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  • 09/29/2021 8:11 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The new law, which takes effect January 1, comes as an increasing number of cities has been objecting to State housing mandates they consider unrealistic.

    Under the allocation finalized in March, Southern California must plan to build 1,341,827 new housing units by October 2029. Santa Monica's quota is 8,895 new units, 6,168 of them affordable.

    Read More: https://surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2021/September-2021/09_28_2021_Blooms_Bill_to_Ensure_Housing_Compliance_Becomes_Law.html

  • 09/28/2021 8:14 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    House America is a national partnership in which HUD and USICH invite mayors, county leaders, Tribal nation leaders, and governors to use the historic investments provided through the American Rescue Plan to address the crisis of homelessness through a Housing First approach by immediately re-housing and building additional housing.

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/los-angeles-mayor-eric-garcetti-joins-biden-harris-administration-to-launch-house-america-initiative-to-address-homelessness-crisis/208854

  • 09/28/2021 8:10 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    SB 9 allows owners to build duplexes on lots currently zoned as single-family housing and also offers the option to split lots into two. This ultimately gives owners the ability to build four housing units on a property currently limited to one house.

    SB 10 gives jurisdictions the option to upzone land parcels near to transit to allow up to 10 units to be built per parcel. Neither bill has requirements that any of the newly constructed units be affordable.

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/newsom-passed-two-controversial-housing-bills-heres-what-that-means-for-local-development/208891

  • 09/27/2021 11:56 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    After 13 months and two extensions the State eviction moratorium is expiring in a matter of days, on Sept. 30.

    This means that if a tenant does not pay their rent owed for October and onwards, landlords will be able to pursue eviction proceedings.

    So long as tenants have submitted monthly “COVID-19 related financial distress” forms they can never be evicted for rent owed between March 1, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021. However, once the moratorium expires landlords can decide to pursue this back rent as consumer debt in a small claims court.

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/the-eviction-moratorium-is-expiring-heres-what-that-means-for-landlords-and-tenants/208831

  • 09/24/2021 4:47 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    But the current bleak scenario does create a window of opportunity for a “new deal.” After reviewing the Promenade 3.0 presentation as a whole, its themes for a reinvention and new vision are both exciting and lofty goals for change, but this needs to be followed up with a realistic step-by-step direction with a strategically defined implementation plan.

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2021/09/promenade-3-0-in-review/

  • 09/24/2021 4:44 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The three "Change" Council members will test their political clout on Tuesday with a vote on whether to take steps to challenge the State's housing mandates for Southern California.

    An item placed on the agenda by Councilmember Phil Brock calls for the Council to request that a group representing Westside governments join a lawsuit against the State filed by their Orange County counterparts.

    Read More: https://surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2021/September-2021/09_23_2021_Santa_Monica_Could_Join_in_Challenge_to_State_Housing_Mandates.html

  • 09/24/2021 4:43 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica officials are encouraging renters and landlords to apply for financial assistance with rent and utilities before the State eviction moratorium ends September 30.

    So far, more than 867 Santa Monica households have received over $14 million in state rental assistance, officials said.

    Read More: https://surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2021/September-2021/09_22_2021_Deadline_Looms_to_Apply_for_Rental_Assistance.html

  • 09/20/2021 9:42 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    At a virtual meeting on Sept. 19, the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization agreed with a recent staff report that said more time was needed to evaluate Malibu’s proposal to split the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District and the Committee approved the decision on an 8-2 vote. 

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/proposal-to-split-smmusd-clears-preliminary-hurdle/208615

  • 09/20/2021 9:33 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    This storyline foretells what we are facing today with the rise of the Urban Growth Machine (UGM) as the State takes over city land regulation. The State has passed 100 or so pieces of land-use legislation since 2016 when it declared a 3.5 million point-in-time housing unit “shortage” that is entirely devoid of any quantitative expiration criteria. The declaration is essentially a permanent “solution” to a point-in-time, narrative-defined, “problem.”

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2021/09/sma-r-t-column-densification-fiction-converted-to-fact-through-repetition/

  • 09/17/2021 9:07 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    He signed the most prominent legislation despite nearly 250 cities objecting that it will, by design, undermine local planning and control.

    The outcome marks the latest battle between what’s come to be thought of as NIMBY vs. YIMBY. While most agree there is an affordable housing shortage, proposed construction often runs into “not in my backyard” opposition.

    “The housing affordability crisis is undermining the California Dream for families across the state, and threatens our long-term growth and prosperity,” Newsom said in announcing his approval.

    He also announced the state will put $1.75 billion into what his administration is calling a new California Housing Accelerator, which he said will speed building 6,500 affordable multi-family units that had been stalled for lack of tax-exempt bonds and low-income housing tax credits.

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/california-enacts-2-laws-to-slice-through-local-zoning-rules/208554

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