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.
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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.
Should voter approval be required
for all large development?RESIDOCRACY PETITION UPDATE
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
According to the Santa Monica Outlook: "Residocracy.org, an organization with about 2,000 members, will begin circulating petitions late this month or in early February for its Land Use Voter Empowerment, or LUVE, Initiative, said Armen Melkonians, the organization’s founder."
Full Santa Monica Outlook article
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)
"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.
COUNTY WIDE PARK NEEDS
Jan 21, 6 - 8:30 pm
Civic Center Parking Structure,
2nd Floor Terrace Meeting Room
Santa Monica, We need parks... and parks need you. This is your opportunity to participate in an unprecedented study of park needs in every community in Los Angeles County. Please attend this special meeting hosted by the Santa Monica Recreation & Parks Commission on behalf of LA County where we will work together to identify our shared park priorities.
Tiny Santa Monica Ranks #2 Most Moved To City!
An article in the SM Patch revealed that SM is the 2nd most moved to city in LA county. North Star Moving studied the 2015 moving season. They compiled the top 5 cities moved to in LA and Orange Counties. Tiny Santa Monica outpaced every surrounding city except LA - cities much larger than we are.
But despite resident protest, our elected officials continue to insist on maximum height and density. Instead of open green space, realistic parking and reasonable height, Council moved forward on the 2.5 acre 148ft tower at 4th/AZ and they continue to approve 5-7 stories with minimal parking all along Lincoln and Broadway. Wilshire will be next.
I hope no one still believes we have a "slow growth" City Council.http://patch.com/california/santamonica/five-most-moved-cities-greater-los-angeles
Shore Hotel is currently operating without a valid permit from the Coastal Commission and owners are relying on a pair of court cases to determine the hotel’s future. (continue)
Over 70 residents turned out for Oct 6 Wilmont meeting
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.