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Santa Monica Looks To Ease Traffic By Curbing Commercial Development

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Santa Monicans are planning an initiative called RIFT (Residents’ Initiative to Fight Traffic) a proposal that would limit commercial development to “75,000 square feet of floor area per calendar year.” Places like schools, senior day care facilities, and affordable-housing developments would be exempt. City Manager Lamont Ewell tells the Mirror that if the ballot measure passes, it could be “deleterious to the City’s economy, could cause the City to lose significant project development..." [Santa Monica Mirror]