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Santa Monica Designated “Prohousing Community” by State

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It must be bewildering to be a housing advocate, community advocate or planner in Santa Monica.  In 2022, the state sanctioned the city for a housing element that didn’t produce enough housing…the so-called-builder's remedy. In...

Debate Breaks Out Over Air Quality in SMMUSD Classrooms

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A debate has broken out over the quality of clean air in Santa Monica’s public school classrooms. A group of Santa Monica parents and clean air advocates claim that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School...

Santa Monica Celebrates Honors Given to 17th Street Protected Bikeway

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People for Bikes, a national advocacy organization for bicyclists, released its list of the best new bike infrastructure in the country. Santa Monica’s newly installed 17th Street Bike Lanes ranked #16 on the list...

Santa Monica History Museum Hosts Interactive Exhibit UnHoused: A History of Housing in Santa...

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Unhoused: A History of Housing in Santa Monica is an interactive art exhibit that opens this Friday and runs through the end of the year. According to the museum's website, the exhibit "emphasizes that,...

Council Approves Renter Protection Package, Looks to More Ways to Support Renters and Small...

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At Tuesday’s meeting, the Santa Monica City Council approved a series of changes to the city’s renter laws to protect renters from “drastic rent increases, unjust evictions and harassment,” per a press release from...

Council Approves Contract for Private Security Guards on the Big Blue Bus

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Last night, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously passed a motion (Agenda, Item 5I) to approve a five-year contract to Good Guard Security, a private security firm to place officers on the Big Blue...

America Needs an Honest Conversation About Traffic Safety and Law Enforcement. Santa Monica Isn’t...

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Earlier this year, the Santa Monica Lookout was reported that traffic violence in the City of Santa Monica has continued to rise as there is more activity on the roads as the world continues...

Council Could Require Fee from Candidates That Want Their Statements Mailed to Voters

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The Santa Monica City Council will consider a change to election rules at next week’s meetings that would charge candidates for City Council, SMC Board and Rent Control Board a fee to offset the...

Board of Education Will Review Franklin Campus Plan at Thursday’s Meeting

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District staff and dsk Architects will present a new campus plan for the Franklin Elementary School campus at Thursday’s meeting of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Directors meeting (agenda). The meeting...

Sign-Up for the Santa Monica Next Weekly Newsletter, Coming to Inboxes Every Friday Starting...

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Starting with the first Friday in February, Santa Monica Next will be publishing a weekly e-news letter that will feature all of our headlines and news coverage from the past week. The newsletter will...

Volunteers Still Needed for Santa Monica’s Annual Homeless Count

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It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer for the 2024 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count in Santa Monica, which will be on Wednesday, January 24, from 8 p.m. and 12 a.m. Register...

Sí se puede. Unite Here! Celebrates Agreement with Fairmont Miramar.

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Unite Here! Local 11 and the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows that would end a contentious six month strike that had captured regional and even national attention. Fairmont Miramar becomes the second hotel in...

City Creates Four Way Stops at Nine Intersections Following Council Direction to Prioritize Traffic...

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Over the holiday break, the City of Santa Monica replaced intersections with two-way stop signs with ones with four way stop signs at nine high priority intersections throughout Santa Monica. The action follows the...

City Council Unanimously Backs Study on Parking Tax for Better, Safer, Transportation

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By a 6-0 vote, the City Council voted to study placing a measure on the November 2024 ballot that would tax paid parking to pay for transportation safety and parking modernization improvements. The motion,...

Council Votes for Airport Outreach Plan. Process Will Be Led by Sasaki

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Last night, the Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously for a public outreach process and consultant team to lead that process for how the land that the Santa Monica Airport now rests assuming it...
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