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Residocracy Launches LUVE Initiative to Limit Development


David Ganezer

Abby Reader, the feisty septuagenerian behind LUVE

Residocracy, a group known mostly for snarky remarks on their Facebook page, held a Rally and Kickoff for the LUVE Ballot Initiative Petition signature-gathering campaign.

LUVE's supporters say the it will require voter approval for major developments, and for Developer Agreements. The City of Santa Monica is famous for signing Developer agreements that promise parks, schools, funding for programs, low income housing, even ice skating rinks-and then the agreements are completely ignored and forgotten by City Hall.

David Ganezer

LUVE Supporters collecting signatures at California & 6th Street

The measure also promises to keep traffic from getting even worse, "protect renters by stopping the gentrification of existing neighborhoods," and eliminate the City's incentive for developers to combine lots, tear down smaller buildings and replace them with larger ones.

"You, as a Santa Monica resident, hold the power to stop the overdevelopment of Santa Monica through the LUVE ballot initiative," said the group in a press release. "While our elected officials have chosen to ignore you as a resident, Residocracy has not. We listened to our Community Network of Residents and heard you when you said that your number one concern is traffic and the overdevelopment of Santa Monica. And as a result, Residocracy is launching the LUVE Ballot Initiative Petition to empower residents to take control of major land use decisions in Santa Monica."

The measures backers say they will need to gather 6,500+ signatures to qualify the LUVE Initiative for the November 2016 Ballot. Santa Monica has about 95,000 residents.


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