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COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD WITH PROMENADE 3.0
Police Looking for Missing SM Resident With Dementia Jerry Peels last seen leaving dialysis appointment By Sam Catanzaro The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is seeking the public’s help in locating Jerry Peels, a 62-year-old Santa Monica resident suffering from dementia who was last seen last Friday leaving a dialysis appointment on Santa Monica Boulevard. Peels is 62 years old and currently resides at Beachwood Homes located at 1340 15th Street in Santa Monica. Peels was reported missing on November 1, 2019, and was last seen leaving a dialysis appointment at 2020 Santa Monica Blvd. According to the SMPD, Jerry suffers from dementia and requires regular dialysis treatments. Police describe Peels as 5’11”, 175 llbs and was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweater with the words “Cali” printed on the front. If you have information regarding Peels’ whereabouts, please contact SMPD Detective Tavera at (310) 458-2256, Sergeant Skogh at (310) 458-8992, or the Watch Commander (24 hours) at (310) 458-2249.
Looking to revive Santa Monica shopping destination By Sam Catanzaro
Looking to revive one of its primary tourist attractions, the City of Santa Monica took steps this week to develop a new master plan for the 30-year-old Third Street Promenade. On Tuesday, November 5 Santa Monica City Council directed staff to develop a master plan and financing strategy for the redevelopment of the Third Street Promenade as part of a project to define the next thirty years for the shopping center. The promenade opened in 1965 but took its current form in 1989 when the Third Street Promenade debuted closing off traffic for three blocks between Broadway Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard. According to Kathleen Rawson, CEO of Downtown Santa Monica, the Third Street Promenade is visited by more than 14 million people every year. And while it remains one of Santa Monica's main tourist attractions, increased competition from other Southern California outdoor malls and online shopping have led to a decline in brick and mortar sales at shopping destinations like the Third Street Promenade. In order to adapt to the changing nature of consumers in the 21st century, stakeholders are looking to take measures to protect the vitality of the Promenade. “When the Third Street Promenade debuted thirty years ago, it revolutionized the way we look at public space in Southern California,” said City Manager Rick Cole. “It’s the heart of our historic Downtown, the hub of commerce, dining, and entertainment and we are committed to ensuring it continues to be a place beloved by residents and visi-
A rendering of a design concept for Promenade 3.0
tors alike. The world is changing, but great public spaces have timeless qualities and we envision the evolution of the Promenade to emphasize the opportunity for people to enjoy a memorable, welcoming, and dynamic experience no matter how often they come.” Design firms Rios Clementi Hale Studios and Gehl and engineering firm KPFF developed three design concepts - "Improve", "Adapt", and "Transform" - that were presented to Council on Tuesday. Improve would keep intact the current built environment of the Promenade while making tactical changes, such as raising the roadway at certain spots, razing select retail pavilions while retaining existing trees. Adapt, a more intensive option, would raise all roadways to ger rid of curbs. The most ambitious alternative, Transform, would see the removal and replacement of all existing pavement and materials while overhauling underground utilities, demolishing retail pavilions and swapping Jacaranda trees with shade trees. Council did not vote on a preferred option,
Photo: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
which will be determined through a series of open houses and meetings over the course of the next year. According to a City of Santa Monica staff report, an interim zoning ordinance for Promenade 3.0 is expected late 2020 and if everything goes according to plan construction could begin in late 2023. According to Nina Fresco of the Promenade 3.0 Task Force, the design should be careful to avoid introducing themes that conflict with the historic resources that will coexist with the new streetscape. “Designers can make this happen in subtle ways, such as interplay between the shapes, materials or styles of old and new. An overly exuberant design that that is too assertive will make the Promenade feel artificial. The area between the buildings should acknowledge them and make them integral to the visuals since the goal here is to revitalize the Promenade businesses inside the buildings, rather than allow an unrelated plaza to dominate the
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SM Low-Income Senior Assistance Program Applications now open By Sam Catanzaro Starting November 4 the City of Santa Monica has begun accepting registrations for the Preserving Our Diversity (POD) pilot program. The POD program provides financial assistance to very low-income, long-term Santa Monica senior renters to help cover their basic needs. Council approved the $2 million expansion of the program this summer to assist an additional 250 to 400 seniors. The cash-based assistance aims to help households achieve a minimum amount of monthly after-rent income of $700 for a one-person household or $1,225 for a two-person household. To be eligible for the program, one must be a senior aged 65 or older and have lived in a Santa Monica rent-controlled apartment since before January 1, 2000. In addition, recipients must have an annual household income less than or equal to $36,550 for a one-person household or $41,800 for a two-person household.
Pilot 1 of the program began providing direct assistance in November 2017 and concluded in January 2019. According to Andy Agle, Director of Housing and Economic Development for Santa Monica’s Housing Division, during the 14 months, 22 participants were enrolled. After Pilot 1, 17 participants remained enrolled and 5 participants exited the program. Three participants remain housed in the City and are now assisted through voucher programs, one participant moved to another city and one participant passed away. Under the new Pilot 2, recalculation of assistance will occur when a household reports that their income has increased or decreased by more than $200 per month, or if a household’s rent has increased by more than $100. However, an annual reexamination of a household’s income and recalculation of assistance is not part of Pilot 2, with the City saying it is too labor-intensive and additional staffing would be needed to implement annual reexaminations and recalculations. Under Pilot 2, readjustments based on household income will take place after five years. While the Council approved Pilot 2
unanimously over the summer, at the time Councilmember Sue Himmelrich expressed concern that not annually reexamining a household’s income could have negative consequences if a recipient’s income decreases or if they are hit with a medical bill not covered by insurance. “I work in these issues all the time and there are small shifts that change people’s lives and put them out on the streets and that is why I am concerned about that procedure,” Himmelrich said. This concern was also echoed by Danielle Charney, who participated in Pilot 1. “The amounts being suggested to trigger an adjustment are so unreasonable, that the already depressed seniors living in poverty will see little in the way of joy or hope much
less food by the third year,” Charney said. Registration will remain open for interested seniors to register. Following registration, only those who meet the eligibility criteria will receive an application from the City. All applications submitted to the City will be placed on a waitlist. Applicants will then be selected by lotteries for enrollment on a rolling basis over the next year. Regular workshops will be held to help with the registration and application process. The first two will be held on November 6, 2019 in the morning and afternoon, at Virginia Avenue Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and Santa Monica Main Library from 6 – 8 p.m. For additional information or visit www. santamonica.gov/pod.
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On Tuesday, January 31 at 10:10 p.m. officers Responsible Tomorrow of the Santa Monica Police Department spotted a vehicle that was violating a vehicle equipment code and failing to stop for a STOP sign in the area of the 2900 block of Pico Boulevard. The officers followed vehicle SMart and afterarticle a short was distance initi-a Lastthisweek’s from ated stop. The officers spoke with guesta traffic columnist, Dick Platkin, who the is driver of the vehicle man writing about theand Bigdiscovered Lies thatthat thethis buildwas on a suspended licenseperpetuate in addition to ing driving and financial industries in being probation for burglary theft. their on quest for profits usingand theidentity wedge of The officers conducted a search of the vehicle and discovered that it contained burglary tools, methamphetamine and United States Mail under the names of numerous individuals none of whom were the driver of the vehicle. The officers utilized their communication technology and discovered that one of the named individuals on the mail had recently been the victim of identity theft. The officers had enough evidence to arrest the driver, aged 30 years and a Santa Monica resident, and he was later charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of burglary tools, identity theft, driving on a suspended license and a violation of probation. Bail was set at $10,000.
With Friends Like That On Wednesday, February 1, at 7:11 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to an apartment located on the 400 block
of Montana Avenue in order to investigate a report new State of California laws gutting loof a disturbance. The reporting party had stated cal development controls. Since this year that they had heard loud noises and the sound of the State has been feverishly passing laws objects being hurled around the residence. When unleashing over development (the City of the officers arrived at the location they knocked on Santa Monica is now supposed to build the door of the apartment answered. 5000 new units in the and nextthe 10tenant years) we felt The officers learned from this tenant that lies his this article was relevant to expose the “friend” was inside the apartment and that his used to sell this overdevelopment. While “friend” had become after Los consuming Dick’s article was intoxicated written about Angecopious amounts of alcohol (that is typically what les, identical issues apply in Santa Monica. happens). The tenant added that his “friend” Just substitute Santa Monica every timehad he made quiteLos a mess of theThe apartment and had mentions Angeles. first three Big refused to leave when officers Lies were covered lastrequested. week: 1)The California entered the apartment and noticed that furniture supposedly needs 3.2 million new homes, had been strewn around the room and that the “friend” was indeed heavily intoxicated. The officers attempted to reason with this drunken man but to no avail, and as the officers continued to talk with the man he suddenly punched one of the officers in the face with a closed fist. The officers OVER 150,000 immediately tackled the man and after a brief 5-STAR CUSTOMERand REVIEWS struggle the man was overpowered arrested. This 26-year-old Venice resident was later charged with resisting arrest and battery upon a police officer. Bail was set at $50,000.
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2) There isn’t enough capacity in the existing zoning to absorb natural growth and 3) Transit ridership will increase if density is raised near transit stops. The remaining three Big Lies are listed below. This article first appeared in City Watch LA a few weeks ago. By Dick Platkin* Planning Los Angeles. If you follow the news regarding including housing-related legislation bubbling up in Sacramento and at LA’s City Hall, you have been subjected to a series of big lies. They all claim that quickly-permitted, larger, taller, denser apartment buildings will finally solve the housing crises ravaging Los Angeles and the rest of the California. For good measure, the lies sometimes fold in other alleged benefits, such as less traffic congestion, reduced Green House Gas emissions, and increased transit ridership. The citizen added that this person had appeared to Even though many CityWatchLA writhave been picking items off the ground to the ers have exposed these lies, like next zombies, vehicle before leaving the area. The citizen gave the they repeatedly rise from the grave, intent officers a detailed description of the suspect and the on keeping the current real estate bubble officers went in search of this man. As the officers alive. For this reason they need continuous were searchingasthe areaasthey spotted another debunking, well identifying who vehibencle with a smashed window that was parked at the efits from them. sideBig of the The officers then droveopposed back to Liestreet. # 4. Community groups the block of are Pico motivated Boulevard where they spotto 2000 up-zoning by financial ted a man whothe fit basis the description of the suspect. self-interest, of their “nimbyism.” The officers detained this man and a fewby moments Anyone who is strictly motivated finanlater the citizen who had flagged the officers down cial self-interest, like those who smear the appeared and positively identified the suspect. critics of speculative real estate projects Shortly thereafter the label, owner of the firstunderstand vandalized with the “nimby” should vehicle appeared and stated that numerous items that upzoning increases property values. that had been recovered from the suspect had If this happens, the real estate bubble been can stolen fromtohisexpand. car. The owner of the vandalized continue vehicle desirous of a prosecution so the that officers Anywas single-family neighborhood is arrested this for 19-year-old SantabyMonica residentfourand upzoned, example allowing he was charged with vehicle burglary addition toa plex apartment buildings to inreplace possession of opiates. Bail was set at $20,000. house, will experience bidding wars and climbing prices. The reason that most He Tried Speed community groups oppose these real estate On Wednesday, February at 3:40 result a.m. offischemes, even though they1, could in cers the Santa Police quickof profits for Monica residents whoDepartment sell their received for service regard toofa life possible homes, aiscall concern overin quality isbicycle that had just occurred in the 1300 sues. theft Residents prefer new buildings that block 10th character Street. As the officers to the matchof the and scalehastened of existing scene they learned viathat police a victim development and doradio not that exceed the had caseen a man stealing services her bicycleand thatinfrastructure. at that time, had pacity of public been locked up in are a bicycle rack in the courtyard These criteria expressly called out of in
LA’s General Plan, even though they are of little concern to real estate investors. Their goal is to the ride wave of rising housing prices as long as possible, not local livability, which they denigrate as “nimbyism.” Big Lie # 5. Building more expensive market housing produces more low-income housing through filtering. This zombie claim never dies, but whenever I ask CityWatch LA readers where filtering takes place in Los Angeles, no one provides me with an address or a neighborhood where once expensive housing has become affordable. The reason is simple enough. Filtering doesn’t take place in Los Angeles. The supposed law of supply and demand does not apply to housing in Los Angeles because developers do NOT respond to high vacancy rates by slashing rents. InARCHIVESor stead, they increase on-siteMIRROR amenities turn to short-term rentals. As for the bubble crowd’s prediction that a glut of expenthe apartment complex in which she resided. The sive houses forces adjacent apartments to victim beenreality able toissupply a detailed descripreducehad rents, exactly the opposite. tion of the suspect, which had also been conveyed to New, expensive housing sends a loud signal the officers, as they were en route to the location. to nearby owners of smaller, older apartThe arrived the vicinity of thebuildings. apartment mentofficers to raise theinrents in their complex and began to scour the area. The officers This is why the median rent in Los Angeles soon spotted the suspect lurking in the 1300 block has climbed to $2,849 per month. of Alley Number 10. The suspect was easy to Big Lie # 6. Deregulating zoning, thatrecis ognize duedevelopers to the fact tothat in addition to the allowing build bigger, taller, description given by the victim the suspectwaivers, was riddenser buildings without zoning ing one bicycle whilst pushing a second one withhishis is a blow against racism. While the free hand. The officers attempted to stop this sustory of zoning includes racial exclusion, pect but he tried to speed away andDavis, in doingin so disaccording to historian Mike LA carded the second Themany officers eventually the decision to bicycle. dedicate Los Angecaught the man and hetowas arrested and taken off les neighborhoods single-family houses to jail. A search of this 21-year-old Hemet, Califororiginated with the Chandler family, former nia resident resulted in the discovery of notAngeles only the publishers and editors of the Los seemingly obligatory burglaryago, tools butzoning also a Times. Nearly a century their packet of methamphetamine. man was was later rationale for single-familyThis homes that charged with homeownership possession of burglary tools,de-radiposseswidespread would sion of LA’s methamphetamine, theft resisting or calize working class by and turning it into delaying Bail was at $10,000. propertyarrest. owners. Atsetthat time, most Los Angeles homeowners were white, unlike s Note: when These reports are part of a regular police the Editor’ present, many neighborhoods, coverage series entitled “Alert Police Blotter”homes, (APB), including those with single-family which injects some minor editorial into certain police are either diverse or predominantly activethities Santa Monica. Not all ofthe TheSupreme Mirror’s coverage of nic inminorities. When Court incidents are portrayed in this manner. barred involving raciallypolice restrictive housing covMore serious police-related activities are regu-a enants in crimes 1948,and and when L.A. became larly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica MirrorSMa.r.t., and its website, smmirror.com. see page 9
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from page 8 majority minority city in 1990, LA’s zoning laws soon reflected the city’s new demographic reality. Now, the use of zoning laws to gentrify older neighborhoods, such as East Hollywood and South Los Angeles, is accelerating the eviction of minority residents, so new, wealthier, and whiter tenants can replace them. There are other justifications for upzoning widely circulated at legislative committees, City Halls, academic conferences, corporate media sites, and by real estate groupies, so if you want any of them debunked, let me know. The bigger the lies come, the harder they fall, despite the current real estate bubble. End of Dick Platkin’s Article As you can see from this second half of his article, these are familiar themes that apply directly to Santa Monica. Santa Monica does not need more housing, just more affordable housing that cannot be produced by private profit seeking developers. When these developers do build their high end apartments in our City, they just give us a minimum code required fig leaf (of about 8%) of affordable units which only makes their pricier units are even more expensive. Our City already has plenty of capacity, like Los Angeles, in its existing zoning, particularly along the boulevards, to meet all its foreseeable future population increase. It
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Rendering of a new apartment project in the Pico area. Why complain if the sales price of your house increases?
does not need up zoning. Transit oriented development does not increase public transit ridership as the new development around transit stations is only for rich tenants who will always drive cars. More bigger buildings are not being opposed by racist nimbyists but by those who want their neighborhoods to be within the existing scale and capacity of the local infrastructure and finally, building more high end apartments will not make the existing housing stock cheaper. The “filtering” Platkin describes (where richer tenants move up to new units thereby opening more units for lower price tenants) does not work on the West side to lower rental costs. Santa Monica has the 6th
highest vacancy rate (8.1%) of the 88 cities in Los Angeles County but still has one of the highest rents in the County. In short, up zoning entire Cities is bad public policy with no net benefit to the Cities forced by the State to endure its burdens. It only benefits big developers at the expense of our City’s residents. For Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible Tomorrow Sam Tolkin, Architect; Dan Jansenson Building and Safety Commissioner, Architect; Mario Fonda-Bonardi, AIA, Planning Commissioner; Ron Goldman, FAIA; Thane Roberts ,Architect; Bob. Taylor, AIA; Phil Brock, Arts Commissioner.
street," Fresco said. "Signage is a great opportunity for revitalizing a vibrant aspect of the former aesthetic of the Promenade. We could bring back a new version of the geometric blade signs of the past, which created a strong 3D graphic element along Third Street. Lighting is also an opportunity to retain context along the street that will enhance the integrity of historic resources and existing buildings. A combination of traditional lighting placement that evokes a street, with modern accents for placemaking and highlighting activities or events will help ground the Promenade as a place with long-term integrity. In Promenade 3.0, the future of the dinosaur sculptures remains uncertain as current plans do not feature the sculptures in their current location. In addition, up in the air is the potential for digital advertising on the Promenade. While some council members voiced opposition to having large video screens on, some advertising could be included in the digital wayfinding signage. Financing for the endeavor could be provided via a special tax district, subject to the approval of property owners. Community members can learn more and provide feedback at an open house on Saturday, December 7 at the Santa Monica Police Department substation in the 1400 block of the Promenade.
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Construction to Begin on Lincoln Mixed-Use Project Photo: Studio T-Square 2.
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Spring groundbreaking for 1430 Lincoln Boulevard By Sam Catanzaro
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Now let’s take another look at what $2,000,000 will buy you today. Choice Number 1 Condo or townhouse. You can buy a very nice, updated, spacious condo in a very prime location such as Santa Monica, Brentwood, Westwood and possibly Beverly Hills. The size could be up to 2,200 square feet, but you have homeowner association dues to consider. Choice Number 2 A major fixer in a good location. Houses in Sunset Park or in Westwood and Cheviot Hills on a lot of 7500 feet are almost $2,000,000, just for the dirt. (In North
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Let’s start and imagine you either are pre-approved for a loan and have an adequate down payment or maybe you have all cash but in either event you are limited to a purchase price of $1,000,000. Of course, by most people’s standards, that is a lot of money and should be more than enough to purchase a beautiful home. The reality, however, here on the Westside of Los Angeles where demand is strong and inventory is exceptionally low, price remains very very high and average home prices are over $700 per foot, going to double that amount in exclusive poshy, upscale areas. Let’s look now at what $1,000,000 can get you. Of course, condos and town homes are generally lower price and often newer, larger, and more updated. Location is also a huge factor. The more desirable the location, the less square footage you can get and the less likely it is to find a home at all, particularly where the land value alone could exceed $1,000,000. Choice Number 1 Condo/Townhouse— West LA, Westwood, Culver City, Palms, parts of Santa Monica. Square footage— 1,400-1,800 square feet depending on location, age and upgrades. A superior location, and newer buildings will push back on square footage. Choice Number 2 Fixer upper on small to average size lot. West LA, Palms, parts of Mar Vista, Culver City, Westchester— Square footage 800-1,400 square feet. The larger the lot and the better the location, the less square footage you can expect. Choice Number 3 Freeway adjacent homes or a home on a busy street or a home on a lot of less than 5,000 square feet. You might find a move-in ready home between 1,000-1,600 square feet if the location or land value is compromised by any of the above conditions. Choice Number 4 Leave the westside and go north to the Valley or south of LAX to Inglewood or Hawthorne and east to the West Adams area or further east. Choice Number 5 Purchase a duplex for slightly above $1,000,000 and qualify for a larger loan, allowing the income from the second unit to help qualify you for a larger loan.
Santa Monica, you can add another million) Choice Number 3 Single family home that is move-in ready. You can buy a very nice home around 1,800-2,000 square feet in Mar Vista, Westwood, Culver City, Westchester, Westside Village, Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills, and Beverlywood. Areas such as Cheviot Hills and Westwood are less likely to offer a move-in ready home at $2,000,000 but it is possible, usually with slightly less than 2,000 square feet. A move-in ready home, depending on the location, could be priced at $900 to $1,100 per foot. Choice Number 4 Single family home in more expensive location. You can buy a small fixer in South Brentwood and Brentwood Glen, Westwood, south of Wilshire and prime Cheviot Hills; all upscale, slightly more expensive locations. You might even find a fixer in Beverly Hills on a small lot, south of Wilshire, but it may be close to apartments or commercial buildings. Here you are paying for a better neighborhood location, and sacrificing either lot size, square footage or the condition of the home; thus the home could likely need remodeling or have fewer rooms. Choice Number 5 You can buy a home closer to the ocean or a home with views. Here you might want to live in Venice or Ocean Park or perhaps in Beverlywood or Cheviot Hills, paying for a view. The trade off will be less square footage and possibly a smaller lot or a home that needs updating. Choice Number 6 You can buy a home with a larger than 8,000 square foot lot. You might find a home in Mar Vista, Westwood or Sunset Park that needs updating, but the attraction is a bigger lot. Choice Number 7 You can buy a home far up a Canyon and far from a major access street or up a steep off-street driveway in upper Bel Air. Another possibility might be Bel Air Crest on a small lot with HOA dues, or a townhome in Mountain Gate or Palisades Highlands. The inconvenience and possible fire hazard might buy you seclusion, serenity and a location that is remote, quiet, peaceful and zen. Choice Number 8 You can go north to Encino or Sherman Oaks and get either 20% more square footage and possibly a 50% larger lot and maybe views too, still paying around $2,000,000. As you can see, there are many choices, but for most people, relocating from other places there is a learning curve and sticker shock when first coming into our market. People have often said to me, “Oh my God, you don’t get anything here for $2,000,000. It’s hard to argue with people’s feelings, but for me, a realtor who knows the choices exceptionally well, I simply say… “Unfortunately, it is what it is.” Thankfully you do have choices even though those choices come with significant limitations. My goal is to listen carefully to people’s needs, whether it is about schools, convenience, safety, children and pets, special age and health needs or location proximity needs. From there, I can make suggestions, recommendations and help people make their best possible choice. For comments or questions email@example.com
Construction is set to start next spring for a mixed-use development in Downtown Santa Monica that will bring 100 apartments and nearly 6,000 square feet of retail space to Lincoln Boulevard just blocks from the Expo Line. Project developer, NMS Properties-affiliated firm WS Communities, plans on replacing a surface parking lot at 1430 Lincoln Boulevard with a five-story building containing 100 apartments, 5,878 square feet of ground-floor retail and a four-level subterranean parking garage with 296 parking spaces. The project calls for 14 studio units, 50 1-bedroom units, 21 2-bedroom units and 15 3-bedroom units. “The building massing is inspired by the works of Bauhaus architects in the early 20th century. We used strong, simple forms to delineate between the living units (brick material) and the circulation/balcony (wood screen). This created a unified architectural language for the building, and a simple material palette to blend in with the existing urban fabric of Santa Monica,” said Henry Tong, principal at Studio T-Square 2, the project’s architecture firm in a news release. “We also designed a large central plaza as a public amenity for the city, with a transparent glazed wall system that looks into an open courtyard/outdoor room, creating a lively pedestrian experience.
Overlooking this plaza is a large, highly amenitized roof deck, which is visually tied to the plaza. The units are designed to accommodate as much natural light and ventilation as possible,” said Tong.” A groundbreaking for 1430 Lincoln is expected in spring 2020. After several hearings worth of criticism from the Santa Monica Architectural Review Board, Studio T-Square 2 redesigned the project reflecting Board concerns that the building “exhibited a lack of clarity of design intent, design execution, and a general lack of detail.” In the redesign, a projecting orange frame was scraped and the center was more deeply recessed between two sides to provide space for a small plaza. In addition, exterior finishes will now include brick and vertical wood screens – a contrast to the porcelain tile of the earlier renderings. To offset affordable housing requirements, the developer will build 30 off-site affordable housing units at nearby 711 Colorado Avenue at a senior housing project. The project was not entirely without opposition even after the design tweaks. “This developer already has a stronghold in Santa Monica and offers nothing new or advantageous to an area in which they already have for rent or sitting vacant many too many units. Being close to an NMS property I can personally attest to repeated fire alarms going off on a regular basis in one of their buildings, which is disruptive to our already crowded Lincoln area corridor. Keeping this short and to the point I vehemently oppose yet another NMS property bringing more people and noise but no real value, appeal and/or affordability to an area in which they have already over-saturated the downtown Santa Monica landscape,” wrote 9th Street Residents Opposed to Over-development in a letter to City Council in 2017 on the project.
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Life in Prison for Man Accused of Murdering Malibu Camper? Anthony Rauda accused of shooting Tristan Beaudette, a man camping with his daughters, attempting to kill 10 others By Sam Catanzaro A man faces life in prison for the fatal shooting of a camper in Malibu Creek State Park sleeping in a tent with his daughters and attempting to kill 10 others in connection with a series of shootings over a twoyear period, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced. On October 21 a grand jury returned the superseding indictment against 43-year-old Anthony Rauda for one count of murder, 10 counts of attempted murder and five counts of second-degree burglary. The indictment was unsealed on Tuesday. Rauda pleaded not guilty to the charges at Tuesday’s hearing and is scheduled to return for a pretrial hearing on December 5. If convicted as charged, Rauda faces a maximum sentence of more than 265 years to life in state prison. Rauda allegedly shot at unsuspecting campers or motorists dating back to November 2016 when he is accused of wounding a man who was sleeping in a hammock in the Malibu State Park
area. Less than a week later, he allegedly fired into the sleeping area of a vehicle. Rauda also is accused of shooting into vehicles on three different occasions in 2017. No one was injured. The defendant allegedly shot at a Tesla on Las Virgenes Road on June 18, 2018. Four days later, he is accused of killing Tristan Beaudette, 35, who was shot and killed while in a tent with his two daughters in Malibu Creek State Park. His children were not injured. Rauda also has been charged with several burglaries that occurred in the Calabasas area. In October, Rauda was arrested by L.A. County sheriff’s deputies who spotted him on a ridge-
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So I wanna talk about something that I hardly ever even talk to my friends about. It’s about having to pee and not being able to hold it. (I’m turning red already.) It happens to me the most when I am out for a while doing errands. I finish my errands, drive home, park my car and start to bring up the groceries. My hands are completely full. I get to my door, and it’s locked. Shit. I know my husband is at home, but he always locks the door. Drives me crazy. I locate my keys in my purse, where everything gets lost as soon as I throw it in the bag. I drop the stuff I’m holding and unlock the door after trying several keys that all look the same. Then I gather everything up again, trying to bring in all the merchandise I purchased in one fell swoop. Half-way into it, I have an urgent need to pee. I rush into the hall, drop everything on the floor, and get to the closest toilet I can find. Sometimes I make it, and sometimes I don’t. Usually I am alone, so it’s not too embarrassing. If my pup Zoey could talk, she would have a lot to say. From the minute I hit the hallway, she’s running after
me, following me to the bathroom. Some friends that I’ve spoken to about this admit to peeing in their pants. Mainly because they laugh too hard. Or have a coughing fit. Or both. Ladies under 40, these are the glorious times you can look forward to in your 50s and beyond. Is there a way to prevent this besides wearing senior diapers? Sorry, I rather pee on my bathroom floor a little rather than wear a diaper. According to Mayo clinic, Urinary incontinence — the loss of bladder control — is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you laugh, cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong you don't get to a toilet in time. Mayo’s experts report 10 things you can do, (other than wear diapers,) to relieve symptoms. Daily Pelvic Floor exercises - Pelvic floor exercises can be really effective at reducing leakage, but it's important to do them properly. You may have to do pelvic floor exercises for three months before you see any benefits. Check out Wed MD for the correct method. Quit Smoking - If you smoke, you put yourself at risk of incontinence, because coughing puts strain on your pelvic floor muscles. To help you quit, locate your clos-
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thing, like picking up children or shopping bags, tighten your pelvic floor muscles before and during the lift. No wonder I have to urgently pee when I get home! Losing Weight- Being overweight can weaken your pelvic floor muscles and can cause incontinence, because of the pressure of fatty tissue on the bladder. Your symptoms may improve, and could clear up completely, if you lose the excess weight. I’m in process, dear readers. Your body mass index (BMI) is a measure of whether you're a healthy weight for your height. I’ve got some work to do. Drink Plenty of Water - Drink six to eight glasses of fluid a day (but no more) unless your doctor advises you otherwise. Many people with urinary incontinence avoid drinking fluids, as they feel it causes more problems. However, limiting your fluid intake makes incontinence worse, because it reduces your bladder's capacity. Too little fluid can also cause or worsen constipation. Another thing to look forward to, young ladies! Eat the Right Foods Avoid spicy and acidic foods, such as curries and citrus fruits, as they can irritate the bladder and make leaks and other incontinence symptoms worse. I guess I gotta nix the OJ for breakfast in the AM. Or wear a diaper. Stay dry, my readers!
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38 Pre-euro currency 39 Smooch 1 Like a bull in a china shop 40 Leave gobsmacked 7 Blue 41 Common plural verb 11 Band whose songs are 42 Staple of many a “Real featured in a hit 2001 Housewives” episode musical and 2018 movie 44 One of the Leewards 15 Tube tops 48 LeBron basketball sneaker, 19 Where Hemingway wrote e.g.? “The Old Man and the Sea” 51 Foe in “Wonder Woman” 20 Instrument whose name 55 – – – sounds like a rebuke of 56 Ready for the recycling bin Obama’s dog 57 Field trip chaperone 21 Case load? 59 Surrender 22 River that formed an extension of the Mason60 Celebrity chef Oliver Dixon line 61 Hunger for 23 One who’s just moved from 62 Will of “Arrested Portland? Development” 26 Bit of baseball gear 64 Determined to do 27 “Jeez, I heard you already!” 65 Flower said to cover the plains 28 Number of Hades 29 Game played with a dog 68 Brand of 33-Down 30 Peak 69 Intense blowback against a signature Trump policy 31 Tennis great who wrote the proposal? 2009 tell-all “Open” 72 Large mobile devices, to use a 32 Major science journal modern portmanteau 33 Satchel for a guy 35 Convert a morgue worker into 74 Hair net 75 Amazon threat a spy? 37 Google ____ 76 Muppet eagle ACROSS
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79 Highest draft category 80 Garbage barge 81 Tour de France setting 82 Bad person to get paired with for a class assignment? 87 Bender 89 “Present!” 90 Like more 91 Gulf mogul 92 Rulers during the Time of Troubles 93 Jewish mysticism 94 Harmonized 98 Triple-A requests 99 Nickname for a superserious congressman? 101 Trainer of Rey in “The Last Jedi” 102 Eager 103 Fixtures in every Vegas casino 104 Ontario city across the river from Buffalo, for short 105 Craftsy online store 106 Cay 107 For takeout 108 Exemplar of cruelty DOWN
1 Follower of “ah-ah-ah” 2 Fun adventure 3 Colored layer 4 Hungarians, by another name 5 Noses around 6 Northerner 7 One of the Gilmore Girls 8 Old sports org. with the Kentucky Colonels 9 U.S. food giant 10 Suck-up 11 Red with embarrassment 12 Fad toy of the 1990s 13 Tendency 14 What’s better when it’s fine?
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15 Awaken 16 Yellowfin 17 Workers who are always retiring? 18 “Take that!” 24 Strain 25 Tweet, e.g. 29 Language of Omar Khayyam’s “Rubáiyát” 31 Glows 32 Caution on an airplane wing 33 Dip for mozzarella sticks 34 Affecting radically 35 x 36 Biceps exercise 37 Attack on a big scale 38 Uncool 42 Gig for an aspiring electronic musician 43 Root word? 44 Citation 45 What “…” may represent 46 What “#” means in chess notation 47 Slim 49 Surrendered 50 “Take a hike!” 52 Like an uncorrupted file 53 Academy Awards prop 54 Popular Belgian brews, informally 58 Hurt 60 Ballet jump 63 Music genre at a rave 64 Provider of green juice? 65 Bother 66 Put away 67 Vietnamese broth-andnoodles soup 70 “Yeah, right” 71 Academy Awards prop 73 Garden toilers 76 Saliva
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77 Words from a T.S.A. agent before a pat-down 78 Punk rock hairstyles 80 Guarantee 81 U.S.P.S. package status 83 Purchase at a sports stadium 84 Sophisticated 85 How whiskey is often served
86 Financially solvent 87 Blue man group? 88 Something made to be destroyed 91 Where soccer was invented: Abbr. 93 Hitchcock triple feature?
94 Should that be the case 95 “Hey ____” (start of a phone voice command) 96 R&B great Redding 97 A bit of disputin’ from Putin? 99 Chairlift item 100 Clickable tag on BuzzFeed beside “LOL” and “WTF”
November 8 â€“ 14, 2019
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