Not Clearly Pro or Con: "All three hotels proposals are just that—proposals very early states of conceptualization. If any of these projects were to be approved it would be after a multi-year process that includes environmental review and community review."
Pro: "Santa Monica graduates over 500 students from high school each year. Even if only a fraction of these students remain in Santa Monica or come back after pursuing higher education opportunities, most will want to live on their own (not with their parents). Affordable housing for low and moderated income workers is needed in Santa Monica and our region to house our home-grown young adults and their new families."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "The Zoning Code will establish the height limit for downtown and all of Santa Monica. I believe that height limit will be below seven stories. Over future decades there could be a proposal for a taller building (beyond the zoning) somewhere and it is possible that it might address some need or provide something valuable to the community. It will be up to the community at that point in time to decide whether such a proposed building is right for Santa Monica."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "The proposed project appears to provide a number of features that will support a vibrant downtown. The project is at the beginning of its development review and that process will further shape the physical building, the mix of uses, and the community benefits it would provide. It will also undergo environmental review. Various boards and commissions as well as community review will be taking place before any final project is put forward for approval."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "The City is making critical improvements to parking facilities and optimizing options to help drivers get to their destinations without roaming. In downtown Santa Monica a new parking structure with greater capacity replaces an older facility. Projects like the proposed 4/5th Street would provide additional parking. As important as supply is the management of parking. The 'Park Once' program as well as the 'Go with the Flow' program to manage summer weekend traffic, keep cars moving and into parking spots. Such efforts along with technology and new mobile apps all provide better information and access to parking."
Pro: "While Santa Monica has a good supply of office space there is need for a limited amount of additional offices spaces in strategic locations. There has been a loss of office spaces in downtown Santa Monica replaced by new residential uses. Ensuring that there is a reasonable supply of office space for businesses such as bio-technology and other research and entrepreneurial endeavors is necessary to ensure a vibrant economy and strong fiscal base for our city."
Pro: "The question is about improving mobility and the City is working on multiple fronts from the summer 'Go with the flow' program to manage traffic, to developing more bike lanes and bike parking. Soon Expo Light Rail will be operating and bike-share and car-sharing is coming online. Other important components are the Big Blue Bus system that will soon have real-time arrival information available and the new Pedestrian Action Plan. The Big Blue Bus is also working on ways to best connect residents, employees, and visitors to and from the new Expo Light Rail stations upon their opening. Using technology and information to provide travel options will help improve mobility. And new innovations such as using smart technology to connect residents with circulator type buses in real time are on the horizon."
Pro: "Every bicycle trip that is not a car trip takes away from traffic demand. By providing safe routes for bicycle riders, more riders of all ages travel by bike. These improvements include better visible lanes that encourage more people to feel comfortable cycling on the road. Bike parking spaces and bike valet programs support biking which is the fastest growing mode in Santa Monica. The Bike Center in downtown provides a number of mobility services and the Bike Campus at the west end of Ocean Park Boulevard provides bike education and practice areas."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "The Airport has a long history in Santa Monica and the community is now focusing on its future. I support Measure LC which would prohibit any new development on Airport land, except for parks, public open spaces and public recreational facilities until the people of Santa Monica approve limits on the uses and development that could occur on that land. Measure LC also affirms the City Council’s authority to manage the Airport and close all or part of it."
Pro: "Businesses want to be in Santa Monica—especially the creative, technology and entertainment sectors along with health care providers. The Santa Monica City Net provides high speed broadband network services for governments and local businesses and institutions. The City has a business ombudsman program to connect business owners with key contacts in the City Departments to provide detailed information on start-up processes and these efforts were recognized by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation in 2013."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "The new Zoning Code is under development and consideration of options on regulation of medical marijuana dispensaries such as location, distance from sensitive places (i.e., schools) will be evaluated."
Pro: "Public safety is one of the most important services the City provides. Maintaining a well-trained and equipped fire department and police department is critical to keeping Santa Monica a safe city. Staying abreast of best practices and new information requires ongoing support for the police and fire departments."
Pro: "The City has developed data-driven and innovative approaches to address its fair-share of the homeless population. Efforts including the Chronic Homeless Project and its Service Registry and Project Homecoming have resulted in permanent housing as well as reunification with family for previously homeless individuals. The City maintains a Homeless Management Information System to provide accurate measurement of the effectiveness of homeless programs."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "The City of Santa Monica is a service based operation. Employees are hired to provide services to the community. The City's employment is based on the types of services and level of services that the community wants—from public safety, to libraries, parks, traffic management, bus operations, beach and pier maintenance, social and cultural services and programs, after-school programs, etc. If the residents of Santa Monica want to reduce the level of service or increase the level of service, then adjustments on how to efficiently provide those services would be made."
We love Santa Monica—our home.
From winning the Mayor's Innovation Challenge with our Well-Being project to opening the new Pico Neighborhood Library, to creating our first universally accessible children’s playground, I'm working hard to make our community an even better place.
Reducing traffic and over-development are my top priorities if re-elected.
I'm a leader in local and regional transportation issues. As Chair of Expo’s Light Rail Authority, I'm making sure this rail-line to Santa Monica opens on time in 2016 and on budget.
County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says:
"Pam O'Connor has played a pivotal role in bringing light-rail to Santa Monica. Her continued leadership is critical to addressing transit and traffic issues in our community."
I’ve led the effort to:
Protect neighborhoods from over-development
Enhance public safety
Give over $40 million of city funds to our public schools
Protect rent control
Create parks and open space
Keep Santa Monica fiscally strong
Improve environmental sustainability
I'm proud to be endorsed by Councilmembers Davis, O'Day and Holbrook as well as Senator (ret.) Sheila Kuehl.
I ask for your vote for a vibrant and sustainable future.
Mayor of Santa Monica