Note: The SMa.r.t. guest author this week is longtime Santa Monica resident Richard Orton. He is concerned about the direction our beach town is taking and has been actively engaged in our community for decades. I moved to Ocean Park in January 1970 when I was going to UCLA and I’ve lived and rented in … Continue reading Power to the People!
The Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) Initiative will stop oversized projects while protecting rent controlled and affordable housing in Santa Monica. Our current City Council believes dense, tall, and ill-designed projects are a worthwhile exchange for a handful of affordable units and other minimal “community benefits.” The truth is LUVE strongly supports housing, but will … Continue reading The Truth about LUVE, Money & Housing
For some time now, the architects, engineers (and one Parks commissioner) that make up this group have been accused of slow, dry writing and wonky jargon-filled screeds. Your message, we are told, is lost in the details! No matter. Today we try something new: a guest contribution by a highly opinionated Recreation & Parks Commissioner, professor … Continue reading THE SKY IS NOT FALLING!
By now, most of you may have heard of the LUVE initiative. LUVE stands for Land Use Voter Empowerment. It is a citywide initiative started by Residocracy to allow residents to vote on major city development issues and projects. Signatures are now being collected to place it on the November ballot. This initiative is in … Continue reading Answering questions about Santa Monica’s LUVE initiative
Some of you may have heard of the LUVE initiative. We support this measure, which aims to protect Santa Monica from overdevelopment, keep traffic from getting worse, preserve resources and protect the widely loved character of the town. This SMa.r.t. column explains what it is and why we support it. LUVE stands for Land Use … Continue reading 6 reasons to support Santa Monica’s LUVE initiative