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Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich Has Financial Conflict of Interest

Dear Editor, The Santa Monica city attorney, or the city council needs to act immediately to force the Mayor's recusal from all council discussions and votes regarding either of the transfer tax...

 
 By Peter Borresen    Opinion    July 4, 2022

Response to Caroline Torosis and Anastasia Foster on Rent Control

As Caroline and Anastasia say, rent control is for all tenants, but it is the rent challenged who they, understandably, use to justify emergency rent freezes, thus lumping all renters into one group....

 
 By Peter Borresen    Opinion    June 9, 2022

Just Say No to Santa Monica's Transfer Tax, The Highest in the State of California

This is not a 'wealth tax' as the signature gatherers proclaim - it is a real estate transfer tax. They are completely different things. With this new transfer tax, if you buy and sell a house for...

 
 By Peter Borresen    Opinion    May 16, 2022

Affordable Home Ownership in Santa Monica - Not Affordable Renting

The state of California has issued an unfunded mandate that Santa Monica must build 6000+ affordable homes, or face punitive fines and loss of zoning control. The city currently plans to build these...

 

Santa Monica's Disastrous "Housing and Schools" Transfer Tax Proposal

This is not a 'wealth tax' as the signature gatherers proclaim - it is a real estate transfer tax. They are completely different things. With this new transfer tax, if you buy and sell a house for...

 

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