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  • 09/20/2019 8:55 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Residents are lamenting the turn our beach town has taken in the last few years, and sadly it is not for the better. Mom & Pop stores and services are closing. Crime is up significantly. Homelessness seems to have increased, and from reading the various comments made on the local Santa Monica Facebook pages, there are more violent right wing comments being made within the various local pages. As recent violent incidents have occurred there are even those few who have posted about wanting concealed carry permits. The wild west all over again. One wonders and speculates about the root causes of this decline in our quality of life.

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  • 09/18/2019 7:58 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    State lawmakers passed a landmark measure last Wednesday that will limit annual rent increases to 5% plus inflation for buildings that are at least 15 years old and require landlords to provide a “just cause” for evicting tenants.

    While Santa Monica already has a comprehensive rent control program and a “just cause” law of its own, Assembly Bill 1482 will impact some tenants in the city.

    The legislation introduced by Assemblymember David Chiu of San Francisco will not supersede the city’s rent control regulations for buildings constructed before 1979, which typically restrict annual rent increases to less than 5%. However, it will cap increases for multi-family rental units built between 1979 and 2005.

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  • 09/16/2019 8:57 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    The City of Santa Monica this year will make separate payments to 28 retired employees whose pensions were so large they exceeded IRS limits, an analysis of pension data by The Lookout found.

    In fact, Santa Monica had more retirees whose pensions exceeded the federal limit than any other city in the state, according to data obtained from the State pension fund under the Public Records Act.

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  • 09/16/2019 8:56 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    City Hall will encourage residents and businesses to replace natural gas appliances with electric heating and cooking equipment as it pursues its goal of reducing carbon emissions to 20% of their 1990 levels by 2030.

    The City Council discussed Tuesday how to incentivize consumers to forgo appliances powered by natural gas in favor of electric heating and cooling systems, stoves and dryers.

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  • 09/13/2019 8:41 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    City Hall is creating new regulations that aim to prevent landlords from converting rent-controlled units to vacation rentals.

    Hundreds of rent-controlled apartments are rented by the day or month on websites such as, according to local officials. City Council members believe this key supply of affordable housing needs to be preserved for long-term renters and is planning to require that landlords lease their rent-controlled units to individuals, not companies, for a minimum of one year.

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  • 09/13/2019 8:35 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    By Peter Borresen

    This week the Santa Monica City Council passed the first reading of a superb new law that, although technically not rent control, is exactly that – It will magically allow owner occupied triplex and duplex owners to be allowed to raise rents, but at the same time will allow the tenants to gain $21,000+ relocation fees should rents rise more than a token amount and thus halt all attempts at rent raising. This law is pure genius: Something that looks and smells and tastes exactly like rent control, but technically is not.

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  • 09/13/2019 8:32 AM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    "The Santa Monica City Council is reviewing proposed revisions that will AGAIN FURTHER limit how large homes can be built in Santa Monica," the postcard reads.

    "Say goodbye to receiving top dollar for your residence if you ever plan on selling your home."

    The zoning revisions opposed in the postcard are being championed by Santa Monica homeowners who fear their single-family neighborhoods are being rapidly overtaken by "monster mansions," or "McMansions."

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  • 09/12/2019 3:04 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    If every regulatory instinct Democrats in Sacramento have is wrong and counterproductive, maybe they should take Jerry Seinfeld ’s advice to George Costanza and do the opposite. Consider a statewide rent cap that Democrats rushed through the legislature this week.

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  • 09/12/2019 2:16 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    Tenants in rent-controlled duplexes and triplexes would receive between $15,000 and $30,000 in relocation assistance when their landlords decontrol the building and dramatically increase the rent under an ordinance the City Council unanimously adopted this week.

    When an owner of a duplex or triplex moves into the building, the remaining units in the building become exempt from rent control and subject to rent increases beyond what is allowed under the city’s rent control laws, said city attorney Lane Dilg.

    With the new rules, if a tenant’s unit becomes exempt and the rent increases beyond the limit set by rent control, the tenant can either choose to stay in the unit and pay the increased rent or receive relocation benefits from the landlord to ensure they can move to a new location, Dilg said.

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  • 09/11/2019 6:16 PM | Margaret Fulton (Administrator)

    California is on the verge of having statewide rent control.

    Assembly Bill 1482—which will bar landlords from hiking rents more than 5 percent, plus local inflation, in one year—was approved this afternoon in the state Assembly on a 46-22 vote. Inflation varies by region, but averages about 2.5 percent in California.

    The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk; he has said he will sign it.

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