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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...

Op/Ed: Santa Monica City Leaders Must Also Pay for Parking

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By Homa Motjabi. Mojtabai is a Massachusetts-bred, Santa Monica-based writer and public servant. Read more of her work at her website.  Parking is a hot topic in seemingly progressive Santa Monica – with a second reading and adoption...

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....

Community Voices: Santa Monica Mourns with Charlottesville

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The following is a letter from Santa Monica Mayor Ted Winterer and Mayor Pro Tempore Gleam Davis. To the residents of Santa Monica, We share the nation’s heartache following the events in Charlottesville. It’s painful to...

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...

Santa Monica’s Long Municipal Nightmare

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This piece originally appeared in The Healthy City Local. For a liberal like me, it’s hard not to be cranky after Donald Trump’s TKO (i.e., Electoral College) defeat of Hillary Clinton. True, my mood was elevated...
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