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GOP Congressmember Challenges Agreement to Close Santa Monica Airport

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A Republican congressmember from Louisiana is not happy with the deal struck between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the city of Santa Monica that would allow the municipality to close Santa Monica airport...

Expo Line in Santa Monica to Shut Down for Maintenance This Weekend

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The stretch of the Expo line between Downtown Santa Monica and Sepulveda Boulevard will close this weekend for maintenance, according to Metro officials. Starting on Friday, February 24 at 9 p.m. through Sunday, February 26...

Union Pickets Santa Monica Hotel Charged with Labor Violations

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Members of the regional hospitality workers union, UNITE HERE Local 11, gathered to protest Monday in front of the JW Marriot Le Merigot after the National Labor Relations Board filed charges against the hotel’s...

What is the Downtown Community Plan and Why Does It Matter?

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City officials released late last week an updated version of the plan, four years in the making, that will shape the future of Santa Monica’s thriving downtown for the next two decades. Now, city officials...

Whack-a-mole housing policy

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This article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. When in the summer of 2017 the Santa Monica City Council, after six years of work, adopted the Downtown Community Plan (DCP), the then architecture critic...

Something to Celebrate – Santa Monica’s New Commitment to Equal Pay for Equal Work

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With the approval of a compensation philosophy that explicitly commits the city to equal pay for equal work, Santa Monica took a remarkable step forward in defining a new approach to government compensation. At...

Santa Monica Next Releases Endorsement Matrix for Local Ballot Propositions

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Data on endorsements compiled from press releases or organization websites. The SMArT endorsement is based on their column in the Santa Monica Mirror.

City Council Could Tap Hulu as “Presenting Sponsor” for Breeze Bike Share

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Update: Hulu bike-share sponsorship was approved by the Santa Monica City Council at its October 13 meeting. The Santa Monica-based online entertainment company, Hulu, may become the "presenting sponsor" of Santa Monica's Breeze Bike Share,...

Test Expo Train Reaches Santa Monica for First Time in Years

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Photos are circulating on Facebook and Ipernity of an Expo Line test train reaching the City of Santa Monica this morning. It is the first time in many, many years that trains have passed down...

Big Blue Bus Real-Time Arrival Info Is Now on NextBus

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Big Blue Bus real-time arrival information has been available on smartphone apps for a couple weeks. Now, the local transit agency's real-time arrival information is available on NextBus, a web-based real-time transit info aggregator. "We...

To Maintain Current Affordability Levels, Santa Monica Needs 400 to 550 New Affordable Housing...

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Santa Monica's City Council met Tuesday night to discuss the complicated topic of affordable housing funding. Since the city's funding for affordable housing subsidies from about $15 million a year plummeted to about $2 million a...

No-Growth “L.U.V.E.” Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot

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The so-called “Land Use Voter Empowerment” (L.U.V.E.) initiative, which would require a vote on nearly every new building over two stories, has qualified to be on the November ballot, Santa Monica Next has learned. The...

Lack of Housing Growth “Compounding” Inequality, Says CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development

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Housing affordability in California is the worst it has been in the state’s history and it's widening the gap between rich and poor, according to a report from the state’s Department of Housing and...

DNA/Next/NOW Candidate Mixer Is TONIGHT!

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Tonight! Candidate Forum and Mixer w/DNA, NOW, Next October 18, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Santa Monica Brew Works 1920 Colorado Avenue RSVP at Event Brite by clicking here Join DNA, NOW Santa Monica, and Santa Monica Next for a night of...

Big Blue Bus Real-Time Arrival Data Keeps Getting Better and Better

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It has been less than two weeks since real-time arrival information for Big Blue Bus became available online and on certain smartphone apps. And the good news keeps coming. At the Big Blue Bus  General Transit...
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