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SMMUSD Responds to Threat of Legal Action Against Election System

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The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District publicly released a letter in response to the threat of a legal challenge against its district-wide election system. The challenge comes from the Pico Neighborhood Association, represented by...

School Board Will Meet Tonight to Vote on Eliminating 13 Positions for Next School...

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The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will hold a special board tonight meeting on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, at 6 p.m. at the district office. At the meeting, the board will discuss...

Spoke Calls for More Protected Lanes as City Manager To Deliver Vision Zero Update...

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City Manager David White is scheduled to provide an update on the city's efforts to achieve Vision Zero, that is make city streets so safe to move through that there are zero traffic related...

Podcasts

Who’s Next Episode 1: Previewing the March 5 Primary

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Welcome to our new podcast series, Who’s Next, where we talk to youth leaders in Santa Monica about the issues that are most important to them. With California’s primary election next Tuesday, I had...

What’s Next Special Edition with Caltrans’ Whistleblower Jeanie Ward-Waller

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Jeanie Ward-Waller may not be a household name in California, but until recently she may have had the most important job in the state as far as Streetsblog readers are concerned. Ward-Waller served as...

What’s Next Special Edition: Dr. Nicholas Toloudis and the Bungled Solidarity of APSA for...

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This weekend the American Political Science Association (APSA) rolled into Los Angeles for its annual conference. But this year, the annual confab was roiled in controversy as the association was moving on with its...

Opinion

Mayor Phil Brock’s Presentation at Wilmont Neighborhood Coalition Offers Glimpse Into Santa Monica’s Insular...

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Santa Monica has seven officially recognized neighborhood groups. Despite their official recognition and city funding, most of these groups are known for not being representative of their neighborhoods–indeed, many residents don’t even know they...

A Look Ahead at 2024’s Biggest Stories from Your Santa Monica Next Editor

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Well 2024 is now well upon us. Starting Monday, Next will resume its normal coverage which makes now the perfect time to look ahead at what we think will be some of the biggest...

California Can’t Be a Climate Leader Until it Stops Building Freeways

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This piece first appeared at Streetsblog California. Representatives from the State of California are in Dubai, United Arab Emirates right now for COP28, the climate summit where world leaders make agreements to reduce greenhouse gas...

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March is Red Cross Month – Ferris Wheel To illuminate With The Red Cross...

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The following is a press release from Pacific Park and the Red Cross. The American Red Cross Los Angeles Region is kicking off its annual Red Cross Month celebration in March to honor local community...

SMC Barrett Gallery Hosts Gallery Reception March 16 for Nehemiah Cisnero’s “Never Too Late”...

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The Santa Monica College (SMC) Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery presents “Never Too Late,”a survey exhibition of works created by artist and SMC alum Nehemiah Cisneros between 2016 and 2022 during his academic training in the arts at Santa...

Pedestrian Deaths Are Down Nationwide — But They’re Still Higher Than Pre-Pandemic

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The following article first appeared at Streetsblog California. America experienced a modest but heartening decrease in pedestrian deaths in the first half of last year, a new analysis projects — but the death toll is still...

Community News

OPA Update 2/29/24: Triple Beam Pizza Update, State of the City Tonight, & Things...

New Citywide Rental Registry Coming for Rented Homes & Condos: This already applies to rent controlled units and the new registry extends that to non-rent controlled rental units. Collected data for the new registry will...

OPA Update 2/26/24: Last Week to Nominate SaMo Most Loved 2024, State of the...

Next OPA Monthly Meeting Details: Mark March 11 for the next OPA meeting. Guests include Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur, School Superintendent Dr. Antonio Shelton, and someone from the Office of Emergency Management. See you...

OPA Update 2/22/24: OPA Happy Hour TONIGHT @ Lula’s, Call to Join Lincoln Blvd...

The Lincoln Blvd Task Force is returning to address all things Lincoln Blvd. A lot of change is coming to Lincoln and OPA needs to play a role in shaping some of that future by highlighting...