WILMONT NEWS


 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 on November 18.


Is big bluebus service

bad blue bus service


in WILMONT?
Complaints by several Wilmont members has focused the board's attention on the poor BBB service in our area.  The primary crosstown service for Wilmont is the 41 line which goes from Montana down 20th to SM College and returns via 14th Street. But this service is, in effect, a one way trip to crosstown or to Expo on week nights because the bus stops running at 7:30pm. There's no service at all on weekends and most major holidays.  The BBB doesn't have viable cross-town service for the Wilshire Montana Neighborhood.

Take the BBB survey and let them know we need our neighborhood to connect with the rest of the city and with the Expo Line. You can take the survey here.

PLANNING COMMISSION
APPROVES ALCOHOL LICENSES FOR THREE RESTAURANTS

  • 1213 Wilshire Blvd (formerly Callahan’s Restaurant)
  • 620 Santa Monica Blvd.
  • 1705 Ocean Ave (Starbucks) link
link 

PREFERENTIAL PARKING TO BE UPDATED 

SM Dispatch
SM Daily Press





NEXT WILMONT MEETING
Tues, Nov 18, 7pm, (Meet & Greet 6:45)
Community Room
MAIN BRANCH SM Library
agenda
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Tues, Nov 25, 6:30 pm, City Hall
PLANNING COMMISSION
TOWNHALL MEETING
Wed, Nov 19, 7:00pm
Lincoln Middle School Auditorium
1501 California Ave, SM

Commission will hear public comments on the Redline Public Review Draft Zoning Ordinance, potential amend- ments to the Land Use and Circulation Element, and potential map changes.
PUBLIC INPUT ENCOURAGED!

Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Review Resumes Nov 5

The Draft Zoning Ordinance has been released for review and comment. The document and all related materials can be found on the Zoning Update page. This is the first major Zoning Ordinance Update since 1988 and will contain provisions to implement Santa Monica's Land Use and Circulation Element, adopted in July, 2010. Planning Commission meetings have been held on the subject since December and will continue through the summer.

The topics scheduled to be covered at the remaining hearings are:

November 5 - Resolutions of Intention

November 19 - Town Hall meeting

December 3 and 17 - Redline review

Hard copies are available at all Santa Monica Public Library branches, and for purchase at the Planning Counter in City Hall.

Please submit comments on the Draft Zoning Ordinance to Denise Smith at denise.smith@smgov.net.

The Zoning Ordinance will be presented to City Council for review and discussion in early 2015.

Complaint filed against Mayor Pam O'Connor for Accepting Illegal  Campaign Contributions

A group of Santa Monica residents known as the "Transparency Project" (https://www.facebook.com/SMRevealed) is is alleging that Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor has been accepting illegal campaign contributions. A complaint detailing thirty-one (31) instances - accompanied by over 70 exhibits - has been filed. It alleges and enumerates Mayor O’Connor’s repeated violations of City Charter Amendment XXII, the Taxpayer Protection Amendment of 2000 (a.k.a. ‘the Oakes Initiative’) for illegally accepting campaign contributions from developers, after voting to approve their projects.

In the latest move, Santa Monica's City Attorney has referred the Transparency Project’s complaint to the Public Integrity Division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Santa Monica City Attorney Marsha Moutrie stated that because she “reports directly to the City Council" (of which the mayor - and subject of the complaint - is a member) “her office has a conflict of interest, as does the Santa Monica Police Department.”

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division describes its responsibility concerning public officials as follows: “Public officials are elected to positions of public trust. In the event of any breach of this trust the Public Integrity Division will investigate, and if appropriate, prosecute criminal misconduct by any elected public official.” Specifically, concerning election and campaign violations, the PID explains: “Because the integrity of the election process is crucial to a free and democratic society, the District Attorney’s Office must be vigilant in enforcing all laws that regulate the election process. In this regard, the Public Integrity Division is charged with investigating and prosecuting allegations of voter fraud, illegal voter registration practices, illegal campaign practices, illegal campaign contributions and falsification of candidacy papers." (See http://da.co.la.ca.us/pid.htm).

The Transparency Project alleges these serious allegations relate to serial batched, coordinated contributions that Ms. O’Connor accepted from owners, principals, or senior officers of three of the biggest developers in Santa Monica – Hines, Macerich, and Century West – after she voted to award each developer a substantial public benefit.

The Transparency Project describes itself as an all-volunteer group of Santa Monica residents concerned about openness and accountability in Santa Monica city government and politics. The Transparency Project formed in 2010 after a developer-funded PAC refused to timely disclose contributor information to Santa Monica voters. Project members track political contributions to city council candidates and officers, to ensure that representatives serve the public’s best interest.

The above is reported for information only. The Wilshire Montana Neighborhood
Coalition expresses no opinion on the validity of the allegations contained in the complaint.


CITY COUNCIL PICKS WORTHE GROUP TO DEVELOP BERGAMOT

Against staff's recommendation, SM City Council selected the Worthe Real Estate Group to work with the community to develop Bergamot.  This choice was made after over 100 residents and gallery owners came to speak on the issue.





            
    Join
Wilshire  Montana
Neighborhood  Coalition
 WILSHIRE BLVD AND
MONTANA AVE UPDATE:
Save Your Neighborhood!

link

TOWNHALL MEETING
Wed, Nov 19, 7:00pm
Lincoln Middle School Auditorium
1501 California Ave, SM


14th ST "ACTIVITY CENTER" --9th through 18th Streets along Wilshire (north and south) would be highly impacted
TIER 3 --9th through east border of Santa Monica would create "Walled Wilshire"
MONTANA AVE --7th to 17th streets in Wilmont would be highly impacted
1801 WILSHIRE --16th through 20th Streets in Wilmont would be
highly impacted

Check here for updates and action items

At the Planning Commission’s October 1st, developers and consultants came out in force to demand an increase of height and density on Wilshire Blvd. and Montana Ave. in both the new Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) and the LUCE (Land Use Circulation Element – the General Plan for the city’s development). These documents, if finalized, will outline permissible heights and density for decades.


Please note four areas of focus.

14th Street & Wilshire Activity Center is back on the table (with another Activity Center proposed for Centinela and Wilshire)
  • October 1, 2014 City Staff recommends a LUCE Amendment to eliminate the 14th St. and Centinela Activity Centers on Wilshire Blvd. but developers, architects, attorneys and others who are involved in large construction projects strongly disagree with this recommendation and will continue to fight it. (See City Staff Report agenda item 9-A -#4)
  • 14th St. Activity Center would run from Euclid to 16th St.  Its footprint would be bigger that Santa Monica Place.


  • What is an “Activity” Center?  It’s called an “activity” center because it would be active 17 hours/day. The LUCE proposed multiple “activity” centers, but the two on Wilshire are the highest and densest.
  • 14th ST ACTIVITY CENTER could be a 70 ft. tall, mixed-use project, have a HOTEL and VAST UNDERGROUND PARKING LOT. Entrances to the parking lot would be on residential streets, like the entrance to Whole Foods on 23rd St/Wilshire.  We believe all aspects of this "activity center" would create more traffic, and push traffic and parking problems deeper into our residential neighborhood. 
TIER 3 buildings on Wilshire are back on drawing board
  • 60 foot high buildings all along Wilshire that are 2.6 times taller than most 2-story Wilmont residences
  • Huge mixed-use projects on north and south sides of Wilshire, would create “Wall Wilshire.” These projects would push out resident-serving, local businesses, increase traffic, and push parking problems deeper into our neighborhood.
  • Finally, although the Staff recommended removing Tier 3 from Wilshire Blvd. “thereby preserving the scale, character, and quality of life in these neighborhoods,” developers and their consultants continue to fight this recommendation. Some Planning Commissioners and City Council members agree with the developers.
Developers requested a three-foot height bonus for affordable housing on Montana Ave.
  • Montana Ave is a protected zone called Neighborhood Commercial in the LUCE.
  • The LUCE, adopted in 2010, specified no significant changes to Montana Ave.
  • The developers’ request for height changes would allow housing above the shops and restaurants on Montana Ave. This allowance would be the tipping point, increasing height and density along all of Montana, an area with very little public transportation and almost no parking. (At its nearest point, Montana Ave is a mile from the nearest Expo Station.)
1801 WILSHIRE City Staff wants to greatly increase the height & density of this 2-acre property.
  • 50-60+ foot high, multi-use buildings would cover the whole 2 acres, including the surface parking lot.

  • 2-acre underground parking lot (among the largest in city) would have entrances on 18th and 19th streets, not on Wilshire.

  • This property currently has a “mixed” zoning designation. The front along Wilshire is zoned Mixed Use. The back, now a surface parking lot, is zoned Low Density Housing. This makes sense because Wilmont homes and apartments are low density and low rise (23 feet high). But City Staff wants to amend the LUCE and change the whole property to high density, 50-60-foot Mixed Use.

    • That would mean hundreds of new residents would exit and enter the underground parking lot every day.

    • We believe that changing the zoning of 1801 Wilshire would increase traffic and parking problems on 16th,17th, 18th 19th and 20th, streets, as well as California and Idaho.

ACTION ITEM REQUEST TO WILMONT RESIDENTS:

Please email the City Planning Commission and City Council.


Let them know your thoughts and concerns about increases to height and density on Wilshire and Montana Ave.

If we the residents of Wilmont do not speak up and out, then the developers and their consultants will be the only voices heard.

Email your views on these 4 topics:

  1. 14th St. Activity Center

  2. Tier 3 (huge buildings) on Wilshire

  3. Height Bonus on Montana

  4. 1801 Wilshire Blvd.

Send your email to:

kyle.ferstead@smgov.net(Planning Commission Clerk) and copy: council@smgov.net(City Council Clerk)



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