As proposed, the Downtown Community Plan places too much emphasis on physical planning and restricting physical development and barely any emphasis on the impact it has on social, economic, equity, or sustainability planning objectives.
What should Downtown Santa Monica look like in 20 years? Here are our priorities for a sustainable, welcoming, and thriving downtown.
Santa Monica Forward enthusiastically supports Councilmembers Terry O'Day and Gleam Davis, Mayor Tony Vazquez, and Mayor Pro Tempore Ted Winterer for re-election to the Santa Monica City Council. Forward also supports a YES vote on Measure V, the bond to improve and repair Santa Monica College facilities, this November.
"Now that Santa Monica has the Expo line, let's do transit right," By Santa Monica Forward (May 24, 2016)
"LUVE initiative would undermine democracy," By Santa Monica Forward (May 3, 2016)
"No LUVE for Santa Monica Renters," By Santa Monica Forward (April 26, 2016)
"NO LUVE for Affordable Housing," By Santa Monica Forward (April 12, 2016)
"Santa Monica Forward opposes the LUVE initiative; here’s why," (April 6, 2016)
"Santa Monica Forward's Thoughts on the Downtown Community Plan," by Santa Monica Forward (March 16, 2016)
"A future with Real Transportation Options," By Santa Monica Forward (February 23, 2016)
"Continuing the Santa Monica tradition of fighting homelessness," By Santa Monica Forward (February 2, 2016)
"Urban acupuncture, open space, and transforming Santa Monica’s public realm," By Santa Monica Forward (January 26, 2016)
"Working toward a more equitable future for all," By Santa Monica Forward (January 19, 2016)
"Helping our homeless neighbors," By Santa Monica Forward (January 12, 2016)
"Grateful people in a fortunate city," By Santa Monica Forward (December 29, 2015)
"Making our streets safer requires education, enforcement," by Santa Monica Forward (December 15, 2015)
"In search of solutions to Santa Monica's housing Affordability Crisis," By Santa Monica Forward (December 8, 2015)
"Preserving the past while looking to the future," By Santa Monica Forward (November 24, 2015)
"Designing the future of learning," by Santa Monica Forward (November 10, 2015)
"Will you join us in committing to a Vision Zero future?" by Santa Monica Forward (October 27, 2015)
"Santa Monica is overdue for its own 'open streets' celebration," By Santa Monica Forward (October 20, 2015)
"A once-in-a-lifetime chance to create the downtown we deserve," By Santa Monica Forward (October 13, 2015)
"Hack the beach: Time to recode Santa Monica" By Santa Monica Forward (October 6, 2015)
"A lesson in compassion in Pope Francis’ U.S. visit" By Santa Monica Forward (September 29, 2015)
"Let's Keep California's Golden Gate Open" By Santa Monica Forward (September 22, 2015)
"Renewing our commitment to equity in education and access to opportunity" By Santa Monica Forward (September 15, 2015)
"Preserving our community's character" By Santa Monica Forward (September 1, 2015)
"Setting our priorities, remembering our values" by Santa Monica Forward (August 25, 2015)
"Governing by the facts" By Santa Monica Forward (August 18, 2015)
"Santa Monica needs to lead the way in reducing emissions, increasing clean energy" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (August 11, 2015)
"Three cheers for the summer Pier concerts" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (August 4, 2015)
"The legacy of rent control in Santa Monica" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (July 28, 2015)
"The need for workforce housing in Santa Monica" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (July 21, 2015)
"The truth about affordable housing in Santa Monica" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (July 14, 2015)
"In praise of good leadership on new vaccine law" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (July 7, 2015)
"A week of progress in America" BY SANTA MONICA FORWARD (June 30, 2015)
"In Charleston, A Lesson for Santa Monica" by Santa Monica Forward (June 23, 2015)
"Summer is Santa Monica's Time to Shine" By Santa Monica Forward (June 16, 2015)
"Our Streets are for Everyone" By Santa Monica Forward (June 9, 2015)
"Welcome Aboard, Rick Cole" by Santa Monica Forward (June 2, 2015)
“Losing ground in the fight against traffic, high rents” by Santa Monica Forward (May 27, 2015)
“Helping family members — even when they’re not close” by Ernie Powell (May 28, 2015)
“Silicon Beach City Hall” by Santa Monica Forward (May 19, 2015)
“Letter: Santa Monica’s Housing Quandary” by Daniel Shenise (May 16, 2015)
“Sustainable Planning Essential to Combating Climate Change” by Santa Monica Forward (May 12, 2015)
“Early Childhood Education Center Will Benefit Santa Monica” by Don Girard (May 6, 2015)
“Living Well in Santa Monica” by Mayor Kevin McKeown (April 29, 2015)
“Who Speaks for All Santa Monica Residents?” by Santa Monica Forward (April 29, 2015)
“Office Conversions Won’t Solve Affordable Housing Dilemma” by Leslie Lambert (April 28, 2015)
“Bounded Social Justice” by Santa Monica Forward (April 21, 2015)
“Why I Support Santa Monica Forward” by Natalya Zernitskaya (April 15, 2015)
“Santa Monica is for Everyone” by Santa Monica Forward (April 4, 2015)
The people of Santa Monica face a challenge to our decades-long tradition of grassroots community engagement, progressive planning, and responsible, forward-looking governance. That challenge comes in the form of the so-called LUVE initiative. The initiative is a shortsighted reaction to a complex set of issues facing our community and, if it passes, will have long-lasting and potentially devastating consequences in coming decades.
We no longer have the luxury of pretending that we can maintain a no- or minimal-growth position and simultaneously support an affordable Santa Monica. The ideas are incompatible and irreconcilable, as is demonstrated by a mounting body of evidence.
As Santa Monica begins to feel the effects of the global climate change crisis -- hotter summers, longer droughts, and increasingly extreme weather events -- our focus on thinking globally and acting locally becomes especially urgent. Climate change represents a challenge to all generations, and we must be willing to meet that challenge with direct action. It is a fight we’re willing to take to the streets, literally.
With the Expo opening to Santa Monica in a just a few months, our Bike Action Plan transforming our streetscape into a multimodal one, our Pedestrian Action Plan moving forward, and Breeze Bike Share, the county’s first such bike-share program, launching city-wide in just a few weeks, Santa Monica is undergoing a mobility sea change.
The Downtown Specific Plan will shape what the district becomes over the next 20 years, giving us the opportunity to reimagine Downtown Santa Monica as the complete neighborhood we all deserve.