“Everybody has a right to expect that their representatives are going to be responsive to them, not to whoever can shuffle the most cash into their campaigns. The amount of money in campaigns is obscene”.
Ross Johnson, Chairman California Fair Political Practices Commission (LA Times, April 26, 2010)
On the abandoned PaperMate factory site, in the heart of Santa Monica, (26th and Olympic) an out-of-town developer wants to build a project MORE THAN TRIPLE the size of what current zoning allows.
Read about it and follow the latest here.
The attached map shows all of the massive new developments (in red) proposed on or near 26th and Olympic --- in an area that already has impenetrable traffic. These projects are all being proposed under Development Agreements. Development Agreements are special contracts negotiated between the developer and the City which enable the developer to build projects much larger than existing zoning allows, and consequently, to greatly exacerbate traffic congestion. In exchange for this privilege, the new development is supposed to provide substantial community benefits. The map also shows previous projects that were approved by the City which have generated such enormous traffic congestion in this area.
SMCLC believes that eight (8) of these proposed projects are way too big and have too much commercial office space; the type of development which generates the most amount of traffic. They do not provide meaningful or sufficient community benefits to make up for the huge amounts of new unmitigated traffic congestion they would cause. It is critical in this city council election year for residents to speak out loudly and clearly to oppose these projects unless the developers agree to scale them back and to minimize the impacts on our neighborhoods and the quality of life for all residents.
Read the letter that SMCLC and FOSP submitted to the Planning Commission at the 1.27.10 hearing opposing the PaperMate project.
Download a flyer to distribute in your immediate area.
SMCLC objects to massive L.A. office project at Olympic and Centinela/Bundy
SMCLC has joined many other community organizations in and outside of Santa Monica to object to a developer proposal to build a 1.3 million square foot project on Santa Monica's eastern border. The project proposed would impact some 19 Santa Monica intersections and create daily traffic gridlock.
SMCLC supports regional coordination among community groups to control and change oversized projects such as this one, which disregard the serious and irreversible impacts they will have on the surrounding area. ... read letter
Remembering SMCLC Advisor, Laurel Roennau
Laurel Roennau lived in Santa Monica for over 40 years and was a formidable force in our community. A bioastronautics engineering graduate from UC Berkeley, she retired after working at Douglas Aircraft, RAND, Space Technology Labs, and the Community Redevelopment Agency. She served on the LA County Regional Plan Association, the LA Airports Commission, The SM Architectural Review Board, The SM Democratic Club Board, and as a valued member of the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City and several neighborhood groups. Named Woman of the Year in Science by the LA Times, Laurel held the Lifetime Award from the Society of Women Engineers. Her legacy includes her work on managing traffic congestion, her commitment to local activism which inspired others, her ability to speak truth to power, to befriend others, and to be a truly wonderful neighbor.
SM Dispatch remembers Laurel ... read
SMCLC Concerns RE 2802 Pico Project.. read
SMCLC/FOSP Objections to 2834 Colorado Development Agreement... read
LA Times study confirms Prop T supporters were right... read
SMCLC Tells the City - "No Backroom Deals" ... Again!
SMCLC and Neighborhood Associations vigorously oppose developer Maxser and Company's current plans to develop of one of the largest hotels in Santa Monica at 710 Wilshire Boulevard. Read their letter to the Planning Commission read
SMCLC opposes any lease extension of public beach land to Jonathan Club read
SMCLC Tells the City - "No Backroom Deals"
SMCLC and 150 of our supporters have sent a message to the SM City Council urging them not to reward a developer with a "Development Agreement". Trammell Crow, a Texas based company, evicted residents and now seeks to build beyond the zoning standards. read
Ted Winterer Wins Planning Commissioner Post
SMCLC is pleased to announce that Ted Winterer has been appointed to the Santa Monica Planning Commission. Ted, an SMCLC adviser, was a strong and vocal supporter of Proposition T and has long recognized the link between unlimited commercial development and increased traffic. As a neighborhood activist, Ted has long fought for Santa Monica residents to have input into important decisions about commercial growth in our neighborhoods. SMCLC worked hard for Ted's appointment to this critical commission, which makes land-use and development decisions. We congratulate Ted and are grateful to the four City Council members; Holbrook, Genser, McKeown, and Shriver, who supported his nomination.
SMCLC Objects to Extension of Development Agreement Ordinance by Council... read
SM Place remodel makes NY Times.
SMCLC is quoted ... read
SMCLC Files Initiative to Fight Traffic and Limit Development ... read
SMCLC Set to Launch Traffic Initiative to Limit Commercial Development... read
SMCLC endorses Measure R... read
Quote of the day:
"For the second year in a row, the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City wins the 'Best Civic Group' Sammy for being a voice for responsible development and traffic management. If only somebody in City Hall
would take heed."
– Bill Bauer, SM Daily Press
My Write / 'Sammy' Awards
SMCLC and Neighborhood Groups object to development proposed for the Village Trailer Park... read
SMCLC supports sustainability evaluations for development proposals... read
SMCLC and Neighborhood Groups object to discussions re: 2834 Colorado Avenue until General Plan and related Zoning completed... read
SMCLC leads community effort stating City action is needed now in implementing a new traffic impact methodology... read
Four More Community Leaders sign on with SMCLC: Mark Armour, Joel Brand, Darrell Clarke, Maria Loya... read member profiles
SMCLC again asks the city to fund a new traffic impact methodology... read
SMCLC supports effort of city to control airport usage... read
LA Times article: Lots of Traffic, Little Data – L.A. doesn't save data on traffic growth... read
Quote of the Day:
“Population growth has added immeasurable traffic loads on city roadways. Heavy traffic and congestion contribute to greater risk taking by motorist in an effort to reduce their travel time.”
– Timothy J. Jackman, SM Police Chief
(staff report proposing pilot red light camera program)
SMCLC objects to a proposal that would "decouple" parking from new residential construction downtown... read
SMCLC urges Council to reject a proposed development agreement ordinance... read
SMCLC Tells the City its Initial Study for Santa Monica Place is Woefully Deficient... read
SM Daily Press Q-line asked: Do you think the City Council should enact a freeze on all building or would such a measure be overkill?... read
SMCLC objects to development proposed for the Village Trailer Park... read
LA Times article: Experts, residents unsure of new downtown rules' effect... read
LA Times article: Southern California is becoming a tight fit... read
LA Times article: Two on the (L.A.) council want planners to find more accurate ways to predict the effect of a raft of new building projects on roadways... read
Council directs staff to prepare an interim development standards for industrial area... read
SMCLC asks residents to support building moratorium... read
The LA Times features two articles on area growth... read
SM Daily Press readers respond with emphatic support for rethinking development strategy and enacting a building moratorium... read
LA Times: Research casts doubt on the region's strategy of pushing transit-oriented residential projects to get people out of cars... read
SMCLC Sends Letter to Council Supporting Reappointment of Darrell Clarke to Planning Commission... read
SMCLC Urges Planning Commission to Recommend Building Moratorium... read
SMCLC and Neighborhood Group Leaders Meet with City About Building Moratorium until LUCE Adopted... read
OPA Petitions for Livable Boulevard... read
SMCLC Supports Review of Large SRO Projects... read
Letter to our Friends and Supporters: Here's What We've Been Up To. ... read
Macerich plans remodel of SM Place. "There won't be an expansion"... read