Category: Santa Monica

Landlords 1, Tenants 0

Sacramento sets back Santa Monica state reps’ bid to expand rent control By Gary Walker Rent control advocates are regrouping after suffering defeat in their first attempt to repeal a 1995 state law that they believe has exacerbated both the homeless and housing affordability crises. Legislation offered by Assemblyman Richard Bloom and state Sen. Ben Allen, both of them Democrats from Santa Monica, would have rescinded the Costa-Hawkins Act, which keeps cities from expanding local rent control ordinances to cover newer buildings. The bill died Jan. 12 in the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee, with three Democrats in...

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City Fights for Green Power

Santa Monica calls out state board’s ‘stealth attempt’ to delay renewable energy choices By Bonnie Eslinger Santa Monica has been building momentum on a plan to shift the city’s electricity use to renewable energy sources — an effort that picked up speed last month when City Council members voted to plug into Los Angeles County’s new, government-run alternative energy utility. Called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), the framework allows consumers to switch from electricity generated by private utilities for renewable energy delivered over the same transmission lines. But just days after Santa Monica signed on to CCA, the California Public...

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A New Dawn for KCRW

Santa Monica’s NPR station is moving into a state-of-the-art facility that will expand its mission By Andrew Dubbins After 35 years broadcasting out of a cramped, dimly lit basement on the campus of Santa Monica College (SMC), KCRW 89.9-FM is emerging into the light. In late spring, the trendsetting NPR member station with more than 500,000 weekly listeners will relocate to a new three-story building with tall windows and sweeping views of L.A. “I haven’t seen the sun in years,” joked Madeleine Brand, host of KCRW’s “Press Play,” who emceed the building’s ribbon-cutting last Saturday. KCRW’s new 35,000-square-foot standalone...

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Car Crashes into Restaurant on Santa Monica Pier

Police say driver was involved in drunken argument with construction workers By Gary Walker A driver who struck a construction worker before crashing his car into the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. restaurant on Santa Monica Pier this morning has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and attempted murder. Santa Monica police say Daniel Arroyos, 21, was arrested at the scene after he drove his vehicle around traffic bollards on the pier and struck the construction worker, a rowboat public art installation also meant to block cars, and the exterior of the restaurant. The injured construction worker was treated...

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A New Game Plan for Homelessness

Santa Monica shifts to a more proactive regional approach that reaches into Venice By Gary Walker Responding to a 26% increase in Santa Monica’s homeless population over just one year, city officials unveiled a series of proposals this week to increase homeless outreach, services and housing opportunities — both within the city and outside its borders. Contemplating a more regional approach to homelessness, Santa Monica City Council members will vote next month on whether to allocate as much as $500,000 of the city’s federal housing funds to support an existing permanent supportive housing complex in Venice. The 12-unit building...

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