Development

Initiative Arguments: Real estate transfer tax

CITY HALL — When the redevelopment agency dissolved, affordable housing funding was one of the many casualties. Who, if anyone, should provide the new revenue stream for affordable housing projects? Measure H (and its offshoot, Measure HH) would, if approved, make the sale of real estate the primary source of public funding for these... Read more →

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Faces of Silicon Beach: Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson joined commercial real estate brokerage, rsf LA at its inception. Kevin represents both Landlords and Tenants, tech startups, institutional investors, and everything in-between. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Kevin about rsf LA, being an entrepreneur and Santa Monica. Erik Huberman: How did you become an... Read more →

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Twitter opening office in Santa Monica

PICO BLVD — Twitter, the short-form social networking service, is opening an office on Pico Boulevard at Main Street. City Hall issued the company a business license for 150 Pico Blvd. back in June. It lists the company's start date as Aug. 1. The business type is listed as “Sales Marketing And Engineering.” "Not sharing anything... Read more →

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Tech survey targets Silicon Beach

If you're reading this story online, chances are the City wants you to participate in their new outreach survey. Santa Monica has launched an online questionnaire targeted at workers in the technology industry, locally known as Silicon Beach. According to Jennifer Taylor, Economic Development Administrator for the City of Santa Monica, the... Read more →

Development

D.A.’S should be D.O.A.

SMART COLUMN — Santa Monica is undergoing a period of sustained growth. Why are we at a crossroads where even bus shelters can’t be designed successfully. We have a city budget driving development, and codes allowing Development Agreements (D.A.s) that exceed our zoning codes. It has become the standard for developers to request... Read more →

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Council aims to fight gentrification

CITY HALL - City Council implemented what one member called “a temporary restraining order” on large residential development in two neighborhoods last week. As the Planning Commission grapples with a controversial project in the Pico Neighborhood that, if approved, could replace 15 rent controlled units with 21 new apartments, council... Read more →