Southern California is known for it’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Here are suggestions on how to best enjoy your yard, respecting our drought-tolerant attitude:

by Jodi Summers Urban legend: Stewardesses used to be said that people from Los Angeles had a lot of anxiety when they flew on airplanes because they weren’t used to mass transit. But we’re becoming a big city now, and mass transit is becoming a viable alternative to a car.  Yes, we’ve always had buses, […]

by Jodi Summers Back in the days before airplanes and ubiquitous automobiles, people didn’t travel very far. Life on the farm kept them busy enough, and except for the occasional foray into town for supplies, or friend’s house for parlor games, you seldom went very far. It was an efficient and inexpensive lifestyle that allowed […]

by Jodi Summers Ice Ice Baby. Back in 1990, everyone was talking about Julia Roberts in the movie Pretty Woman. Just fewer than 30 million people lived in California (compared to more than 37.25 million today) and everybody is boasting about their Acura Legend or Mazda Miata. The California Air Resources Board’s plan to reduce […]

Special thanks to Benjamin Pezzillo of https://pactriglo.com/ for providing this summary and original document. Recently passed Senate Bill 1069 is a move to help ease California’s housing crisis, making “granny units” easier and less expensive to build throughout the state. The new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can potentially save thousands of dollars in fees and […]

by Jodi Summers Watch our Metro grow. In the most recent presidential elections, LA approved Measure M – the half-cent sales tax increase to fund new public transit projects and infrastructure improvements. Here’s our metro – now and future… As an FYI, Angelinos spend an average of 81 hours a year stuck in traffic. Currently, […]

by Jodi Summers Woo Hoo! Santa Monica’s recently developed Ocean Avenue South has been honored as a 2016 ULI Global Award for Excellence winner. The residential mixed-use, mixed-income development was one of 11 real estate development projects from around the globe. The ULI 2016 Global Awards for Excellence is one of the land use industry’s […]

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by Jodi Summers We thought it was the luxury condos being built in the neighborhood driving up the condo prices in downtown Santa Monica, but according to Redfin it’s because the units are greener than almost every other place in the country. Indeed, in 2015, Downtown Santa Monica was 3rd on the list of the […]

by Jodi Summers California’s green protocols will continue to influence green building. January 2017 will see the application of “Title 24,” building energy efficiency standards set forth by the California Energy Commission. The updated building energy efficiency should cut regulated energy use in new homes by 28% and save consumers $31 a month compared to […]