The LUVE Initiative Will Hit The Ballot This November

The LUVE Initiative Will Hit The Ballot This November

  Santa Monica residents will be voting on the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) initiative in the next election that would place severe restrictions on new development projects.   Santa Monica is well known for its opposition to tall, dense buildings and rapid growth.  SaMo councilmembers have a strong reign on development in the area – commercial, residential, and otherwise.  But a new ballot measure proposed by the extreme no-growth group Residocracy has even the most conservative councilmembers concerned. The Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) initiative proposed by Residocracy would require almost all projects taller than 32 feet to be...Read more
The Vote on AB 2502

The Vote on AB 2502

  A new bill is going before the assembly which some argue violates the Costa-Hawkins law.   “Rent Control” is a type of municipal law aimed at mitigating the disruptive effect of escalating or fluctuating rental market prices on neighborhoods and individual renters, as well as to promote the maintenance of safe and habitable dwelling units in tight markets with housing shortages.  For instance, San Francisco’s Residential Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance (SFRO), was enacted as an emergency ordinance, amending the San Francisco Administrative Code in 1979, and acknowledged that, in the face of significant increases prior to rent control, "some...Read more