The Downtown Community Plan will open the floodgates to massive development

Santa Monica Lookout Article

The Downtown Community Plan in a Nutshell

1. Despite resident and Planning Commission feedback, the DCP has increased its emphasis on maximizing growth in downtown with:

  • 130 foot opportunity/large sites
  • an additional opportunity site at Lincoln and Broadway (Vons)
  • 100,000 sq. ft. buildings approved only by a Development Review Process (DRP) which is heard in front of the Planning Commission only and is a check-list type approach; possibility of having a referendum to overturn decision e.g., Hines Project would not be possible because a DRP is appealable to City Council but can't be put to a referendum as can a Development Agreement (DA)
  • Focus on big projects through lot consolidation
  • Gateway Access Master Plan (GAMP) has been carved off from DCP into a separate process and hides the existence of the other opportunity sites as well as a desire to make height and density even greater in this part of Downtown
  • Landmark parcels/Structures of Merit and their adjacent parcels have been given Tier 3 height incentives

2.  Community benefits, outlines to off-set these large projects of additional height and density, continue to be project mitigations, project amenities and elements required by City/State/Federal law

3.  Open space this is public OR private can be counted as open space in the plan; few differences made between plaza open space at grade level vs. private balconies as "open space" as a community benefit

4.  Text amendments appear to be able to easily change anything in the DCP, especially with respect to a specific property/parcel

5.  Traffic and parking continues to focus on goals and aspirations not definition and design

by Elizabeth Van Denburgh (Board Member)



Stop the proposed 12-story (148-foot tall) "Plaza at Santa Monica" development project at 4th/5th and Arizona Ave. 

The proposed project at a glance:

Located between 4th and 5th Streets south of Arizona Avenue in the downtown area of the City of Santa Monica, the property consists of a little over 2.5 acres and is a "Resident-owned" property.

The City of Santa Monica is currently proposing to build a massive mixed-use commercial development project on this "Resident-owned" property.

The proposed project consists of the following:
  • 12-story (148-ft tall) high-rise
  • 420,000 sq. ft. of total building (nearly the same size as the Santa Monica Place Mall)
  • 225 room hotel
  • 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial work-space
  • 40,000 square feet of retail
  • 48 affordable housing residential apartment units

Impacts to Residents:

  • A commercial development located on this "Resident-owned" property would eliminate the potential for a grand 2.5-acre downtown green-space park for generations to come.
  • Severely alter the Santa Monica skyline.
  • Creating shadows from the 12 story (148-foot) tall structure.
  • Blocking the sun and ocean breezes.
  • Severely impact traffic and congestion.

4th/AZ is an E-Petition on the Residocracy site.

"Sustainability on the backs of Santa Monica Residents"

SM Dispatch Article

By  on  in SMa.r.t. Thinking

Tue, August 2, 6:45
 Montana Branch, SM Library
1704 Montana Ave,  SM, CA 90403
Tue, July 26, 6:30pm, City Hall
Wed, July 20, 7:00pm, City Hall

Serve as poll worker

Your city and county want you!

Here’s an important way to serve your local community: Sign up to serve as a poll worker for the June 7th Primary Election. Recruiting poll workers in Santa Monica has been dismal; if you are concerned about accurate and fair elections, here’s your chance to help!

Yes, it’s a long day, starting at 6 am and ending about 9 pm. (You can split the time with a friend as long as you agree to serve the whole day if your partner doesn’t show). 

Anyone can serve as long as they are 18 years of age (unless participating in student poll worker program), a resident of California, and a US Citizen or legal permanent resident (green card). 

You will receive a stipend between $80 and $175 for working on Election Day and attending training. 

To sign up, go to  www.lavote.net and click on “Voting and Elections” where you will find poll worker information and a form to apply.  You can also call 800-815-2666, Option 7 and leave your name and telephone number for a call back. 

There are over 90 polling locations in Santa Monica, and the County Registrar would like to  staff each with five poll workers. The challenge of staffing our polls is happening now: fill out the form on the website or call right away. 

The media is full of news about barriers to voting and possible election fraud. We are blessed to be living in CA where election laws encourage all citizens to be able to vote. But that doesn’t happen if the polls don’t open on time or operate correctly due to poor staffing. You can help; please consider working at a polling place on June 7th.

Thea Brodkin / League of Women Voters of Santa Monica

Theaby@msn.com  310-587-0778

A dangerous rise in development agreements

Curb your DA’s. No, we’re not talking about District Attorneys, but rather the propensity of our planning staff to negotiate Development Agreements (DAs) with the owners of substantial chunks of our fair city.  (continue)

Wilshire  Montana
Neighborhood  Coalition


smdp article

Planning Commission Endorses Major Downtown Santa Monica Project

The SM Planning Commission voted 6-1 to recommend the City Council approve a development agreement for a seven-story, mixed-use structure at 500 Broadway, replacing a Fred Segal complex.....

Mario Fonda-Bonardi, who cast the lone opposition vote, said it was “way too big” and would cause a significant amount of traffic.

People gather outside the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for a news conference held by a coalition of community leaders from Venice and activists prior to the first California Coastal Commission hearing since the firing of Executive Director Charles Lester.

 (Michael Owen Baker / For The Times)

September 10, 2015 -- County prosecutors will review allegations that Councilmember Pam O’Connor waged a secret battle to fire a newly hired communications director who had opposed her candidacy nearly a decade earlier, a Santa Monica activist group said.

SM Lookout Article continued

Council approves Park list for county research study

Santa Monica Daily Press


On Aug 24, 2015, SMCLC (Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City) released the following:

SMCLC recently obtained private emails, sworn testimony and other documents in Elizabeth Riel’s lawsuit against the City.

These documents show City Council member and then Mayor Pam O’Connor relentlessly pressured then City Manager Rod Gould to fire Elizabeth for having made a donation to an SMCLC political mailer in 2006.

The mailer disclosed campaign contributions to O’Connor from a major developer with business before the City. See http://www.smclc.net/OConnor-Riel.htm

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Attention Wilmont Members

Wilmont is working to promote the interests of our residents, such as speaking on behalf of our neighborhood at City Council and Planning Commission meetings and creating new committees to keep you updated on the big issues facing our city. Please take a look at the committees list below and consider spending a few hours a month and taking a more active role in our city’s future.

-DEVELOPMENT-Big Projects like the Miramar, etc.

-TRANSPORTATION-Traffic, Parking, Big Blue Bus, etc.

-OUTREACH-Website, Events, Flyers, Membership, etc

-ELECTIONS-City Council, etc.

-ZONING-Downtown Plan, Zoning Ordinance Update, etc.

Ed Hunsaker,  Alin Wall

-WILSHIRE BLVD PLANNING-“Activity Center”, Developments, etc.

-HOUSING-Renters Rights, Taxes, etc.

If you would like to sign up, contact us at:

Email: wilmontinfo@gmail.com
Phone:       310-359-8238

or come to our next meeting.

"Santa Monica Named Drunkest City in CA 
...by a landslide"

A website called Roadsnacks makes this claim based on the number of bars, liquor stores, wineries, and related tweets such as
#Drunk, #Party, #Beer, #Wine and #Cocktails. Divorce rate was also factored in.

This is leading some residents to ask if there are limitations to the number of liquor licenses that allowed to be issued.

  Wilmont... neighbors working together for a better community.
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