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  • 01/03/2023 8:08 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The City of Santa Monica’s State of the City will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. The Santa Monica community is invited to the virtual event streamed live on YouTube.

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  • 12/21/2022 1:44 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The City of Santa Monica's State of the City will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. The Santa Monica community is invited to the virtual event streamed live on YouTube.

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  • 12/19/2022 9:51 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    New real estate scams that claim they cure homelessness pop up like mushrooms after a rain.   Here are several new ones, with undoubtedly more on the way. 

    They all need to be debunked, as I try to do below. 

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  • 12/16/2022 5:20 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The City has extended a rent relief program for struggling rent control tenants after fewer than 500 applications were approved, leaving most of the $750,000 in funding unused.

    Of the 563 households that applied for the “Rent Control Adjustment Relief” (RCAR) program, 381 have received at total of $241,026 to help pay their annual rent increase, according to City officials.

    "Approximately 100 additional households will be provided financial assistance this month," said Tati Simonian, a spokesperson for the City.

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  • 12/16/2022 5:20 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    As this year ends, we want to update you on our ongoing involvement regarding important issues our city is facing:

    The Gelson's teardown project (Lincoln and Ocean Park Blvds): In late July, the City issued a lengthy non-compliance letter to the developer detailing necessary project revisions. No revised plans have been filed. 

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  • 12/15/2022 12:24 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)


    Developers have begun filing permits to build large housing projects throughout the city that far exceed local zoning restrictions and while those permits are subject to cursory review, the City lacks any clear path to head off construction of more than 4,500 new units.

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  • 12/15/2022 9:07 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Measure RC reduces this year's 6% increase to Maximum Allowable Rents (MAR) in effect on August 31, 2022 to a 0.8% increase from February 1, 2023 through August 31, 2023. The result is an annual increase for the year (from September 1, 2022 through August 31, 2023) that averages 3%. Similarly, other units with higher rents that received the maximum increase of $140 will have the monthly increase reduced to $19 starting in February. Measure RC requires this Adjusted General Adjustment so that the average rent increase for the year (from September 2022 to August 2023) does not exceed 3% or $70 per month, whichever is less.

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  • 12/14/2022 12:10 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica has reopened applications for rental relief.

    Applications for the Rent Control Adjustment Relief program closed on Sept. 19, but the city set a new deadline for those who qualify.

    Applications reopens Monday and will remain available through Jan. 11, 2023 to the following households:

    - Households in Rent Control units that received a rent increase notice dated after the original Sept 19th RCAR deadline. Rent increase notices must be clearly signed and dated by property owner/manager after Sept. 19.

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  • 12/14/2022 11:48 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    WSC last week submitted its first full proposal for one of the 15 projects it rushed into Santa Monica's planning pipeline under the "builder's remedy" provision in State Housing law.

    The detailed project plans filed Thursday are for a 75-unit, 10-story high-rise apartment building at 1238 7th Street -- one of 16 builder's remedy projects for which preliminary proposals were submitted.

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