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The DIRT on Homelessness in Santa Monica

The increase in crime and homelessness this year in Santa Monica has been a bigger problem than usual. The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) receives close to 3,000 non-emergency calls per month regarding a homeless person. In 2017 Santa Monica had a homeless population increase by 26%. To be fair, most surrounding cities also have had a significant increase this past year. Some blame …

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Santa Monica Dirt

Every year you see the ice rink set up in Santa Monica and every year you say that you are going to skate, so c’mon, do it. Ice at Santa Monica Grand Opening event is November 8, 2017 from 6:30-10pm. Admission is free! Also remember to bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to the Santa Monica Police Activities League Toy Drive. November 4, …

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Common Sense Dirt

It seems like I keep yapping about traffic and pedestrians and safety in Santa Monica so this will be my last rant… until 2018. I promise. The pedestrian hit by the Expo train probably does not read my blog, but lucky for him, he survived. As I mentioned back in May, this year had a record number of pedestrian deaths in Santa Monica.  There …

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Advertising Dirt

I read somewhere (and I agree that) touring homes can be like meeting a match.com date for the 1st time. Sometimes they look like the photos and sometimes you walk away saying “OMG.” In a world where we are continually bombarded with advertising images and calls to action, real estate agents are trying even harder to grab the attention of buyers, sometimes with over-the-top …

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Santa Monica Shaky Dirt

JUST LISTED!  543 14TH STREET, SANTA MONICA CALL ME FOR DETAILS 310-924-4014 Last Monday evening many of us noticed a very mild earthquake and with all of the recent disaster news from horribly devastating hurricanes in the southeast to the fatal earthquakes in Mexico, one has to wonder when the Westside will take a hit. The Los Angeles Times wrote a great article on …

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Virtual Dirt

How you shop for a home will continue to dramatically change in the near future. With the latest technology already in place, touring property should become more convenient and fun than it has been in the past. Virtual reality is now an actual reality for homebuyers. You need not leave home or the office, in fact you can be across the globe and view …

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$40 Million Santa Monica Dirt

Have you heard? There have been 2 monstrous sales that have closed this summer in the 90402 marketplace. Perhaps  the 90402 zip code will become just as notable as our neighboring Brentwood Park 90049. The talented creator of “Modern Family” Steve Levitan, sold his Santa Monica estate located at 859 Woodacres Drive, in a private sale for $41,082,000. The Levitan’s purchased the one acre …

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The Dirt Nextdoor

By now you must be familiar with the popular neighborhood social media site bulletin board, Nextdoor. There are thousands of members and it has been a pretty good tool for neighborhoods to stay connected. The posts are mostly useful; anyone looking for various recommendations; movers, window washers, tutors and the like. As well, there are plenty of postings for used furniture, inquiries about strange …

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