Santa Monica

Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade

Santa Monica Garage-to-Affordable-Housing Conversion To Receive $2 Million

The city has been awarded $2 million in federal funding to support the conversion of a downtown parking structure into an affordable housing project.

March 29, 2022 - Santa Monica Mirror

Pacific Ocean

Santa Monica Offers Affordable Housing to Residents Displaced by Freeway Construction

A new program seeks to make restitution for the damage inflicted on Black communities by highway construction and urban renewal.

January 2, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

Third Street Promenade Santa Monica

Businesses Oppose Conversion of Parking Structure Into Affordable Housing

Business owners in downtown Santa Monica have filed a lawsuit opposing the city's planned replacement of a parking structure with housing, despite city studies showing that the city's downtown parking supply far exceeds demand.

November 16, 2021 - Vice News

Santa Monica Bay

Santa Monica Institutes 'Zero-Emissions Delivery Zone'

A new pilot program in Santa Monica aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide a testing ground for new technologies.

March 9, 2021 - Smart Cities Dive

PCH Santa Monica

Some Santa Monica City Councilmembers Unhappy With Housing Element Update

Local leaders are challenging state-mandated affordable housing requirements for the 2021-2029 cycle.

February 3, 2021 - Santa Monica Daily Press


Add More Bicycle Friendly Communities to the List

The League of American Bicyclists announced in December the round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) awards.

January 5, 2021 - The League of American Bicyclists

Santa Monica 3rd Street Promenade

Reforms Would Ease Approvals Process for Downtown Developments in Santa Monica

The city of Santa Monica will consider approvals process changes that will make it easier to entitle the largest projects allowed under zoning for the city's downtown.

May 14, 2020 - Urbanize LA

Santa Monica Route 66

A Canary in the Coal Mine for All Cities? Santa Monica City Manager Steps Down

Rick Cole discusses the existential challenges cities must grapple to be a leading city in the 21st century, Santa Monica's achievements during his five years as city manager, and the sacrifices that will be made as the city endures COVID-19.

April 22, 2020 - The Planning Report


The Disruption of 'Safer at Home' for L.A.'s Unhoused

Alisa Orduña shares her insight on Santa Monica's COVID-19 response and the pandemic's disruption both on the lives of L.A.'s unhoused and the approach cities take towards crises of public health, safety, and wellbeing, going forward.

March 31, 2020 - The Planning Report

Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Designs Greenest Municipal Building in the World

Amber Richane, Project Manager for the city of Santa Monica's new City Services Building, on the city's commitment to building the world's most sustainable public building.

November 22, 2019 - The Planning Report

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