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Commentary: Daylighting is Now the Law. But it’s up to Cities to Make it...

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The following article first appeared in Streetsblog San Francisco. Governor Newsom signed A.B. 413 into law on Tuesday. As explained in the Tweet below from the advocates at Los Angeles-based Streets for All, A.B. 413 will, in...

Op-Ed: Lack of Transit Funding in Proposed State Budget Conflicts with Climate/Air Quality Goals

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Editor's Note: Former Deputy Executive Officer at the California Air Resources Board Craig Segall wrote this open letter to the legislature, including members of the Senate and Assembly committees currently working on a response...

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...

Letter to Editor: Council Should Take the CVRA Case Back to the Appeals Court

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Dear Editor,  We strongly support the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) and its intent to ensure that voters who are part of marginalized communities have the opportunity to influence local elections and to elect their...

Editorial: In Rush to Improve Coffers, City Shouldn’t Quickly Sell Kiosk Rights

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At tonight's meeting, the Santa Monica City Council is expected to vote on whether or not to approve a contract with BIG Outdoor, an electronic billboard company, for a 20-year contract to own, operate,...

Op/Ed: The Long City Council Meetings Are Bad for Democracy, And All Solutions Should...

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It seems that every meeting of the Santa Monica City Council there’s a debate or controversy caused by how darned long the meetings are. The seven person Council includes more than a handful...

Governor Newsom’s Urgency on Infrastructure Is Not About Climate (It’s About Money)

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Last week, various Assembly and Senate committees held hearings on Governor Newsom's "infrastructure package," a proposal which he said would "cut project timelines, save money, and reduce paperwork while speeding up construction of infrastructure...
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