City Council Rescinds Hines project

A 765,000-square-foot big time traffic burden has been avoided!

The Santa Monica City Council took up the issue of the Hines project referendum at their meeting of May 13, 2014. The Council heard impassioned testimony from dozens of public speakers, many of whom took the time to share personal stories about the positive experiences they had while collecting signatures during the referendum petition drive. Members of different community groups and organizations (SMRR, SMCLC, multiple neighborhood groups) got involved and worked together to communicate their concerns about the massive traffic-generating project. We want to take the time to thank and congratulate a new community organization, Residocracy, for their leadership in launching and coordinating this successful effort.

The petition effort yielded over 13,000 valid signatures and sent a powerful message to our local elected leaders. After public testimony concluded, the City Council voted 4-1 (with two abstentions) to rescind their approval of the Hines development agreement rather than place the matter before the voters in an election.

Thank you and congratulations to all the dedicated volunteers who contributed to this success.

 

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