Winter 2015 Newsletter read
BREAKING NEWS: City Let Statute of Limitations Expire on O'Connor Prosecution read
SMCLC Again Tells the Council its Latest Draft Lobbying Ordinance Needs Teeth read
City Moving Forward with O'Connor Investigation read
SMCLC Presses City to Act on O’Connor Misdeeds read
Breaking News: Documents Reveal O’Connor Role in City Employee Firing read
O'Connor's Vindictiveness Costs City Taxpayers $1,000,000 read
SMCLC proposes changes to inadequate Santa Monica lobbying ordinance read
SMCLC Urges the City Council to appoint M.Fonda-Bonardi and N.Fresco to the Planning Commission read
SMCLC opposes massive Arizona project on public land, urges a project within zoning read
SMCLC Update on Zoning Ordinance and Next Steps read
SMCLC Supports Formation of San Vicente Courtyard Historic District read
SMCLC Opposes Massive Water Rate Increases and Urges the City Council to Approve a 1-year Plan and issue Water Bonds ... read
SMCLC calls for resident input in selecting new City Manager
SMCLC Requests that Council Obtain Necessary Information on Impact of New Development Water Usage before Setting Water Rates and Cutbacks Policy
Finally, a pro-resident majority on our City Council!
Our Campaign Mailers
VOTE! Don't let a hotel developer pick our City Council.
The facts about Pam O'Connor
and why she does not deserve your vote
... read all about it!
O'Connor Exposes SM Taxpayers to Major Damages Over Firing of Elizabeth Riel
Important win for Bergamot Arts Center
SMCLC Endorses Kevin McKeown, Sue Himmelrich and Richard McKinnon for City Council
DEVELOPER WITHDRAWS PROPOSAL THAT WOULD KILL THE BERGAMOT ARTS CENTER AND IS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT LUCE AND RESIDENTS EXPECT
City fires resident for opposing O'Connor EIGHT YEARS AGO ... read
Council Kills Massive Hines Development
Thanks to Residents! ...
Bergamot Art Center Development Plans
Critical Community Meeting
Monday, May 6th at 6 pm
Bergamot Arts Center
2525 Michigan Ave
Today, SMCLC filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging, on environmental and other grounds, the City Council's recent approval of the Hines project at 26th St. and Olympic Blvd. (former Papermate site) which would add 7,000 new daily car trips to an already badly gridlocked area.
read press release
City's poll confirms that residents reject greater heights and densities for downtown. Read SMCLC's detailed letter to the City Council discussing the poll.
RALLY!! WED 2-12-14 7PM 606 Wilshire
A local group called "Residocracy" is seeking to place a referendum on the ballot, so Santa Monicans can vote on whether the massive Hines project should proceed.
The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City supports this referendum and will be helping with the campaign.
Rally at Santa Monica City Hall to Oppose Massive Hines Project ... read
Rally in the news ... read
RALLY TO SAVE SANTA MONICA
FROM MASSIVE HINES DEVELOPMENT
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 6:00 PM SHARP, CITY HALL
This Tuesday, February 4, our City Council will be voting on whether to allow a powerful, politically connected, Texas developer to build its massive, unpopular project in the most congested part of our city. ... read
download rally flyer
SMCLC Challenges Legality of Hines Project
As a precursor to a lawsuit, SMCLC has served its legal objections on the City to the current Hines project. The grounds include the failure to evaluate reasonable alternatives to the massive project under the California Environmental Quality Act known as ("CEQA"), circumvention of maximum building heights, mass, and modulation standards mandated by the Bergamot Area Plan, and failure to meet affordable housing mandates. ... read
SMCLC Objects to Hines project and city consultant's report that the project somehow doesn't pencil out for Hines ... read
SMCLC tells City Council that Development Agreement on Hines is flawed. ...read
SM Neighborhood Groups send letters to Council urging denial of Hines development. ... read
Santa Monica is at a tipping point ... Hines development before the City Council update
Urgent Action: City Council will vote whether to approve the huge, unpopular Hines project at 26th and Olympic (former Papermate site).
If you attend no other Council meeting this year, this is the one you should come to.
Date: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m
Place: City Hall
Forbes article makes compelling case for why Santa Monica should just say NO to tower architecture and famous architects to remain beloved and unique ... read
SMCLC Asks Planning Commission to Send Hines Back to the Drawing Board for its Persistent Refusal to Negotiate a Reasonable Project or Meet with the Community ... read
Huge Win for Santa Monica Residents – A Downtown Plan Limited to 84 Feet! ... read
SMCLC Urges the Planning Commission to recommend that a draft Downtown Specific Plan be completed, circulated and reviewed before the City commences environmental review of the Downtown ... read
SMCLC Objects to the Proposal to Start a Program EIR for the Downtown BEFORE there is Even a Draft Plan for the Downtown as a Broken Promise to Residents and Poor Planning ... read
Daily Press Editorial "Aren't They Listening at City Hall?"
SMCLC Encourages Developers to Work WITH Residents: Our Full-page Ad
SMCLC Objects to DEIR for Massive Miramar Hotel/Condo Project Before Downtown Specific Plan is Done ... read
SMCLC Report on Phenomenal Resident Turnout To Oppose Downtown Plan ... read
IF YOU COME TO NOTHING ELSE THIS YEAR,
PLEASE COME TO THIS:
Downtown Public Forum on Heights, Densities
Date: MONDAY, MAY 6, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
Place: CIVIC AUDITORIUM EAST WING
City Planner Claims LUCE Requirement of No Traffic Increase with New Development is a Long Term (2030) goal! ... watch short video
SMCLC Thanks Community for its Support ... read
City listens to residents and fires consultant Jeffrey Tumlin for disparaging remarks about Santa Monicans.
SMCLC's Letter Urging City to Fire Jeffrey Tumlin ... read
Residents' Open Letter to city to fire Mr. Tumlin signed by over 600
residents ... read
Jeffrey Tumlin's resume calling Santa Monica residents NIMBYS ... read
Lookout News on firing in response to residents ... read
SM Daily Press "Tumlin Out" ... read
SM Patch ... read
Good News for Santa Monica ... read
Open Letter to City Council to Terminate Jeffrey Tumlin's Contract ... read
SMCLC Urges Council to Finally Pass Transportation Impact Fees that City Should Have Collected from Developers Over the Past 20 Years! ... read
Miramar Open House UPDATE: 2/20/13
Turns out we are not welcome at the Miramar Hotel's "open house," "where our neighbors will have the opportunity to learn more" about the Miramar project. We just received an email from the "Miramar Team" that space concerns prohibit including those who did not receive an "initial invitation."
Evidently, business is good; the Hotel is short of space.
SMCLC Urges Residents to Attend 2/21 Miramar Hotel Open House to View Latest Development Plan and Ask Questions ... read
SMCLC Joins Westside in Opposition to Massive Casden Project ... read
SMCLC Urges Santa Monica to Object to Unacceptable Traffic Impacts on Massive West LA Casden Project ... read
SMCLC sends letter to City Council regarding Village Trailer Park Development Agreement ... read
Santa Monica's Hyper-Development Problem ... See our flyer/email
Santa Monica Transparency Group publishes article on local PACs ... read
See What's in the development pipleline for our city ... read
See the projects Council has approved that are larger than our city zoning allows ... read
Betsy Butler Features SMCLC in Anti-Developer mailing
Vote for Santa Monica, not Overdevelopment
Vote Winterer and McKinnon ...
See how developers are trying to buy Santa Monica city council....
Read and see our downloadable flyer
SEE WHAT DEVELOPERS HAVE PLANNED:
SMCLC details the Tsunami of Development Coming to Santa Monica
In a recent presentation, Co-Chair Diana Gordon showed millions of square feet of developments planned or approved for Santa Monica. Part 1 (pdf) uses material from the city itself. In Part 2 (pdf), she talks about resident action to change the outcome of these projects.
View videos of that talk.
SMCLC Endorses Betsy Butler for Assembly
... read press item
SMCLC Rallies Residents for Better Santa Monica
read press item
SMCLC Hosts a Meet & Greet for Ted Winterer and Richard McKinnon... see invite
SMCLC Objects to Consideration of Village Trailer Park DA Until Area Plan and Housing Study Done under LUCE and HUD Grant ...
read letter to City Council
read letter to Planning Commission
City Memo tells Plan Com: "planning guides the review of the DAs rather than the DAs directing the Area Plan" - REALLY!? ... read
Westside Regional Alliance of Councils unanimously supports regional plan and regional EIR before massive Hines Bergamot project is considered ... read
Local Paper: Bergamot development stalls for now ... read
Two articles in LA Times -- Expo Line Won't Impact Regional Congestion ... read
SMCLC Objects to Massive 550,000sf Miramar Hotel Project and Urges City Council to Reject It ... read
Report: Impacts of Bergamot-area developments understated ... read
SMCLC Continues to Press City for Sharply Reduced Hines/Bergamot Project ... read
Santa Monica and LA Residents Unite In Opposition to Massive Bergamot "Village" Traffic and Environmental Impacts
Westside Rises up Against Bergamot Project
SMCLC Forming a Broad Coalition to Force Hines to Redesign its Project to Reduce its Traffic Impacts
"Bundy Village 2? " - SMCLC chair writes for WestsideToday.com
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