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April Wilmont Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
Elizabeth Van Denburgh
22:48
Robert, thanks but it was the Chief who had the idea.
Betzi Richardson
27:13
Question for the chief: According to the SMPD: The council did not pass the ordinance prohibiting the items used as weapons-poles, sticks, wood and metal pipes... does the absence of that ordinance make your job harder?
Alissa Finerman
29:44
Thank you Chief!
harrietepstein
33:23
In all talk of need for 8,800 more units for Santa Monica, there is no analysis on how infrastructure can absorb so many new people. How will we supply water, schools, fire, police, etc for huge influx?
Carl
38:32
Cities all over the world have grown beyond populations of 90,000. There's no reason to suspect we can't. Per capita water and energy use also decreases with density.
harry.leshner
42:39
To clarify, are you advocating eliminating single family homes? Don't we also have a shortage of single family homes in Santa Monica?
Robert Bracken
43:52
I’m concerned about traffic. My area of Wilmont does have traffic problems. Don’t disagree with the concept but it seems we have not addressed this issue. What to do.
harry.leshner
44:32
Do you have any examples of similar cities in the world that successfully implemented this model?
harry.leshner
44:46
What were the outcomes/impacts?
Leslee Holden
44:56
More housing, more people, more traffic - I am not understanding this
Stephen Martin
45:07
How is traffic a problem or not? I thought I heard Lenore say it wasn’t, but locals can’t use Downtown Santa Monica. It gets too crowded due to traffic. Although we are in the third worst drought this year for CA
Joan Grossman
45:34
Don’t we have to talk about homelessness along side of housing
Stephen Martin
45:43
*Also not although
Leonora Camner
45:51
https://usa.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2015/03/sprawlurban.jpg
Laura Wilson
46:53
Did you know the City Staff is identifying 58 of residential apartments at the Sovereign as Hotel rooms? What are you doing to stop the conversion of apartments into Hotel rooms in Wilmont? If you care about Housing start with resorting the Illegally converted 38 Rent Controlled units at the Embassy Apartments into High priced Hotel rooms AND
Stephen Martin
48:16
https://www.smdp.com/editorial-traffic-time/203513
Stephen Martin
49:18
If we put more density into the WIlmont Neighborhood there will be more traffic. Not sure how that would not be the case
Robert Bracken
49:22
I do! Between Idaho and Wiltshire can be a nightmare.
Terry Hayes
51:52
I'd like to ask an informed question but I am continuslly less informed of what's going on around us...aaaaaaaaaaI sense that Leonora is mixing her personal POV with the POV of the Company she represents... and the motives of the Abundant la ARE UNCLEAR TO MANY OF US...
Terry Hayes
52:26
capsunintentionAL
Leslee Holden
52:29
I agree Terry. I am so confused
Leslee Holden
53:11
Where would these extra folk park??
Betzi Richardson
53:13
Are you advising greater density in Wilmont? Given we already are very dense? Are you claiming there are no downsides to density? increased stress for instance? How can it be arranged that any given employee can be provided with a Santa Monica home? Are you advocating rent reductions? Isn't that fighting market forces?
harry.leshner
53:33
What % of our housing in Wilmont is affordable, don't we have a shortage?
harry.leshner
54:03
I just heard Wilmont is the model for affordable housing
Leslee Holden
54:26
This is not making any sense
Joan Grossman
56:15
how tall is an 8 or 10 u it house.
harry.leshner
56:20
Doesn't rent control reset to market rates when someone moves out?
harry.leshner
56:41
i.e. is it affordable if it is rent controlled?
Leslee Holden
56:51
Yes rent controlled apartments go up to market value
Leslee Holden
57:02
They cant get the4 prices now.
harry.leshner
57:06
so rent controlled doesn't mean affordable housing
Leslee Holden
57:30
Montana and 2nd was offering 1 month free to move in tofsy
stevie
57:45
As a person who worked for the tourism department for the city, SM has a lot of people coming to the city to camp our here! They hear about the services we offer and come here to in groups by word of mouth. We do not need more people here! The change with rent control regs to vacancy decontrol and allowing short term rentals in the apartments (e,g. through airbNb) are the culprits
Terry Hayes
57:59
I think this issue pushes the homeless issue too
harrietepstein
59:24
SM has surpassed its target in building units. Why are we burdened with providing even more to solve a regional problem?
Laura Wilson
59:34
So your are advocating UP ZOING City wide?
harry.leshner
01:00:23
can a developer get more profit from a single family home or a multifamily complex? would the zoning effectually eliminate single family homes so buyers no longer have a choice?
Laura Wilson
01:01:29
Up zoning City wide to allow more housing? The problem with that is MANY 4 unit long-term rent controlled units will be torn down the residents displaced for bigger building with more units.
Leslee Holden
01:02:56
Where would everyone park?????
harry.leshner
01:03:01
Is there a way we can advocate this for the rest of California but not adopt it city wide ourselves?
harry.leshner
01:03:52
do the SBs (9 and 10?) allow cities freedom over the zoning?
Joan Grossman
01:09:44
What is the cost per month for a two bedroom apartment for it to be considered affordable
Abby Arnold (she/her)
01:11:59
There are some lovely new apartments in Westchester and Culver City for $3,000/mo, 2 bedroom 2 bathroom with dishwashers, plumbed refrigerators, in-unit washer/dryers, and balconies/patios.
Michael Strathearn
01:15:22
But the City makes building such a headache that no one wants to do it. Why?
Michael Strathearn
01:15:46
Make Building ADUs easy and cheap.
Leslee Holden
01:16:15
Finally some good ideas. Thankyou.
harry.leshner
01:16:16
the city makes even minor remodel work a headache
Alissa Finerman
01:16:36
Please type in any questions for Mario, thanks
harrietepstein
01:16:39
Mario Please address the question that Leonnora fumbled: how can our infrastructure handle people from 8800 more units?
Stephen Martin
01:16:44
So many office buildings will never be as full as they once were. Not just here.
Alissa Finerman
01:17:17
Thanks harriet
harry.leshner
01:17:32
how do you address the vacancies from luxury housing buildings, could we impose a vacancy tax to incentive management co's to lower rents?
Michael Strathearn
01:17:51
Question for Mario: Why does the City make it such a headache to build ADUs?
harry.leshner
01:18:36
could the city reapply building subsidies to rent subsidies to make housing more affordable?
Nicole Phillis
01:20:52
Charts for affordable deed restricted housing are available here
Nicole Phillis
01:20:55
https://www.smgov.net/Departments/HED/content.aspx?id=50776
Carl
01:21:46
Why is infrastructure a problem? Thousands of cities around the world have grown beyond 100,000. Density decreases per capita water use!https://brilliantmaps.com/4037-100000-person-cities/
Nicole Phillis
01:21:53
If a housing is “deed restricted affordable” it means the city has imposed limits on how much rent can be charged, and who is eligible to qualify for those units based on total family income
Stephen Martin
01:22:17
We can throw out any green plans with the amount of planning density that is being proposed. Sad.
Nicole Phillis
01:22:48
Here are the limits for buildings built after 2013, with corresponding income limitations by family size
Nicole Phillis
01:22:51
https://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/HED/Housing_and_Redevelopment/Affordable_Housing/2018_Income_and_Rent_Limits_3025_Ord%202429_rt.pdf
Leslee Holden
01:23:13
Thank you Nicole
stevie
01:25:24
Any way to stop allowing short-term rentals as such
harry.leshner
01:25:29
Does santa monica have limits on Airbnbs? # of days per year it can be rented in that way?
Stephen Martin
01:25:31
This is the new reality and it will be something that Santa Monica has to consider when it comes to relying on outside sources for water. This is happening in real time.https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/apr/06/california-is-on-the-brink-of-drought-again-is-it-ready
Nicole Phillis
01:26:40
Here is the link to the Rent Control Board annual report for 2020, which shows that 22% of rent controlled units are in area G, which is Wilmont and north of Montana (less about 5 blocks between 5th and ocean, which was carved out)
Nicole Phillis
01:26:43
https://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/Rent_Control/Reports/Annual_Reports/2020%20Annual%20Report.pdf
Abby Arnold (she/her)
01:27:32
The City is very strict in its enforcement of Airbnb. You cannot rent on Airbnb unless the host is on site. They comb through the listings and test all the time.
Nicole Phillis
01:27:50
North of Wilshire has the majority of rent controlled units, by far
Nicole Phillis
01:28:13
Abby Arnold, I see units (including rent controlled units) on Airbnb often
Alexandra’s iPad
01:28:55
Abby Arnold, my apartment building is now 10% Airbnb’s. The city does nothing about it.
Robert Bracken
01:28:58
Tesla is approved! Got message from council member.
stevie
01:29:40
That is not my understanding! We have lots of them all over the place. The best approach would be to disallow them. Our building charges over $6000.month for a furnished short-term rental
Abby Arnold (she/her)
01:32:51
You should definitely report the Airbnbs to the city. The city ordinance requires the renter/owner to be home and present when guests are there.
harry.leshner
01:33:09
Just don't turn it into the Bungalow :-)
Terry Hayes
01:33:28
I've asked more than once...
Laura Wilson
01:34:02
PLEASE MUTE!
Leslee Holden
01:34:22
Please mute
Sherry
01:34:34
who owns the Oceana Hotel. He says it is family owned, but I thought it was purchased by a hotel company in 2021.https://www.culvercityobserver.com/story/2021/01/07/news/oceana-hotel-under-new-ownership/9680.html
Sherry
01:35:37
Why do the rooms commonly go for over $600 a night, even when the Fairmont, etc. are much lower.
Joe Palazzolo
01:37:07
The real question is: Do you want a restaurant at this location?
stevie
01:37:15
I would like to speak!
Alexandra’s iPad
01:37:46
For Young Yoon: Where will your deliveries be received for the additional food, alcohol, linens etc? Thus far, your hotel ROUTINELY receives deliveries during illegal after hours. Why should we expect that you won’t ramp this illegal activity up?
Elizabeth Van Denburgh
01:37:49
Joe Palazzolo is correct. And a bar.
Sherry
01:39:00
1 room x 1 night$490Taxes and fees$76Resort fee$51Total price$617
Alexandra’s iPad
01:39:15
Your hotel doesn’t have enough parking for the amount of rooms you have, let alone your employees. Will you be parking guest’s cars in our neighborhood? I’ve personally seen your employees parking there.
Leslee Holden
01:41:15
John please mute yourself. I heard you swear
Joe Palazzolo
01:41:47
So this sounds like a tremendous intensification of use on the site.
Abby Arnold (she/her)
01:42:07
Stevie is your statement about “people coming here to camp” the position of the tourism department of the city? Please clarify. Thanks!
Sherry
01:43:13
this is similar to what happened re the Shore hotel re the liquor license.
DSparr
01:43:20
A major issue that can be addressed at a future time is the noise in the alleyway where there are deliveries and more importantly where the valet cars enter their underground parking area. Those underground spaces have extremely loud garage door motors which are particularly problematic late at night.
Leslee Holden
01:44:14
Parking parking parking
Liza Dunham
01:46:39
My understanding is CURRENTLY, the deliveries, valet cars, and garage doors are already disruptive to the building behind the hotel.
Terry Hayes
01:46:49
I have a friend who was an Ad Agency producer from NYC. He stayed at Oceana for a few months every time he came to work in LA for 4 or 5 years. He stayed there because it was quiet and he liked being in Santa Monica
Lori Brown's iPhone
01:47:30
of course harding laramore
John
01:47:36
Why can't his hotel be unique since it's been operating as a hotel at that location since at least since 1995. Food and alcohol for its guests and those who come to enjoy seems OK to me.
Alissa Finerman
01:49:24
Please add any questions thanks
Alexandra’s iPad
01:49:46
That’s a lie about deliveries. The Oceana routinely has deliveries at midnight and 5-6am. My understanding is the law states only 8am to 10pm.
DSparr
01:50:23
Will food delivery services (Uber Eats) services be picking up orders in the alleyway? Also, are they seeking to extend the restaurant hours past 9:00pm either now or in the future?
Joe Palazzolo
01:50:38
This does not sound like it offers any benefit to the neighborhood
Leslee Holden
01:51:08
Video the deliveries in question
John
01:52:09
Let him answer
harrietepstein
01:52:26
Laura, We need to see text of zoning change so we can evaluate the wider impact
Laura Wilson
01:53:14
This is commercialization of our neighborhood PERIOD! They do not care about the people who live here. They only want to monetize the space. NO ADDITIONAL PARKING PEOPLE! Wake up
Leslee Holden
01:54:27
The residents couldn’t afford the prices
Leslee Holden
01:54:49
$17 for oatmeal
Laura Wilson
01:55:05
It is VERY Expensive!
Joe Palazzolo
01:56:03
The pricing should not be a point of discussion
Steve Farzam
01:57:49
I have a question
John
01:58:11
I am a resident of Wilmont Neighborhood and would like to have a nice, quality nearby restaurant.
Robert Bracken
01:58:14
It benefits me! I want our neighborhood upgraded. I would love to eat there.
Laura Wilson
01:58:44
My Phone number (949) 689-5432 If anyone cares to discuss privately
Steve Farzam
01:59:00
Young, thanks for taking the time to openly share your vision and create an oppertuinty to have these discussions.
Alissa Finerman
01:59:04
Thank you Laura and Young!
Stephen Martin
01:59:12
Dare I say some people already have eaten there? I don’t think it would be a new thing for everyone
Leslee Holden
01:59:19
Thank you Young and Laura
Steve Farzam
02:00:04
Thanks for wanting to create more jobs