Pico WellBeing Project Coming Soon To City Hall, Watch Your Agendas

(We will update you on the date as soon as City Hall posts it)

The Pico WellBeing Project is not what the Pico Neighborhood Association asked for and was granted by the City council, the ordinance below is speed Gentrification Designed deliberately by Santa Monica City Staff and Attorneys office using the most Harmful Zoning Changes possible to harm all people of Color that live in the Pico Neighborhood, City Hall was built on Racism and has NO elected Hispanic council members and enlists Coyotes to manage at risk Hispanic groups who fear their Status and are controlled by the most Vanilla City Hall Bar none, and has used Zoning to keep people of color out of town and politics and will continue too unless we the people break that chain they hold over us.

ORDINANCE NUMBER _________ (CCS)
(City Council Series)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF
SANTA MONICA AMENDING THE TEXT OF CHAPTERS 9.18 AND 9.19 AND
SECTIONS 9.11.020 AND 9.51.030 OF THE CITY’S ZONING ORDINANCE AND
AMENDING THE CITY’S OFFICIAL DISTRICTING MAP FOR PROPERTIES WITH
FRONTAGE ALONG PICO BOULEVARD BETWEEN EUCLID STREET AND
CENTINELA AVENUE TO ESTABLISH THE PICO BOULEVARD OVERLAY DISTRICT
AND RELATED LAND USE REGULATIONS
WHEREAS, on July 6, 2010, the City Council of the City of Santa Monica (“City
Council”) adopted the Land Use and Circulation Element (“LUCE”) of the City’s General
Plan, which includes a policy to prepare a plan for the Pico neighborhood and portions of
Pico Boulevard in the Pico neighborhood; and
WHEREAS, the LUCE characterizes Pico Boulevard as both a “neighborhoodserving
street” and a “major boulevard” and expresses a vision for Pico Boulevard as “an
attractive, local-serving boulevard that provides an enhanced environment for
pedestrians” with a wider choice of local-serving retail, expanded mobility, shared parking
and an enhanced pedestrian environment to create an attractive and cohesive
streetscape; and
WHEREAS, Pico Boulevard between Euclid Street and Centinela Avenue is a
distinct retail district within the City that has unique conditions of size, length, traffic
speeds, parcelization, and right-of-way features; and

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WHEREAS, the City’s new Zoning Ordinance, Chapters 9.01 through 9.52 of
Article 9 of the Santa Monica Municipal Code (“Zoning Ordinance”), became effective on
July 24, 2015; and
WHEREAS, on January 19, 2018, the City Council prioritized a planning process
for the Pico neighborhood (the “Pico Wellbeing Project”) which would, in part, evaluate
zoning standards and regulations governing land uses and development; and
WHEREAS, on September 24, 2018, City staff hosted a zoning-related community
workshop, asking participants to develop a vision for Pico Boulevard; and
WHEREAS, on November 14, 2018, a Planning Commission workshop was
conducted for the community to identify preferred land uses for Pico Boulevard; and
WHEREAS, on January 16, 2019, the Planning Commission adopted a Resolution
of Intent, Resolution No. 19-003, declaring its intention to consider recommending to the
City Council that the City Council amend the text of the Zoning Ordinance and the Official
Districting map related to land use regulations on Pico Boulevard in the Pico
neighborhood; and
WHEREAS, on February 28, 2019, City staff hosted a zoning-related community
workshop presenting proposed revised land use regulations for Pico Boulevard for review
and comment by attendees; and
WHEREAS, on May 4, 2019, City staff hosted a Pico Boulevard “walkshop”, to
demonstrate how land use regulations are implemented in the real world and provide an
additional opportunity for City staff to receive feedback from the community on proposed
changes to the land use regulations along Pico Boulevard in the Pico neighborhood; and

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission conducted duly noticed public hearings on
May 15 and September 4, 2019, and, after considering oral and written testimony
regarding the proposed amendments to the text of the Zoning Ordinance, made the
following findings:
1. The proposed amendments to the text of the Zoning Ordinance are
consistent with the General Plan and any applicable Specific Plans in that the
amendments do not substantively affect policy decisions made with the City Council’s
adoption of the Zoning Ordinance, represent minor amendments to the land use
regulations within the Zoning Ordinance, and further the LUCE’s vision of Pico Boulevard
as a neighborhood-serving boulevard that is activated by local-serving and pedestrianoriented
commercial uses.
2. The proposed amendments to the text of the Zoning Ordinance are
consistent with the purpose of the Zoning Ordinance to promote the growth of the City in
an orderly manner and to promote and protect the public health, safety, and general
welfare in that the proposed amendments maintain the existing policies, standards, and
regulations of the Zoning Ordinance that promote the public health safety and welfare.
WHEREAS, at its May 15 and October 4, 2019 hearings, the Planning
Commission, after considering oral and written testimony regarding the proposed
amendments to the Official Districting Map for properties with frontage along Pico
Boulevard between Euclid Street and Centinela Avenue, as more fully described in Exhibit
A, made the following findings:

1. The establishment of the Pico Boulevard Overlay District is
consistent with the General Plan in that the parcels located within the Pico Overlay
District will maintain their current LUCE designations; and
2. The establishment of the Pico Boulevard Overlay District is
consistent with the purpose of the Zoning Ordinance to promote the growth of the
City in an orderly manner and to promote and protect the public health, safety and
general welfare in that the Pico Boulevard Overlay District will allow for the
continued commercial use of the parcels consistent with the Zoning District in
which the parcels are located with minor amendments; and
3. The change in district boundaries is necessary to achieve the land
use pattern desired by the City, as expressed by the community, consistent with
the adopted General Plan, and to increase the inventory of land within a given
Zoning District.
WHEREAS, the Planning Commission further made a recommendation to adopt
the proposed amendments to the text of the Zoning Ordinance and the Official Districting
Map; and
WHEREAS, on December 17, 2019, the City Council conducted a duly noticed
hearing to consider the findings and recommendations of the Planning Commission, and
desires to adopt the proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments as set forth below.
NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA MONICA
DOES HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. Based upon the oral and written testimony presented to the City
Council at the public hearing on December 17, 2019, regarding the proposed changes to
the text of the Zoning Ordinance, the City Council hereby makes the following findings:
1. The proposed amendments to the text of the Zoning Ordinance are
consistent with the General Plan and any applicable Specific Plans in that the
amendments do not substantively affect policy decisions made with the City Council’s
adoption of the Zoning Ordinance, represent minor amendments to the land use
regulations within the Zoning Ordinance, and further the LUCE’s vision of Pico Boulevard
as a neighborhood-serving boulevard that is activated by local-serving and pedestrianoriented
commercial uses
2. The proposed amendments to the text of the Zoning Ordinance are
consistent with the purpose of the Zoning Ordinance to promote the growth of the City in
an orderly manner and to promote and protect the public health, safety, and general
welfare in that the proposed amendments maintain the existing policies, standards, and
regulations of the Zoning Ordinance that promote the public health safety and welfare in
that the Pico Boulevard Overlay District will allow for the continued commercial use of the
parcels consistent with the Zoning District in which the parcels are located with minor
amendments.
SECTION 2. Based upon the oral and written testimony presented to the City
Council at the public hearing on December 17, 2019, regarding amending the Official
Districting Map for the properties with frontage along Pico Boulevard Euclid Street and
Centinela Avenue, as more fully described in Exhibit A, the City Council hereby makes
the following findings:

1. The establishment of the Pico Overlay District is consistent with the
General Plan in that the parcels located within the Pico Boulevard Overlay District
will maintain their current LUCE designations; and
2. The establishment of the Pico Boulevard Overlay District is
consistent with the purpose of the Zoning Ordinance to promote the growth of the
City in an orderly manner and to promote and protect the public health, safety and
general welfare in that the Pico Boulevard Overlay District will allow for the
continued commercial use of the parcels consistent with the Zoning District in
which the parcels are located with minor amendments; and
3. The change in district boundaries is necessary to achieve the land
use pattern desired by the City, as expressed by the community, consistent with
the adopted General Plan, and to increase the inventory of land within a given
Zoning District.
SECTION 3. Santa Monica Municipal Code Section 9.11.020 is hereby amended
to read as follows:
Section 9.11.020 Land Use Regulations
Table 9.11.020 prescribes the land use regulations for Mixed-Use and Commercial
Districts. The regulations for each district are established by letter designations below.
These designations apply strictly to the permissibility of land uses; applications for
buildings or structures may require discretionary review.
“P” designates permitted uses.

“L(#)” designates limited uses, which are permitted by right, provided they comply with
specific limitations listed at the end of the table.
“MUP” designates use classifications that are permitted after review and approval of a
Minor Use Permit.
“CUP” designates use classifications that are permitted after review and approval of a
Conditional Use Permit.
“—” designates uses that are not permitted.
Land uses are defined in Chapter 9.51 (“Use Classifications”) of Article 9 of the Santa
Monica Municipal code (“Zoning Ordinance”). Use classifications and sub-classifications
not listed in the table are prohibited. Accessory uses are permissible when they are
determined by the Zoning Administrator to be necessary and customarily associated with
and appropriate, incidental, and subordinate to, the principal uses and which are
consistent and not more disturbing or disruptive than permitted uses. The table also notes
additional use regulations that apply to various uses. Section numbers in the right-hand
column refer to other Sections of this Ordinance.
TABLE 9.11.020: LAND USE REGULATIONS—COMMERCIAL AND MIXED-USE CORRIDOR
DISTRICTS
Use Classification MUBL MUB GC NC
Additional
Regulations
Residential Uses
Residential Housing Types See sub-classifications below.
Single Unit Dwelling P P P P
Duplex P P P P
Multiple-Unit Structure P P P P
Senior Citizen Multiple-Unit
Residential
P P P P
Single-Room Occupancy
Housing
P P P P
Group Residential MUP MUP MUP MUP
Congregate Housing P P P P

 

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Santa Monica Landlord and Tenant Forum is December 4

WHEN: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 9 a.m. to noon

WHERE: Thelma Terry Building at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Avenue, Santa Monica

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – On Wednesday, December 4, Rent Control and the Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office will host the sixth annual Landlord/Tenant Forum. The forum is part of the City of Santa Monica’s ongoing effort to increase public awareness of how local and state laws impact landlords and tenants.

Participants will get updates on landlord and tenant rights and responsibilities, hot topics at the local and state level, and information from the City’s Code Enforcement Division. The agenda includes:

  • Santa Monica Rent Control updates
  • New developments in California landlord/tenant law
  • Construction-related tenant harassment
  • Section 8 voucher discrimination
  • Permanent relocation benefits
  • General Q&A

All Santa Monica tenants, property owners, property managers, and advocates are invited to attend. A continental breakfast will be served. Limited parking is available, but carpooling and alternative transportation are recommended. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m.

Registration is required by December 2 at smconsumer.org or call 310-458-8691. Please register early as space is limited.

 

Venice Family Clinic

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~ November is Diabetes Awareness Month ~

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes.  In partnership with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, this year’s focus is on the link between diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

Adults with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease or stroke as people without diabetes.  This is because over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage your blood vessels and the nerves that control your heart.  The good news is that the steps you take to manage your diabetes can also help lower your chances of having heart disease or a stroke:

  • Stop smoking or using other tobacco products.
  • Manage your A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
  • Develop or maintain healthy lifestyle habits – be more physically active and learn ways to manage stress.
  • Take medicines as prescribed by your doctor.
  • Here are your Health Education Dept. November Updates
    • Health & Wellness Class Calendar – November 2019
    • Teaching Kitchen Cooking Demo Calendar – November 2019
    • November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

 

Is Your NeighborHood Polluted ?

The California Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA) publishes pollution level maps occurring  in California Cities and Towns, below is one of their maps of Santa Monica-you may notice only one Disadvantaged community exists (which is also highly polluted) and its in the Pico Neighborhood where City Planning Staff intend changing the Zoning Restrictions (restrictions that protect the neighborhood from developer pressures) those changes will allow extreme Speed Gentrification to occur rapidly. Zoning Changes on Pico Blvd will sweep out into the Residential Neighborhood and change it forever, displacement of low income renters is just one of those changes.

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In the Next 2 Months City Planning staff will take these zoning changes to City council to be passed by 7 City council members, the Planning Commission has already passed those changes and will be recommending them to the City Council. The planning commission (which is fully infiltrated by the Political Party Santa Monica forward), Below you can see planning commissioners with SMF and City Council members whom elected them to the Planning Commission,  all together standing beneath a no on love poster. Let your voice be heard on the Pico WellBeing Project Zoning changes. FYI: Santa Monica Forward is also a PAC-Political Action Committee that financially pays City Councilors Election costs every 2 years, so they pay Councilors, Councilors elect them into Planning Commission Seats, planning commissioners break the neighborhoods up for developers and round and round it goes.

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Stop Pro-gentrification Zoning Policies in Santa Monica

What was intended by Pico Neighborhood leaders to be used as a zoning tool to protect the character and scale of our neighborhood has been weaponized against renters and small businesses to do the exact opposite and result in pushing out many of our favorite small businesses on Pico Blvd. and long term renters and their families out of their homes.
City Planners and the City’s Pico Well being staff are moving forward with zoning recommendations that will allow for large scale restaurants, bars and nightclubs that have been demonstrated to usher rapid gentrification in other neighborhoods.
This is clearly a City-run Pro-GENTRIFICATION project under the guise and illusion of a rigged “public process” with the intent to push out what they consider to be “undesirable businesses and residents” from the Pico Neighborhood. Yet, the City Planners are unwavering in their recommendations and they are using their fake process while propping up a few “self-serving Pico Neighborhood residents” that participated in their workshops and now support the pro-gentrification agenda while at the same time dismissing any critical voice against the City’s zoning recommendations on Pico Blvd.
We Need Your Help to Send a Message to the Santa Monica Planning Commission and the Santa Monica City Council that we are against zoning uses that will promote gentrification and threaten the racial, ethnic and economic diversity of the Pico Neighborhood. Please Sign Our Petition!

https://www.change.org/p/santa-monica-planning-commission-and-the-santa-monica-city-council-stop-pro-gentrification-zoning-policies-in-santa-monica

City expands benefits for evicted tenants

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Renters facing no-fault evictions will receive up to 50 percent more money from their landlords to relocate.

At its Jan. 8 meeting, City Council increased the amount landlords must pay their tenants if they evict them under the Ellis Act or if the landlord or a family member moves into the unit. The increase is the first since 2011. It also raised the per diem evicted tenants get to temporarily stay in hotels while they find new housing from $165 to $292 per day.

The amount evicted tenants are entitled to depends on how many bedrooms their unit had and whether they are older than 62 or disabled. A typical studio tenant previously received $9,950 and will now receive $15,020, while a one bedroom tenant got $15,300 and will now get $20,705. Landlords had to pay tenants who rented units with two or more bedrooms $20,750 and will now pay $28,810.

Elderly and disabled tenants will receive about $1,000 to $2,000 more at each step.

Across the board, the permanent relocation benefits now incorporate the two months rent landlords often ask for from a new tenant, a security deposit, the costs of disconnecting and reconnecting utilities, packing and moving, storage for three months and packing supplies.

Rent Control Board chair Anastasia Foster said the benefits tenants have received since 2011 increased each year with inflation but did not adequately cover all the costs associated with moving.

‘The new amounts reflect actual costs and what we’ve been hearing from tenants for years that (the benefits) have been insufficient to cover the costs of a sudden, expected move,” she said. “This will hopefully go a long way to alleviating some of that pain.”

Foster said the new amounts don’t take a few important costs into account, however.

“Packing up an apartment you’ve lived in for ten years with two kids and a dog can’t be done in a weekend, and you can’t get everything set up in a new place in a weekend either,” she said. “People inevitably have to take time off from work and that lack of compensation is unaccounted for.”

Tenants with children also usually have to pay for childcare during the moving process, Foster added.

While the benefits hike will provide tenants with a stronger safety net, landlords say providing relocation assistance to tenants can be prohibitively expensive.

Property owners successfully sued San Francisco in 2017 after the city ordered landlords evicting tenants under the Ellis Act to pay up them up to $50,000. A judge ruled such a high amount “placed a prohibitive price on a landlord’s right to exit the rental market” in violation of the Ellis Act.

The upper limit on Santa Monica’s permanent relocation benefits is now $30,682 for two bedroom households with an elderly or disabled member.

“If all the landlords in Santa Monica announced they were raising rents” at the same rate that City Council raised relocation benefits, an Apartments Association of Greater Los Angeles representative said at Council’s Jan. 8 meeting, “there would be riots in the streets.”

BoyCot This Public Meeting Bring Your BullHorns and Tell City Staff They Are Misrepresenting the PNA’s Efforts to Preserve the Pico Neighborhood.

Bring your protest signs and BullHorns and tell the City to Stop this sham of  a Project Previously Known as the Pico Neighborhood Zoning Ordinance passed by the City Council, Which Planning Staff constantly rebrand as the Pico wellBeing Project  YOU are invited. The Pico Neighborhood Zoning Ordinance is what we want.

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Independent Latino parent group recognized by school district

 

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Latino and Spanish-speaking parents looking for a place to congregate aside from traditional school groups have a new, district-recognized organization to call home: Padres, Estudiantes y Maestros Asociacion (PEMA).

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District formally recognized PEMA as an independent parent group at the Thursday, September 6 board meeting.

PEMA’s mission is to “provide information and resources to Latino parents and families and to empower them to become involved in the education of their children; with the ultimate goal to have a positive outcome on Latino Student achievement at SAMOHI.”

The group returned to the school board agenda after having their formal recognition and adoption delayed last week due to application issues.

Having addressed application challenges with help from the district and legal counsel, the independent group is now official after unanimous approval from the school board.

“SAMOHI Latino PEMA would like to thank every SMMUSD board member for their unanimous approval of our application,” Dr. Berenice Onofre, founder of PEMA said in an emailed statement. “Latino PEMA looks forward to working collaboratively and in partnership with SAMOHI and district administration & staff to have a positive impact towards accomplishing equity in parent engagement at SMMUSD.”

The school board was enthusiastic about the approval, excited for more parent engagement.

Board member Ralph Mechur says he felt PEMA members seemed “dedicated to working with our community,” saying he hopes engagement of Latino families rises and that he hopes PEMA is a “great success.”

Maria Leon-Vasquez echoed Mechur’s sentiments, saying the group is “much-needed” in a time where the district is attempting to create more family engagement.

She questioned the group’s 501c3 designation, which Superintendent Dr. Drati said was due to the group being independent of the district, providing PEMA an option of fundraising if the group wishes to.

When reached for comment, Onofre said the group may do small fundraisers, if necessary.

While the board was warm to the adoption of PEMA, one public speaker was not.

Lupe Ibarra, Chair of the Samohi Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) and President of the District English Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC), said she felt a Latino / Spanish-speaking parent group would create division within the district and it’s Latino community.

“We have the PTSA, it’s the parent support group for all of us,” Ibarra said. “I feel like we’re separating ourselves and self-segregating. Parents need a Spanish group that they can get an education from, they don’t need a group that needs to raise funds … I don’t feel it’s needed. I feel like we’re going backwards instead of forward.”

Ibarra further added that she felt PEMA would “feed anger”, saying there are “so many things already” for parents. She said parents have asked her why PEMA formed, answering that she doesn’t know why, but that everyone should get along– at PTSA meetings.

Oscar de la Torre pressed Ibarra on her accusations of potential division.

“You’re President of DELAC, correct? Most of the members in that organization, are they Spanish-speaking? Majority of them? Is that self-segregation? Do you feel that type of organization is a problem? Do you feel the African American parent support group is also a problem?” De la Torre asked.

“No, no, no,” Ibarra said. “I feel we already have a big group with all — the PTSA. Just make it one [group] and come to the meetings. We have a lot of education workshops, all that there. Why separate ourselves? We have a PTA already for everyone. I feel we should all be one family.”

De la Torre noted there are roughly 900 Latino students in the district, “which means there must be around 1800 parents,” and a 15% drop-out rate among Latinos, making more engagement and groups necessary. He compared PEMA and the PTSA as Santa Monica and Malibu school districts, realizing they can do better work separately while working for the same goals.

Board President Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein agreed.

“We’re all committed to closing the achievement gap,” he said. “Experience isn’t all the same for Latino parents and I, too, welcome many groups. I hope people attend PEMA, other groups, and the PTA.”

angel@smdp.com