Bill Bauer

SM Daily Press Article

SM Outlook Article


Santa Monica Mirror 

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.

Santa Monica Lookout Article cont.

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.

SM Lookout Article continued

Council approves Park list for county research study

Santa Monica Daily Press


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

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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:

Email: wilmontinfo@gmail.com
Phone:       310-359-8238

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.

  Wilmont... neighbors working together for a better community.
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