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  • 04/29/2024 10:49 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The four-story, 11,332-square-foot building on an in-fill site at 1342 Berkeley Street will offer 13 one-bedroom units of 100 percent affordable housing for low-income families and transition-aged youth.

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  • 04/26/2024 8:40 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The symposium covered a wide range of topics, starting with new tenant protections which went into effect in March. Created by Ordinance No. 2776, the city’s Housing Anti-Discrimination Code was amended to prohibit discrimination on the basis of a tenant’s housing status, becoming the first jurisdiction in the state of California to include “housing status” as a protected class. The “housing status” protection means that a landlord cannot discriminate against a tenant who may be experiencing homelessness, living in transitional or temporary housing, or lacking a residential rental housing history.

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  • 04/25/2024 1:08 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    SB9, or the California Housing Opportunity and More Efficiency (HOME) Act, mandated that cities permit an additional residential unit on parcels zoned for single-dwelling units. It allowed for a total of two residential units in such zones, excluding accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Enacted in September 2021, the law took effect statewide on January 1, 2022. Locally, SB9 applied solely to properties in the R1 (Single-Unit Residential) and OP1 (Ocean Park Single-Unit Residential) Zones. Certain exemptions prevented displacement of current residents, including properties within hazard zones, historic districts, containing price-controlled units, subject to recent Ellis Act removal, or necessitating the removal of over 25% of existing structure walls.

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  • 04/25/2024 1:04 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The Santa Monica Housing Authority is now open to the public
    In response to requests from the community and members of our programs, it’s our goal to make Housing Division services easily accessible to community members.

    As part of our increased effort to support the community, the Santa Monica Housing Authority opened its doors to the public in February. Our dedicated frontline staff are now stationed in Suite 180, conveniently located near the east entrance of City Hall, with walk-in hours Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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  • 04/25/2024 12:48 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    In a major blow to State control over local development, a Superior Court judge on Monday found a California law allowing multi-family buildings on single-family lots unconstitutional. 

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  • 04/23/2024 11:42 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    SACRAMENTO – What do the state’s insurance and housing crises have in common? Obviously, homeowner policies have an impact on housing costs, but I’m referring to something different, namely the concept of open-ended risk. Insurers are exiting the market because state policies limit their ability to price policies to reflect the risk of a major wildfire season. They rather pull out of California than risk the destruction of their assets.

    I’d argue the same thing is happening in the rental market, thanks to a fusillade of pro-tenant laws that subject landlords to an incalculable level of risk. Landlords have freely entered the business and understand the various ups and downs. They can calculate the costs of mortgages, taxes, insurance and maintenance. They expect to, say, replace carpets and paint between tenants. They know the cost of the eviction process in those instances where it’s necessary.

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  • 04/23/2024 11:15 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    School District and Malibu officials have reached a revenue sharing arrangement that marks a "significant milestone" in the beach city's 13-year effort to split from the district, officials announced.

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  • 04/23/2024 11:13 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Developed by EAH Housing, the project on prime City owned land at the former site of Parking Structure 3 Downtown will be financed with Federal, State and County funding, loans, tax credits and tax-exempt bonds.

    Projected to be completed in 2030, the five-story development will include 122 apartments, 50 of them for Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) residents, 116 underground parking spaces and a 19,000-square-foot grocery store on the ground floor.

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  • 04/05/2024 8:57 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Former mayor of Santa Monica, Pam O’Connor, has filed a ballot measure with the city in an effort to amend Measure GS, (that was proposed and funded by former Mayor Sue Himmelrich) to exempt the sale of multifamily housing from the city’s new third tier transfer tax. O’Connor’s measure argues the tax is an impediment to new housing construction and seeks to exempt large apartment developments from the tax.

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  • 04/03/2024 11:04 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    by Cal Matters

    The proposed overhaul, outlined in a newly amended draft of the bill published this morning, includes new perks for developers, textual edits to clear up how the law would apply and a new “streamlining” provision that would let developers bypass environmental review and public hearing requirements so long as they pay their workers union-level wages and meet basic environmental requirements.

    But the bill would also put a cap on how big builder’s remedy projects can be, while prohibiting its use in industrial zoned areas. That’s a break from current law, in which the sky — and the California Building Code — is the limit.

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