4TH & ARIZONA
NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE SANTA MONICA CITY COUNCIL
DATE/TIME: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2015, AT 5:30 PM
SUBJECT: 14DEV003 - 1301 4th St
APPLICANT: Metropolitan Pacific Capital
PROPERTY OWNER: City of Santa Monica
A discussion of concept plans for a proposed Development Agreement 14DEV-003 for a 12-story (148 feet), 420,000 square foot mixed-use development of approximately 195 hotel rooms, 206,800 square feet of office space, 40,000 square feet of retail space, 48 affordable residential units, approximately 12,000 square feet of cultural space, approximately 51,000 square feet of public open space, and approximately 1,100 parking spaces within a four-level subterranean parking garage.
Today's Santa Monica Daily Press, it announced that Council will move forward on their plan for a 148' development Oct. 20th.
You might want a park that covers the entire property. You might prefer a large park, plus a low-rise boutique hotel and a few shops that would subsidize the multi-layer parking garage below. Or maybe a combo of park, Affordable Housing and low-rise hotel. But whatever your preference, that property needs a vast underground parking garage that realistically holds enough spaces for:
The DA below offers 1,100 parking spaces. Let's see how this might work. Look below at the number of people who will "share" those 1,100 spaces: hotel, retail, residents, cultural & open space visitors. Now deduct 350 spaces because the ArcLight will replace a public parking garage. Now add 2,500 theater seats.
Let's do the math: 420,000 SF of mixed use, plus 2,500 theater seats would share 750 parking spaces. Everyone else who visits and works there would take Expo or the bus.
By on in
On Sunday Aug. 23, at the Ken Edwards Center, City Council received community feedback on the question, "What should be the top 3 to 5 strategic goals for the City with measurable 3 to 5 year outcomes that will make a difference in community safety, well being, prosperity, quality of life, and sustainability?"
The list of choices provided by the new City Manager includes:
NE NEIGHBORS RESPOND AS FOLLOWS:
To: City Council
Should voter approval be required
for all large development?
Those who support requiring voter approval of large development projects in Santa Monica are signing the e-Petition that was just launched by Residocracy, the all-volunteer, grassroots group that in 2014 mobilized residents and stopped the Hines development project at the Papermate pen plant site. more
Three residents have filed a law suit against the Ron Gould, the former city manager for violating the Oaks Initiative, an anti-corruption law designed to prevent public officials from personal gains based on their time in office.
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.
Guidelines For Tree Watering During Drought
The public can weigh in online with opinions on the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan. SM Lookout
SUBMIT YOUR IDEAS
Beginning the week of April 20, 2015, the CA Incline will close for approximately 12-14 months to safely demolish and reconstruct a new bridge. Travelers who use the Incline will be directed to utilize temporary detour routes to access the beach and 1-10 freeway.
additional information: LA Times article
"As an open, democratic organization, SMRR is subject to hostile take over by those who feel they can't win control of our city any other way. They know that if they can hijack the SMRR name behind the scenes in this off-ear, they have a better chance of electing their own Council candidates next year.
"We are in a crucial moment in SMRR's history. We urgently need SMRR members to attend and vote for a steering committee that will uphold our commitment to renter's rights, affordable housing and controls on development."
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.
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
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:
or come to our next meeting on November 18.
WILMONT RESOLUTIONS PASSED AT JULY 20 ANNUAL MEETING
I. WILMONT Members support the City grant of 190K to PYFC for the purpose of continuing their Mission and Vision for youth in Santa Monica, contingent upon the organizations adoption of GAAP (generally accepted accounting practices) sufficiently transparent to the Santa Monica City Council.
II. We, the residents of the WILMONT Neighborhood, want safer streets. We want the to adopt and implement a Vision Zero plan to bring the number of injury collisions to zero by 2020.
III. WILMONT does not agree with the recent 4-1 Planning Commission vote to approve the 4th and Arizona Project. We believe the project to be too high and too dense; Santa Monica citizens would be better served by a smaller project – such as a park.
IV. WILMONT requests protected pedestrian crosswalks with flashing warning lights at the intersections of 9th & Wilshire Boulevard, and about every five city-blocks extending East. The flashing lights should be pedestrian activated and similar in design to those installed at the intersection of 10th and Santa Monica Boulevard.
V. We believe SMPD is not devoting enough resources to the WILMONT neighborhood. Therefore, we request:
VI. Civic Center: In order to ensure that future development at the Civic Center Auditorium and its surrounding publicly-owned site will be broadly available to Santa Monica Monica residents and will fulfill the goals for land use expressed by many residents at public meetings held this year, Wilmont residents support the following resolutions: