by Jodi Summers Up until recently, the Pico neighborhood was considered the bastard stepchild of Santa Monica communities. Back in the early days of the City, the neighborhood was Santa Monica’s ghetto – Hispanics, Black, Jews, ethnic groups of all types were told to settle here. The Pico neighborhood had been one of the largest […]

by Jodi Summers It is election season. At the recent Santa Monica Squirm Night candidates for three sets of City positions were grilled by editors and guests of the Santa Monica Daily Press newspaper. As a city, we are blessed to have so many competent candidates to choose from. But, it was one of the […]

edited by Jodi Summers Now that getting a loan has finally returned to a more comfortable process, the new Qualified Mortgage (QM) rules happening January 10, 2014 add a new twist to the lending game. QM is a newly created set of restrictions on lending guidelines and the products that are available in the secondary […]

Peace, love and joy this holiday season. Hope and Prosperity in 2014. Enjoy, Jodi ** http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/design/2013/12/the-impressive-results-of-when-you-ask-architects-to-build-with-gingerbread/?utm_source=smithsoniantopic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20131222-Weekender        

by Jodi Summers Proposition 13 limits annual tax increases on both commercial and residential properties at 2% each year after a sale takes place. The landmark 1978 California tax change was passed, in part, so that older Californians are not priced out of their homes through high taxes. Proposition 13 has been called the “third […]

edited by Jodi Summers The Postal Service announced that they are proceeding with plans to relocate the services of the historic Santa Monica Main Post Office to the carrier annex at 1653 7th Street, south of Colorado and the future Expo line.  The Santa Monica Conservancy was among dozens of organizations and hundreds of residents who wrote […]