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Community Voices: Mayor Ted Winterer Reflects on 2017 So Far

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At Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.’s Annual Meeting on August 31, 2017, Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer delivered these remarks reflecting on highlights from 2017 so far, as well as the opportunities and challenges ahead. These...
A crashed car, police vehicle, tow truck, and traffic control near McKinley Elementary

School construction projects create a once-in-a-generation opportunity for safe streets improvements

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Santa Monica City and school district have a rare opportunity to work together to make our City’s streets safer for children and families going to school.  But they only have a few months to...

Bird Scooters: Public Nuisance or The Future of Transit?

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The following post is by Kevin Herrera,  sr. marketing & communication manager for Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. It originally appeared on Santa Monica Centric. Downtown seems to be littered with them. On almost every street corner...

The Real Challenge for Santa Monica’s Public Employee Pay Scales

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This piece was originally published on Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole's blog, The Long View. In a recent post, I acknowledged public concerns about the City of Santa Monica’s salaries and benefits, sparked by a misleading...

Making Laws Fuzzy Doesn’t Make Politics More Clear

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. I’ve been traveling most of the past month, to places as far away as medieval Spain or as close as the contemporary music scene in Ojai....

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...

A Cyclist and a Motorist Talk

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This post originally appeared in The Healthy City Local. For about 20 years I’ve commuted by bike from my home in Ocean Park to my office in downtown Santa Monica. My route takes me north on...

Endorsement: Yes on GS and GSH

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(As we prepare for our pre-election party on Thursday, we're going to take a closer look at the other two ballot propositions on the ballot next Tuesday. - DN) Measure LV isn’t the only local...

Community Voices: Santa Monica High School Principal Addresses Recent Student Death

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The following letter is by Santa Monica High School principal Dr. Antonio Shelton to the Santa Monica High School community regarding the recent death of a ninth grade student at the school. Dear Santa Monica High...

Sprawl Repair

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This article originally appeared on Healthy City Local. here is one boulevard in Santa Monica that is so degraded that even people who rarely accept the idea that Santa Monica might stand to change for...

Downtown Santa Monica: Where It Doesn’t Take A Village (With Lots of Pictures!)

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The following post originally appeared on Healthy City Local. It’s back! The latest (and promised final!) version of Santa Monica’s Downtown Community Plan (DCP), is being dragged through the Planning Commission, with an ultimate destination of the...

Gruber : Does Racially Polarized Voting Exist in Santa Monica?

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This post first appeared on The Healthy City Local. The next step in an analysis of the California Supreme Court’s decision in the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) case the Pico Neighborhood Association brought against...

Op Ed: The Destruction of Bergamot Arts Center is Fake News

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Bergamot Arts Center has been a vital part of the arts fabric of Santa Monica since its inception in the 1990s. On Tuesday night, the Santa Monica City Council will be asked to look at...

Riel Politics, Part 5: When You Have A Process, Trust It

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This piece originally ran on Frank Gruber's blog, The Healthy City Local. My intention a month ago when I wrote my fourth installment of “Riel Politics,” my series of posts on the firing of Elizabeth Riel,...

Let’s Be Real: Homelessness is a Housing Problem

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No corner of the state has been untouched by California's homelessness crisis: the most recent count found that Los Angeles County has more than 65,000 homeless individuals and families, including more than 800 in...
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