April Wilmont Meeting - Shared screen with speaker view
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Elizabeth Van Denburgh
Robert, thanks but it was the Chief who had the idea.
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?
Thank you Chief!
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?
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.
To clarify, are you advocating eliminating single family homes? Don't we also have a shortage of single family homes in Santa Monica?
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.
Do you have any examples of similar cities in the world that successfully implemented this model?
What were the outcomes/impacts?
More housing, more people, more traffic - I am not understanding this
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
Don’t we have to talk about homelessness along side of housing
*Also not although
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
If we put more density into the WIlmont Neighborhood there will be more traffic. Not sure how that would not be the case
I do! Between Idaho and Wiltshire can be a nightmare.
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...
I agree Terry. I am so confused
Where would these extra folk park??
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?
What % of our housing in Wilmont is affordable, don't we have a shortage?
I just heard Wilmont is the model for affordable housing
This is not making any sense
how tall is an 8 or 10 u it house.
Doesn't rent control reset to market rates when someone moves out?
i.e. is it affordable if it is rent controlled?
Yes rent controlled apartments go up to market value
They cant get the4 prices now.
so rent controlled doesn't mean affordable housing
Montana and 2nd was offering 1 month free to move in tofsy
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
I think this issue pushes the homeless issue too
SM has surpassed its target in building units. Why are we burdened with providing even more to solve a regional problem?
So your are advocating UP ZOING City wide?
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?
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.
Where would everyone park?????
Is there a way we can advocate this for the rest of California but not adopt it city wide ourselves?
do the SBs (9 and 10?) allow cities freedom over the zoning?
What is the cost per month for a two bedroom apartment for it to be considered affordable
Abby Arnold (she/her)
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.
But the City makes building such a headache that no one wants to do it. Why?
Make Building ADUs easy and cheap.
Finally some good ideas. Thankyou.
the city makes even minor remodel work a headache
Please type in any questions for Mario, thanks
Mario Please address the question that Leonnora fumbled: how can our infrastructure handle people from 8800 more units?
So many office buildings will never be as full as they once were. Not just here.
how do you address the vacancies from luxury housing buildings, could we impose a vacancy tax to incentive management co's to lower rents?
Question for Mario: Why does the City make it such a headache to build ADUs?
could the city reapply building subsidies to rent subsidies to make housing more affordable?
Charts for affordable deed restricted housing are available here
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/
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
We can throw out any green plans with the amount of planning density that is being proposed. Sad.
Here are the limits for buildings built after 2013, with corresponding income limitations by family size
Thank you Nicole
Any way to stop allowing short-term rentals as such
Does santa monica have limits on Airbnbs? # of days per year it can be rented in that way?
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
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)
Abby Arnold (she/her)
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.
North of Wilshire has the majority of rent controlled units, by far
Abby Arnold, I see units (including rent controlled units) on Airbnb often
Abby Arnold, my apartment building is now 10% Airbnb’s. The city does nothing about it.
Tesla is approved! Got message from council member.
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)
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.
Just don't turn it into the Bungalow :-)
I've asked more than once...
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
Why do the rooms commonly go for over $600 a night, even when the Fairmont, etc. are much lower.
The real question is: Do you want a restaurant at this location?
I would like to speak!
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
Joe Palazzolo is correct. And a bar.
1 room x 1 night$490Taxes and fees$76Resort fee$51Total price$617
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.
John please mute yourself. I heard you swear
So this sounds like a tremendous intensification of use on the site.
Abby Arnold (she/her)
Stevie is your statement about “people coming here to camp” the position of the tourism department of the city? Please clarify. Thanks!
this is similar to what happened re the Shore hotel re the liquor license.
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.
Parking parking parking
My understanding is CURRENTLY, the deliveries, valet cars, and garage doors are already disruptive to the building behind the hotel.
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
of course harding laramore
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.
Please add any questions thanks
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.
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?
This does not sound like it offers any benefit to the neighborhood
Video the deliveries in question
Let him answer
Laura, We need to see text of zoning change so we can evaluate the wider impact
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
The residents couldn’t afford the prices
$17 for oatmeal
It is VERY Expensive!
The pricing should not be a point of discussion
I have a question
I am a resident of Wilmont Neighborhood and would like to have a nice, quality nearby restaurant.
It benefits me! I want our neighborhood upgraded. I would love to eat there.
My Phone number (949) 689-5432 If anyone cares to discuss privately
Young, thanks for taking the time to openly share your vision and create an oppertuinty to have these discussions.
Thank you Laura and Young!
Dare I say some people already have eaten there? I don’t think it would be a new thing for everyone
Thank you Young and Laura
Thanks for wanting to create more jobs