Con: "Santa Monica should not permit the owners of these properties to remodel or redevelop their properties according to the current proposals that have been shown to the community. All three projects as currently proposed do not fit within the character of the Downtown or Ocean Ave. The property owners can apply to remodel or redevelop their properties within the parameters of the zoning code. A development agreement should be used rarely in order to negotiate extraordinary public benefits for the City and its residents in exchange for certain rights. However, no amount of extraordinary public benefits can justify a project that is a detriment to the community or the environment, is grossly out of scale, intrusive on neighborhoods, and diminishes public amenities."
Pro: "Yes Santa Monica should add more affordable housing units with truly affordable rents to support working families and individuals that work in Santa Monica, as well as seniors and tenants that are displaced through no fault, or Ellis Act, evictions. Small units of affordable housing are not necessary more affordable. Tiny studio and one-bedroom units are still are priced too high for working families and those on low fixed incomes. I have worked with community leaders and elected officials to help adjust the calculations for affordable units in Santa Monica and to require that developments include more units for those on very low and extremely low incomes, and include more two and three bedroom units. This action will help those who work here to be able to live here, and correct our jobs housing imbalance."
Con: "I am in favor of the 84 foot height limit (seven stories or less) which is the limit currently being studied as the maximum parameter for the Downtown Specific Plan but more in favor of projects that do not build to the maximum parameters. The possible consequences to the public of building beyond maximum limits include poorly designed projects that try to pack too much into too small of a space, less light and air in the public realm, insufficient public amenities, insufficient infrastructure, traffic impacts that are not sufficiently mitigated, and impacts to natural resources including water and energy consumption. I am in favor of keeping the Third Street Promenade the height and scale that it is now because it is currently open to the sky and uninviting."
Con: "The Clock Tower building is an iconic structure and a landmark whose design and height make it one of the most recognized buildings in all of Santa Monica and Los Angeles. For the property at 4th/5th and Arizona to respect the natural environment, perform many functions and stand the test of time, it will have to be versatile and sustainable for the very long haul. A sustainable project with a great mix of uses that integrates seamlessly into the Downtown (and respects the environment and provides abundant open space) can be achieved without reaching heights that are out of scale to its surroundings. The 4th/5th and Arizona project has not been before the Planning Commission so I have not formally reviewed the current proposal but from what I know of the project as proposed, it should not be built as proposed."
Pro: "Parking availability in our City is extremely low most times of every day and traffic congestion caused by commuter traffic in and out of our City is debilitating. Very careful management of parking supply is one of my top priorities. Residents and employees who cannot walk, bike or take transit require appropriate parking facilities. It is very important to right-size the amount of parking in a project using thorough studies. Overbuilding parking will help to incentivize single-rider auto trips so to adhere to the goals of the LUCE and achieve no new net PM peak period trips now and in the future, we must continue to enhance the transportation demand management ordinances for projects of all sizes and uses. The amount of parking in a mixed-use project should be reduced if proposed along the transit-rich light rail corridor."
Con: "Office space can be created in a few different ways one of which is to build new. I strongly support the development of truly affordable housing near transit and in our Downtown and do not support building further new commercial office development until we have demonstrated that we are adequately and consistently meeting the housing needs for existing low-wage workers in Santa Monica. When existing office space gets a new tenant or owner and there is a higher intensity of use, or when an adaptive re-use project proposed new office space, the proposal must adhere to the city's trip reduction programs, the zoning code and transportation demand management programs to mitigate traffic and environmental impacts."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "As a member of the Planning Commission for the past four years, I have voted to improve circulation to reduce traffic congestion in development proposals, and to strengthen Santa Monica’s strong Transportation Demand Management ordinance in our new zoning code to implement LUCE policies to reduce vehicle trips and emissions. City Hall has a good plan but it must be improved upon and adapted to current and future conditions. To reach the goal of 'no new net PM car trips' in Santa Monica we must ensure that developers participate in a Transportation Management Organization, reduce the amount of car trips before they start, and carefully manage the amount of parking that is built or shared. We need to improve TDM plans to make them more aggressive, and include stronger fines and increase monitoring. Building truly affordable housing units along Santa Monica's transit rich corridors for people who work here will help alleviate the commuter traffic that currently clogs our streets."
Pro: "Studies and results that are published online indicate that bike lanes, bike programs, and the presence of bicyclists, successfully relieve traffic by reducing motor vehicle speeds and reducing average daily vehicle trips while managing, reducing or eliminating diverted vehicle traffic. Santa Monica's own newly approved Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway project (MANGo) describes the vision and physical improvements that will be implemented to calm traffic, reduce motor vehicle volume, improve mobility, safety and access in the defined corridor. I support development of greenways like this that will install bicycle lanes in addition to physical improvements such as traffic circles and curb extensions to reduce cut-through traffic and meet the established goals."
Con: "I support Measure LC and I do not support Measure D. I want an open resident-led process for determining what uses and development may occur on airport land if the airport is closed which is what Measure LC will do. I support the City's efforts to close the airport, and to close the western end of the runway by removing the quitclaim parcel from aviation use in 2015. The noise and pollution impacts of SMO must be eliminated. The health and safety of the entire community and the adjacent neighborhoods is my utmost concern. Large jets do not belong at SMO; they are incompatible with the size of Santa Monica Airport and must be prohibited."
Pro: "If Santa Monica is unable to close the airport, the City should restrict aviation services and operations. The health and safety of the entire community and the adjacent neighborhoods is paramount. Restrictions by the City that severely limit aviation operations will help to require the airport to be a safer neighbor. Such measures include restricting aviation operations, ending the sale of leaded fuel, enhancing emission reduction efforts, restricting flight school operations, increased landing fees, terminating incompatible leases for aviation businesses, installing runway safety areas, closing the western end of the runway to restrict loud and unsafe jets, increasing safety standards."
Pro: "Yes, but I am concerned that our locally owned small businesses are threatened by pressure for massive, regional-serving commercial development. I'm focused on supporting small, neighborhood friendly businesses on our boulevards that residents can walk to. I support standards in the new zoning code update that can preserve locally-owned, small businesses and encourage new small business, not drive them out of town. In addition, we should find ways to ease the process for small, locally owned businesses to open and to thrive. Small businesses can be environmentally friendly by improving the walk appeal of our neighborhoods and providing more opportunities for people to get what they need without getting in a car."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "When this issue came before the Planning Commission within the past year, I voted to support the staff report that recommended against allowing the dispensaries in Santa Monica. The commission debated potential locations to allow this new use and how strongly to set restrictions to control how a dispensary would operate. I participated in the commission discussion by proposing that dispensaries be at least 1000 feet from a school (public or private), by proposing reasonable locations for dispensaries such as near existing healthcare and medical services/uses, as well as other operational restrictions to address health and safety of all residents. The majority of the commission favored different restrictions to control how a dispensary would operate and therefore I opposed the use at our meeting."
Pro: "Santa Monica has implemented many public safety programs and within these programs there is always room for improvement. The City's public safety programs, like Safe Routes To School and Neighborhood Resource Officers for example, must always adapt to new conditions or changing needs in our community. We should increase public safety in all areas of our community including on our streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, in our neighborhoods, through programs for youth and seniors, recreational areas like the pier and the beach, and in our parks and other areas of public open space. Santa Monica is committed to increasing public safety and I will work to continue these efforts."
Not Clearly Pro or Con: "The City and the homeless population are one community. At the moment, the City has programs to provide 'housing first' services to those that are homeless for five years to address the chronically homeless population. The initiative known as the Chronic Homeless Project is a result of the service registry and vulnerability index created in 2008 to track the chronic homeless population and provide services. It is an effective program, however, one way the City can provide better service to our entire community is to take this good initiative, and improve upon it by incorporating homeless prevention services (shelter as well as meals, substance abuse recovery, skills training) and providing them to at-risk individuals or families at an earlier stage, such as those that have been homeless for less than five years."
Con: "I support bringing workers in house whenever possible and not outsourcing workers to private companies, and I support the recent council decision to review the outsourcing policy (during the discussion of outsourcing of custodial workers), in order to bring in custodial workers and keep more jobs in house. I support maintaining an adequate level of staff necessary to perform the various jobs required by the City including protecting public health and safety, improving environmental sustainability, monitoring and reporting, and to carry out the robust programs the City implements. While sometimes there is a need for temporary workers for limited, specific jobs, they should have benefits that are appropriate for that assignment including healthcare benefits and promotional opportunities the way permanent long-term employees do."
Santa Monica is an extraordinary city and needs extraordinary leadership.
I'm running for City Council to defend our residential neighborhoods, to stop oversized commercial development, to advance programs that protect our environment, and to preserve the vibrancy and diversity of the community we love.
I have served as a Planning Commissioner since December 2010, and on the Rent Control Board from 2002 to 2010. As PTA preschool president and proud Franklin Elementary parent, I've promoted leading-edge educational opportunities for all students in our district. For over a decade, I've worked with community leaders and elected officials to bolster tenant protections.
On the Rent Board, I strengthened our rent-control laws. As Planning Commissioner, I've worked to improve circulation and safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers. I have voted "no" when developers tried to back out of agreements and "no" on projects with inadequate public amenities.
Controlling growth is my highest priority; others include preserving and expanding accessible affordable housing.
I ask for your vote so that I may bring to Council on your behalf, the focus, integrity, and hard work I have demonstrated in my years-long record of public service and leadership as a community activist. Thank you.