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Open Letter: Protecting Santa Monica bikeways from motor vehicle incursions

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To:  Santa Monica City Council, Santa Monica Planning Commission, City Manager David White, Mobility Manager Jason Kligier, Director of Public Works Rick Valte,   Subject: Protecting our bikeways from motor vehicle incursions Dear Council Members and City...

City Passes on Weighing In on Case Against Tennessee Ban on Gender Affirming Care...

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At last week's City Council meeting, the Santa Monica City Council declined to file a brief in support of the plaintiffs in the case of Samantha Williams and Brian Williams v. Jonathan Skrmetti in...

The Santa Monica Next Guide for Talking to Someone Experiencing Homelessness for the First...

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Recently, the local news has been abuzz with the story of a Santa Monica City Councilmember escalating a random encounter with a person experiencing homelessness and acting erratically on the Promenade. Rather than elevate...

Like What You See? Consider Supporting Santa Monica Next This Summer

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(Already convinced? Click here to start your donation.) At the June 27th City Council meeting, Councilmember Jesse Zwick queeried police chief Ramon Batista about the crime statistics in the city. Batista replied that while crime...

Celebrate Pride by Making Santa Monica a Refuge for LGBTQ+ Youth Fleeing Oppression

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We’re over two-thirds of the way through “Pride Month” and by now a lot of the headline-grabbing furor is passed. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ badly mishandled on-off-and on again Pride Night has happened. West...

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...

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...

Simple Proposal : The Bigger the Vehicle, the Higher the Cost to Park It

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This article first appeared at Streetsblog USA. Big news out of Montreal: Starting on July 1, drivers of larger, heavier cars will pay more for residential parking permits in one busy corner of town. In the...

More Media Friendly Polls Reflect/Manipulate the Public Mood

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It's been just over a month since the last "Pulse Poll" was conducted and released by the anti-union dark money organization "Eyes on 11." This newest poll shows "residents" doubted that a new city...

Far Right Epoch Times Swings at “Dangerous” Santa Monica

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Yesterday, the far-right news outlet Epoch Times featured Santa Monica resident, delivery driver and content maker Matt Wilson on its California Insider YouTube series. "Resident Tells How California's Famous Beachtown is Unsafe" is a...

A Taco Stand on the Corner in Santa Monica Is a Great Place for...

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In the 2016 presidential election, a Trump surrogate promised a taco truck on every corner if Hilary Clinton won. This is one of many reasons I supported Hilary.  However, as with most policy positions,...

It’s Time for Santa Monica to Reject Santa Monica Pulse Polls

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In its most recent article on a "Santa Monica Pulse" poll, Santa Monica Lookout writer Jorge Casuso wrote, "A monthly push poll of Santa Monica residents found the vast majority wants the City to...
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...

Sending Santa Monica’s Affordable Housing to Palmdale Is a Toxic Mix of Climate Denialism...

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Urban sprawl is the leading cause of air pollution, greenhouse gasses, wildfires, and other contributors to the global warming that is likely to end civilization as we know it. People who live in remote...

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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