SANTA MONICA FIRE DEPT. RESPONDS TO STRUCTURE FIRE ON LA MESA

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On Tuesday, November 18, at 11:29 am, the Santa Monica Fire Department respond-
ed to a reported fire in a house under major renovation at 2311 La Mesa Dr. The
first fire unit to arrive on scene reported light smoke from the roof and no
fire from the interior of the second floor, suggesting a possible attic fire.

The first companies that arrived assisted with an aggressive interior attack of
the attic fire and initiated vertical ventilation from the roof. Due to the roof construction and size of the structure, a second alarm was quickly called. The additional companies were assigned the task of salvage and overhaul operations to minimize water damage and assure that the fire was completely extinguished. The
fire was contained to the attic with “knock-down” declared at 11:59 a.m.

A total of 35 firefighters was on scene with an additional five Americare Ambul-
ance personnel. The Los Angeles City Fire Department Engine 59 and Rescue Ambul-
ance 59 assisted SMFD during the incident by providing city coverage.

Two construction workers were treated for smoke inhalation and released from the scene.

Initial investigation reveals that the fire started in the attic above a second floor closet where workers had been welding steel support members.

MID-CITY NEIGHBORS’ NOTES FOR TONIGHT’S TOWN HALL MEETING

1. Prevent traffic-generating over-development on the boulevards – Density
and height should be limited by the removal of Tier 3.

2. Eliminate so called Opportunity Sites that exceed zoning height, mass-
ing and density standards.

3. Eliminate “Activity Center” sites throughout the city on major blvds such
as the one proposed in Mid City that would cover the area contained by Clover-
field to 20th, and Broadway to Colorado.

4. Ensure adequate parking for customers and employees to prevent spillover
into residential neighborhoods – Parking standards must be set to protect neighborhoods, as promised in the LUCE.

5. Make lot consolidation rare in neighborhoods to maintain residential scale
and character, to preserve courtyard apartments and condos.

6. Encourage adaptive reuse of both commercial and residential .

7. Maintain Planning Commission authority over new development by removing prop-
osals for increased “administrative approval” – This will give too much power to staff, prevent public accountability, and end any appeals process.buildings.

8. Create human scale buildings to prevent mega-development by prohibiting the consolidation of parcels throughout the city – This will increase the number of neighborhood serving businesses and improve the pedestrian experience, as plan-
ned in the standards

9. Prevent changes to residential lot designations throughout the city – These parcels serve as important buffers between homes and commercial boulevards.being advanced in the Zoning for Main Street.

9. Prevent changes to residential lot designations throughout the city – These parcels serve as important buffers between homes and commercial boulevards.

10. Preserve open, green space – Zoning should not allow developers to buy their
way out of providing open, accessible, green space in each project by paying “in lieu” fees.

After more than a year of advocating to stop large traffic-generating development projects in our city, residents still need to have their voices heard regarding
the city’s Zoning Ordinance

Update. Developers and land use attorneys are advocating for zoning ordinance
changes that will allow them to maximize the size of their projects and profits, while increasing the traffic congestion that is choking both residential and bus-
iness districts in Santa Monica.

You can also email the City Council, which will be adopting the Zoning Ordinance Update, after the Planning Commission makes its final recommendations, at Council@smgov.net

And you can email the Planning Commissioners at these addresses, but your comments won’t automatically become part of the public record: jenniferfkennedy@gmail.com, richard@richardmckinnon.com, parryplan@gmail.com, GNewbold@gmail.com,Jim_Ries@hotmail.com,andersonsmpc@yahoo.com,SHimmelr@hotmail.com,

The Zoning Ordinance Update – currently in a proposed “redline” form to show pro-
posed changes – will spell out what can be built in our city for decades. The red-
line lacks many protections for residents that the current Zoning Ordinance provides. That’s why this Town Hall meeting and your input at this point is important.

Wednesday night’s Town Hall will be more relaxed than Planning Commission meetings. Speakers can comment at the microphone without time limits.

Background:

At a recent public meeting, developers persuaded the Planning Commission to NOT include in the Zoning Update important issues that residents have advocated for,
and that staff and the Planning Commission had previously supported, such as
removing Activity Centers from Wilshire Blvd.

This is why the Commission needs to hear and receive written comments for the re-
cord from residents now and continuing through the City Council approval process
of the final Zoning Ordinance document. The “redline” version is available on the
City website: http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/
1. Full Redline Document (hundreds of pages long) shows what is now in the Zoning and what could be removed or added:

http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Zoning/Redline%20Public%20Review%20Draft%20(Oct%202014).pdf

2. Comments document contains public comments that have already been recorded thus far. You may find your comments recorded here if you attended any of the Zoning Update meetings or sent emails to the Planning Commission for the public record:

http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Zoning/Public%20Correspondence%20Chart%20(Oct%202014).pdf

3. Cross Reference Chart between existing Zoning and proposed Zoning.

http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Three documents are included
and available for review::

VIGIL TO BE HELD HERE WHEN FERGUSON GRAND JURY VERDICT IS ANNOUNCED

WHO: Committee for Racial Justice, NAACP, Universalist Unitarian Church, African American Staff, Student, Parent Support Group, Pico Youth and Family Center and
the Church in Ocean Park

WHAT: Join us for a vigil after the grand jury in Ferguson reports out its decis-
ion.

WHERE: Santa Monica City Hall

WHEN: We will gather with candles at 5pm on the evening of the announcement unless the announcement comes after 5pm and then we’ll gather on the next evening at 5pm.

SPEAKERS, MUSIC, and SOLIDARITY ACTIONS

We’ll issue an email blast as soon as we hear that there’s been a judgment.

ATTIC FIRE IN LA MESA HOUSE IS CONTAINED BY SMFD

Four Santa Monica Fire Department engines and a truck responded to a fire in
the attic of a house on La Mesa Drive in the northeast corner of Santa Monica
on Tuesday morning.

The house is being renovated, and sparks from a welder ignited the fire, which firefighters contained to the attic.

CHASING A RUMOR

An extraordinary rumor is going around town. Though the Dispatch is not in the
habit of publishing rumors, this one’s very existence says something about the
state of mind of the community.

We heard it from someone who’d heard it from someone else a couple of days ago.
We heard it again today. .

Mayor Pam O’Connor received enough votes to keep her Council seat, but, under
the law, a new mayor will be named by the new Council. Allegedly, O’Connor has
proposed to her Council colleagues, Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day, that the three
of them back Council member Tony Vazquez for mayor, and thus hold onto to their majority.

By making Vazquez mayor, O’Connor could not only fracture the Council’s first
true “slow growth” majority, but keep her long-running promise that as long as
she’s around, Councilman Kevin McKeown will never be mayor.

We tried, but failed to reach Vazquez, so we don’t know whether he has heard the rumor, much less whether he would be interested in taking part in O’Connor’s lat-
est plot, but we doubt it.

In fact, Vazquez, McKeown, Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich, who has won a
seat on the Council with a very substantial vote, and Ted Winterer will comp-
rise the first authentic “slow growth” majority we’ve ever had.

Excessive growth has been a major issue in Santa Monica for several years, and
it dominated the recent election.Council members McKeown, Vazquez and Winterer
had consistently opposed the surging growth, but were regularly out-voted by O’Connor, Davis, O’Day, and Bob Holbrook, who’s retiring this year. They all reg-
ularly took campaign contributions from developers, and approved their projects.

Now the Council slow growth majority that residents have long sought is about to be sworn in. They don’t take campaign contributions from developers and they listen to residents.

It’s clearly time for O’Connor to find a hobby – preferably something that doesn’t involve the destiny of a gloriously idiosyncratic beach town.

SM DEMOCRATIC CLUB MEETING ON WEDNESDAY IS CANCELLED

The meeting topic, “Election Aftermath: Where to From Here” is important to
all of us and will be re-scheduled.

The Executive Board suggests that members attend the Planning Commission
Town Hall Meeting on November 19, where comments will be heard on the Redline
Public Review Draft Zoning Ordinance Update.

The Town Hall starts at 7:00 pm at Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 1501
California Avenue.

The Redline Draft Zoning Ordinance can be viewed at www.smgov.net/planning

HEREWITH, THE LATEST SMMUSD, SMC AND COUNTY SUPERVISOR ELECTION RESULTS

County Supervisor, 3rd District: Sheila Kuehl 140,056, Bobby Shriver, 124,387

Santa Monica College Trustees (4), Nancy Greenstein 13,761, Jean Jaffe
13,628, Barry Snell 11,709, Andrew Walzer 10,453

Dennis Frisch 9,538 Maria Loya 8,589

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (4) Laurie Lieberman 14,361
R. Tahvilderan Jessvein 11,615 Craig Foster 11,409, Oscar de la Torre 11,224

Ralph Mechur 10.358 Patty Viner 4,798, Dhun May 4,794.

MID-CITY NEIGHBORS PREPARE FOR ZONING UPDATE MEETING

This is the second email sent today regarding the upcoming Town Hall meeting
on the Zoning Ordinance Update. In today’s earlier email we gave detailed
information about the current situation, speaking at the meeting, and resi-
dents’ concerns. This email gives simplified talking points that you may wish
to consider. Remember, you can speak for 30 seconds or 2-4 minutes. If you
don’t wish to talk, please attend to support those who do. .

These are issues you might want to address at the Town Hall meeting:
1. Limit height on ALL blvds. to 47 ft. (no Tier 3).
2. Eliminate “Activity Center” sites throughout the city on major blvds.
3. Eliminate so called Opportunity Sites that exceed zoning height, massing
and density standards.
4. Keep current parking standards as they are to protect neighborhoods from commercial encroachment and allow for visitors in residential areas.
5. Make lot consolidation rare in neighborhoods to maintain residential scale
and character, to preserve courtyard apartments and condos.
6. Encourage adaptive reuse of both commercial and residential buildings.

Councilmember Kevin McKeown went through all 540 pages of the draft, making
hundreds of comments and suggestions, but these were not included by staff
in the released redline. Many points raised by McKeown were protective of neighborhoods, but may be at risk of being passed over as land use attorneys representing developers make alternate suggestions to the Planning Commission.
Please join us. Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, Nov. 19 2014 @ 7:00 PM, Lincoln
Middle School Auditorium, 1501 California Ave,Free parking.

MID CITY NEIGHBORS MONTHLY BOARD MEETING MONDAY, November 17 @ 7pm, Colorado
Center Community Room, 2500 Broadway, across from Helen’s Cycles. (Parking val-
idated in structure located below Center)

Topics will include: Preparation for the Town Hall, Election impact,Guest
Speaker Andrew Maximous, Acting Principal Traffic Engineer to discuss the new
parking meters to be installed in Mid City.

If you want to read the “Redline,” it is available on the City website:

http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/

1. Full Redline Document (hundreds of pages long) shows what is now in the
Zoning and what could be removed or added:

http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Zoning/Redline%20Public%20Review%20Draft%20(Oct%202014).pdf

2. Comments document contains public comments that have been recorded thus
far.

http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Zoning/Public%20Correspondence%20Chart%20(Oct%202014).pdf

3. Cross Reference Chart between existing zoning and proposed:

http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Zoning/Zoning%20Ordinance%20Cross%20Reference%20Chart%20(Oct%202014).pdf

If you have any questions, come to tomorrow’s meeting and/or contact me
via SantaMonicaMidCityNeighbors@gmail.com

Thank you very much for your participation in making our neighborhoods better.

Stacy Dalgleish, Vice President and Communications Officer
Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors (SMMCN)

Copyright © 2014 Santa Monica Mid City Neighbors, All rights reserved.

ZONING UPDATE PUTS NEIGHBORHOODS AT RISK

Northeast Neighbors want the zoning update to:

Prevent traffic-generating over-development on Wilshire Blvd. – Density and
height on Wilshire should be the same as Santa Monica Blvd. with no Tier 3;
Activity Centers must also be removed on Wilshire as they would be out of
scale.

Ensure adequate parking for customers and employees to prevent spillover –
Parking standards must be set to protect neighborhoods as promised in the
LUCE.

Create human scale buildings to prevent mega-development by prohibiting the consolidation of parcels throughout the city – This will increase the number
of neighborhood serving businesses and improve the pedestrian experience as
planned in the standards being advanced in the Zoning for Main Street.

Maintain Planning Commission authority over new development by removing prop-
osals for increased “administrative approval” – This would give too much power
to staff, prevent public accountability, and end any appeals process.

Prevent changes to residential lot designations throughout the city – These
parcels serve as important buffers between homes and commercial boulevards.

Remove from the new Zoning Ordinance “Purpose” language that calls for regu-
lations to “enhance the City’s fiscal health” – Regulations should enhance the quality of life for residents, not the City coffers.

Preserve open, green space – Zoning should not allow developers to buy their
way out of providing open, green space accessible in each project by paying
“in lieu fees.”

Protect courtyard apartments in all residential districts – The character and
scale of all neighborhoods will be better preserved.

Remove the potential for commercial Daycare Centers from single family home neighborhoods – These are commercial businesses that currently are not al-
lowed in these neighborhoods and should not be allowed in the future.

Reduce the maximum allowable density for affordable housing projects along Wil-
shire Blvd. – If allowed, the current proposal would result in projects that
are too big for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Direct Community Benefits for Tier 2 projects to flow to and benefit the neigh-
borhood that is impacted – The proposed new Zoning Ordinance would direct Com-
munity Benefits for Tier 2 projects to a general city fund even though our gen-
eral plan requires that these benefits should go to the impacted neighborhoods
to mitigate the negative impacts of the projects.

The “redline” it is available on the City website:http://www.smgov.net/Departments/PCD/

Three documents are included and available for review:

1. Full Redline Document (hundreds of pages long) shows what is now in the Zon-
ing and what could be removed or added:

http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Zoning/Redline%20Public%20Review%20Draft%20(Oct%202014).pdf

Cross Reference Chart between existing zoning and proposed update:

http://www.smgov.net/uploadedFiles/Departments/PCD/Zoning/Zoning%20Ordinance%20Cross%20Reference%20Chart%20(Oct%202014).pdf

For more information on the Town Hall Meeting or to request disability-re-
lated accommodations call: 310.458.8341

RESIDOCRACY: URGENT CALL TO ACTION, NEIGHBORHOODS AT RISK

Town Hall Meeting, Zoning Ordinance Update, Wednesday, 7 pm,
Lincoln Middle School Auditorium, 14th St. and California Ave.

Residents MUST outnumber developers at this meeting. Attend,defend our quality
of life against the against the over-development machine in Santa Monica.

After more than a year of fighting to stop traffic-generating overdevelopment
in our city, residents must not allow their voices to be drowned out by devel-
opers and their lawyers who are working overtime to influence the Planning
Commission to allow them to maximize their projects. Residents MUST outnumber developers at this meeting. Even if you don’t plan to speak, just being there
will send a message.

The Zoning Ordinance Update – currently in a proposed “redline” form to show
proposed changes – spells out what can be built in our city for the next two
decades. The redline lacks many of the protections for residents that the
current Zoning provides. That’s why this Town Hall meeting and your partici-
pation at this point matters.

Wednesday night’s Town Hall will be more relaxed than Planning Commission
meetings. Speakers can comment without time limits.

Residents want the new Zoning Ordinance Update to:

* Prevent traffic-generating over-development on boulevards – Density
and height should be limited by the removal of Tier 3; Activity Centers must
also be eliminated as they’’re out of scale, too big for our town.
* Ensure adequate parking for customers and employees to prevent spill-
over. Parking standards must be set to protect neighborhoods as promised in
the LUCE.
* Create human scale buildings to prevent mega-development by prohibit-
ing the consolidation of parcels throughout the city – This will increase
the number of neighborhood-serving businesses and improve the pedestrian ex-
perience as planned in the standards being advanced in the Zoning for Main
Street.
* Maintain Planning Commission authority over new development by remov-
ing proposals for increased “administrative approval” – which gives too much
power to staff, dilutes public accountability, and ends the appeals process.

* Opposes residential lot designations throughout the city. These parcels
serve as important buffers between homes and commercial boulevards.
* Remove from the new Zoning “Purpose” language that calls for regulat-
ions to “enhance the City’s fiscal health.” Regulations should enhance the
quality of life for residents, not increase the City coffers.
* Preserve open, green space. Zoning should not allow developers to buy
their way out of providing open, green space accessible in each project by
paying “in lieu fees.”
* Protect classic courtyard apartments in all residential districts,
as they preserve and enhance the character and scale of all neighborhoods.

At a recent public meeting, developers persuaded the Planning Commission to
NOT include in the Zoning Update important issues that we have fought for
and staff and the Commission had previously supported (such as removing Act-
ivity Centers from Wilshire Blvd.)

T he Commission needs to hear from residents from all parts of town and re-
ceive and read written comments for the record from residents NOW and con-
tinuing through the City Council approval of the final Zoning document some-
time next year..

The “redline” update is available on the City website:

1.The Full Redline Document is hundreds of pages long, shows what is now
in the Zoning and what could be removed or added:

2. Comments document contains public comments that have already been recorded
thus far. You may find your comments recorded here if you attended any of the
Zoning Update meetings or sent emails to the Planning Commission for the public record:

For more information on the Town Hall Meeting or to request disability-related accommodations call: 310.458.8341

Free parking and bike valet parking will be available.

You may also take the Big Blue Bus lines #2 on Wilshire Blvd. and #3 on Mont-
ana Avenue, which both stop near the workshop location.

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