Vote YES on Measures H & HH: Support Affordable Housing in Santa Monica

The complex at 26th and Broadway is geared toward working families earning significantly less than the area median income. With only two- and three-bedroom units,

Santa Monica Spoke Supports
Affordable Housing Ballot Measures
Vote: Yes on H and HH

Two companion ballot initiatives proposed by Santa Monica City Hall would raise as much as $10 million a year to fund low-cost housing production. These proposed measures comes at a time when Santa Monica is struggling to maintain its commitment to economic diversity in the face of record high rents, and in large part due to rising land values and a regional housing shortage.

Measure H is a ONE-TIME fee that is paid when any residential and commercial real estate over $1 million dollars is sold from one owner to another in the City of Santa Monica. This means that real estate sales under $1 million, such as low and medium priced condos, are exempt from Measure H. Renters pay nothing. Also exempt are changes in ownership when a property is held in a trust. The buyer and seller can negotiate who pays all or a portion of the fee.

  • Measure H will generate new local revenue for the City so that its affordable housing stock can be maintained and rehabilitated, and that more affordable housing opportunities for people who live and work in the city can be created. 100% of the money collected through Measure H will stay in Santa Monica. It is our money for our community – Sacramento cannot touch one cent.
  • Measure HH specifies that voters want the revenue from Measure H to be spent on affordable housing programs.

In 2012, Santa Monica lost about $15 million a year of permanent funding for low-cost housing when the State of California shut down its 400 redevelopment agencies. The City has been searching for alternatives since. A local, dedicated funding stream would help support local equitable housing built by nonprofits while helping them qualify for state money, like cap-and-trade funds, 20 percent of which is to be set aside to finance low-cost transit oriented housing. While these cap-and-trade funds are expected make available about $100 million statewide for affordable housing (in the future that number expected to increase to about $500 million) – it is a fraction of the more than $1 billion in Redevelopment Agency money that was available before 2012.

We support the measures that City Council’s voted 5-to-1 to put on the ballot. Measure H would increase the fee paid to the City when a property worth over $1 million changes hands from $3 to $9 for every $1,000 of the property’s sale price, while the companion measure HH would dedicate that funding stream to affordable housing. Approving these measures will help nonprofit housing developers like Community Corporation of Santa Monica (CCSM) and Step Up on Second to not only build but maintain permanent affordable housing units in our city .

Quote Santa Monica Next:

“One of the things that makes Santa Monica so spectacular is… our economic and social diversity in this town and affordable housing is the only way to preserve it,” said Councilmember Gleam Davis.

Davis also pointed out that affordable housing stock helps take cars off the road if people who work in Santa Monica can also afford to live nearby, rather than commute long distance. She also pointed out that having low-cost housing available benefits young people who may be working their way through school or just starting a career.

Councilmember Ted Winterer agreed with Davis, saying that shoring up the affordable housing funding “is the most critical thing we can do this fall.”

Staff pointed out that without a new revenue stream, the City’s budget for funding affordable housing production would drop to about $300,000 a year and would require decades before the City could pool enough to finance even one project. That is not enough, according to officials, considering the rate at which market rents are rising and the impact of the Costa-Hawkins vacancy decontrol law on rent controlled units.

Frequently Asked Questions About Measures H and H
Breaking News: Deal Reached on CA’s Cap-and-Trade Spending Plan

VOTE: YES on LC (Local Control), NO on Measure D (Deception)

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Santa Monica Spoke has been a supporter of the grass root community momentum that led to Measure LC  from the very beginning when the Airport2Park community group was formed to bring attention to this important community issue. One of the first public events was a bike tour of the area around the Santa Monica Airport to envision the possibilities of what that area could or should be.
Here is some of what you might want to know about these important measures and the money being spent by outside aviation interests on Measure D.
We endorse a YES vote on LC and NO vote on D
- visit It’ to learn more about Measure LC and to donate and volunteer to the campaign. More links at the end of this post.

VOTE: YES on measure LC

Measure LC for “Local Control” has received overwhelming community support:

Airport2Park, Ballona Institute, Community Against Santa Monica Airport Traffic (CASMAT), Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP), Friends of Sunset Park Board of Directors, Green Party of Los Angeles County, League of Women Voters of Santa Monica – Read full opinion here , North of Montana Association Board, Northeast Neighbors Board, Mar vista Community Council, No Jets Santa Monica Airport, Ocean Park Association, Pico Neighborhood Association, Residocracy Advisory Board, Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, Santa Monica-Malibu Council of PTAs, Santa Monica Democratic Club, Santa Monica Next – Read full opinion hereSanta Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR), Santa Monica Spoke, Sierra Club Read full opinion here (PDF)Sunset Park Anti-Airport, Venice Environmental Alliance, Wilshire Montana Neighborhood Coalition
  • Measure LC was written at the request of residents, 99% of the funding is from small donations almost entirely from within the local community of Santa Monica.
  • Measure LC will keep Santa Monica residents in Control of Airport Land. It allows us to manage the airport for the health and safety of our community and not special interests.
  • Measure LC will allow us to retain the ability to end dangerous lead fuel and toxic jet fuel sales as well as reduce the 50 million pounds of annual green house gasses that Santa Monica Airport currently produces.
  • Measure LC will allow us to reduce the runway length and create a “runway safety area” that currently does not exist. Shortening the runway will reduce the number of large private/corporate jets that fly into the airport (like the one that crashed and killed 4 people last year).
  • Measure LC stipulates that if the airport is ever closed, that NO development is allowed without (true) voter approval. 
  • Measure LC mandates that the land could only be used for parks, educational, recreational or open space for everyone rather than for special interests. Imagine this land being made available in the future to walkers, bikers and to all regardless of income, age or ability.
  • Measure LC is a major investment in the future of a more sustainable Santa Monica.

VOTE: NO on measure D

  • Measure D is supported by the special interest aviation lobby who have contributed $500,000 so far. 99% of which has come from the aviation industry and supporters outside of Santa Monica.
  • Measure D portends to allow residents a right vote on the Santa Monica Airport keeping the airport open or closed but it does so under a questionable use of language about what constitutes “voter approval” – an impossible, never before reached threshold written as - majority of “voters”,  not majority of votes.
  • Measure D stipulates, very disturbingly, that unless the airport is closed, that the city, “shall not impose additional restrictions on providers of aviation support services to tenants and airport users that inhibit the sale of fuel or the full use of aviation facilities.”
    This means that the City can not manage or reduce the toxic fuel sales, toxic emissions, noise, limit jets, increase sustainability and create runway safety areas or do anything that the aviation industry feels is a “restriction” This is the real reason that the aviation industry is spending hurndreds of thousands of dollars for measure D.
  • Measure D is being promoted as a means to limit development in the city but contains absolutely nothing about development in the measure.
  • Measure D was written by the aviation lobby serve the special interests and not the needs of our city or the local community.

Santa Monica Spoke, local chapter of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is dedicated to improving the environment for walking and biking in the City of Santa Monica. We are a community based group working to make Santa Monica more sustainable, and a better place to live, walk, bike, work and play. We endorse a YES vote on LC and a NO vote on D.

Also useful are the very active and informative Facebook pages:
-  SMO Future
Santa Monica Airport Sanity Project
No Jets Santa Monica Airport
On the web
It’s Our Land! – See the Organizations behind “I’s Our Land”
SMO Future  
Airport 2 Park 

Measure LC Guarantees No New Development

The above text is copied directly from the text of Measure LC. It clearly states that “if all or part of the Airport land is permanently closed to aviation use, no new development of that land shall be allowed” without additional voter approval.

The only exception would be the development of “parks, public open spaces, and public recreational facilities.”  What a great deal this is!

Take the first Santa Monica Wellbeing Survey!


You are invited to take the first
Santa Monica Wellbeing Survey!

With your input, Santa Monica will build a first-of-its-kind tool to capture our community’s needs and strengths.  But to do this, they need you!

City of Santa Monica Wellbeing Projects wants to know how you are doing.  Take 10 minutes to tell them by visiting:

This survey – facilitated by the RAND Corporation, a non-profit research organization based in Santa Monica – is a vital part of a pioneering effort to measure community wellbeing in Santa Monica.  By completing this survey you’ll learn more about your own wellbeing, the wellbeing of our community, and be part of building the first Local Wellbeing Index.

You can learn more about The Wellbeing Project at Please direct inquiries about The Wellbeing Project to the City of Santa Monica Office of Wellbeing: Please note that the survey is for adult residents of Santa Monica only. If the link doesn’t open when you click it, please try copying and pasting the entire URL into your browser.


 ¡Usted está invitado a participar en la primera encuesta de bienestar de Santa Mónica!

Con su contribución, Santa Mónica podra crear por la primera vez una manera de mejor entender las necesidades y los puntos fuertes de nuestra comunidad.

¡Para realizarlo, necesitamos a usted!

Queremos saber cómo está usted. Tome unos 10 minutos para decirnos y por favor visite: 

Está encuesta es facilitada por la corporacion RAND, una organización de investigación no lucrativo basada en la ciudad de Santa Mónica, y es vital para la creación de una forma de medir más exacta el bienestar de la comunidad de Santa Mónica. Por participar en esta encuesta, usted aprenderá acerca de su propio bienestar, el bienestar de la comunidad y podra tomar parte en la creación del primer índice local de bienestar.

Usted puede aprender más sobre El Proyecto de Bienestar en Por favor dirija sus preguntas sobre El Proyecto de Bienestar a la Oficina del Bienestar de la Ciudad de Santa Mónica: Por favor tenga en cuenta que la encuesta es solo para residentes adultos de la ciudad de Santa Mónica. Si el enlace no abre, trate de copiar y pegar el URL en una nueva ventana del navegador.

Bikerowave: Monthly Open House Friday, 10/3

Looking for something fun and bikey?!

Head to Bikerowave‘s monthly Open House

Fri, October 3rd, 7-10 pm
12255 Venice Blvd. 90066 (east of Centinela)

Fun, games, and BICYCLE ICE CREAM???

Bring a dish or a drinks to share.
Please, bring your own mess kit.
This is a zero waste event

bikerowave pot luckMonr Bikerowave is our closest bicycle repair collective, much like the Bicycle KitchenBike Oven, or Valley Bikery.  They provide space, tools, and equipment in order to effectively teach people how to build, repair, and maintain their bicycles. DIY with or without help. They are a not-for-profit all volunteer member run organization. The goal is to empower cyclists with the basic knowledge to maintain their steed, as well as enable them to more easily connect with the

Santa Monica Malibu School Students Get READY TO ROLL for BIKE IT! WALK IT! Week

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One again Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) students and staff are getting out their bikes, scooters, skateboards and walking shoes in preparation for Bike It! Walk It! Week, October 7th -10th 2014.  

This year’s motto is “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”

Approximately 30 percent of District students at 14 different schools participate in the event, avoiding approximately 12,000 car trips.

The community is invited to join us this Saturday, October 4th for a Free Bike Rodeo (hosted at McKinley) to help prepare students to Get READY TO RIDE this week and every week! We love this year’s motto “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”  that encourages students, staff and parents to walk, bike, scoot, skate or take the bus at least one “car-free” day per week. Beautiful!

Bike It! Walk It! and Safe Routes to School programs have been a collaboration and partnership between the City of Santa Monica, the District, Parent Teacher Association and supported by Santa Monica Spoke and other great community leaders. These efforts are to promote health, safety, environmental, and community benefits and improve safety by reduce traffic congestion near schools.
Bike It! Walk It! supports community engagement through environmentally friendly programing.

This year’s motto is “Bike It! Walk It! Every Week!”  Roosevelt Elementary will begin the week with a Bike It Walk It Day on Tuesday, October 7.  Schools celebrating Bike it! Walk it! Day on Wednesday, October 8 include Lincoln Middle School, Olympic High School, Franklin Elementary and Santa Monica High School.  The remaining SMMUSD schools will participate on Friday, October 10, including Will Rogers Learning Community, Edison Language Academy, Grant Elementary, John Muir Elementary/Santa Monica Alternative School House (SMASH), Franklin Elementary, Juan Cabrillo Elementary, Point Dume Marine Science School, John Adams Middle School, and Malibu High School.

Don’t be Traffic: Ride Share Week October 6th -10th

Rideshare Week LA is October 6th to 10th

Rideshare Week LA is October 6th to 10th

With so many options to rideshare, you don’t have to be part of traffic anymore!

Pledge to rideshare and get your very own “Get out of Traffic” License and an opportunity to share your rideshare story.

You’ll also be entered to win one of the fabulous prizes listed here:

Join Metro at the events below and get a chance to post your rideshare license online and receive giveaways!

Monday - Union Station (8-10 am)
Tuesday - North Hollywood Metro Station (8-9 am)
Wednesday - Culver City Metro Station (8-9 am)
Thursday - Rideshare Fair at Grand Park (10am – 1pm)
Friday - El Monte Metro Station (4:30 – 5:30pm)

Join Rideshare Week on Facebook!

Visit to find a carpool, vanpool, a bike buddy and transit information.


Cities on Speed: Bogotá Change by Andreas M. Dalsgaard

SMMoA: Bike-in* screening of Bogotá Change

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
SMMoA, 2525 Michigan Ave, Bergamot Art Complex
6:00pm – 8:00pm (6-7pm Happy Hour, 7-8pm Screening)

FREE bike-in* screening of Bogotá Change, a fast-paced portrait of a city on the move.
Facebook event here.

SMMoA will be hosting a happy hour from 6-7pm and the screening will be from 7-8pm.
The film chronicles the terms of Mayors Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa, who proactively transformed Bogotá, Colombia in less than 10 years. From mimes in place of traffic police to a burst of bicycle paths and green spaces, these unorthodox officials championed the use of creative solutions for complex social problems. The film also touches on the original ciclovías, just ahead of the return of Los Angeles’ CicLAvia on October 5. Mockus served as mayor of Bogotá from 1995 to 1997 and again from 2001 to 2003, while Peñalosa was mayor from 1998 to 2001.

This screening is presented in conjunction with Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy, on view in the Museum’s Main Gallery from September 13 through December 13, 2014. Citizen Culture celebrates the power of art to spark dialogue, create new modes of civic engagement, and transform the laws by which cities and citizens are governed.

*Biking to this event is not required! There is plenty of parking available in the Bergamot Station lot.

Generous support for this program has been provided by the The Neeley Family Fund at The San Diego Foundation.

TONIGHT: Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal

We return to AREAL the location of our first NBC Handlebar Happy Hour to close out the 2014 National Bike Challenge!

Areal Restaurant
Closing National Bike Challenge
Handlebar Happy Hour!
– EVERYONE Invited –

Address: 2820 Main Street, Santa Monica

LOG MILES OVER SMILES: OR just catch up and have FUN!
Join us TONIGHT from 5:30 -8:00 pm and support one of Santa Monica’s Bike Friendly Businesses as we enjoy our last Handlebar Happy Hour for the National Bike Challenge 2014!

We celebrate the momentum and success we have accumulated over the last 5 months!
The National bike Challenge has been a great way to bring together our local biking community and share how you can become involved or take part in our growing local bike culture!!

EVERYONE WELCOME – We need your voice and input as we create the momentum for change – for a more bikeabe, walkable SANTA MONICA.
We will be there to answer questions, help you sign up, “how to” log you miles…. or just enjoy the great company!




Last Day of the National Bike Challenge! LOG MILES & Handlebar Happy Hour

Hello Bike Santa Monica!
This is it, the LAST TWO DAYS of the 5 month long National Bike Challenge!
You can still join the team. Currently our Community Team Bike Santa Monica

Handlebar Happy Hour at Areal on Tuesday!
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  • Ranking 14th Nationally (slipped from 13th!)
  • We have accumulated 233,415 Points 
  • Together we have ridden almost  95,000 miles - can we make it to 100,000?!


Get your miles logged by the end of the month to be eligible for a September prize. If you reach the Diamond or Platinum level you’ll be entered to win the grand prize: A 4-Day North American Trek Travel trip!
Join team Bike Santa Monica and Log your September miles here  to Make Every Mile Count!

Tuesday, September 30, at midnight CT will be the last time you can record your miles for the month and have them count for the prize drawing. Anything after that will go into the overall tally.

A couple key things to remember when logging miles:1. Miles MUST be assigned to the day you rode them. (No logging one large monthly total. Why?  Because the point system considers the number of days ridden for a given month, as well.)2. To log miles from past days:

  • Login to your account at
  • Click on the red “Log Miles” banner on the home page
  • Click on the calendar view in the right hand corner of the logging window
  • Click on the day you want to add miles
  • Enter your total miles for that day in Transport or Sport/Fun
  • Click “Update Miles”
  • Repeat for the other days you rode

And with over 650 prizes already awarded, we’re upping the ante for the final month of the Challenge. We’ll have more  National Bike Challenge socks, Aero Tech Designs bike shorts, 3M sunglasses, Luna BarsBellwether gloves, Resource Revival key chains,  Planet Bike bike lights, Cat-EarsCanari clothing and more!Click here to see all of the great stuff you can win just by logging your miles.

Click here to share the fun of the National Bike Challenge with family and friends.