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  • 09/14/2021 8:45 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

     Council will vote on modifications to the requirements for Santa Monica tenants receiving rent relief from the City’s COVID-19 Rent Abatement Program. These changes would amend the requirements to demonstrate economic hardships to make it easy for certain applicants to reach the threshold. It would also add a requirement that tenants commit to remaining in their property for a minimum of 12 months following receipt of the approved abatement.

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/city-council-agenda-dominated-by-long-list-of-councilmember-discussion-items/208432

  • 09/14/2021 8:38 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    For the last four years, this assault on neighborhoods has been a pipe dream of Scott Wiener, the increasingly radical, pro-developer Democratic state senator from San Francisco. The state Senate’s president, Democrat Toni Atkins of San Diego, is almost equally involved.

    Before they break their arms while patting themselves on the back, these two lawmakers might want to examine the new realities of California’s referendum politics.

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2021/09/expect-a-rebellion-against-key-housing-bills/

  • 09/13/2021 7:58 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The California eviction moratorium is scheduled to end after Sept. 30, but legislators aren’t planning to extend the protections for renters.

    Read More: https://calmatters.org/housing/2021/09/california-eviction-moratorium-legislators/

  • 09/13/2021 7:54 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Prior to March 2020, the City did not have a system to track the number of units in its inventory, how many households were successfully placed or what waitlist priority group they came from.

    “We don’t have that data,” said Housing Program Manager Jim Kemper. “It may be that we have it, but it would be a research project and it’s a research project we can’t take on.”

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/the-road-to-affordable-housing-is-paved-with-confusion/208377

  • 09/13/2021 7:53 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    On Monday, September 13, the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services—in coordination with the State of California and OptumServe—will open an appointment only coronavirus (COVID-19) testing location at Clover Park’s offices, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica. Testing is free and available to Los Angeles County residents.

    Read More: https://www.santamonica.gov/press/2021/09/10/new-covid-19-testing-site-opens-at-clover-park

  • 09/13/2021 7:45 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Critics say new law may lead to elimination of single-family areas

    The California State Legislature has approved a bill which "will ensure cities and counties are adequately re-zoning to meet their housing needs" – a move many critics and homeowners say may lead to the elimination of the R-1 (single-family) zones in their municipalities.

    Read More: https://www.smobserved.com/story/2021/09/12/news/state-legislature-passes-bill-to-ensure-cities-rezone-for-housing-needs/5990.html

  • 09/13/2021 7:41 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monicans face the usual fears of crime, Covid-19 and its collapsing job and housing impact including the coming eviction avalanche.  Unfortunately, interest groups in Sacramento keep trying to monetize these crises by forcing cities and counties to amp up construction using a janga pile of dangerous new zoning regulations that are unnecessary and beyond financial and ecological sustainability. These financial interests, including financiers, realtors and construction unions want to cash out before the whole enterprise, fueled by federal debt, screeches to a halt. 

    Read More: https://smmirror.com/2021/09/sma-r-t-column-stop-the-steroids/

  • 09/08/2021 8:54 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The County Board of Supervisors have appointed former Los Angeles County Counsel Mary Wickham as Executive Director of the newly formed Blue-Ribbon Commission on Homelessness.

    The Blue-Ribbon Commission on Homelessness was established following the July 27 motion authored by Supervisor Kathryn Barger and co-authored by Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, to research and provide recommendations to the Board for a new homelessness governance model that is appropriate for Los Angeles County.

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/brief-la-county-board-of-supervisors-appoint-former-county-counsel-mary-wickham-to-lead-new-blue-ribbon-commission-on-homelessness/208207

  • 09/08/2021 8:52 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    “It’s overall an attempt to basically gut the Commission and prevent it from operating,” said Commission Chair George Brown in a Sept. 2 meeting. “It’s clear that the Santa Monica police union opposes civilian oversight. They’ve been trying to kill it behind the scenes for the entire time.”

    Read More: https://www.smdp.com/police-oversight-commissioners-object-to-temporary-restriction-of-their-powers/208260

  • 09/07/2021 9:54 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Santa Monica's Public Safety Reform and Oversight Commission this week denounced a recent agreement between the City and police union, calling it a "gut punch" that "undermines" the group's work.

    The agreement -- approved in closed session on August 24 -- bars the new commission from submitting written reports to the Council or making any recommendations on "police policies and practices" to the Council, police chief or city manager, according to a copy of the agreement.

    Read More: https://surfsantamonica.com/ssm_site/the_lookout/news/News-2021/September-2021/09_03_2021_Public_Safety_Commission_Denounces_City_Police_Union_Agreement.html

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