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Santa Monica Airport: Going Environmental

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. It has been modified for timeliness and style. When it comes to the Santa Monica Airport (SMO), what a difference a few years, a lot of...

Editorial: The LUVE Initiative is No Way to Run A City

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At the moment, there is a group of committed no-growth activists circulating a petition to put an initiative on the ballot that would effectively make it impossible to build anything over two or three...

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...

The Downtown Community Plan and the Lingering Impacts of the Great Recession

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The question I ended my post with on Saturday was why would Santa Monica enact a Downtown Community Plan (DCP) that makes it easier to build commercial development than housing? Keep in mind that...

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...

When in Rome, do as Santa Monicans do: get inspired about building a park...

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The following piece first appeared on The Healthy City Local. I was traveling in Italy earlier this month so thankfully I wasn’t around when the Santa Monica City Council had the mother of all nightmarish...

Gruber : Santa Monica and the California Voting Rights Act, the case continues

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The following first appeared on The Healthy City Local. The California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) case brought by lawyer Kevin Shenkman on behalf of plaintiffs the Pico Neighborhood Association and Maria Loya against the City...
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