Santa Monica Daily Press | October 27, 2020
Planning Commission Chair Shawn Landres said he shared the concerns of equity — and after some back-and-forth, commissioners agreed there may be better and more equitable ways to accomplish the city’s goals.
…“A lot can happen over the next six months in the middle of an economically volatile situation,” Landres said…. “I think we need to put all of those (options) on the table, and then make the right recommendation based on full-throated input from DTSM and other stakeholders in the area.
…”[W]e need to be providing certainty.”
Santa Monica Daily Press | September 10, 2020
…Commissioner Shawn Landres added, “We may be voting for something that is highly aspirational — I want to caution that I think that we have certainly loaded up this set of recommendations and I’m mindful that the ultimate negotiations will be conducted by the City Council — but I think we’ve done a good job here, given the project before us, of addressing the really key issues.”
Landres said he believes the commission has set the project up for success and he believes it’s an improvement over the previous two iterations that will bring a great deal to the community, including jobs and more.
Santa Monica Daily Press | May 14, 2020
Commissioner Shawn Landres, who voted in favor of the proposal, also said he was concerned that the proposal could be seen as a broad policy change for only a few projects and wanted to ensure that Tier 3 projects will continue to be subject to a public design review process before doing away with development agreements.
…But he said he supported eliminating development agreements, citing the need to build more housing to fulfill Santa Monica’s RHNA allocation.
Landres said large housing projects near the downtown E Line station should not be subject to development agreements that delay construction and increase costs because the city’s zoning regulations are intended to promote housing production in that area.
Santa Monica Daily Press | May 4, 2020
Santa Monica Daily Press | September 7, 2019
Before approving the project, acting Planning Commission chair Shawn Landres said the Architectural Review Board should require the architect to break up the building.
“I would like the ARB to ensure that the final product does not give us [the appearance of] one big mass of a building on Santa Monica Boulevard,” Landres said.
Santa Monica Daily Press | November 11, 2019
Commissioner Shawn Landres said he thinks Santa Monica will not only have to permit taller buildings along its commercial boulevards and near transit, but also densify its residential neighborhoods by allowing duplexes and triplexes on single-family lots and encouraging homeowners to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in their backyards.
He also said the city must work strategically to ensure that at least 30% of the new units will be deed-restricted to low- and middle-income households, as required by Proposition R, a local law that voters approved in 1990.
“We need to build housing for our teachers, firefighters and police officers, for our 20-somethings, people starting families and for our seniors,” Landres said.
Santa Monica Daily Press | September 6, 2019
[Commissioner Richard] McKinnon, Commissioner Jim Ries and Landres led a motion to make several economic recommendations to the City Council, including a ban on chain businesses, local hiring requirements and financial incentives for legacy businesses.
“We’re trying to create a playing field that allows locals to open businesses and be able to compete for space with a comparably sized entity, rather than a large multinational swooping in and grabbing the spot,” Landres said.
Santa Monica Daily Press | June 21, 2019
The council passed the IZO to try to keep Santa Monica’s smaller, more affordable homes from being replaced with mansions. Permanent modifications to the city’s development standards are likely to reflect that purpose, said Commissioner Shawn Landres.
“We want to encourage remodeling rather than rebuilding homes, although we recognize there are situations where a rebuild is necessary,” he said.
The commission also plans to incentivize building accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on single-family lots, Landres said. ADUs, which can be built as standalone structures in backyards or as additions to homes, have gained popularity across California as a solution to the housing crisis.
The IZO gave homeowners the ability to build ADUs on their lots without butting up against parcel coverage limits. Landres said he wants the permanent development standards to not just facilitate ADUs, but strongly encourage them.
“That’s where, for me, the housing crisis meets the demand for multigenerational housing in Santa Monica,” Landres said. “ADUs solve both problems. The more we can produce ADUs, the better off we’re going to be.”
Santa Monica Mirror | June 21, 2019
“It is clear with this type of approach there are opportunities to both amplify both the inclusion and the effectiveness and the street life that the Promenade represents,” said Commissioner Shawn Landres at the meeting.
Santa Monica Daily Press | May 7, 2019
Commissioner Shawn Landres said he favors restricting micro-apartments to permanent residents but feels that banning them entirely would not help alleviate the housing crisis. Tiny apartments might be the only market-rate housing in Santa Monica affordable to many people, he said.
“I’m not interested in taking options off the table for people,” he said. “I want them to have choices.”
Every other commissioner present shared his view.
…“There was a consistency among everyone there that this was a housing type we wanted to update to our development standards but not remove,” Landres said.
Santa Monica Lookout | May 2, 2019
“To lose this type (of housing) would be a great concern to me,” said Commissioner Shawn Landres.
“There are clearly folks experimenting with market rate housing types that are considerably cheaper” than other options.
Landres added a friendly amendment to Lambert’s motion requiring that the units be rented for at least a year to ensure they are not used as temporary housing.
Jewish Journal | March 27, 2019
Several alumni of the [Jewish] Federation’s Rautenberg New Leaders Project (NLP) are involved in [CIVruta], including Kohav and Shawn Landres, who serves on L.A. County and City of Santa Monica commissions.
“This isn’t Civics 101,” Landres said. “It’s for people who understand they want to be on a board or commission and want some tools to bring Jewish values to the work of local government.”
He named Barbara Yaroslavsky, who died last December, as the kind of leader the program will serve, calling her “a connector and a bridge-builder.”
Inside Philanthropy | March 18, 2019
Three of [the City of] L.A.’s top civic leaders—the mayor, controller and city attorney—identify as Jewish, but it’s often unclear how Jewish values can inform local policies and approaches, said Shawn Landres…. Landres is chair of the L.A. County Quality & Productivity Commission, which oversees the nation’s oldest and largest local government innovation fund and is a Jewish federation lay leader who initiated the idea for CIVruta.
Santa Monica Daily Press | January 18, 2019
Commissioner Shawn Landres said the project needs to plan around school buses as well, because the Rainbow Garden may eventually host schools that can’t walk, carpool or use city buses.
…Every commissioner praised the project as a generous gift to the community before voting to grant it a CUP. Only Landres abstained from the final vote, noting the loss of 18 rent-controlled units on the property.
“We have a housing crisis in Santa Monica and … for me to sleep at night I need to recognize that loss,” he said.
Santa Monica Mirror | December 21, 2018
Shawn Landres, a member of the Planning Commision speaking as a resident, urged for this kind of housing to be classified as a commercial usage.
“We really need more tools like [definitions of] domicile [and] permanent residency [in the zoning code],” Landres said, “and we also need some clarity from council around how we can adapt congregate, SRO and Assisted Living-type housing to reflect the evolution of permanent residency housing designed particularly for seniors who are looking for new models of co-housing.”
Santa Monica Daily Press | December 7, 2018
“Adversarial processes aren’t necessarily unhealthy and this has led to a better project, even if it doesn’t completely fit what either party would like,” said Commissioner Shawn Landres. “It was (residents’) pushback that made this a better project, and I want to commend [the] applicant for being as responsive as you have been.”
Santa Monica Daily Press | September 6, 2018
I posted about how much I loved the movie “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (on Netflix), and Santa Monica civic leader Shawn Landres asked whether I knew that the film’s producer Paula Mazur is a local. I didn’t, but he connected us and I’m delighted that he did.
Santa Monica Observer | August 16, 2018
The City Council appointed Shawn Landres to the Planning Commission at its meeting on August 14th.
GQ | June 12, 2018
“I can’t say that this is someone who had his eye on the White House from the get-go,” said Shawn Landres, a high school friend who served on the Columbia College Student Council with Garcetti and now chairs a government-performance commission for the County of Los Angeles. “But this is someone I always knew would be a problem-solver for the public good. The question was how was he going to do that?”
Jewish Journal | September 14, 2017
Religious and community leaders gathered at Mishkon Tephilo Synagogue in Venice on Aug. 24 to discuss strategies to prevent and end homelessness. …The event drew about 140 guests and community and civic leaders, including Ted Winterer, mayor of Santa Monica; Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president and CEO of the St. Joseph Center; and Shawn Landres, chair of the City of Santa Monica Social Services Commission and chair of the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission.
Forward | March 6, 2017
As my friend Shawn Landres, co-editor of Religion, Violence, Memory and Place, put it, they are creating a Jewish ‘Overton Window’: a bounded space where trans-partisan agreement is possible. We may disagree on whether there should be a path to citizenship, for example. But we agree that it isn’t pro-family to tear families apart.
Jewish Journal | February 28, 2017
The other [organizing] committee members are former L.A. Congressman Mel Levine, civics scholar and social entrepreneur Shawn Landres, UCLA Jewish history professor David Myers, political consultant Dan Loeterman and attorney Janice Kamenir-Reznik.
Jewish Journal | February 2, 2017
Shawn Landres, co-founder of Jumpstart Labs, a Los Angeles-based incubator of Jewish innovation, in December was elected chair of the Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission (QPC), which oversees the nation’s oldest and largest local government innovation fund.
Santa Monica Daily Press | February 13, 2017
Santa Monica’s Social Services Commission chair believes the City could see a significant portion of that money.
“It has been really unrelenting in terms of across the county seeing the rise in the number of women and children who are homeless,” Landres said. “It’s just unacceptable. A rise in the number of seniors who are homeless is unacceptable.”
“It’s holding up a mirror to all of us in Los Angeles County and saying, ‘what kind of a society are we?’”
KCRW | January 31, 2017
“I …look forward to the City now having the time and the energy to turn its attention to the many many many other challenges and opportunities before us.”
Santa Monica Mirror | January 20, 2017
Santa Monica’s Shawn Landres has been elected chair of the Los Angeles County Quality & Productivity Commission, which oversees the nation’s oldest and largest local government innovation fund. …He is the youngest commission chair in nearly two decades.
Santa Monica Lookout | December 12, 2016
The council heard from Shawn Landres, who serves on the City’s Social Services Commission. He called the measure “vital.”
Landres said, “We as a City have invested so much to combat homelessness and to prevent homelessness. It’s time that other jurisdictions step up.”
Although homelessness has long been an issue in Santa Monica, the City has greatly reduced the population by coordinating with local nonprofit groups.
live happy | November 1, 2016
Shawn Landres, Ph.D., co-founder of Jumpstart, a Los Angeles think tank known for its research into charitable giving, says …”We do know that there are people with resources who are now choosing to give to a charity rather than buy that extra boat or that $5,000 case of Champagne.
“There’s also a generational style that has people choosing to live more intentionally,” he adds. “They’re no longer doing the pledged giving that our parents did.” Instead, Shawn says, they’re doing things like crowd-funding or forming a “giving circle,” in which one person will, instead of writing a single check for $100, bring together a group of friends, neighbors, co-workers and the like to collectively write a check for $1,000.
The Hollywood Reporter | August 18, 2016
“It’s tempting [to set up your own nonprofit] because you have an idea and the resources to back it, but what happens in three years? Ultimately it’s going to struggle because the cost of operating one small nonprofit is proportionally higher than operating a big nonprofit,” says Landres. Instead, he recommends setting up a donor-advised fund: “You get the brand impact, but you lend your name and funds to the best organizations in the field.”
UCLA Newsroom | Jun 6, 2016
The report was drawn from a research project developed by Bill Parent, a lecturer in public policy, and urban planning professor Paul Ong. The primary authors of the report are Luskin Civil Society Fellow J. Shawn Landres and Shakari Byerly.
The Nonprofit Quarterly (blog) | Jun 6, 2016
By Larry Kaplan
It combines IRS data with a survey of 1,200 residents conducted by the study’s authors, J. Shawn Landres and Shakari Byerly, who wrote it with support from faculty and staff at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs’ Center for Neighborhood Knowledge.
Los Angeles Times | Jun 3, 2016
By Alice Walton
Charities can educate donors through seminars but the best recruiters are often other donors, particularly those who give through estate planning, said Shawn Landres, a UCLA Luskin School Civil Society Fellow and co-author of the study.
KPCC – Take Two | Jun 3, 2016
Shawn Landres, one of the report’s authors, joined the show to discuss the reports findings including how charitable giving in L.A. County is down by $1 billion since 2006 – and those with higher incomes who could donate more, aren’t doing so.
Santa Monica Mirror | June 10, 2016
By Mirror Staff
“I am saddened and disappointed by the close but not surprised,” said Shawn Landres, commissioner and chair for the social services commission of Santa Monica. “Contributions to Los Angeles-area nonprofits still have not returned to their pre-recession levels and it’s ever more difficult for organizations like the YWCA to sustain the levels of support they need to survive and thrive.”
Santa Monica Daily Press | May 14, 2016
By Matthew Hall
Shawn Landres, Chair of the city’s Social Services Commission, was the lone speaker to make it to the midnight discussion. He said the specific concept of rent subsidies is worthy but said it should be part of a larger discussion about the needs of at-risk residents.
“I strongly support this direction although I do understand it to be something that could happen in the context of the broader strategic directive,” he said.
The Planning Report | March 25, 2016
Shawn Landres: Could you speak to the nexus of transit investment and access to affordable housing?
Anthony Foxx: We used to think that you use transportation to go from your doorstep to opportunity. When transit is done right, it actually brings opportunity to people’s doorsteps.
But if you haven’t developed a good land-use plan when you’re doing infill transit, and you haven’t thought about the growth pressures that come with that transit investment, values can go up and the folks who have been there for years can get pushed out.
That’s why communities with inclusionary zoning ordinances and those making effective use of affordable-housing incentives along transit lines have a better chance of creating the sustainability that’s necessary over the long term.
Santa Monica Daily Press | January 27, 2016
By Jennifer Maas
Landres concluded that the ordinance is a value, as much as it is a piece of legislation.
“It’s about who we are as a city,” Landres said.
Jewish Journal | Sep. 24, 2013
By Ryan Torok
Jewish-innovation advocate Shawn Landres praised the Liberty Hill Foundation when the social change organization named him the recipient of its 2013 NextGen Award during its recent Change L.A. ceremony, but he could have just as easily been speaking about the diversity of the city he calls home.