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  • 03/01/2024 8:36 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Over the past 12 months, Santa Monica's average rent has dropped -7.1 percent, the largest annual decrease in the LA metro area, and far larger than the decreases of -1.0 percent nationwide and -1.3 percent in California.

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  • 02/28/2024 11:55 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Charles Andrews

    Behind the scenes, of course, at this point, and it’s going both directions. The difference is, the anti-resident forces, mostly developers and ideologues, and the politicians willing to serve them, have already been working on their strategies and on grooming candidates, for months, to retake City Council.

    I have been pleading, in this column, for a long time, for some good candidates to step up, NOW, because you can’t win a November election if you start in June. Everybody knows that. But getting started is so hard.

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  • 02/26/2024 10:43 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

     The fear that SMRR propagates every election cycle, suggesting that if SMRR candidates don’t win, Rent Control will disappear forever. That new ideas or directions mean losing everything we hold dear.

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  • 02/26/2024 10:21 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant property rights challenge to rent-control laws in New York City and beyond, which grant tenants the right to remain in apartments at below-market rates for extended periods.

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  • 02/23/2024 8:39 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica may be following in the footsteps of other local jurisdictions in the creation of a database of all rental units in the city including both rent controlled and market-rate options.

    While rent controlled tenants have long been tracked and monitored by the Rent Control Board, the new list would enable officials to communicate with, track and protect tenants outside the Rent Control sphere. Similar registries have been implemented in Los Angeles County as well as West Hollywood, and Kurpies stated it will act “as a vital safety net for renters” in Santa Monica who differ in their renting scenarios.

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  • 02/23/2024 8:29 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Our guest column this week is by SMCLC (the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City). SMCLC is a well-established group of concerned residents that have successfully been involved for many years in addressing and improving, or stopping, numerous egregious planning issues and developments, such as the Hines project or the massive project that had been proposed for 4th/5th & Arizona, where the annual ICE event takes place. 

    Your plan for this already gridlocked intersection is over one-and-a-quarter times the square footage of the Santa Monica Place Mall on a site less than half its size. Yet no consideration has been given to massing, impacts on traffic, water, or any infrastructure, and, so far, no modifications have been made based on any community concerns.

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  • 02/23/2024 8:23 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Proposed Equity Adjustments Raise Questions Amid Budgetary Concerns

    According to the Santa Monica City salary schedule, the Assistant City Manager currently, as of July 31, 2023, makes $256,632.00 annually, which means that the Assistant City Manager would be getting an equity adjustment of $92,304 each year going forward, which is roughly a 36% increase. 

    The Deputy City Manager currently makes $183,228.00 annually, and the equity adjustment for this position is $90,348 each year going forward. This would be a 49% increase annually. 

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  • 02/23/2024 8:19 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    They won’t — for now

    The California Apartment Association urged the court to hear a major property-rights challenge to tenant protections in NYC

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear a challenge to New York’s rent control and eviction laws, putting an end to a case that might have had dramatic implications for California cities’ own tenant protection measures.

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