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City Readies Five Year Contract Extension for Pier Security But Vendors Want Program Focused...

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Tonight, the City Council will consider a request to extend the security contract for A. G. Coast, Corp. dba California Panther for another five years. City conducted a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) in...

Council Considers First Steps for Transportation Funding Measure That Could be on November 2024...

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At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, a motion by Councilmembers Gleam Davis, Caroline Torosis and Jesse Zwick directs city staff to “evaluate the potential” to place a ballot measure on the November 2024 ballot that...

City Council Votes to Open Public Process for Rehabilitation and Reopening of Civic Center

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At Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council voted unanimously and quickly to create an “Request For Proposals Process” so that anyone can bring forward a proposal to take over the rehabilitation and management of the...

City Ready to Try Again on SMO Outreach Plan

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The following is a press release from the City of Santa Monica. To read our past coverage of the city's attempt to devise an outreach plan, click here. The City Council at its meeting on...

Council Approves Plan to Bring Cirque du Soleil Back to the Pier in 2024

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At last night’s meeting, the City Council unanimously approved a motion that allows the City Manager to enter into negotiations to bring Cirque de Soleil back to the Santa Monica Pier next fall. (Meeting...

Brock on Our Block: Phil Brock Ascends to Mayor After Low-Key Transfer of Power...

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Much of the past year’s City Council meetings have gone long, often marked by heated exchanges and too much time spent debunking (or supporting) nonsensical conspiracy theories. But last night’s transfer of mayoral power...

Santa Monica Next Strives to Bring Complete Coverage to Complex Issues. If You Support...

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Santa Monica Next Is the Little News Outlet That Writes Big Stories. Won’t You Support Our Non-Profit Publication? Earlier this year, Santa Monica Next relaunched after a couple of years of very part-time publishing. Our...
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Applications Open Today for County Rent Relief Program

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The Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) began accepting applications for the Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program earlier this morning and will continue accepting them through January 12 at...

Santa Monica’s Juan Matute Appointed to State’s Transit Transformation Task Force

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On Friday, The California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA) announced that California Transportation Secretary Toks Omishakin has appointed 25 members to the state’s Transit Transformation Task Force. Among those appointed was Santa Monica resident and...

Council Could Extend Recreational Marijuana Licenses Until February, 2026. Sales Begin Next Thursday.

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In October, the City Council passed a temporary ordinance that changed zoning ordinances to allow existing medical marijuana facilities to sell to anyone 21 years or older. The ordinance goes into effect next Thursday,...

City Posts a Video Celebrating the 17th Street Bikeways

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Last Saturday, the City of Santa Monica threw a party to celebrate the 17th Street protected bikeways at their official opening. A good time was had by all, and the city promised that the...

The Clock Is Ticking to Submit Comments on Plans for Grant Elementary…Including a Car-Centric...

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Want to submit a comment? Submit your comment on the Draft EIR as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00pm on Wednesday, December 13, 2023 to Cupton@smmusd.org Grant Elementary School in Sunset Park, where my...

Donate Today to Support Santa Monica Next in 2024 and Beyond…

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Like any non-profit publication, Santa Monica Next relies on reader donations to continue publishing and plan for the future. We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in 2023, speaking truth to power on a shoestring...

Police Reform Commission Meets Tonight to (Re)Pass Proposal on Contextual Stops

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Earlier this month, the Santa Monica Police Reform Commission passed a motion that would change the way that SMPD can perform traffic stops to reduce racial disparities if it were adopted by the full...

Council Celebrates and Supports Youth Activities in Mayor Davis’ Last Meeting with the Gavel

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Mayor Gleam Davis’ term as mayor ended on a series of light notes that highlighted the city’s youth and school programs in both the public and private schools. After public comment, Councilmember Lana Negrete read...
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