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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

Supercharged Dirt

A few years ago Tesla announced a plan to start building a V3 Supercharger station located at 1401 Santa Monica Boulevard. With a whopping 62 charging stalls, this would have been the largest V3 Supercharger facility in the world. The current largest all-V3 Supercharging station is located at Firebaugh, California at 56 stalls. On March 3rd, the Santa Monica Planning Commission finally approved the project… Continue Reading Supercharged Dirt

$30 Million La Mesa Dr. Dirt

The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. So much so it caused a Seagram heir and his wife to move just across the street and into a whopping $30 million dollar La Mesa drive estate after renting on the south side of the same street for the last four years. The Bronfmans’ new estate was never publicly offered for… Continue Reading $30 Million La Mesa Dr. Dirt

The Dirt Zone

Loyal readers of my blog will remember my last post about an illegal rent hike here in Santa Monica. You would have to live in a bubble not to know about the housing crisis in America, especially in light of the pandemic. According to municipal and county leaders, more than 1.3 million homes need to be built in the next decade to address the… Continue Reading The Dirt Zone

The Dirt on an Illegal Rent Hike

It hasn’t been easy for anyone during the pandemic, and certainly isn’t helping an already strained relationship between renters and their landlords. Santa Monica is taking aim at landlords who are accused of skirting special protections for renters that have been enacted because of the coronavirus pandemic. The city announced last Friday that it charged the owners of an apartment building on Euclid St.… Continue Reading The Dirt on an Illegal Rent Hike

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