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The Dirt on the Promenade Part 2:
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There is a turf war waging in Santa Monica’s downtown Promenade and it’s not between rival gang members (this time anyway!). Rather, it is between the Promenade’s business owners and the Mayor of Santa Monica. John Alle is a property owner suing the City of Santa Monica over the maintenance of the Promenade, or lack thereof. For months, he has complained to city officials… Continue Reading The Dirt on the Promenade Part 2:
Patrolling Downtown Santa Monica

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The Dirt on The Dispensaries Part 2

While marijuana is legal in California, Santa Monica residents need to venture outside their neighborhoods to obtain the stuff…. for now. After the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2017, only 2 cannabis companies were able to apply for licenses. After ranking 2nd out of 21 applicants, CPC Compassion Inc. has secured a location at 925 Wilshire Blvd. They were able to apply for a… Continue Reading The Dirt on The Dispensaries Part 2

The Dirt on SB9 and SB10

California’s severe shortage of housing is driving a couple of Senate bills that have neighborhood associations on edge. Proponents for the bill SB9 believe the housing shortage problem stems from it being illegal to build more middle-income housing in 70% of the state. They believe SB9 is the key to fixing this as SB9 makes two important changes to state law: It allows homeowners… Continue Reading The Dirt on SB9 and SB10

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The Dirt on the Drought

California is facing yet another drought just two years after the last one ended. Our 1,500 reservoirs are at only 50% of their average levels and federal and local agencies have begun to issue water restrictions. “What we are seeing right now is very severe, dry conditions and in some cases and some parts of the west, the lowest in-flows to reservoirs on record,”… Continue Reading The Dirt on the Drought

Exodus Dirt

A few of my friends like to debate this but according to a state Department of Finance report issued in December 2020, it’s estimated that 135,600 more people left California than moved here last year. It’s only the 12th time since 1900 the state has had a net migration loss, and 2020’s was the third largest ever recorded. The percentage of California residents who… Continue Reading Exodus Dirt

Groundbreaking Dirt

Santa Monica’s affordable housing provider, a non-profit called Community Corp, broke ground on a whopping $35 million project that will offer rare apartments for large low-income families. To help fund this project, the city provided $13.3 million from its Affordable Housing Trust Fund, or about $277,000 per residence. The total estimated cost of the development is $35,004,723 or $729,265 per residence, according to the… Continue Reading Groundbreaking Dirt

Conspiracy Dirt

Can you imagine that our iconic Santa Monica Pier could be part of a conspiracy of gang activity, turf wars, and umbrellas used as weapons? Hold onto your tinfoil hats for this one because this is one wild ride. Rumor has it that our SM Pier is home to an alleged crime syndicate called the Murcia Family Gang. According to SM Observed, a conservative leaning publication,… Continue Reading Conspiracy Dirt

The Dirt on Capital Gains

President Biden is set to work on the next phase of his economic agenda — a sprawling collection of programs that would invest in infrastructure, education, carbon-reduction and working parents. These infrastructure proposals are likely to require trillions of dollars in new tax revenue aimed at large corporations and high-income individuals. While Economists on both sides of the aisle are pleading their cases for,… Continue Reading The Dirt on Capital Gains

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