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LA TIMES ARTICLE

Council Rejects Appeal of $75 Million Santa Monica City Hall Annex


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HOT E-PETITION


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.

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Last Tuesday developer NMS Properties and Neil Shekhter, its founder and CEO, were found by the Los Angeles Superior Court to have committed “massive, intentional, coordinated efforts to destroy evidence,” “fraud,” and “perjury.
JUDGE RULES NMS TO PAY 6 MILL IN ATTORNEY'S FEES AND CEDE CONTROL OF PROPERTY TO OPPONENT

Santa Monica tops statewide list for a variety of jobs:

  • Police Chief: $478,000, highest statewide.
  • Police Sergeant: $475,546 highest statewide.
    At $393,603, $385,000 and $380,000, Santa Monica police sergeants also occupied the 4th, 6th and 7th highest spots on the statewide list.
  • Deputy Police Chief: $455,914, highest statewide.
  • Assistant City Attorney: $442,414, highest statewide.
  • Assistant City Manager: $440,661, highest statewide.
  • City Attorney: $439,969, 2nd highest statewide.
  • Farmers’ Market Supervisor: $142,903.
  • Assistant City Librarian:$220,558.

This excess is pervasive throughout the City, with Santa Monica outspending its peers in total department wide spending as well:  (more)

SM Lookout News

Santa Monica traffic 'has finally hit the tipping point' 

LA Curbed article

"Sustainability on the backs of Santa Monica Residents"

SM Dispatch Article


By  on  in SMa.r.t. Thinking


NEXT WILMONT MEETING
 
Tue, Aug 1, 7pm
Meet and Greet at 6:45 pm 
 Community Room
Montana Branch SM Public Library
1704 Montana Ave, SM 90403
CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS
Tues, 25 at 6:30 pm, City Hall
PLANNING COMMISSION
Wed, Jul 19, 6:30, City Hall




Saturday, July 15, 5:30 - 8 pm - String Theory Productions, sunset concert

Saturday, July 29, 3 - 7 pm - A Cappella Picnic, eight different all-vocal groups

Astonishing Figure: City will spend $141,000,000 to build a 50,000 sft building


Council approves
$1M for Pier Concert
$300K for COAST



It’s called “the list,” a compilation of proposed building projects being tracked by City planners, or all plans in Santa Monica's development pipeline.  (more)

The Downtown Community Plan will open the floodgates to massive development

Santa Monica Lookout Article



            
    Join
Wilshire  Montana
Neighborhood  Coalition

Plan for Santa Monica’s Downtown Receives Initial Nod from City Council

SM Outlook article

Unanimous Council move DCP forward

SM Daily Press article

OPINION:  

RE: MONEY AND POLITIC IN OUR CTIY

DOG AND PONY SHOW

BY Charles Andrews

OPINION 

RE: SM CITY COUNCIL VOTE ON DCP

By Taffy Patton

Every neighborhood group in the city consistently and strongly demanded a central park at 4th-5th/AZ. Santa Monica’s Recreation and Parks, the SMart Architects, Santa Monica for a Livable City - we all clearly wanted a park. 

But council didn’t care what residents wanted.  They voted NO on our central park.

After years of  publicly saying he was against tall hotels along the Ocean, Kevin voted YES on the the Opportunity Sites. Sue and Tony voted NO, but  that didn't matter because the whole gang unanimously voted YES on the draft DCP that included those 130’ monstrosities.  

Council also decided that housing projects of up to 75,000 sq ft require only administrative (staff) approval.  That means no Planning Commission expertise and certainly no public input when a building this size is constructed anywhere downtown. 

For illustration, below is a  29,000 sq. ft Santa Monica building near the Promenade - tiny compared to a 75,000 Sq ft building in Anaheim.  While the height would be lower than this building on transition boulevards,  the mass would be the same.  

Picture this mass 50’ tall next to 23’ tall apartments…

Council, including the “supermajority," just decided that residents can’t say ANYTHING when developers decide to build this next door.

  

But there’s more.  Council asked staff to explore:

  • Equalizing density requirements between areas of downtown (adding more density to boulevards that transition to neighborhoods)
  • Streamlining all 100 percent affordable housing projects (raising that inconvenient 49-unit limit so bigger Step Ups can be constructed with zero public input)
  • Eliminating parking minimums (so neighborhoods can be flooded with more cars, Amazon, Fed Ex, PO carriers, gardeners can block more driveways and more local businesses will go dark)
  • Mandating affordable housing on a project by project basis ( so developers have to maintain “cosy" relationships with council and staff. Just like the Parking Overlays that can be waived by our Planning Director,  negotiable mandates encourage  hard-to-track  political juice, campaign contributions, future employment, etc.)

The draft DCP is a disaster for residents and it looks like it will get worse.

Taffy Patton

No major Public Park in Final Draft of Downtown SM Plan
SM Coalition for a Livable City Urges  Residents 
"IF YOU ATTEND ONE COUNCIL MEETING THIS YEAR, THIS IS THE ONE! WRITE! ATTEND! SPEAK!"

Council approves Park list for county research study

Santa Monica Daily Press

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.




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