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Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent’s Statement Regarding DACA

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The following is a message from Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati regarding President Donald Trump's decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. We understand the concern and...

Have Questions for Safety Expert and Personal Injury Attorney James Pocrass?

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As part of a new feature, James Pocrass a personal injury lawyer with the firm POCRASS AND DE LOS REYES LLC will answer questions submitted by you, our readers, that are submitted in the...

A Happy City in an Unhappy World

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With election day nearly a week behind us the dust is beginning to settle and a clearer picture of the political landscape at the national, state, and local levels is emerging. One thing is resoundingly...

Community Voices: What Not to Miss at Santa Monica’s COAST Open Streets Festival

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This post by Santa Monica's public information coordinator Joseph Vandenorth originally appeared at santamonica.gov. COAST is just around the corner on Sunday, October 1 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. You might be wondering, "what's COAST?"...

We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Zoning and the World Is Getting Worse

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This article originally appeared on Streetsblog Los Angeles. This week marks a noteworthy anniversary. The first city-scale zoning law in the United States was enacted on July 25, 1916, in New York City. The New York...

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...

Op-Ed: Metro’s Proposal on Bike-Share Heads in the Wrong Direction

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The following op-ed is authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, a member of the California State Assembly representing Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and West Hollywood and surrounding West L.A. areas; Councilmember John Heilman, a member of the...

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...

Opinion: Let Bike-Share Flourish in DTLA, Santa Monica, and Long Beach

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Earlier this week, we ran an editorial by Assemblymember Richard Bloom with other Westside elected officials calling on Metro to "delay its decision" on a 1,000-bike bike-share system slated to open in downtown Los Angeles in early...

About Maynard and Sheila Ostrow

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The following piece was co-authored by Ernie Powell, former community organizer at the Church in Ocean Park and founding member, Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and Sharon Gilpin, 26-year former resident, former Santa Monica Planning...

SMRR to members: go away

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At the Santa Monicans for Renters Rights (SMRR) convention on Sunday a friend asked me if it was more fun attending the convention now as a regular member than as a candidate, referring to...

More on Santa Monica’s DCP: Discretionary Review and Parking

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This post originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. As I’ve written in two recent posts, tomorrow night the Planning Commission will review the Santa Monica Downtown Community Plan (DCP). After staff makes revisions to the...

Rights and Remedies at Santa Monica Airport

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Note: This article originally appeared on The Healthy City Local. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission. Time, tide and vacation wait for no man, and as it happened I was traveling the past two weeks when...

More Riel Politics: The Hueston Report

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Last fall I wrote a series of five articles (which start here) about the firing of Elizabeth Riel by the City of Santa Monica, in which I analyzed the documents and depositions that came...

Riel Politics, Part 4: Getting to $710,000

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This article first appeared in the Healthy City Local. Click on the links for parts one, two, and three. One question people keeping asking about the firing of Elizabeth Riel is why the City Council...
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