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White House: “Artificial Constraints” on Housing Growth in Cities Is Contributing to Economic Inequality

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A recent post on the Wall Street Journal noted that White House economists have been wringing their hands over local land use policies throughout the country. The problem, according to Jason Furman, chairman of the...

What Does 2016 Hold for Santa Monica?

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Inspired by our friends at Los Angeles Streetsblog, who recently previewed the upcoming big livable streets events for 2016, we thought we’d take a look forward at Santa Monica’s future. At least to those...

Gruber: How to Build Boxes on the Boulevards

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Editor's note: The following originally appeared in The Healthy City Local. It is reprinted here with the author's permission. Santa Monica Next welcomes guest contributions and editorials. We look for fact-based content relevant to the future of...
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How to find the rent-controlled apartment of your dreams

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Republished September 13, 2022 To our great happiness we learned that our explainer on how to find a rent controlled apartment remains a frequently-visited page even during the pause in Next's publication. To help aspiring...

City Council Calls for Study of No-Growth L.U.V.E. Initiative

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The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night unanimously voted to have city staff study potential impacts of the Residocracy-backed no-growth Land Use Voter Empowerment (L.U.V.E.) initiative before making a final decision next month about...

No-Growthers Now Want All Projects in Santa Monica Put on the Ballot

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No, this isn't an out-of-season April Fools joke. The conservative no-growth group, Residocracy, has decided that virtually every project in Santa Monica going forward should be approved by the voters. The group, whose opposition to...

FutureBuild 2016 to Feature Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti

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Seleta Reynolds, Rick Cole, Eric Garcetti, and Frank Gehry are just some of those who will be speaking at ULI Los Angeles and VerdeXchange’s FutureBuild 2016 conference on Tuesday, January 26. This year, FutureBuild 2016...

Gruber: When History Repeats As Farce, It’s Not Always Funny

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“If the slow-growth movement … has been explicitly a protest against the urbanization of suburbia, it is implicitly—in the long tradition of Los Angeles homeowner politics—a reassertion of social privilege.” —Mike Davis, City of...

Assembly Rep. Bloom Honored with First-Ever California-Wide Streetsie Award

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Streetsblog California* named Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) “Legislator of the Year” for its first-ever statewide Streetsie awards. SBCA tapped Bloom, who sat on the Santa Monica City Council from 1999 until 2012 when he...

City Updates “Granny Flat” Regulations. New Rules for ADU’s Could Start As Soon as...

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Via Press Release: At its meeting on Tuesday, May 22, the Santa Monica City Council approved an ordinance to amend the City’s Zoning Ordinance regarding standards for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). An ADU is a...

Moving Goal Posts and New Players: The Plight of Anti-Development Politicians

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When it comes to the goals of the anti-development side, as soon as one goal is achieved, a new, more extreme goal is created. After Tuesday night’s City Council meeting Councilmember Sue Himmelrich might understandably...

Impact Journalism: Jason Islas Has Become a Source for Mainstream News

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One of the goals of an "Impact Journalism" website is to establish the editor as a a reputable source for legacy, or mainstream, media outlets with larger audiences. Over the past year and a...

Santa Monica Officials Extend Community Process for Downtown Plan

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City officials announced Tuesday that the community process for Santa Monica's Downtown Community Plan, which will guide the future of the city's thriving core for the next 15 years or so, would be extended...

Santa Monica’s Earthquake Retrofit Requirements Could Impact More than 17,000 Units

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Santa Monica released a list Tuesday of more than 17,000 apartments or condos in more than 2,000 buildings that will require further study under the city’s new earthquake retrofit requirements. The list also included commercial...

Belmar Apartments Afford Great Opportunities for Local Artist Michael Baroff

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For the last two years, local artist and long-time Santa Monica resident Michael Baroff has called his art studio home. The two-level loft in which Baroff has set up shop is one of 10 artists...
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