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Complaints by several Wilmont members has focused the board's attention on the poor BBB service in our area. The primary crosstown service for Wilmont is the 41 line which goes from Montana down 20th to SM College and returns via 14th Street. But this service is, in effect, a one way trip to crosstown or to Expo on week nights because the bus stops running at 7:30pm. There's no service at all on weekends and most major holidays. The BBB doesn't have viable cross-town service for the Wilshire Montana Neighborhood.
APPROVES ALCOHOL LICENSES FOR THREE RESTAURANTS
Planning Commission Zoning Ordinance Review Resumes Nov 5
The Draft Zoning Ordinance has been released for review and comment. The document and all related materials can be found on the Zoning Update page. This is the first major Zoning Ordinance Update since 1988 and will contain provisions to implement Santa Monica's Land Use and Circulation Element, adopted in July, 2010. Planning Commission meetings have been held on the subject since December and will continue through the summer.
The topics scheduled to be covered at the remaining hearings are:
November 5 - Resolutions of Intention
November 19 - Town Hall meeting
December 3 and 17 - Redline review
Hard copies are available at all Santa Monica Public Library branches, and for purchase at the Planning Counter in City Hall.
Please submit comments on the Draft Zoning Ordinance to Denise Smith at email@example.com.
The Zoning Ordinance will be presented to City Council for review and discussion in early 2015.
A group of Santa Monica residents known as the "Transparency Project" (https://www.facebook.com/SMRevealed) is is alleging that Santa Monica Mayor Pam O'Connor has been accepting illegal campaign contributions. A complaint detailing thirty-one (31) instances - accompanied by over 70 exhibits - has been filed. It alleges and enumerates Mayor O’Connor’s repeated violations of City Charter Amendment XXII, the Taxpayer Protection Amendment of 2000 (a.k.a. ‘the Oakes Initiative’) for illegally accepting campaign contributions from developers, after voting to approve their projects.
In the latest move, Santa Monica's City Attorney has referred the Transparency Project’s complaint to the Public Integrity Division of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office. Santa Monica City Attorney Marsha Moutrie stated that because she “reports directly to the City Council" (of which the mayor - and subject of the complaint - is a member) “her office has a conflict of interest, as does the Santa Monica Police Department.”
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division describes its responsibility concerning public officials as follows: “Public officials are elected to positions of public trust. In the event of any breach of this trust the Public Integrity Division will investigate, and if appropriate, prosecute criminal misconduct by any elected public official.” Specifically, concerning election and campaign violations, the PID explains: “Because the integrity of the election process is crucial to a free and democratic society, the District Attorney’s Office must be vigilant in enforcing all laws that regulate the election process. In this regard, the Public Integrity Division is charged with investigating and prosecuting allegations of voter fraud, illegal voter registration practices, illegal campaign practices, illegal campaign contributions and falsification of candidacy papers." (See http://da.co.la.ca.us/pid.htm).
The Transparency Project alleges these serious allegations relate to serial batched, coordinated contributions that Ms. O’Connor accepted from owners, principals, or senior officers of three of the biggest developers in Santa Monica – Hines, Macerich, and Century West – after she voted to award each developer a substantial public benefit.
The Transparency Project describes itself as an all-volunteer group of Santa Monica residents concerned about openness and accountability in Santa Monica city government and politics. The Transparency Project formed in 2010 after a developer-funded PAC refused to timely disclose contributor information to Santa Monica voters. Project members track political contributions to city council candidates and officers, to ensure that representatives serve the public’s best interest.
The above is reported for information only. The Wilshire Montana Neighborhood
CITY COUNCIL PICKS WORTHE GROUP TO DEVELOP BERGAMOT
Against staff's recommendation, SM City Council selected the Worthe Real Estate Group to work with the community to develop Bergamot. This choice was made after over 100 residents and gallery owners came to speak on the issue.
WILSHIRE BLVD ANDMONTANA AVE UPDATE:
Save Your Neighborhood!
Wed, Nov 19, 7:00pm
Lincoln Middle School Auditorium
1501 California Ave, SM
14th ST "ACTIVITY CENTER" --9th through 18th Streets along Wilshire (north and south) would be highly impacted
TIER 3 --9th through east border of Santa Monica would create "Walled Wilshire"
MONTANA AVE --7th to 17th streets in Wilmont would be highly impacted
1801 WILSHIRE --16th through 20th Streets in Wilmont would be
Check here for updates and action items
At the Planning Commission’s October 1st, developers and consultants came out in force to demand an increase of height and density on Wilshire Blvd. and Montana Ave. in both the new Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) and the LUCE (Land Use Circulation Element – the General Plan for the city’s development). These documents, if finalized, will outline permissible heights and density for decades.
Please note four areas of focus.
ACTION ITEM REQUEST TO WILMONT RESIDENTS:
Please email the City Planning Commission and City Council.
Let them know your thoughts and concerns about increases to height and density on Wilshire and Montana Ave.
If we the residents of Wilmont do not speak up and out, then the developers and their consultants will be the only voices heard.
Email your views on these 4 topics:
Send your email to: